May 18, 2024

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Buzz The Music

2024 NAMM Show was a hotbed of new musical innovation

The annual National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Show is one of the world’s largest showcases of new music gear from manufacturers around the world, taking in every facet of playing, performing and recording. NAMM itself was founded in 1901, originally to give America’s piano manufacturers a united voice; it now represents around 15,000 global manufacturers. 

Yamaha Seqtrak Music Production Studio

Yamaha Seqtrak Music Production Studio

(Image credit: Yamaha)

This year’s NAMM – held in Anaheim, California – showcased the usual broad sweep of introspection and innovation. In a world where bedroom producers can become international megastars, every instrument, no matter how humble, comes freighted with untapped potential. Here’s what caught our ears this year.

Our pick of musical innovations at 2024 NAMM Show


Yamaha Seqtrak Music Production Studio

Yamaha Seqtrak Music Production Studio

Yamaha Seqtrak Music Production Studio

(Image credit: Yamaha)

Expect to see this delightful little device surface in multiple creative studios and set-ups. Stealing a march on Teenage Engineering’s minimal, retro style, the new Yamaha Seqtrak was the surprise of the show, an all-in-one ‘Music Production Studio’ that combines a drum machine, synth engine, sampling and sequencing in a compact, stylish brick, complete with onboard batteries, speaker and microphone. Newcomers to Yamaha’s approach will have a learning curve, and it helps to have the app at hand for a more visually-led approach to getting down ideas.