We are generally a fan of the products American Audio puts out. They don’t break any molds, or revolutionize the industry, but the gear they release has historically been well designed and solid. It was definitely a joy to review the 14MXR, and I’m always interested to see what they are doing with their flagship, the VMS4.1.
While I was wandering the show I was caught by the new faceplate on the 4.1. I thought it was going to be just a gimmicky thing, but imagine my surprise to see all of these words printed on it for colors and light show features. It turns out that they have integrated a DMX control port right into the controller, and when hooked up to any lighting box you can completely control your lights colors, motion, brightness and just about everything else, straight from the same unit you were using to play the music. While this doesn’t have a huge club application, wedding and mobile DJs can once again simplify their rig by adding in a solid controller that will withstand the rigors of the road AND control their lights at the same time.
I also got a chance to hear their new CPX speakers. Much like any other audio gear at NAMM, it’s really hard to critique its clarity or sound while surrounded by nothing but noise, but for the few seconds we risked the noise police’s attention by blasting a few beats they were very powerful and super loud. They range from an 8” to a 15” speaker. The best part is, as expected, the price. The range starts at $149 and goes up to $299. Two of these speakers can easily rock a house party or a small venue, and even the smaller models can be pushed to fill a mid-sized room.