Native Instruments Summer Of Sound 2019: Get 50% off all updates and upgrades

NI Summer of Sound 2019

Native Instruments has announced the launch of its 2019 Summer Of Sound sale, offering 50% off on software updates and upgrades. Until June 30, get 50% off all updates and upgrades. Now is the perfect time to supersize your collection of instruments and effects, grab the latest TRAKTOR, or step up your studio setup with […]

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Prime Loops releases West Coast Lo-Fi sample pack by XXL Audio

XXL Audio West Coast Lo-Fi

Prime Loops has launched the new West Coast Lo-Fi sample pack by XXL Audio, a collection of West Coast-infused Lo-Fi Hip Hop samples. This collection delivers a fat slice of West Coast G-Funk, served with a fresh Lo-Fi aesthetic; giving you something truly unique to add to your mix! Expect smooth piano licks, funky bass […]

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Producers Choice Easter Sale: Save 60% on sample packs for Hip Hop, Trap & OVO

Producers Choice Easter Sale

Producers Choice is offering a 60% discount on all its sample packs and bundles featuring sounds for Hip Hop, Trap, OVO and more. The sale includes the popular 808 Warfare sample pack, Advanced Producer Bundle (7 best selling packs), Trapped In The 80s: The Drum Collection, Sounds From The 6 Producer Bundle, Cassette Samples Vol […]

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Immerse yourself in the full live AV concert by raster’s Belief Defect

Computer and modular machine textures collide with explosions of projected particles and glitching colored textures. Now the full concert footage of the duo Belief Defect (on Raster) is out.

It’s tough to get quality full-length live performance video – previously writing about this performance I had to refer to a short excerpt; a lot of the time you can only say “you had to be there” and point to distorted cell phone snippets. So it’s nice to be able to watch a performance end-to-end from the comfort of your chair.

Transport yourself to the dirigible-scaled hollowed-out power plant above Kraftwerk (even mighty Tresor club is just the basement), from Atonal Festival. It’s a set that’s full of angry, anxious, crunchy-distorted goodness:

(Actually even having listened to the album a lot, it’s nice to sit and retrace the full live set and see how they composed/improvised it. I would say record your live sets, fellow artists, except I know about how the usual Recording Curse works – when the Zoom’s batteries are charged up and the sound isn’t distorted and you remember to hit record is so often … the day you play your worst. They escaped this somehow.)

And Belief Defect represent some of the frontier of what’s possible in epic, festival mainstage-sized experimentalism, both analog and digital, sonic and visual. I got to write extensively about their process, with some support from Native Instruments, and more in-depth here:

BELIEF DEFECT ON THEIR MASCHINE AND REAKTOR MODULAR RIG [Native Instruments blog]

— with more details on how you might apply this to your own work:

What you can learn from Belief Defect’s modular-PC live rig

While we’re talking Raster label – the label formerly Raster-Noton before it again divided so Olaf Bender’s Raster and Carsten Nicolai’s Noton could focus on their own direction – here’s some more. Dasha Rush joined Electronic Beats for a rare portrait of her process and approach, including the live audiovisual-dance collaboration with dancer/choreographer Valentin Tszin and, on visuals, Stanislav Glazov. (Glazov is a talented musician, as well, producing and playing as Procedural aka Prcdrl, as well as a total Touch Designer whiz.)

And Dasha’s work, elegantly balanced between club and experimental contexts with every mix between, is always inspired.

Here’s that profile, though I hope to check in more shortly with how Stas and Valentin work with Kinect and dance, as well as how Stas integrates visuals with his modular sound:

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Raw Haze Hip Hop Kits Vol. 2 sample pack on sale at 50% OFF

PIB Raw Haze 50 OFF

Loopmasters is offering a 50% discount on the Raw Haze Hip Hop Kits Vol. 2 sample pack from Raw Cutz. This new deal on the sample pack by Turf Smoke follows promotions on Nu Skillz Lite and the full Nu Skillz collection and Super Pack Upgrade. Rawcutz present the second instalment of a smoking stash […]

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Native Instruments Giveaway: Nike Air Max 180 & customized Maschine Mikro

NI Nike Air Max 180 & Maschine Mikro

Native Instruments is offering a chance to win a pair of the new Air Max 180, a shoe inspired by Berlin’s electronic music legacy, along with a limited, customized AM180 edition of the Maschine Mikro. Paying homage to the electronic music scene and community that has helped Berlin to establish itself as one of the […]

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Niche Audio launches Disko Tekk sample pack for Maschine, Ableton & Wav

Niche Audio Disko Tekk

Niche Audio has launched its latest sample library Disko Tekk, a collection of 15 deep melodic kits influenced by the classic sound of Chicago and New York, mixed with the tasty raw funk of French House. A soulful shimmering collection of Vibey Funky House Grooves sprinkled with loads of Summery Feel and Deep Dreamy Moods. […]

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NI launches Beat Safari & Electric Impulse Bundles, 9 Expansions for $99 USD!

NI 9 Expansions for 99

Native Instruments is offering two collections of 9 Expansions each for only $99 USD / 99 EUR for a limited time, offering a discount of over 75% off regular. Expansions are genre-specific packs that work with a range of Native Instruments products, and can be used in any DAW. Created by top artists and sound […]

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Native Instruments launches Indigo Dust, vibrant melodic Techno by Torsten Fassbender

NI Indigo Dust

Native Instruments has released the new Indigo Dust Expansion pack in collaboration with Torsten Fassbender, a collection of polished, festival-ready Techno sounds. The expansion includes 47 Battery kits and 37 Maschine kits packed with pitch-perfect drums and percussion, synth presets, samples, and loops full of deep basses, moody chords, and emotive pads. Embody the spirit […]

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Save 50% on XXL Audio’s Hip Hop Bundle: 4 packs for £19.95 GBP

Prime Loops XXL Hip Hop Bundle

Prime Loops has launched a sale on the XXL Hip Hop Bundle, a collection of 4 Hip Hop sample packs by XXL Audio. Prime Loops Exclusive: 1.4GB selection of best-selling Hip-Hop samples & Maschine kits from XXL Audio. All bundled up at a 50% discount! The bundle includes: Refined Hip Hop: 5 laid-back Hip Hop […]

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