Published on Feb 13, 2019 therudyrude
“Jam on touch plate Easel and Buchla 223e, with pattern loops from DIgitakt,Digitone,Varigate + ARP 2600 TTSH.
The Easel is going thru NI Guitar Rig 5”
Published on Feb 7, 2019 HGSounds
“Showing how easy it is to build up patterns in a creative exploration sort of way”
via HG Sounds
“Succession Pro is an Advanced Sequencer/Drum Machine which uses 4 Sequencers and 4 Synths. Any sequencer can target any or all of the synths making it a very flexible system. It uses 12 Patterns which hold all Sequencing data which are switched either by using
The answer to questions like “I just need a simple audio interface,” and “I want a compact keyboard that doesn’t suck,” and “oh, yeah, wait, does this connect to my Eurorack?” along with “did I mention I’ve got almost no money?” – just got some new answers.
Native Instruments launched the new audio interfaces and the latest addition to their keyboard line as part of some grand, abstract PR idea called “for the music in you,” and said a bunch of things about starting points and ecosystems.
To cut to the chase – these are inexpensive, very mobile devices with a ton of bundled software extras that make sense for anyone on a budget, beginner or otherwise. And whereas most inexpensive stuff looks really cheap, they look pretty nice. (That holds up in person – I got a hands-on in Berlin just before NAMM.)
There are two audio interfaces – KOMPLETE AUDIO 1 and KOMPLETE AUDIO 2. These take one of the best features of NI’s past audio interfaces – they put a big volume knob right on top so you can quickly adjust your level, and they’ve got meters so you can see what that level is. But crucially, they promise better audio quality.
There are two models here, but let me break it down for you: you don’t want the AUDIO 1, you want the AUDIO 2. Why?
The AUDIO 1 was clearly made with the idea that singers just want one mic input (so there’s only a single XLR in), and for some reason also with RCA jacks on the back (because consumers, I suppose).
But if you spend just a little more on the AUDIO 2, you get a lot more usefulness.
First, two inputs – both XLR/jack combo, for mics and instruments, with mic preamps and phantom power so you can use any microphone. My guess is at some point everyone wants to record two inputs rather than one. (Think line inputs, stereo instruments, a mic and an instrument… you get the point.)
And you get jack outputs instead of RCA.
And while this won’t matter to everyone, the AUDIO 2 I’m told also has DC coupling, so you can use your computer and your Eurorack or other modular gear. That means you can pull off tricks like combining modular software and hardware, with tools like Ableton Live, Softube Modular, VCV Rack, Bitwig Studio, and oh yeah, Reaktor.
So, quietly, NI just created the most affordable way of connecting a computer and a modular.
If you are a beginner, you get a bunch of software to play around with. Ableton Live 10 Lite is actually a reasonable version of Live to try – only 8 tracks, but all of the core functionality of the software and many instruments and effects. There’s also MASCHINE Essentials, MONARK, REPLIKA, PHASIS, SOLID BUS COMP, and KOMPLETE START, which represents plenty of music making time.
The price is really the big point: US$109 / 99 EUR and $139 / 129 EUR. Coming in March.
But what if you don’t want some new-fangled touch insanity? What if you just want a piano keyboard?
And you want it to be inexpensive, and fit in a backpack so you can take it with you or fit it on cramped desks?
Good news: you’ve got loads of options.
Bad news: they’re all kind of horrible. They’re ugly, and they feel cheap. And they have extras you may not need (like drum pads, mapped to the same channel as the keyboard, begging the question why you wouldn’t just play the keys).
So I welcome the introduction of Native Instruments’ KOMPLETE KONTROL M32. This is one that I figured I needed myself the moment I saw it. (Normally, my reaction on keyboard product launches is more on the lines of – “God, please don’t make me write about another generic keyboard controller.”)
The feel is solid – a bit like some of the mini-key keyboards from Roland/Edirol a few years back. They don’t have the travel of full-sized keys, allowing this low profile, but seemed reasonably velocity sensitive.
Plus there are transport buttons and encoders, and two very usable touch strips. In software like Ableton Live and Apple Logic, these map to the usual transport features, and the encoders are assignable. In Native Instruments’ software, of course, you get the usual deep integration with parameters, browsing, and production.
The M32 will be a particularly strong companion to Maschine on the go, finally with a small footprint – something simply not possible with a 4×4 pad layout, much as I love it.
Speaking of Maschine – this is the full Maschine software. There’s a smaller sound bank, but even that is still 1.5GB. So when they say “Maschine Essentials,” they’re practically giving Maschine away. The other extras I mentioned above are slick, too – Reaktor Prism alone you could lose weeks or months in. Monark is a gorgeous Minimoog emulation with realistic filters and some sound design twists not on the original.
And it’s just US$129 (119 EUR). So it looks twice as expensive, but is actually cheaper than a lot of other options out there.
NI are trying to tell a lot of stories at once – something about Sounds.com, something about DJs, something about producers… and they’re following us all over social media and Google with constant ads.
But here’s the bottom line: this is only compact keyboard at any price that feels good or looks good, it’s still only just over a hundred bucks, and the “beginners” bundle is likely to please advanced users for months.
Coming in March.
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Luftrum has launched a sale on its Diva and Repro-5 soundsets, offering a discount of up to 50% off regular. Native Instruments have teamed up with U-He for the first time ever, to bring you Diva and Repro each at 50% off. This is not an everyday offer. We asked you on Facebook and you […]
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Published on Feb 4, 2019
“Excited to release my very own Sounds.com by NATIVE INSTRUMENTS pack to you all!
Get it here: http://bit.ly/JXLsounds
Whether you’re assembling a new dance track or scoring the next Hollywood blockbuster, you need inspiration. I’m always looking for new ways to share my process in hopes of reaching someone who is trying to dig deeper; someone who wants to elevate
Native Instruments has launched a limited time offer on selected u-he virtual instruments and effects. Diva and Repro are on sale for 89.50 USD/EUR and 74.50 USD/EUR, respectively. We’ve teamed up with u-he for the first time ever to bring you an exclusive offer: Get Diva and Repro each at 50% off, or buy both […]
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Uploaded on Jan 30, 2019 sequentix
Spotted this one on sequencer.de. Apparently there was a software editor for a Kontakt GX1 pictured below. If anyone has additional info on them, feel free to leave a comment.
via robotmakers on Muffs:
“Here’s a Kontakt instrument I put together that models the Yamaha GX-1, with its quirky interface and idiosyncratic features. The instrument is based on a
Native Instruments has announced the release of a new Sounds Originals sound pack from Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum producer, musician, and composer Tom Holkenborg, aka Junkie XL. Desert Dystopian captures the energy of Holkenborg’s blockbuster film scores, incorporating strong rhythms, brutal basses, expansive brass and strings, plus compelling sound design. The pack is part of Sounds.com’s Sounds […]
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André Ettema, founder of The Solos, has announced that The Solos have teamed up with Berlin and Los Angeles based company Native Instruments to release its first sound pack called Dominant Molecules, exclusively available on Sounds.com. Dominant Molecules is a collection of dark, deep, ominous atmospheres and soundscapes and is the first in a row […]
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Following its biggest ever release in September 2018, Native Instruments has announced four new easy-to-use, affordable, and powerful products. Included are two new Komplete audio interfaces, the most portable Komplete Kontrol keyboard to date, a new free tier of the Komplete production suite, and a new generation of the Traktor DJ app. These new products […]
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