NEWS: Summer is a great time to pick-up some awesome deals on music tech, much like the annual holiday sales. This is an ongoing “round up” of some of the best deals to be had during Spring/Summer 2018 including music software, plugins, virtual instruments, and more. (Updated 6.6.18)
SYNTH NEWS: The newly released TRK-01 REAKTOR instrument from Native Instruments (NI) marries classic mixing techniques with innovative sound design, sequencing, and modulation. It is designed to inspire creative and exciting kick-bass combinations, offering solid, powerful sound whilst also addressing some of the most common problems encountered when mixing kick and bass, such as clashing frequencies.
SYNTH NEWS: Native Instruments today announced release of “Expansions.” Based on the acclaimed MASCHINE Expansions series, these 50+ genre-based sound packs contain everything a musician needs to create a full track in a specific style. From preloaded drum kits to specially-designed synth presets, construction kits, samples, and song patterns, Expansions have been designed to fully integrate with a range of popular NI products.
NAMM 2018: Native Instruments today announced availability of the first NKS-ready effects at the annual NAMM trade show in Anaheim, Calif.. As of Q2 2018, key effects manufacturers, including Waves, Softube, Eventide, and Sugar Bytes will adopt the Native Kontrol Standard (NKS) format, with dozens more planned for 2018.
NATIVE INSTRUMENTS releases MASCHINE 2.6.8, introduces monophonic bass synth and isomorphic keyboard
SYNTH NEWS: Native Instruments has released MASCHINE 2.6.8 software update, available free for all MASCHINE 2 customers. The update introduces a monophonic bass synth and an isomorphic keyboard. The new MASCHINE bass synth lets users design and shape rich bass tones with intuitive, fun, and fully-automatable controls directly from the hardware.
Native Instruments’ New ‘THRILL’ Bites with Thrills and Chills in a Virtual Instrument Sound Design Tool
Native Instruments has unveiled THRILL, a new virtual sound design softare instrument that enables the introduction of “terrifying live scores to movies, games, sound installations, or theater productions.” THRILL was cooked up in the lab in collaboration with sound master Uli Baronowsky of Galaxy Instruments.
MUSIC TECH: Native Instruments today announced release of “ELASTIC THUMP,” for MASCHINE, which they describe as “a modern, melodic take on future funk that brews the smoothness of R&B with the feel-good vibes of dance music and the bounce of futuristic, beathead culture.”
MUSIC TECH: LANDR Audio and Native Instruments today announces a partnership to offer instant mastering for the Stems format. As of January 30th, 2017, Stems mastering will be available directly on LANDR.com. Files created in Native Instruments’ free Stem Creator application can be dragged and dropped onto LANDR.com for instant sound optimization.
MUSIC TECH: Native Instruments today introduced RADIANT HORIZON – a new MASCHINE Expansion featuring percussive and effect-focused kits with sounds tailored to contemporary urban pop productions rooted in trap, moombahton, and bass music. The expansion focuses on diverse and easily interchangeable Caribbean-inspired rhythms as a backbone for bass-driven, forward-thinking pop.
MAKING MUSIC: Native Instruments announced this week the Kontakt-powered sound library, “Symphony Essentials,” which they describe as five meticulously sampled orchestral instruments, featuring pristine recordings that cover all fundamental playing techniques, each in an elegant, intuitive interface.
NEWS: Native Instruments today released a number of new advancements to their KOMPLETE KONTROL product family, while also announcing a special offer for folks to purchase competitor Arturia’s virtual synth lineup at a special price, marking Arturia’s updates for compatibility with the NKS protocol.
Native Instruments launches information portal for ‘Stems’ multi-channel audio format for creative live performance
NEWS: Native Instruments (NI) today announced the public launch of a new information portal on the “Stems” audio format. The website outlines what the heck the new format is for, and NI describes the new multi-channel audio format as being ‘for creative DJing and live performance.’
Golden Kingdom Expansion for N.I. MASCHINE touts EDM sound styles for ultra-commercial modern hip hop
NEWS: According to an announcement this week from Native Instruments, their latest expansion pack for its MASCHINE, GOLDEN KINGDOM, delivers “a wealth of sound for contemporary mainstream hip hop.”
NEWS: Native Instruments has announced live streaming event which will include house and techno artists Dubfire, Marc Kinchen, live from Red Bull’s Guest House, and will be broadcast from the Winter Music Conference (WMC) in Miami, on March 26, 2015 (Thursday).
NEWS: Native Instruments today introduced NEON DRIVE – a new MASCHINE Expansion providing a “collection of tailored 80s-inspired sounds for producers working in contemporary pop, electronic, and R&B styles,” according to the company.
BERLIN (MuseWire) – Native Instruments today launched a new range of iMASCHINE Expansions with the release of KAOZ THEORY – created by the much-lauded DJ and producer Kerri ‘Kaoz’ Chandler. These new iMASCHINE Expansions will be created in collaboration with internationally renowned artists from different genres, and will be available for iMASCHINE only. Users can […]
BERLIN, Germany (MuseWire) – Today, Native Instruments announced “HELIOS RAY” – a new MASCHINE Expansion providing sounds and beats drawing from London’s broken beat scene and LA’s abstract beat producers. Containing three separate styles of drum kits as well as unique Melodic Kits and new MASSIVE presets, HELIOS RAY is out now for MASCHINE and […]
Komplete 9 announced by Native Instruments featuring new Monark analog-modeling synth and Battery 4 Virtual Drum Machine
BERLIN, Germany (MuseWire) – Today, Native Instruments announced the latest generation of its two industry-standard KOMPLETE software bundles. KOMPLETE 9 includes 33 instruments and effects with six new additions, including the brand-new MONARK monosynth, plus the completely redesigned BATTERY 4 drum sampler. KOMPLETE 9 ULTIMATE includes all 65 current KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects at the […]
BERLIN, Germany (MuseWire) – This week, Native Instruments released TRAKTOR DJ – “a unique, hands-on DJ app built from the ground up for iPad aimed at DJs of all levels from novices to touring professionals.” Created by the same team behind the top-selling TRAKTOR brand, TRAKTOR DJ strikes a balance between instant, fun usability and […]
Native Instruments announces Reverb Classics, two premium-quality algorithmic reverbs inspired by renowned studio hardware
BERLIN, Germany (MuseWire) — Even though Native Instruments no longer attends NAMM to showcase new products, they can still time their news for the show. Native Instruments this week launched REVERB CLASSICS – two premium-quality algorithmic reverbs inspired by renowned studio hardware. While each effect has its own distinct sound, both provide a rich, harmonic character that adds dimension and depth to any source.
TOKYO (MuseWire) – International music technology manufacturer Native Instruments is pleased to announce the opening of its dedicated Japanese branch in Harajuku, Tokyo. Established to directly serve the company’s long-standing Japanese user base and business partners, the new office is also intended to further expand the company’s footprint in the crucial Japanese market for music […]
BERLIN (MuseWire) – Native Instruments today introduced SCARBEE RICKENBACKER BASS, a new KONTAKT instrument featuring the sound of a Rickenbacker 4003 bass guitar. Sampled by bassist and instrument designer Thomas Skarbye, SCARBEE RICKENBACKER BASS is also the first software version of this bass to be approved by Rickenbacker®. SCARBEE RICKENBACKER® BASS delivers the sound of […]
BERLIN, Germany (MuseWire) — Native Instruments today introduced ABBEY ROAD VINTAGE DRUMMER, a new KONTAKT instrument that features the sound of two vintage drum kits from the 1940s. Both kits were recorded with a combination of state-of-the-art equipment and period microphones at Abbey Road Studios in London, providing a natural, open sound suitable for contemporary productions.
Native Instruments introduces SESSION HORNS – a new KONTAKT instrument that features the sound of a four-piece horn section
Berlin, Germany (MuseWire) – Native Instruments today introduced SESSION HORNS, a new KONTAKT instrument that features the sound of a four-piece horn section. Notable for its pristine and authentic sound, SESSION HORNS is designed to allow producers of all levels access to high quality horns, and includes a number of features that make it a […]
Berlin, Germany (MuseWire) – Native Instruments today introduced RAW VOLTAGE, a new MASCHINE Expansion which captures the sound of a huge modular synthesizer system. For instant use with MASCHINE or MASCHINE MIKRO, RAW VOLTAGE contains kits, instruments and patterns that share the unique, rich and organic sound characteristics of analog synthesis. A compact version of […]
Native Instruments and Dirigent announce they will conclude 15 year distribution partnership at the end of 2012
BERLIN, Germany (MuseWire) – Native Instruments and Dirigent this week announced that they will conclude their distribution partnership at the end of this year. After nearly 15 years of highly successful cooperation with Japanese distributor Dirigent, Native Instruments is now preparing to open up a dedicated Japanese branch in 2013. With an initial staff of […]
Native Instruments releases TRAKTOR PRO 2.5 – introduces the innovative Remix Decks with 64 Loop Slots
BERLIN, Germany (MuseWire) – Today, Native Instruments announced the availability of TRAKTOR PRO 2.5. This latest version introduces the innovative Remix Decks, giving access to a powerful loop suite made up of 64 slots, each able to hold loops, one-shot samples or even tracks. DJs can control up to four Remix Decks at once and […]
Native Instruments introduces THE GIANT – Virtual Instrument featuring the Intense Sound of the Klavins Piano Model 370i
BERLIN, Germany (MuseWire) – Native Instruments today introduced THE GIANT, a new instrument based on the world’s biggest upright piano. For use in KONTAKT 5 or the free KONTAKT 5 PLAYER, THE GIANT features the intense sound of the Klavins Piano Model 370i, a super-sized instrument delivering a colossal sonic spectrum equally well-suited to urban […]
Native Instruments announces SKANNER XT – virtual instrument designed by the expert team behind REAKTOR
BERLIN, Germany (MuseWire) – Native Instruments today introduced SKANNER XT, a unique and highly distinctive KOMPLETE instrument, designed by the expert team behind REAKTOR. With a strong focus on unconventional tone and genuine musical expression, SKANNER XT is both an exceptional library addition for REAKTOR 5 users as well as an excellent sound resource for […]
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (MuseWire) – Native Instruments has just launched a major recruiting initiative that comprises both a comprehensive advertising campaign and a highly functional new online careers section. “It’s the unique people at NI that shape our products and define what this company is all about,” said Native Instruments’ CEO Daniel Haver. “This is […]