Native Instrument Announces Komplete Kontrol 1.5, NKS Plugin Format & S88 Keyboard


Native Instruments today announced several updates to its Komplete Kontrol line:

  • Native Kontrol Standard, a new plug-in format allowing third-party instruments to achieve the same deep integration previously only reserved for Komplete Instruments;
  • VST support lets Komplete Kontrol owners load and play their entire software instrument collection; and
  • Komplete Kontrol S88 is a new keyboard controller with 88 fully weighted, hammer-action keys.

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midiSTEPs For iOS – A Step Sequencer Inspired By The Roland SH-101


Arthur Kerns has introduced midiSTEPs a new step sequencer for iOS that he describes as ‘powerful but fun’.

midiSTEPs was designed to be easy to use, in a way that’s similar to the SH-101 sequencer, where you can just quickly enter a few keyboard notes and you’re ready to hit play. At the same time, it also incorporates many ideas from other classic and modern sequencers, allowing you to set control values per step, mute and skip existing steps, switch between multiple patterns and parts, sync and link patterns in various ways, and modify your sequences. Continue reading

Soniccouture Intros Imogen Heap: Box Of Tricks

Soniccouture has introduced a new sound library for Kontakt, featuring the sounds of Imogen Heap, Box Of Tricks.

Box Of Tricks is a selection of virtual instruments, sampled in detail and with custom scripts, effects, and tools; all designed the way she wanted to use them. Soniccouture says that Box Of Tricks has already been beta-tested in Imogen’s live performances and studio projects: a process that helped generate ideas and refine the instruments.

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Microsoft Surface Book First Look

This video, via mobile technology vloggers Pocketnow, is a first look at the new Surface Book.

While the video is for general audiences, it does show that Microsoft is interested in winning over electronic musicians. At their introduction, the company was showing their new laptop as part of an electronic music setup.  Continue reading