This is an official intro, featuring Casio’s Mike Martin. If you get beyond the swirling ‘XW’ graphics, the video offers a good overview of the new XW-P1 synth. It also has a lot better audio than most of the NAMM Show videos, giving you a better idea of what the new synth can do.
Native Instruments has introduced Maschine Mikro, an entry-level version of its Maschine groove production workstation.
Maschine Mikro is based on a portable controller that provides hands-on control of the central Maschine features, at two-thirds of the size and weight of the full-sized hardware. Utilizing a single display and a dynamically assigned encoder to enable its compact footprint, the bus-powered Mikro controller retains the full-sized 4×4 matrix of pressure-sensitive, dynamically backlit Maschine drum pads.
Above, Jeremy Ellis demonstrates Maschine Mikro with some mind-melting controllerism. Continue reading
Some impressions from the recording process of Me Oh My, from Bryan Ferry’s new Olympia album, featuring Native Instruments Maschine.
Xenon is a hybrid groove workstation that features a polyphonic hybrid synthesizer, 2 x VA monophonic synthesizers, polyphonic PCM synthesizer, rhythm machine, sequencer and a mixer.
It sells for $5.99.
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Chicago hip hop producer No I.D., who has worked with Kanye West, Jermaine Dupri, Rihanna and Young Jeezy among others, discusses using Native Instruments Maschine for hip hop production.
The money quote: “I like to get things where I like them, so some other engineer doesn’t come along and try to put his special sauce on my sandwich. I like my sandwich the way it is.”