NI Intros Astral Flutter, A ‘Psychedelic Hip-Hop’ Maschine Expansion


Native Instruments has  introduced Astral Flutter – a new Maschine Expansion aimed at producers creating psychedelic hip hop

Astral Flutter includes new presets for NI’s Massive synth and the Maschine 2 Drum Synths. Additional construction kits feature sampled drums processed. A collection of patterns, characterized by the off-kilter beats and tight syncopations of experimental hip hop styles, are also included. Continue reading

The Sickness Step Sequencer Max For Live Tutorials

Sonic Faction has published 2 new Max for Live tutorial videos featuring The Sickness Step Sequencer for APC40 and Launchpad.

The Sickness Step Sequencer comes with purchase of The Sickness, a new synth for Ableton Live. This device turns your APC40 or Launchpad into a hands-on, command center for The Sickness.

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Native Instruments Slashes Prices On Maschine, Maschine Mikro

Native Instruments has announced that it’s slashing the price of both Maschine & Maschine Mikro. Through August 31st, 2012, Maschine is available for 399 $/€, and Maschine Mikro for 249 $/€.

  • Maschine – The hardware controller that combines the flexibility of computer-based music production with the ease of a groove box into one powerful creative tool. Until August 31st, it’s priced at 399 $/€ (originally $599/599 EUR).
  • Maschine Mikro – The compact music production studio — the same pads, the same software and the same 6 GB+ library as MASCHINE, but smaller and highly portable. Until August 31st, it’s priced at 249 $/€ (originally $399/399 EUR).

See the Native Instruments site for details.

Modulations Documentary Looks At The Evolution Of Electronic Music

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Modulations is a feature-length documentary that traces the evolution of electronic music as one of the most profound artistic developments of the 20th century.

By cutting back and forth between avant garde composers, Kraftwerk’s innovative synthesizer drones, Giorgio Moroder’s glacial Euro-disco, Afrika Bambaataa’s electro-funk and Prodigy’s current worldwide superstarstardom, Modulations ‘celebrates the nomadic drift of the post-human techno sound’.

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ModernBeats Releases Radio MAX Music Loops

ModernBeats has released Radio MAX Music Loops – a sample library that features over 200 ‘Pop Radio’ style music loops, 600 files in 3 formats (WAV/AIFF/REX2), and 814MB in size,

The loopset was designed at 120BPM and provides 10 construction-style multi-track Radio/Pop/R&B/Dance music themes with up to 4 variations per theme. All loops mix-match seamlessly together in a construction-style layout, allowing for full mixing control and arrangement.

Instruments Included:

  • Acoustic Guitar, Acoustic Bells, Analog Bass, Arpeggio Synths
  • Brass Section, Breath Sound Effects, Chorus Synths, Choir Pads
  • Electric Guitar, Ensemble Strings, Glide Bass, Guitar Harmonics
  • Horns Section, Marcato Strings, Muted Guitar, Portamento Synths
  • Phaser Pads, Piano, Staccato Strings, Saw Synth Leads
  • Square Synth Leads, Sync Synths, Synth Bells, Synth Pads
  • Synth Sound Effects, Violins, Vocoder FX, & Vocal Sound FX

Radio MAX Loops is offered as a download, priced at $39.95. See the Modern Beats site for previews and details.