Finnish design house Cremacaffe has debuted two whimsical, modular gear stands, ‘Spike’ and the ‘OP-Bunny,’ designed especially for holding small synths and drum machines.
Cremacaffe’s OP-Bunny is meant for use with Teenage Engineering’s OP-1 synthesizer. The original design of the OP-Bunny (pictured above) consists of two interlocking wooden pieces that easily come together for holding the OP-1 at a slight angle. The stand disassembles and can be stashed, along with the small synth, in a small soft bag (included). Continue reading →
Native Instruments has introduced MAGNATE HUSTLE – a new MASCHINE Expansion tailored to urban pop styles.
The expansion pack features a set of guitar licks and chords, synths, and drum sounds plus new presets for Massive and the Maschine 2 Drum Synths. It runs in the Maschine 2 software on Maschine Studio, Maschine, or Maschine Mikro.
A compact version for iMaschine is also available via the in-app store. Continue reading →
Online tech training provider, Producertech, have launched their newest project, web-based training courses for Native Instruments’ groove production studio, Maschine.
The new NI Maschine courses range from overview classes that cover all areas of the software and hardware, to courses focusing on certain styles of music, like House and Glitch Hop. There is even a Producer’s Guide to Music Theory class. Additional courses are in development.
The Maschine-courses website boasts “intuitive functionality,” and online courses that work well on all browsing devices, including smart phones and tablets. Courses come with accompanying downloadable materials, such as Maschine projects, bonus packs of Loopmasters samples and Maschine kits, written notes and projects that enable students to practice their newly-acquired skills.
For more detailed information about Producerworks’ classes, visit the Maschine Courses website.
Native Instruments today released Circuit Halo, a new Maschine expansion. Circuit Halo combines “intricately-sampled” vintage synths and classic drum machines with more contemporary patterns. Circuit Halo’s sound set also boasts new presets for the (included) Massive and Reaktor Prism synths.
Synth Sounds. Circuit Halo features a collection of samples from vintage synthesizers such as the Roland Juno 60, Casio VL-Tone, Prophet 5, Yamaha DX7, Sequential Circuits Pro One and Six-Trak, and the original Korg MS-20. Each instrument was carefully multi-sampled to capture the “characteristic warm low end,” and idiosyncrasies such as pitch drift, that analog equipment adds to productions. Continue reading →