Native Instruments today announced that Maschine Studio and Maschine 2.0 are now available.
- Maschine Studio joins the family of Maschine products with expanded tactile control and two hi-resolution color displays.
- Maschine 2.0 delivers a new mixer page, new audio engine, dynamic drum synth plug-ins and more to all three Maschine hardware versions.
Here’s the official intro video for Maschine Studio: Continue reading
AudioThing has released a new Toy Marimba instrument for Kontakt.
Toy Marimba features “a small tuned percussion instrument” made of rosewood and rope. Product developers describe how they created the virtual instrument:
“This handmade toy instrument was found in a distressed state and some work was required to restore its original functionality. It was sampled with wood and bamboo mallets, with 3 Round Robin repetitions and 3 velocity layers for the main hits. Slides and glissandos (up/down with 3 speeds) are also included along with slowed down samples crafted for wooden and airy textures.”
Toy Marimba Details: Continue reading
Native Instruments today announced Maschine Studio – a new ‘flagship’ hardware controller – and an updated version of their Maschine groove production studio software.
Maschine Studio is considerably larger than the original Maschine and provides expanded tactile control and new hi-resolution color displays.
Maschine 2.0 features a host of enhancements, including a new mixer page and dynamic drum synth plug-ins, designed to deliver more power and speed to all three Maschine production studios.
Here’s an intro video to the new Maschine Studio: Continue reading
Native Instruments has just released updated versions of their DJ systems: the 4+1 channel Traktor Kontrol S4 and the 2+1-channel Traktor Kontrol S2 DJ system. The S4 and S2 are now also Traktor DJ-compatible.
The Traktor Kontrol S4 and S2 combine a DJ mixing interface, built-in 24-bit/96 kHz soundcard, and an “intuitive” interface engineered for control of Native Instruments’ Traktor software. Both all-in-one DJ systems now offer added control over the latest Traktor Pro 2 features. Furthermore, the S4 and S2 are both now plug-and-play with Traktor DJ, the company’s DJ app for iPad and iPhone.
Traktor Kontrol S4 and S2 Features: Continue reading
Native Instruments this week introduced Kinetic Metal, a new instrument to help producers and sound designers create “ethereal sound beds, shifting textures, and delicate, tonal percussion.”
Comprised of over 200 multi-layered patches running in NI Kontakt 5*, Kinetic Metal combines sampled “unconventional” metal objects with artificial waveforms. The result is a broad range of atmospheric textures, mallet-like lead sounds, and delicate percussion. Two large, easy-to-use modification wheels allow users to quickly manipulate the sound. An auto-motion feature (explained at around 3:20 in the video, at the bottom of this story, as being “like an LFO on steroids“) allows users to set one or both of these wheels turning on their own, giving producers freedom to focus on performance.
Dude, that’s metal. No, seriously. Continue reading
Native Instruments today announced new versions of its 4-channel DJ system Traktor Kontrol S4 and its 2-channel counterpart, the Traktor Kontrol S2.
Kontrol S4 and S2 combine a DJ mixing interface, built-in 24 bit/96 kHz sound card, and an intuitive interface in a DJ system engineered for control of NI’s Traktor software.
Both the S4 and S2 boast an improved look with added control over the newest features of Traktor Pro 2. Additionally, the Kontrol S4 and S2 are both now “plug-and-play” with Traktor DJ for iPad and iPhone.
Traktor Kontrol S4 and S2 features include: Continue reading