Native Instruments Adds VST Support, Invites Third Party Plug-In Development, More

Native_Instruments_at_Musikmesse_2015At Musikmesse 2015: Native Instruments has introduced three “major innovations” for their Komplete Kontrol keyboard portfolio:

  • NI announced the inclusion of the new Komplete Select instruments and effects suite with Komplete Kontrol keyboards,
  • a “significant update” to the Komplete Kontrol software,
  • and the debut of Native Kontrol Standard (NKS) – a new format allowing “deep integration” of third party plug-ins.

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Output Debuts SIGNAL Pulse-Generating Instrument

Output have announced the release of their new, powerful pulse engine, Signal. This software instrument, created for use with Native Instruments’ Kontakt, focuses on generating pulses, combining “the warmth of fat analog and digital synths” with “the beauty of organic instruments.”

Output_SIGNAL_boxWorking from the premise that “nearly all music is centered on a pulse,” Output, who also created the REV software instrument, gathered a team of 70 designers and developers to build an instrument “that pushes beyond conventional limits of synths and samples.” Continue reading

Is Native Instruments ‘Stems’ Audio Format The Future Of DJing…Or Karaoke?

Native Instruments today introduced a new audio file format standard, Stems, at the Winter Music Conference.

Stems is an open audio file format that basically stores four ‘stem’ tracks (for example – bass, drums, melody & vocals) along with the full mix. The format is designed to simplify live remixing of tracks, because it provides a standard way to deliver remix-friendly audio.

When playing a track, the Stems format makes it easy to do drop out any of the four stem parts. Native is aiming at broad adoption by making Stems an open format. They also plan to release a free tool for creating Stems files, Stem Creator Tool.

In the video above, DJ TechTools‘ Ean Golden gives an overview of the new Stems format.   Continue reading

Spitfire Releases ‘Extended Family’ Sample Libraries

EFM_SD01_DUSTBUNDLE_3DCompositional tools creator Spitfire Audio has announced the first releases in its “Extended Family” series of sample libraries, all produced by third-party developers. The first libraries released are SD01 Dustbundle, and Redcola Trailer Giant volume 1.

British sample developers Sound Dust have created the first library, SD01 Dustbundle, a purpose-built bundle comprising all six of the company’s top-selling, “most inspiring, and delightful” virtual instruments for Native Instruments’ Kontakt platform. The bundle has instruments sampled from vintage 19th century Scottish Dulcitone keyboards, tonewheel organs, a “plastic ghost piano,” and the hilariously named Grand Thrift Autoharp.
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Massive Sound Design Recipe Book

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Rishabh Rajan has released the NI Massive Sound Design Recipe Book – a free iBook.

In this book, sound designer and producer, Rajan, shares 8 self-contained sound design projects that are recipes to get your synth skills honed.

Each project includes zoomable screenshots and audio examples so you can follow along. You will learn how to create monophonic sawtooth leads, basses, click organs, retro strings, wobble basses, eerie pads, EDM snare sounds and more. Continue reading

iMaschine Update Adds Audiobus, Inter-App Audio

imaschineNative Instruments has released an update to iMaschine, adding Audiobus, Inter-App Audio and more.

Here’s what’s new in iMaschine 1.2.0:

  • Audiobus integration – chain the sound from iMaschine into apps such as GarageBand
  • Inter-App Audio integration – stream audio output to other apps. Supports transport control and sync on iPad, supports transport sync on iPhone.
  • Non-destructive Sample Start/Stop position editing
  • Improved workflow for Track/Song Import via iTunes
  • Covers and artist names shown when browsing iTunes songs
  • Fixes display issues on iPhone 6+ devices
  • GUI and workflow improvements
  • Miscellaneous bugfixes

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