NI Releases Circuit Halo Expansion For Maschine

NI_Circuit_Halo_Maschine_Expansion_ScreenshotNative 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

Native Instruments Offering 50% Off Updates, Upgrades & Crossgrades

Native Instruments logoNative Instruments is offering 50% off updates, upgrades, and crossgrades through the end of June, in its Summer of Sound sale

Here’s what they have to say about the sale:

The biggest Summer of Sound special ever is here, and software updates, upgrades, and crossgrades are half price.

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House Icon MK in Native Instruments Video: ‘Future of DJing = No Vinyl’

Native Instruments today kicked off “The Future of DJing,” a new video series featuring international artists and showcasing how new technologies found on Traktor products inspire creativity.

Throughout the summer, The Future of DJing series will profile the artist, and explore how technological innovation plays a role in their performance. With The Future of DJing video series, Native Instruments says they aim to kick-start discussions with artists, labels, and the media about the future of DJing.
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iMaschine Update Adds Sampling From iTunes, Sample Editing & More

imaschine-ipadNative Instruments has released an update to iMaschine, its iOS mobile ‘groove production’ app.

The update adds iPad optimization, sampling from iTunes, sample editing features and more. The updates add up to a much more powerful iMaschine, moving it further into music production center territory.

iMaschine is designed to let you create “music sketches” with an iPad or iPhone. The update features a new user interface and an optimized layout for iPhone 5, iPad and iPad mini.

On the iPad, the modified iMaschine interface allows two-handed operation. Editing and performing functions are now on the same window as the application’s 16 drum pads, 2-octave keyboard and the audio recorder, smoothing its workflow.

The update also includes an addition to the standard library, the “Quantum Collection”, an iMaschine expansion featuring a choice selection of sounds from the recently released Maschine 2 Library. iTunes sampling allows users to capture parts from the music on their iOS device and edit the samples’ start and end points.

The update also brings easier writing and performing, with a number of workflow enhancements.

X/Y performance controls are a new way to perform effects. A swipe redo/undo function contributes to a faster workflow. Lastly, listening to requests from the iMaschine community, this iMaschine update adds a metronome on/off switch.

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