Native Instruments Debuts Stems Open File Format

Native Instruments today launched Stems, their multi-track audio format. Stems introduces what NI is calling “enhanced performance possibilities” for DJs and a “new paradigm” for the greater music industry.

Stems is an open file format which allows the user the ability to manipulate (and, in NI’s words, “freely interact with”) a track’s four different musical elements – such as drums, bass, keys and vocals. The volume, filter, and effects settings of each stem can be controlled independently, enabling creation of “instant” new mixes, mashups, instrumentals, a cappellas, and more.
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Output Releases Free “Lite” Signal Pulse Engine

Output_Signal_FreeOutput Sounds has released a free version of their pulse engine, Signal, called, not surprisingly, Signal Free.

Working 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” in the creation of the original Signal product.

The Signal Free release is a “lite” version of the complete Signal, featuring all the same functionality with a few exceptions: 2GB of content (vs 40 GB in the full version) and 25 presets (vs >500 in the full Output Signal version).
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Native Instruments Releases More Info On New ‘Stems’ Format

stem-creator-toolNative Instruments has released more info on its new Stems format – an open audio file format that basically contains 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.

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Audiomodern Releases Sync 2, Polyrhythmic Sampler Instrument

Audiomodern has released Sync 2, a loop-based sampler instrument for Native Instruments’ Kontakt.*

SYNC 2 focuses on “futuristic sounding” electronic and glitch drum groove construction kits that blend IDM, Breaks, Organic, Ambient, Glitch, Trip-hop, Minimal, and “Futuristic” Electronica, among others.
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NI Now Shipping Traktor Kontrol D2

Native Instruments today announced the release of Traktor Kontrol D2, their latest performance-oriented DJ deck.

The touch-sensitive controls on the compact Traktor Kontrol D2, and its full-color display provide “seamless” Traktor workflow, along with a host of features for multi-channel mixing with the upcoming Stems open audio format. Continue reading

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

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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

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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