Native Instruments Introduces Replika XT Multi-Mode Delay

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Native Instruments has introduced Replika XT – a creative multi-mode delay plugin for OS X & Windows.

The five delay modes span crisp digital repeats, ‘analog warmth’, and experimental textures. Additionally, seven effects and advanced options let you add depth and width to mixes. Continue reading

NI Debuts Native Sessions ‘Sonic Hooks’ Interview Series

Native_Instruments_Sonic_Hooks_Kimbra_BrenmarNative Instruments recently held their Native Sessions event series in cities around the world, programs which focus on how creators can craft their own “signature sound.”

Those interviews, lectures and panels were all recorded, and today NI released the programs as “Sonic Hooks” videos.

NI’s event organizers explain the idea behind the “Sonic Hooks” theme:

“The success of a track often rests on its hookline – and its trademark sound. Across the globe, our Sonic Hooks series explored the tools and techniques for creating sonically unique hooks with MASCHINE and KOMPLETE, and heard from a roster of guest speakers like Fatima al-Qadiri, Kimbra, Lotic, WIFE, and more.”

The Sonic Hooks series kicks off in Berlin with a “curated history” of sonic hooks in electronic music and modern songwriting, presented by music journalist Philip Shelburne (Pitchfork, prev. Resident Advisor, Wire, Spin):
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An Introduction To Reaktor’s Euro Reakt Blocks

This official Native Instruments video features an introduction to Michael Hetrick’s free Euro Reakt Blocks.

Euro Reakt is a series of Blocks inspired by many decades of modular synthesizer innovation. These Blocks focus on the aspects of modular synthesis that make it so popular and unique, including generative composition, wild multi-out effects, intense modulations and deep control. Continue reading

Native Instruments Intros ‘Rising Crescent’ Maschine Expansion

Native Instruments today introduced Rising Crescent , which they are calling “the first Maschine Expansion to explore the sounds and rhythms of the modern orient.”

Rising Crescent pulls from musical cultures in and around the Mediterranean, and combines them with modern bass production techniques. The expansion is aimed at producers of all genres in search of “fresh, non-western flavors” to add to their music.
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The Best New Desktop Software Synths Of 2015

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best-of-2015-desktop-software-synthsBest of 2015: We asked and you voted, choosing Spectrasonics Omnisphere – by a wide margin – as the Best New Desktop Software Synth Of 2015.

Omnisphere was already an extremely powerful synth. But with Omnisphere 2, Spectrasonics amps up everything, bringing new synthesis capabilities, an improved interface, a better arpeggiator, 25 new effects and a massive 10,000+ presets.

The long-awaited Native Instruments Reaktor 6 took the second place in our reader poll, followed by Arturia’s V Collection Classics.

Here’s the full list – check it out and let us know what you think of software synths in 2015! Continue reading

Sample Logic Introduces Cinemorphx for Kontakt

Sample_Logic_CinemorphxThis week, Sample Logic announced Cinemorphx, their “groundbreaking” cinematic virtual instrument library.

Intended for use in sound design or music production, and powered by Native Instruments’ Kontakt Player platform, the library is built on the framework of Sample Logic’s Cinematic Guitars Infinity.

Totaling more than 6,000 presets and 30 GB, Cinemorphx is made up of all of the sample material from Sample Logic’s legacy Ambience, Impacts, Rhythms (A.I.R.), The Elements, and Synergy virtual instruments, but with all-new sound design, presets, and effects functionality.
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Native Instruments Intros Flesh Performance Instrument

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Native Instruments has introduced Flesh – a new ‘performance instrument’ designed for turning rhythmic source material into all the elements of a complete production, including basslines, melodies, chords, harmonies, and more.

Flesh lets you load up to 12 samples, then it analyzes the transients and spectral profile of the sound. This information is transformed it into curves and triggers, which get sent to four audio engines for re-synthesizing as new sonic material. The result is dynamic riffs and grooves that they say ‘feel faithful to the source material’

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