Native Instruments Reviews
We recently reviewed the new Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S8 which is a very powerful DJ controller for Traktor while also working as a DVS enabled mixer for external turntables and CDJ style control. The legendary DJ Shiftee has just completed a pretty sick turntable timecode DVS performance along with using some of the new cool features on the Traktor Kontrol S8 such as Freeze Mode. Check out this dope performance video to see what’s possible with the new S8.
Native Instruments has officially announced the arrival of their newest compact DJ controller for Traktor called the Traktor Kontrol D2. The Traktor Kontrol D2 is essentially the “deck” section of the recently reviewed Traktor Kontrol S8 DJ controller and it sports the same hi-res screen and heavy remix deck control with multicolored backlit pads and volume controls. The D2 and the S8 will also use these remix deck controls to manipulate the new Stems file format.
The Native Instruments Maschine Studio is a very powerful tool that can be used as a centerpiece for any producers who want to make music. We reviewed the Maschine Studio last year and we found that it provides best-in-class control with two new hi-res color displays, a new edit section with a large jog wheel, and very responsive 16-multi-color backlit velocity-sensitive drum pads with an unlimited number of groups. From now until April 30th users can now purchase a new NI Maschine Studio for only $799; which is a pretty massive $200 discount!
Yesterday, Native Instruments announced a new open source music file format called Stems that will allow DJ’s to manipulate tracks like never before. Stems will break down songs into four different parts like bassline, melody, vocals, and drums. This way, DJ’s can now manipulate these four different parts separately with effects, cue points, loops, or whatever else one’s heart desires. The new format uses MP4 coding and the onus will be on the industry producers to create these partial files in conjunction with their normal track duties when music is made.
Native Instruments has just announced that their awesome KOMPLETE Effects suite is running a 50% off promotion so producers can get the effects they want at a great cost. This promotion only lasts until Monday March 23rd so act fast to take advantage of these savings. Check out the full press release and promo video after the jump for the full details.
We recently reviewed the Native Instruments Maschine Studio hardware and software which is a great production tool that can be used in the studio behind the scenes or in all out live performances. Check out this new live drumming video by ASADI on the Native Instruments Maschine MK2.
Just a few hours ago, I hopped on the Stanton ST-150 turntables and the Traktor Z2 Mixer for a quick freestyle session featuring songs from my newest mixtape release; Blazing Cuts February 2015. I took the camera out to give you a quick freestyle mixing session with some of my favorite tracks of this latest release. Check out my quick freestyle video session and download/stream my latest February 2015 mixtape inside.
Late last year, we reviewed the new Native Instruments Powerful tools that allow producers to make music of all styles and genres. The Native Instruments Maschine Studio easily allows users to bang out beats on the drum pads while the Native Instruments Komplete Keyboards made it simple to add a melody to the rhythm. Now Native Instruments has integrated the Maschine Studio with the Komplete Keyboards to make an easy and intuitive workflow for production.
The Traktor Remix Decks allows DJ’s to perform like producers in real-time while beatmashing and remixing with different sounds, loops, hotcues, and effects using different controllers like the Traktor Kontrol S8 and F1. Traktor Pro 2 comes with a few Remix sets to get users started, but NI has made sure to keep releasing Fresh and New Remix Sets for users to play with, all for a small fee. Check out the seven new Remix Sets created by various artists and record labels after the jump.
The NI Team is always releasing brand new soundpacks for users of its popular Maschine Production Stations to keep the creative juices flowing for aspiring producers when making new tracks and beats. The newest MASCHINE Expansion for Hip-Hop producers is called Prospect Haze and it comes with melodic sounds and grooves from the 90’s “golden-age” Hip-Hop era. There’s also a version available for the iMaschine iphone app. Check out the details in the press release from NI and the links after the jump.
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