[Video] The Beat Thang 1.3.0 Unboxing & First Impressions

The BKE Beat Thang digital production station was released a few short years ago and we were happy to report that this powerful machine was easy to use and built to last. The Beat Thang now undergoes a hardware and software refresh with a new 1.3.0 update that makes the Beat Thang even more powerful by leveraging more processing efficiencies for a smoother operation. There's also more sounds and samples added to the thousands that are already on-board and a new MIDI clock feature that allows users to connect multiple MIDI controllers and production software.

[Video] NI Maschine Studio Announced

Native Instruments has just announced their new flagship Production hardware, the Maschine Studio, and new software called Maschine 2.0. The new Maschine Studio hardware is even larger than the original and provides best-in-class control with new hi-res color displays, a new edit section with jog wheel, and excellent 16-multi-color backlit pads. The Maschine 2.0 software provides lots of improvements to the user interface and works better and faster on all three Maschine Production devices.

[Review] Beats By Dr. Dre Beats Pro Headphones

We recently reviewed the new Beats By Dr. Dre Mixr Professional DJ headphones and we were impressed with the build quality, the sound signature, and all the other features that worked well inside the DJ booth. The Beats Pro headphones have a completely solid steel/aluminum construction, an over-the-ear design for good isolation, and a folding-swivel construction for one-ear monitoring and storage. Watch the complete review video to see how they hold up through the tests.

Akai Announces RPM500 and RPM800 Monitors

Akai, the legendary studio production station company, has announced the release of two new Studio reference monitors called the RPM500 (with a 5-inch woofer) and the RPM800 (with an 8-inch woofer). These new powered monitors boast great balance, sound, and build quality at a competitive price point. Each of these RPM monitors also have High Frequency Trim, Mid-Range Boost, and Low Frequency cutoff controls along with XLR, TRS, and RCA inputs on the back. Check out the full press release and pricing in the announcement.

[Video] Japanese Beatmasters Love Maschine

Native Instruments has just released the first of many videos that showcase top Japanese producers, performers, and DJ's and their creative processes as they pertain to the MASCHINE groove production system. Since NI Japanese office launch earlier this year, the company has been working with top local artists and talent on a series of activities to expand their footprint in the region.

[Production Gear] Free ATH-M50 Headphones with AT 40-Series Mic Purchase

From July 1 through December 31, 2013, anyone who purchases a qualifying Audio-Technica 40 Series high-quality studio microphone will have the chance to redeem an offer for a free pair of ATH-M50 professional studio monitor headphones. With this bundle, anyone will have the tools needed for a truly professional studio microphone and headphone setup.

Maschine Custom Kits Pricedrop

Native Instruments has recently a pricedrop for the new Maschine MK2 Custom Kits which allows users to change the style and look of their production hardware. The Custom Kit is a replacement metal front-plate and knobs that come in 5 different color schemes to make your Maschine stand out from the norm. The new pricing of these kits is now only $29, so be sure to customize your Maschine with this cool new deal. Check out our Custom Kit Install video and full written review of the new Maschine MK2 after the jump.

[Production Gear] PULSWERK Maschine Expansion

Native Instruments is always releasing brand new soundpacks for users of its popular Maschine Music Production Station to keep the creative juices flowing for aspiring producers when making new tracks and beats. The newest MASCHINE Expansion for House and Techno is called PULSEWERK and it comes packed with 30 drum kits and 20 unique Special Kits created exclusively with pitched sound sources. 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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