Production Reviews

Maschine Lone Forest Expansion

The NI Team continues releasing brand new soundpacks for users of its popular Maschine Production Stations to keep things fresh for aspiring producers when making new tracks and beats. The newest MASCHINE Expansion for dub basses and crackling beats productions is called Lone Forest and it comes with lots of reverb synth samples & special kits for drones and atmospheric sounds.  There’s also a version available for the iMaschine iphone app for only $1.  Check out the details after the jump!

Production: NI Symphony Series BRASS [Video]

Native Instruments continues to expand its production and music creation software, KONTAKT with a new horn instruments add-on called Symphony Series BRASS. NI’s new Symphony Series BRASS comes in two flavors called the BRASS ENSEMBLE that will give a nice full harmony of horns playing together, and the BRASS SOLO which has singular horn player sounds for music creation.  BRASS ENSEMBLE and BRASS SOLO can be purchased separately or as a bundle called BRASS COLLECTION for a package deal price.  Check out the quick video, links, and more after the jump.

Maschine Amplified Funk Expansion

The NI Team is always releasing brand new soundpacks for users of its popular Maschine Production Stations to keep things fresh for aspiring producers when making new tracks and beats. The newest MASCHINE Expansion for Funky Bass-Groove style productions is called Amplified Funk and it comes with lots of cool and contemporary Funk and R&B sounds.  There’s also a version available for the iMaschine iphone app.

Gibson LP8 Active Reference Monitor Unboxing [Video]

The Gibson brand is well-known for its iconic Guitars that are said to be some of the best in the World.  Gibson has recently released a new set of Active Reference Monitors named after Les Paul called the LP4, LP6, and LP8.  Gibson just sent us a pair of LP8 monitors for the full out video review to see if these will work for the studio and light DJ duty.  Check out our unboxing video of the LP8 in the meantime to see everything that comes in the box and the beautiful finish that sets these apart from anything else on the market…

Beatmaking On Maschine Discussion [Video]

The recently reviewed Native Instruments Maschine Studio hardware provides best-in-class production control with two new hi-res color displays, a new edit section with a large jog wheel, and 16-multi-color backlit velocity-sensitive drum pads.  At last month’s Red Bull Music Academy Festival in New York, NI and RBMA teamed up to put together a special roundtable with hip-hop studio icons Just Blaze, 9th Wonder, Khrysis, and G.O.O.D. Music’s President Che Pope. It was a really interesting conversation about collaboration, hip-hop production and how to make songs with Maschine.

Native Instruments Summer Of Sound Sale

Native Instruments has just launched the Summer of Sound Sales Special which offers certain product owner’s 50% off sales specials of new software plug-ins, upgrades, and crossgrades including KOMPLETE 10 and KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE production suites, as well as the MASCHINE 2 software update. The SUMMER OF SOUND special runs from now until June 30, 2015 at the NI Online Shop and at retailers worldwide while supplies last.

Out Now: NI Maschine 2.3 & Komplete 1.1

We recently reviewed the new Native Instruments tools that allow producers to make music of all styles and genres.  The NI Maschine Studio easily allows users to bang out beats on the drum pads while the NI Komplete Keyboards made it simple to add a melody to the rhythm.  Now NI has released the new Maschine 2.3 and the Komplete 1.1 updates that will make workflows easier and give producers a head start when making new music.

NI Komplete Kontrol Keyboards Update & Special

Late last year, we reviewed the new Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S49 Keyboard and the Komplete Ultimate Software setup which was rather expensive all together, but still provided a superb experience when using them together to craft beats.  NI will now offer the Komplete Kontrol Keyboards with a free software download that will give users lots of Komplete sounds and melodies to start crafting beats without needing to purchase additional software.  The NI team also has also launched a limited-time KEYS TO KOMPLETE Sales Special.

Maschine Astral Flutter Expansion

The NI Team is always releasing brand new soundpacks for users of its popular Maschine Production Stations to keep things fresh for aspiring producers when making new tracks and beats. The newest MASCHINE Expansion for Hip-Hop “galactic” style productions is called Astral Flutter and it comes with abstract and tweak-able sounds and grooves to get you started.  There’s also a version available for the iMaschine iphone app.

Akai Advance Series Keyboards Preview [Video]

The New Akai Pro Advance Series Keyboards will come in 25-key, 49-key, and 61-key variants and includes high-quality features such as the semi-weighted keybed,  official MPC RGB backlit Pads, control knobs, rubberized mod & pitch wheels, and a high resolution full-color screen to view and change parameters.  Check out this quick Advance Keyboard walkthrough video with Jennifer from Akai and T-GUT from the djbooth.

 

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