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Free Synths for Lo-Fi Music production
by Mike Liebner | Oct 17, 2019 | Ableton Live, Synthesizers

A nice little freebie pack of sounds samples effects for Ableton Live from Subacqueous!

Just watch the video to get the download links.

 

There is also a larger pack of sounds available. Sounds great to me! (more…)

1 Hour Lofi Hip Hop Music Mix for Studying and Relaxing
by Mike Liebner | Sep 22, 2019 | Streaming Music

Over 1 hour of the best chill out music in this new lofi hip hop mix from Mellow Kitty!

 

It’s a fun video to watch, but the music is the main star with the best lofi hip hop chill tracks assembled for 1 hour of listening!

Study – relax – do what you do – it’s fun to listen to and watch on the Youtube!

Enjoy the mellow lofi hip hop mix at Mellow Kitty!

1 Hour Lofi Hip Hop Music Mix for Studying and Relaxing

Komplete 12 Software Suite from Native Instruments
by ZZ Logan | Sep 21, 2019 | Kontakt, Native Instruments, VST Effects, VST Instruments, VST Plugins

 

Komplete 12 Software Suite from Native Instruments is loaded with more than 50 new plugins you absolutely must have!

For instance it comes with the all new Massive X which is a monster.

KOMPLETE 12 raises the bar for production, performance, and sound design in any genre. This collection contains more than 50 premium instruments and effects – including KONTAKT 6, TRK-01, and DISCOVERY SERIES: MIDDLE EAST.

KOMPLETE 12 includes 10 Expansions – genre-specific sound packs loaded with synth presets, drum kits, one-shots, samples, and loops. Created by top artists and sound designers, Expansions can be used in any DAW and work with a range of Native Instruments products, including MASSIVE, BATTERY 4, and MONARK. (more…)

Have you ever wondered how they build VST Plugins?
by U G | Sep 17, 2019 | Books, Effects, VST Effects, VST Instruments, VST Plugins

How to Build VST Plugin: Path to Guru

Have you ever thought about the cost to develop a VST was out of reach?

Have you found clear instruction from start to end how to build a VST Plugin dissatisfying?

We know how you feel;

We were once there painstaking hours of research ending nowhere.

We found a way from many years of not giving up our search.

Inside this book, you will find out how to create your own VST Plugins with low budget software.

Don’t underestimate the price we created all our plugins using this wonderful software.

Best of all, throw away all your C++ codebooks, code not anymore. With this software everything done visually.

We teach you how we found this hidden gem where you can find.We give you a rundown of how it works.

Debut Track from Dinner Combination 6 – Enjoy the jazzy chill music!

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Live Performance by Ulrich Schnauss
by Mike Liebner | Sep 4, 2019 | Live Music, Synthesizers

Hey! I ran across this video of Ulrich Schnauss performing a live set. Check it out!

 

The quality is really good!

New music alert!

Mount Fuji Dropouts Video

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Massive X VST Preset Tour of Piano Keys Factory Presets
by Mike Liebner | Sep 3, 2019 | Presets Patches Sounds, Video Demo, VST Instruments, VST Plugins

Check out the new video on Native Instruments Massive X Synth just posted to the VST Plugin Labs Channel on Youtube!

 

Lush – full – gorgeous sounds. Decide for yourself if the Native Instruments Massive X VST Plugin synthesizer has great sounds (or not) with our extensive factory preset demo of the piano keys sounds.

If you like Ulrich Schanuss and electronic music with warm vintage synthesizers you’ll be thrilled to know some of the Massive X presets even sound like Ulrich Schnauss is playing them. (more…)

New Novation Launchkey USB Keyboard Controller
by H V | Aug 30, 2019 | Announcements

Novation Launchkey Mini 25-Note USB Keyboard Controller, MK2 Version

Launchkey Mini (MK2) is Novation’s most compact and portable MIDI keyboard controller. It may be small, but it gives you everything you need to create new tunes in Ableton Live without cluttering up your desk. Launchkey Mini has been designed to make it easy and fun to produce electronic music. All the controls work as soon as you plug it in and are arranged to make the most sense in Ableton Live. 16 velocity-sensitive pads let you launch clips and play beats. They light up to show you when clips are loaded, playing, and recorded and are laid out to match your Ableton Live session view; one row to launch clips, and one row to stop them. You can also easily tweak your instruments using eight high-quality knobs, and sketch out ideas on a 25-note mini keyboard with a fast synth-style action that makes it really enjoyable to play. Launchkey Mini is compact and tough enough to throw in your bag, so you can take it anywhere. It will work the moment you plug it into your laptop and you won’t need any drivers or power cables, because it’s class compliant and bus-powered via USB. You can also connect it to your iPad via a Camera Connection Kit to control all sorts of iOS music apps, like Novation’s free Launchkey App. Launchkey Mini also integrates immediately with FL Studio, Pro Tools, Reason, Cubase, and Logic without any mapping whatsoever. It comes with everything you need to start making music: Ableton Live Lite, XLN Audio Addictive Keys, Novation Bass Station and V Station virtual instruments and over 4GB of Loopmasters samples.

Product Features
Launchkey Mini – the mini keyboard for Ableton Live
16 multi-colour backlit velocity sensitive drum pads
8 knobs, dedicated navigation and control buttons
Software for Mac and PC, Including: Ableton Live Lite, XLN Audio Addictive Keys, Novation Bass Station and V Station virtual instruments and over 4GB of Loopmasters samples
2-year limited warranty on manufacturing defects
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Native Instruments Komplete 12 Ultimate Collector’s Edition Upgrade From Komplete Ultimate 8-11
by ZZ Logan | Jan 28, 2019 | Announcements

Native Instruments Komplete 12 Ultimate Collector’s Edition Upgrade From Komplete Ultimate 8-11

KOMPLETE 12 ULTIMATE is the definitive instruments and effects suite for professional production, scoring, performance, and sound design. This Collector’s Edition contains 100+ premium instruments and effects, plus the full SYMPHONY SERIES – COLLECTION. KOMPLETE 12 ULTIMATE Collector’s Edition includes more than 45 Expansions – genre-specific sound packs loaded with synth presets, drum kits, one-shots, samples, and loops. Created by top artists and sound designers, Expansions can be used in any DAW and work with a range of Native Instruments products, including MASSIVE, BATTERY 4, and MONARK.

Product Features
Contains 100+ premium instruments and effects, plus the full SYMPHONY SERIES – COLLECTION, and more than 45 Expansions
The biggest KOMPLETE: 150+ products, more than 90,000 sounds, and over 650 GB of content
Optimized for use with KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboard
Seamless integration with MASCHINE software and hardware
Works with any DAW
Please Click Here To Learn More or Buy On Amazon

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Native Instruments Traktor 8-Inch DJ Cable for iPad iPhone
by Joe V | Jan 26, 2019 | Announcements, Audio Interface

Native Instruments Traktor DJ Cable With the Native Instruments Traktor DJ Cable you can pre-listen to the next track before the crowd hears it! Traktor DJ Cable is the top-quality cable for Traktor DJ. Monitor cued tracks when DJing with Traktor DJ and Traktor Pro for ultra-smooth mixing. Simply connect Traktor DJ Cable to your iPad, iPhone, or laptop, activate headphone cueing in Traktor DJ, and take the party wherever you go. No Compromises Traktor DJ Cable is made with silver-plated, oxygen-free copper on the inside and gold-plated mini jack connectors at the ends for optimum audio clarity. Designed by the creators of Traktor, Traktor DJ Cable provides a solid base for connectivity with any sound system and is designed for perfect integration with Traktor DJ or Traktor Pro 2. Traktor DJ Cable also works well with your other favorite DJ apps and software.

Product Features
Designed by NI for perfect integration with TRAKTOR DJ and TRAKTOR PRO 2
Allows separate headphone cue and master output
Silver plated, oxygen-free copper cable for maximum audio clarity
Gold plated terminals for optimum connectivity
Works also with other iOS DJ software
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Grab the Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2 Upgrade Here!
by H V | Sep 22, 2018 | Spectrasonics, Synthesizers, VST Plugins

It’s so good! 5 stars!

It is always improving!

Omnisphere 2 Upgrade. **This is the upgrade version and will upgrade current users of Omnisphere to the full version of Omnisphere 2.0. Omnisphere is among the elite virtual synthesizer programs for producers, composers, and sound designers; and if you think this monster power synth couldnTMt get any better, youTMve just been proven wrong. Introducing Omnisphere 2.0, the first v2.0 of any Spectrasonics instrument and it is truly gigantic! With Omnisphere 2.0 comes a massive variety of new synthesis options, a staggering audio library with over 10,000 sounds, a new interface with an enhanced sound browsing capability, a new and enhanced arpeggiator, 25 new effects units with flexible attributes, as well as other improvements and specialized features that make Omnipshere 2.0 a very worthy upgrade. Vast New Synthesis Possibilities Omnisphere 2.0 comes a vast array of new synthesis possibilities including the ability to import your own audio content as a sound source inside Omnisphere giving you limitless sound creation possibilities using your own sample library. The new Granular Synthesis algorithm will allow you to completely transform the included content or morph your own audio into unimaginable soundscapes. Try changing a smooth Jazz recording into an ethereal soundscape or even a blazing synth lead with just a few parameter tweaks. The possibilities are endless! Not many people realize, but Omnisphere can also create purely synthetic sounds without using any samples at all. There are now over 400 DSP waveforms for the synth oscillator, which is 100 times more than the original version, and each waveform is now a Morphing Wavetable with vast new possibilities and colors. A patch can have up to 10 oscillators and each oscillator can have its own wavetable, so you can see how complex you can get in your sound designing. Unison has also been improved with new analog drift behavior that makes an ordinary synth sound absolutely huge! Both FM and Ring Modulation can go…

Product Features
Omnisphere 2 Upgrade
**This is the upgrade version and will upgrade current users of Omnisphere to the full version of Omnisphere 2
0
Omnisphere is among the elite virtual synthesizer programs for producers, composers, and sound designers; and if you think this monster power synth couldnTMt get any better, youTMve just been proven wrong
Introducing Omnisphere 2
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I love this software!

Maschine Mikro Mk3 Drum Controller
by Smith Blackmore | Sep 16, 2018 | Control Surfaces, MIDI Controller, Native Instruments

Native Instruments Maschine Mikro Mk3 Drum Controller

A classic step-sequencer?

MASCHINE MIKRO is the perfect first step for music producers already using a DAW to get hands on with their creative process, letting them tap out beats and melodies, and quickly build up loops and track ideas.

Product Features
Compact, music production instrument that integrates powerful software with tactile, responsive hardware
Four ways to input sound using the 16 pads – drum in pad mode, play melodies in Keyboard mode, create chord progressions in Chord mode, and program in a classic step-sequencer style from Step mode
Software – use on its own or as a VST, Audio Unit, or AAX plug-in in all major DAWs (including Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Logic Pro, and FL Studio)
1.6 GB MASCHINE Factory Selection with samples, one-shots, loops, sample instruments, presets, patterns, drum kits, and songs
Powered via USB 2.0
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Maschine MK3


Native Instruments Maschine Jam
by Joe T | Jun 20, 2018 | Announcements

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS 8×8 Multicolor Click-Pad Matrix Note Input, Step Sequencer, Pattern Jam Sequence 8 Sounds Simultaneously Eight Dual-Touch Smart Strips Play Melodies and Chords One-Touch Pattern and Scene Sequencing Over 8GB of Maschine Library Content Komplete 11 Select with 25GB of Content VST, AU, AAX or Stand-Alone

Product Features
8×8 multicolor click-pad matrix for pattern jamming, note input, and step-sequencing
Tweak up to 8 parameters simultaneously with two hands using dual-touch Smart Strips
Perform FX feature lets you shape your sound in new ways
Advanced multitrack step-sequencing using up to 8 sounds simultaneously
Play melodies and chords with the 8×8 pad matrix or via note input with the Smart Strips
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Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6
by Wilson Glover | Jun 14, 2018 | Announcements

 

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The Harper Guitar Strap Bag Strap- Red, Coral & Pink Floral with Custom Leather for Handbagstrap, Luggage strap, Purse strap, Cross body style strap with pink flowers
by Mike Liebner | Nov 8, 2017 | Announcements

The Harper Guitar Style Bag Strap By Native Sons Tap into your inner Rock God with A Native Sons Strap! This Stunning strap is made with a glorious Red, Coral, and Pink floral Jacquard with lovely black background. Choose your leather: – Black – Espresso – Cognac Choose your Webbing: – Black Nylon – A Classic Choice- extremely durable, excellent drape, feels Oh so luxurious! – Organic Hemp- for the Eco Conscious, Naturally chemical free, lightweight, strong, renewable, lovely Natural color! Details: – 2 inches wide – Adjustable up to 54″ (can be worn on shoulder or Cross Body) – Made with Hand Stained Leather – Antique Brass hardware – Hand Made in the USA – Ships World Wide! Strap uses: These straps are extraordinarily useful, upgrade your travels and attach to your luggage/ be the coolest person in the coffee shop when you use this strap on your laptop bag/ allows you to be hands free and care free when you use it on your hand bag cross body style/ attach it to your messenger bag just because it makes you happy/ and use it to carry your instrument case to your next gig! At Native Sons we believe that if your going to put forth the energy to bring your music into the world, you simply must Play in Style! And now we extend the spirit of that invitation to all music fans with our oh so cool Bag Straps! Please Note: *This listing is for 1 bag strap. Your order will arrive finely wrapped in a splendid sleeve with an embossed tag and secured at the top with a bow, ready for you to tear into or give as a gift! Follow us on Instagram and Facebook @nativesonsgoods

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Native Instruments MASCHINE MK3 with KOMPLETE 11
by Smith Blackmore | Oct 31, 2017 | Announcements

MASCHINE MK3 with KOMPLETE 11. The overhauled MASCHINE MK3 production controller features even deeper integration with KOMPLETE instruments and effects, and now they’re both together in a single bundle. The redesigned MACHINE MK3 is loaded with enhanced features that take Native Instruments’ classic groovebox workflow and makes it faster and more intuitive, and the KOMPLETE 11 bundle is one of the world’s leading collections for production, performance and sound design. If you’re buying MACHINE MK3, this is the bundle for you. MASCHINE MK3 The third-generation MASCHINE controller improves on Native Instruments’ most popular groove production system with some major new enhancements. New in the MK3 version has a built-in audio interface, with pro-grade 24-bit/96kHz audio resolution, two 1/4 in. TRS line outputs, two 1/4 in. TRS line inputs, stereo headphone output, MIDI In/Out, stereo headphone output and so many other improvements. The other most notable change is the addition of two high-resolution, full-color displays for precision sample slicing, sound tweaking, note editing, mixing, browsing and more. The button and pad layouts have also received a refresh, with an all-new 4-directional push encoder for browsing, navigating and adjusting levels, and a new smart strip for strumming notes, pitch bending sounds, performing with FX, and more. KOMPLETE 11 Over the years the KOMPLETE software series has grown in strength with the constant addition of groundbreaking software for composing and producing music on a professional level. KOMPLETE 11 is the standard collection with 45 different products, over 13,000 sounds and over 155 GB of instruments and effects for all genres and production tasks. This industry-standard bundle is use by the top music professionals working on major motion pictures, AAA games titles, blockbuster trailers and more. Not to mention the countless number of music producers, engineers and other professionals who have the KOMPLETE library insta…

Product Features
Includes: MASCHINE MK3 Production Controller KOMPLETE 11 Software Bundle
The overhauled MASCHINE MK3 production controller features even deeper integration with KOMPLETE instruments and effects, and now they’re both together in a single bundle
The redesigned MACHINE MK3 is loaded with enhanced features that take Native Instruments’ classic groovebox workflow and makes it faster and more intuitive, and the KOMPLETE 11 bundle is one of the world’s leading collections for production, performance and sound design
If you’re buying MACHINE MK3, this is the bundle for you
MASCHINE MK3 The third-generation MASCHINE controller improves on Native Instruments’ most popular groove production system with some major new enhancements
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Novation Launchkey 49 USB Keyboard Controller for Ableton Live, 49-Note MK2 Version
by Smith Blackmore | Jun 3, 2016 | Announcements

Novation Launchkey (MK2) is the quickest and easiest way to produce and perform electronic music using Ableton Live. You just plug in via USB and the keys, faders, knobs, and velocity-sensitive RGB pads give you immediate hands-on control of your session view, instruments, effects and mixer. Launch clips, control FX, play beats and much more using 16 pads laid out in two rows of eight, to match your Ableton Live session view; one row to launch clips, and one row to stop them. Full color RGB LEDs mean they’ll match the color of your clips too, while velocity-sensitivity lets you really put some feeling into your beats. Launchkey is designed to let you shape your sound however you like. Use eight rock solid rotary knobs to tweak your instruments and effects, and nine dedicated faders for hands-on control of your mixer. The 49-note synth-style keyboard is lightweight, fast and very easy to play, but also velocity-sensitive so you can create truly expressive performances. All the controls integrate seamlessly and immediately with Ableton Live, and can be reassigned to anything. Of course, if you do not use Ableton, it will map to other major music software using In Control. Launchkey 49 is tough enough to take and use anywhere. It will work the moment you plug it into your laptop and you won’t need any drivers or power cables, because it’s class compliant and bus-powered via USB. Launchkey comes with absolutely everything you need to start making music: Ableton Live Lite, Novation Bass Station and V-Station virtual instruments, plus a comprehensive 1GB collection of production-ready samples from world-leading sample store Loopmasters.

Product Features
MK2 version of Novation’s 49-note USB keyboard controller for Ableton Live
16 velocity-sensitive RGB pads, 8 knobs, and dedicated navigation and control buttons
Software for Mac and PC
Fully USB bus-powered and class compliant; works without drivers or power cable
Includes Ableton Live Lite, Novation Bass Station and V Station virtual instruments and over 1GB of Loopmasters samples
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Native Instruments Machine MK2 Custom Kit, Solid Gold
by Wilson Glover | Jun 1, 2016 | Announcements, Control Surfaces

 

Native Instruments Maschine MK2 Custom Kit – Solid Gold
The Native Instruments Maschine MK2 Custom Kits help you incorporate your style into one of the most important and most used pieces in your rig. These custom kits are designed for the Maschine MK2 hardware and are made of light but resilient aluminum. Each Native Instruments Custom Kit contains a magnetic faceplate and one set of corresponding, ergonomically-designed colored knobs as well as a cap remover to make changing the knobs easy. Add some color to your performance!

Transform your Maschine in just a few seconds. Remove the knobs with the included cap remover, take off your current black or silver faceplate, and swap in the new colored one. Its magnetized underside ensures the faceplate sits tightly and securely to your Maschine. Then simply add the new matching knobs to the faceplate, and your newly transformed Native Instruments Maschine is ready to rock!

Features:
Easy way to add color and style to your set-up
One magnetic faceplate, made of brushed aluminum with a high-quality, gig-proof finish
Eight aluminum encoder knobs and one master knob
Cap remover
These kits can only be used with the Maschine MK2 hardware (black or white edition)
Product Features
Easy way to add color and style to your set-up
These kits can only be used with the Maschine MK2 hardware (black or white edition)
Includes: 1 magnetic faceplate, made of brushed aluminum with a high-quality, gig-proof finish, 8 aluminum encoder knobs, 1 master knob, and cap remover
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Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol D2 Bag
by U G | May 31, 2016 | Announcements

Custom-built for the TRAKTOR KONTROL D2, this durable softshell bag provides lightweight and solid protection when hustling from one gig to the next.

Product Features
Custom-designed for maximum protectionDurable EVA foam shellLightweight and compact build
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Listen to Demos for Geist Expander Pack Dark Matter
by Mike Liebner | Jun 21, 2015 | VST Instruments

FXPansion Geist is a popular drum machine and software sound design tool with a brand new expansion pack of samples. Watch the video to hear 2 demo songs showcasing what Geist and the Dark Matter pack can do.

 

You’ll find more audio demos for Dark Matter at Soundcloud

Download Dark Matter at the Geist site. (more…)

Native Instruments Maschine Mikro MK2 Groove Production Studio
by Mike Liebner | May 22, 2015 | Announcements, Native Instruments

 

Native Instruments Maschine Mikro MK2
Maschine Mikro is the perfect entry into the world of Maschine. All the power and flexibility of Maschine’s pattern-based sequencer, high-performance sampler, exemplary drum synths, incredible suite of pro studio instruments and effects, and acclaimed sound library in a compact, budget-friendly package.

 

Native Instruments Maschine Mikro MK2 Groove Production Studio, White

Maschine Mikro is the compact groove production system, combining software and hardware in perfect harmony. Get hands-on control of all-new Maschine 2.0 software in an ultra-portable package that fits into any setup. Add new dimension to your project with Maschine Mikro’s intuitive, groovebox workflow. And because software can be easily updated, Maschine 2.0 will always keep you on the cutting edge of technology, pushing your creativity further than you ever thought possible.

Advanced Processing
Maschine 2.0 makes you faster. A top-of-the-line audio engine saves resources while delivering the highest audio quality possible. 32-bit float internal summing gives your tracks a shine you’ll instantly notice. Advanced multi-core technology runs multiple processes in parallel, dividing complex tasks between your computer’s cores. Run more plug-ins, mix with ease, load up even more sounds on unlimited groups, and so much more.

Hands-On Workflow
Maschine Mikro provides intuitive, tactile control for composing, sampling, performing, slicing, and more. Renowned multi-color pads provide ultimate feel in the thick of the beat. Mikro’s compact size and bus-powered operation mean you’re in control no matter where you are. And with incredible Maschine 2.0 software, you get full Maschine power that follows you to the furthest reaches of your creativity.

Sounds On Board
Maschine Mikro comes loaded with a vast 8 GB sound library, created by a wide range of internationally renowned sound designers and artists. Use Maschine Mikro’s innovative tag-based browser to easily get to the sound you want. Included are 8,627 samples, made up of 445 full drum kits, 388 multi-sampled instruments, 403 sliced loops, 1,200 patterns, and 38 projects.

What’s New In Maschine
All-new Maschine 2.0 software is bursting with power. Find instruments, effects, kits, sounds, and samples fast with the spectacular tag-based visual browser – optimized for Komplete Instruments and Effects. Get busy creating with unlimited groups and insert effects, and sidechaining. Then finish off your tracks with a sleek, intuitive mixer – all wrapped in a beautiful new user interface and with full multi-core support.

Features:
All the power and flexibility of Maschine, with the same fully-integrated software and the same high quality, touch sensitive multi-color pads
Create and perform beats, harmonies, and melodies
Sample, slice, time-stretch, and edit
Access to key software parameters via intuitive hardware shortcuts
8 GB library with samples, one-shots, sliced loops, sampled instruments, presets, patterns, drum kits, and projects
24 pro-quality studio and creative effects including filter, EQ, delay, reverb, and compressor all with expansive routing possibilities
Product Features
Easily browse, load, tweak, play, arrange, and automate all sampler, plug-in and effect parameters
Control and sequence all of your external hardware instrument
Multicolored pads allow you to assign colors to the groups, sounds, patterns, and scenes, and see the pads light up in the same colors
Pads feature increased sensitivity for much more precision
Maschine 1.8 software includes time stretch and pitch shift capability
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Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S25 Controller Keyboard

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Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S8 DJ Controller
by Mike Liebner | May 13, 2015 | Announcements, Native Instruments

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S8 DJ Controller

The future of DJ-ing is here. Touch-sensitive controls and full color displays keep you focused on the music and the crowd. Create your signature sound with 4+4 Remix Deck controls. Enhance your DJ performance with color-coded pads for live remixing. TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 redefines DJ-ing – don’t change the game, change the rules.

Product Features
Full-integrated 4-deck TRAKTOR controller including TRAKTOR SCRATH PRO 2 software
30 touch-sensitive knobs and faders for intuitive control over TRAKTOR software
2 bright, full-color displays reveal pop-ups displays, views, and panels
Touch strip provides tactile control over track position, pitch bend and more
Quickly access track BPM and Key as well as FX, Filter and Remix Deck parameters
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Full Review Traktor Kontrol S8 DJ TechTools

Traktor Kontrol D2 Officially Announced DJ TechTools Last November DJs got their wish when Native Instruments released their first Traktor controller with fully integrated screens the Traktor Kontrol S8. The controller has been out for a while and our own Ryan Dejaegher has.…

Omnisphere 2 VIP Upgrade Frustration
by Mike Liebner | May 1, 2015 | News, Spectrasonics

May 4, 2015 – UPDATE – While the Spectrasonics Tech Shop page still showed the “closed for maintenance” message on Monday 5/5/15 I was fortunate to get an email from my HELP REQUEST EMAIL giving me a secret URL for purchase and download (but asking me not to share).

So I ended up purchasing Omnisphere 2 upgrade and downloading the UPDATE and installing it. All went well and Omnisphere 2 is on my PC and working.

I have to admit I have a bitter taste after that bad experience with their website being overwhelmed. They kind of stole the thunder of an otherwise eagerly anticipated update.

A phone conversation revealed they knew they blew it, but in my opinion not as much as they should have.

Personally I feel there is no excuse for having to SHUT DOWN online orders for 5 days to get their act together.

My original message:

May 1, 2015 – I really don’t feel like a VIP. The Omnisphere VIP Upgrade that was supposed to be available on April 30, 2015 is still not available the next day on May 1, 2015. What a bummer.

And they say to check back NEXT WEEK? That’s really weak.

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They do have a new “VERY SORRY MESSAGE” on the techshop page though saying that due to the high demand they can’t let me buy the upgrade.

Sure high demand is part of it – but it’s more like they were not ready and are dragging their feet to get a better hosting solution. By the way – if they had a decent hosting provider they could have bought more bandwidth immediately. Certainly not a long wait so they would have to DELAY the launch.

To me as an online businessman that is crazy.

First off they should have had better hosting in the first place so they could handle an unlimited number of orders. Second, they could have easily corrected the problem if it was a bandwidth issue and added a seperate account/server for downloading the software.

That way the purchase would be flawless and the downloads would have no impact on collecting money. Oh well. They blew it.

I wonder how long it will take for me to be able to buy my VIP UPGRADE? Geez. They really blew it.

http://www.spectrasonics.net

 

Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2 Blunder
by Mike Liebner | Apr 30, 2015 | News, Spectrasonics, VST Instruments, VST Plugins

You’d think that Eric Persing and Spectrasonics would know better than most music and software companies who always seem to release new products only to find their server can’t handle the traffic. Sites are down on the launch day. That’s disgusting.

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Omnisphere 2 is the much anticipated update to Omnisphere and it launched today April 30, 2015.

Unfortunately their site has been mostly down all day and I have tried to buy the upgrade several times only to get thwarted somewhere in the process.

I really want this Omnisphere 2 upgrade and have been waiting but this is ridiculous. After hours trying on and off I go back later in the day and sure enough the tech shop is closed has a message saying the site is down for maintenance.

Nice. They had more than enough time to get ready for this and surely the company makes enough money to afford better servers, but instead they go down in flames on the launch day.

Oh well. Frustrating. It’s their own fault. Maybe some day people in the music software biz will figure out their websites are important and can help them make more money by offering satisfying experiences for customers and prospects.

Oh and the phone number listed on the tech shop is “out of service”. Another nice touch. (see screenshot image)

http://www.spectrasonics.net

 

Native Instruments Komplete 10
by Joe V | Apr 11, 2015 | Effects, Kontakt, Native Instruments, VST Effects, VST Instruments, VST Plugins

 

I am a huge fan of the software of Native Instruments. It has captivated me since I first got Reaktor back a few years. They have a huge variety of killer VST Instruments and Effects!

KOMPLETE 10 is the industry-leading instruments and effects collection for production, performance, and sound design. With 39 definitive instruments and effects spanning all genres and production tasks, this is limitless sonic inspiration.

Product Features
39 products, over 12,000 sounds, over 130 GB of instruments and effects
Over 12,000 sounds covering a full range of styles from electronic to cinematic to sound design
Includes the expressive new ROUNDS synth and the hybrid drum sampler DRUMLAB
Wide range of KOMPLETE Instruments, featuring KONTOUR and SESSION HORNS
Outstanding collection of KOMPLETE Effects, including SUPERCHARGER and DRIVER
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Excellent value with lots of “go-to” sounds

Reviewed By SRFireside TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 28, 2015

Style Name: Komplete 10

I first became interested in buying Komplete for one reason: importing my Ensoniq and Akai samples to a modern platform. I started looking at Battery 4 as a great way to organize and import my huge drum library. Then I noticed Kontakt can import all the other samples too. Since Battery lists for $199 and Kontakt 5 lists for $399 it was actually cheaper to just get Komplete. Boy did that open up a whole different world. Komplete is a premier instrument and effects suite that gives you so much bang for your buck it’s insane. Two ROMplers (samplers) with 14 additional plugins, four software synths with seven additional plugins for one of them, plus an already packed effects suite with an additional 11 effects plugs.

The amount of content you get is dizzying. You get 13 DVD’s all set as a single install (sorry you can’t just pop one DVD in and install what’s in the one disc) with about 100GB of data. Installation takes a long time. Not only do you have to install all 13 DVDs in sequence there is also about another DVD’s worth of online updates. Two plug ins are not included in the package so you have to download those as well (Native Instruments should really consider updating their disc release to reduce all this updating). Once everything is installed you are ready to party.

When I say there is a lot of stuff I mean it. Get ready for the tour, because there is a lot to cover:

BATTERY 4

The beginning of my journey. The whole reason I started looking at Native Instruments to begin with. Think of it as an all in one drum workstation. Each kit contains 48 cells, which you can assign any drum or instrument sample you wish on each cell. Battery already comes with a massive amount of drum samples set to more than 200 kits.

Sound Magic Dynamic-02 Neo Dynamic Audio Plug In
by H V | Apr 10, 2015 | Announcements, VST Effects, VST Plugins

Neo Dynamic Audio Plug In

Neo Dynamic is a new concept in dynamic processing technology. Different from ordinary compressors/limiters, Neo Dynamic not only offers more sonic variety than traditional units, it is far easier to use. Neo Dynamic is based on Sound Magic Award Winning Modeling Technology. This makes Neo Dynamic more like a sampler than typical compressors and limiters.

Item bodies several algorithms (such as sample sets) that make this plug-in easy to expand and extend with new compressors/limiters models in the future. Neo Dynamic starts with 10 compressors/limiters, modelled after famous brand names such as SSL, ,TubeTech and so on. Each of these has their own famous “flavors” ready to use. Sound Magic Modeling Technology accurately models every nuance of these famous compressors and limiters. It took years to model each knob and every control on the real hardware, but the results are amazing.

When we did phase cancelling tests comparing our models with the originals, we got a result of 43dB decreases in volume indicating a 99.5% similarity with the original hardware. Neo Dynamic is easier to use than traditional compressors because of it’s by Sensor Network Technology. When using compressors/limiters, it’s easy to hear the big problems such as over compressing and distortions.

Neo Dynamic goes beyond this, with Sensor Network monitoring every step in the processing ring. It will tell you when over compression is happening – even when it’s not easily audible. It will even let you know when you set the threshold too high telling you that the compressor isn’t actually doing anything. Neo Dynamic will also calculate the distortion rate based on your settings and tell you whether you will have a transparent, clean sound or a heavy, colored Dynamic is provided as a 32bit Windows VST.

Neo Dynamic Product Features
A total of 10 compressors and limiters modelled after such famous hardware
Incredibly Accurate Modeling by Sound Magic’s Award Winning Modeling Technology
Sensor Network Technology which helps musicians to achieve better dynamic processing
Up to 32Bit/384KHz resolution
32Bit VST plugin on PC
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