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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.…
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.
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.
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.
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)
OK – I’m not sure this really belongs here, but I am a little frustrated with the re-design of Spotify and am angry they took away some key features and I feel like I need to get the info out there.
I’ll give a little background so you know what the whole story is.
1st off Spotify is a streaming music service that is “iTunes like” in a lot of ways, but is different in that it allows you to organize music you listen to on the streaming radio service provided by Spotify.
Spotify has really changed the way I listen to and more importantly discover new music.
It has allowed me up until now to not only listen in radio style like Pandora and other streaming services, but it has been a great way to organize the music I like in one place.
For example – it used to allow me to go find new similar artists and listen and decide if I liked something or not. If I liked it I had the ability to click and STAR it. These stars were visual so I could see in any list the songs I had already starred. If I wanted to make a playlist of my favorites from an artist for example it would also show me the songs I did not star (didn’t like).
As I listen to songs on Spotify I could UN STAR the songs I did not like. I could also look at a playlist and quickly remove songs without stars.
This was great and I have over 50,000 songs starred on Spotify.
I do not listen to them all, but they are in my stash of starred songs ready to play or make playlists with when I have the urge.
You know – find an artist you like and select all the songs and STAR all of them. That is common.
There are many artists who have hundreds or even thousands of songs.
If WE like an artist it is natural to star all of their songs (until we hear that we don’t like them when we UNSTAR them).
The problem is that Spotify did a major re-design and not only changed the way it looked (which is acceptable from a design standpoint) but they TOOK AWAY features.
Most notably they moved all my starred songs into a playlist away from the main library and now the stars are HIDDEN or rather no longer available in all views of the artists, albums, songs etc.
YOU can only see the starred songs in a playlist. Nowhere else can you see that songs were starred.
That is where the major problem is and THEY Spotify don’t seem to get it.
They are forcing existing users to start over and abandon the starred songs we have spent so much time to “favorite”. We can now + a song and add it to “MY SONGS” but the starred songs are not AUTOMATICALLY + songs.
Why couldn’t they already do that for us?
You know – make our starred songs into + songs???
Could it be because there is now a 10,000 song limit in YOUR SONGS? (ACCORDING TO SPOTIFY help forum THERE IS A LIMIT OF 10,000 SONGS in “MY SONGS” AND YOU CAN’T MOVE MORE THAN 500 STARRED SONGS at a TIME INTO my songs)
WHY LIMIT how many songs we can like? I don’t get it?
Is that what Spotify is about? LIMITING how much music we can like?
Great slogan “Spotify: All the music you desire (up to 10,000 songs!)”
So what happens to power users like me with 50,000 starred song? They won’t let me + all of them???
IF YOU ASK ME SPOTIFY IS GOING BACKWARDS NOT FORWARDS.
They think they are making Spotify better with a new feature of YOUR MUSIC but they do not realize they are forcing existing users to do a LOT OF EXTRA WORK and spend time changing to their new way (AND limiting them in the process).
THIS is the kind of stuff that makes USERS angry.
Sure – maybe not a new user who has 47 songs in their library.
But are those really the kinds of users that support a service like Spotify?
Those people are more made for iTunes or Pandora or whatever. They are not power users and don’t really care about music or artists in general. They listen to top 40 radio. Different kind of user.
I’ll put a few links at the bottom so you can get a better idea of what they think they are doing with the redesign and also so you can see what the users are saying. Before I do that however here are my thoughts on what Spotify did to me, a power user, and all users.
They have said they tried the new design out on “focus groups” of people who have never used Spotify and if you ask me that is exactly the problem. They BURNED those of us who were already using it in favor of making it appealing to people who have never used Spotify. Is that crazy or what? So naturally they think that people like what they did. The people don’t know any better.
That is POOR MARKETING if you ask me.
Typically you ask your POWER users if they like something – not someone who doesn’t know how to use it.
Judging from the HELP FORUM on Spotify there are a lot of people like me who do NOT LIKE what they have done.
I suggest you read a fluffy PR article on the redesign at Engadget first before you read all of my comments.
It is very frustrating to read about the redesign goals in this fluffy PR piece, because WE the loyal users feel like Spotify is not listening to us. You are listening to people who have never used it more than your base. And that is why there is a serious problem.
If you look in the HELP forums at Spotify you will find that a LOT of us Spotify users are upset that FEATURES have been taken away. For no good reason.
For example STARRING songs is gone – now our OLD starred songs are exiled in a “starred” playlist instead of a rating we can see which tells us at a glance if we have already “favorited” a song.
And now you are telling us that you are de-emphasizing “starred items” in favor of a new feature called “My Music”. This is NOT better – you basically penalized power users who already have a lot of starred items.
Our hard work over the years starring songs we like is lost. You are forcing us to now click and save each song when we already have libraries of thousands of songs.
I am not the only one who has to deal with the hassle of either starting over or trying to get our starred songs into SAVED MY SONGS or whatever you call it.
You already had this feature with STARRED – why the change to a PLUS? And in the process of your BIG CHANGE now we have to MOVE our starred into “songs” in order to save them.
And there is a limit of 500 at a time and I am told there is a max of 10,000 “my songs”. Is that true? If so we are totally screwed.
It’s too complicated to go into all the details here.
@MichelleKadir and anyone else involved in the redesign should spend a little time in their own help forum and respond to people.
Your goals might read well in a press release but what about when you tell your users what they can and can’t do???
If you think you made Spotify friendlier by taking away features – you are wrong.
You screwed your existing users in favor or people who never used Spotify.
If you had focus groups with people who never USED spotify – that is your problem. They don’t know what they are missing. USERS do and are upset.
So basically you redesigned Spotify and made it for new users and hurt us faithful users who were already happy. You took away what we liked – mainly rating songs with a star (why only 1 star by the way – itunes has 5 star ratings???)
If you think I am just 1 angry user you obviously don’t listen to all the angry USERS in the Spotify forum. There are many of us who are lost without the visual stars showing what we like.
Redesigning and changing the look and feel is one thing but taking away features and forcing existing users to change and start over and do things a different way is just plain bad business.
As painful as it would be to leave Spotify, I am really looking for an alternative.
I need to be able to TRUST that my “personal library” is SAFE and will not be taken away from me or changed on me just because of a blind redesign.
If Spotify is really about the music and helping people people enjoy more of it and encourage diversity, as opposed to listening to the top 50 listened to tracks – you are going about it the wrong way. What you are doing limits choices.
Molekular is the brand new modular multi effects add-on for Reaktor VST has just been released by Native Instruments. It features four effects slots which can house one of the system’s 35 effect modules.
The plugin looks pretty good and fortunately we can download it for free and try it out!
“The music box is from the 19th century, but still works surprisingly well. It is actually in the back of a book; when the book opens, the music should begin playing. In this case, God Save the Queen.”
Antique music box
Stereo 44.1kHz/ 24bit recordings
4 round robin
21 convolution impulses
Effects page; tempo synced delay, rotator, distortion and reverb. With presets!
Extra sounds; winding up and noise from the cogs
One of the emails I look forward to are the new product announcements from Hollow Sun. I’ll always go and check out their site and see what it is they are dropping on us.
They just released a new Kontakt synth on us called Ensemble. It looks pretty interesting and the demo sounds real good! Here is a screenshot of the main control panel.
Hollow Sun Ensemble Synth & Sample Library for Kontakt
It’s main claim to fame is that the processing was done through a cloned chorus unit – the “ensemble section” of an Arp Solina… This is how Ensemble is described.
“It’s a quite rare clone of the chorus/ensemble section of the ARP/Solina string synths.
Unlike traditional chorus units with one delay modulated by an LFO (which can sound a bit cyclic), this has three analogue ‘bucket brigade’ delays modulated by different phases of an LFO to give a lush, swirly ensemble sound. When it arrived, the first thing I did was run the Dotcom modular through it … and it sounded fantastic! Being totally analogue, if you push the input level a bit, it clips quite nicely … not nasty digital distortion (obviously) or heavy metal overdrive but just a nice ‘edge’. So I came up with this…
It’s quite simple – there’s an oscillator with eight waveforms comprising three detuned VCOs on the Dotcom on full tilt through my EMS VCS3 filter clone (for some nice non linearities) then into the fixed formant filter bank and finally out to the MTI ensemble. These were sampled from C-1 to C8 at lengths exceeding a minute or more to let the sounds breathe and evolve … the loops on all of them are similarly long. And then we added a multi-mode LP/BP/HP filter with variable slopes, two LFOs and two envelopes. And then we shoved them through a multi-FX chain… The result is a diverse range of sounds that are thick and juicy … basses, pads, leadlines, strings, leadlines and so on that are suitable for almost any genre.”
ENSEMBLE is available now for £10 – 10 British Pound Sterling equals
16.76 US Dollars
The library comes with 211 instruments (.nki files) and at 1.5 GB compressed delivers a nice set of 1,751 high quality samples.
It’s a really cool instrument in it’s own right with an innovative morphing system with which you can create all new sounds simply by moving a couple of sharp looking gears.
The 1st gear works on morphing the 4 preset combos of the 8 sample layers (the Forge) and the 2nd wheel on the 4 FX presets.
Moving the wheels, uh gears morphs from one preset to the next.
You can also create your own presets very easily so the morphing can be very unique.
Both morph wheels can be linked together via a button press and seamlessly morph both layer presets and FX presets to come up with all new sound variations.
If that’s not cool enough, you also have a Motion control which will magically move the gears and make the morphs get in motion. You can come up with some really nice sounds this way.
One thing to note is that Kinetic Metal is very unique sounding and is not a bread and butter sample library that will work for all composers and all styles. It does have some incredible sounds, but some players who may typcially be more comfortable jumping through presets of nice rhodes pianos or wobbly bass sounds may feel the Kinetic Metal library is a little hard to work into songs.
As long as you know what it sounds like before you get it – you should be safe. Make sure to watch my Kinetic Metal video quick take as it shows how the morphing gears work and gives a tour of a handful of the sounds.
If you’re like me watching some of the videos and hearing the sounds that you’ll get with Kinetic Metal will hook you into buying it. As I have said to friends – at 99 bucks it is a no brainer. In fact – I’ll pretty much snag anything that looks good and comes in at under a hundred bucks.
I got it and love it. It’s not perfect for everything – but it is a load of fun to play with and does come up with some awesome new sounds! Right now it has a very unique flavor and those of us who know about it can spot the use of Kinetic Metal in songs a mile away. But only those of us who know what it is and fortunately it is a well keot secret right now.
Also – because of the morphing it is very easy to customize the sounds so that they are truly ours. That alone makes it a great sample library to have.
So how does Native Instruments describe Kinetic Metal?
“KINETIC METAL is a powerful yet intuitive instrument that will provide you with an endless stream of fresh and inspiring metallic atmospheres, percussive lines and complex, liquid metal textures.
With KINETIC METAL you get a large set of instruments based on recordings of diverse metal objects that have been carefully transformed into playable sounds. Those are accompanied by a host of textural sounds that are either synthetic in nature or also have been derived from sampled metal objects by various means.
The underlying sounds of a KINETIC METAL instrument are organized in eight layers that can be mixed individually into four freely programmable presets. Each layer is derived from different sampled or synthetic sources – the METALS and the WAVES.
The resulting sound is piped through a series of powerful effects, each of them specially tailored to fit the respective instruments. Use the effects to affect your sounds in the domains of their frequency spectrum, harmonic content, sonic movement and spatial characteristics.
The FX section also offers four programmable presets similar to the Forge presets.
Where KINETIC METAL really shines is its dynamic interface. Putting the aforementioned sound engine under intuitive control, it offers quick and easy ways to morph the instruments two-dimensionally. Use the Forge and FX morph knobs to morph seamlessly through four presets for the sound and FX, respectively. The variations on the Forge side control the eight sonic aspects of the METALS and WAVES sections of the instrument. For the FX they control eight parameters for the aspects COLOR, DISTORTION, MOVEMENT and SPACE. Combine these features to open up endless sound possibilities using only two simple morph knobs.
On top of this you have the Motion features. Located in their own panel they provide the means for setting the Forge and FX knobs in automatic motion via various LFO shapes or by recording your own knob twisting. Thus KINETIC METAL never sounds static or repetitious. It offers ever moving metallic, textural or percussive tones always under your sonic direction.
The KINETIC METAL library is divided into two parts. The base-list of instruments contains the core instruments. They have the Motion features switched off and are for you to explore the vast array of possible sounds by manually playing the Forge and FX morph knobs.”
“Sound design mastermind Jeremiah Savage spent over a year recording a huge inventory of unconventional samples. He then handpicked the best sounds to create KINETIC METAL.”
Here are some Kinetic Metal insights from the creator Jeremiah Savage:
“Tops, spinning bowls and coins, and especially the euler’s disc, which is a fun toy that can spin for long periods of time and create very interesting sounds as it winds down. Combined with nice tones that subtly evolve over time with the spinning samples, it almost creates a dizzying effect as you circle through the morphs.”
“Kettles make good metal resonators. They have beautifully rich metallic harmonics and tones. The kettles I’ve recorded are a variety of different shapes and sizes. They have different harmonics, unexpected tones, and a variety of dynamics. There are limits with kettles – they don’t change pitch easily, they definitely don’t morph. But with careful structuring into KINETIC METAL’s unique interface, we can elevate their usefulness and flexibility.”
Hi, it’s Mike Liebner here and I wanted to welcome you to my new site for musicians and composers who love to use computers to create sounds and music!
I am a sound designer, musician and composer and love to create new sounds and make music!
The basic goal for this site is to present news and announcements and occasional reviews of products I run across in my daily travels. You can expect videos, audio demos, tutorials, interviews, podcasts as well as live events and webinars when the opportunities present themselves.
I check out a lot of virtual instruments, effects and audio editing/recording software of all types and figured it would be smart for me to document what I have found so that other people can get straight info fast and easy without having to search far and wide for the info.
I’ll also present reviews and insert opinions once in a while, but the main goal is to have a reference of sorts for what’s available for musicians.
While the main focus will be on VST Instrument Plugins (vsti’s) and Effects, I will also be presenting news and info on all types of music making software. If it’s something of value and helps us create sounds or make music I will be on it!
I will need your help to guide me towards the stuff that you’re really interested in so I can focus on what you want.
If there is a type of plugin or software or something specific you think I should look at – please tell me!
I will also be working closely with sound designers, musicans, composers and product owners to go a little deeper and look at how this stuff is being used to create music.
I don’t know about you, but I feel there is a huge void and that it is very hard to find out what electronic musicians are using and how they make music using these great digital tools. Apart from the manufacturers occasionally featuring a musician or composer it’s really hard to find out what our favarite recording artists and sound designers are doing when they create sounds and songs.
I look forward to working with musicians of all types, sound designers, producers, composers as well as product owners and manufacturers of music gear and will be doing interviews as well accepting products to review and evaluate.
If you’d like to get some exposure for your music or sounds or if you have something you created or are a product owner – please get a hold of me and let me know what you have!
Maybe we can talk on skype or record a segment for the site!
I’m looking forward to new friendships and alliances with people who are as passionate about sound and music as i am – so don’t hesitate to reach out!
Contact me using the CONTACT FORM or find me on social media.
I hope you enjoy your visit and find lots of valuable information on tools to help you create music! If you are interested in getting exposure for your music or products please Contact me at VST Plugin Labs using our simple contact form!