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Native Instruments Maschine Mikro MK2 Groove Production Studio

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.

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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 Traktor Kontrol S8 DJ Controller

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.…

Native Instruments Komplete 10

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.

Molekular by Native Instruments for Reaktor

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!

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>>> Click HERE to download Molekular

Here is a video quicktake jumping through some of the Molekular presets using Massive as the sound source.

Here is a quick video tease showing some of the effects and filter parameters you can tweak in Molekular.

Molekular is a modular effects system with “inspiring effects, limitless routing, and electrifying performance possibilities”.

Molekular has 35 effects to deliver new ways to twist your sound
and create effects systems and set them in motion.

Native Instruments Molekular requires the Reaktor VST Plugin and was designed for inspiring, musical performances.

The full version is $149. from Native Instruments.

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Victorian Music Box by FrozenPlain Video Review & Demo

by Mike Liebner

Watch the video to see my review and demo of the free sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt called Victorian Music Box by FrozenPlain. It’s an antique music box sample library for Kontakt.

Watch the Victorian Music Box video at the VSTPluginLabs Video Channel

“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.”

Absolutely worth grabbing! This is a great freebie! Go download it at the FrozenPlain Victorian Music Box page.

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

Audio demos for the freebie are at Soundcloud

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Hollow Sun Ensemble – Native Instruments Kontakt Sample Library

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.

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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

You can listen to a nice audio demo at the Soundcloud page and get Ensemble Product Details here

Kinetic Metal Library for Kontakt Review Specs Features and Links

VST Plugin Labs rating for Kinetic Metal (9.0 / 10)

Here is the full lowdown on the awesome sample libary add-on for Native Instruments Kontakt called Kinetic Metal. You’ll find my Kinetic Metal video quick take here.

Native Instruments Kinetic Metal Sample Library for KontaktKinetic Metal is a sample library add-on for use with Native Instruments Kontakt or the free Kontakt Player.

Kinetic Metal is a steal at just $99.00 and can be downloaded immediately after purchase at the Native Instruments website.

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.

Another great video to watch is Torleys tour of the KM presets.

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.”

 If you want to hear the sound of Kinetic Metal stop by the Soundcloud Page and listen to the song I created.

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New Video on Kinetic Metal for Native Instruments Kontakt

I just created the Google+ Page and Youtube Channel for VST Plugin Labs and uploaded the first video Kinetic Metal for Native Instruments Kontakt.

The video runs around 9 minutes and shows some of the features and presets you’ll find in Kinetic Metal for Kontakt, A VST Intrument Sampler available as a free player and the full retail version.

You can hear a full demo song for Kinetic Metal at the new VST Plugin Labs Soundcloud page.

Full review coming soon here to VST Plugin Labs.

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