Native Instruments has announced its Thanksgiving Sale, offering a 50% discounted on selected products.
For a limited time only, save 50% on selected KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects, the MASCHINE 2 software update, and TRAKTOR PRO 2.
Products on offer from the KOMPLETE range include KONTAKT instruments such as the pristinely sampled SESSION HORNS PRO, the orchestral percussion instrument ACTION STRIKES, the innovative cinematic build-up instrument RISE & HIT, and the surreal and inspiring KINETIC METAL. A selection of synthesizers such as MASSIVE, REAKTOR, and RAZOR provide electronic musicians with NI’s cutting-edge synthesis technology.
Powerful studio and creative effects such as the compressor SUPERCHARGER GT and the modular effect system MOLEKULAR provide additional sonic versatility for all stages of the production process. All KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects integrate seamlessly with MASCHINE, providing direct access to instrument parameters from within the MASCHINE browser.
MASCHINE users who haven’t updated to the MASCHINE 2 software can get the MASCHINE 2 software for $49.50 / 49.50 € / ¥ 5,900.00 / £44.50 / AU$ 74.50 during the Thanksgiving sales special. MASCHINE 2 includes the sonically-outstanding MASCHINE Drum Synths, new mixer, plug-in strip, and much more. The latest update adds a new scale and chord engine, a powerful arpeggiator, and KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboard integration. It also unlocks the touch-sensitive knobs on MASCHINE STUDIO for an accelerated, touch-and-see workflow.
Customers also get TRAKTOR PRO 2 for $49.50 / 49.50 € / ¥ 5,900.00 /
£44.50 / AU$ 74.50 during the sales special. TRAKTOR PRO 2 is the industry-leading DJ software, offering DJs up to four virtual decks, intuitive looping and cueing functionality, and a wide range of over 30 effects. Integrated Remix Decks technology allows instant looping and sampling for on-the-fly remixes.
This special offer is valid from November 27th to December 1st, 2014.
More information: Native Instruments / Thanksgiving Sale
Native Instruments has released version 2.2 of Maschine, a major update of the acclaimed integrated hardware/software groove production system.
New features include Smart Play™, adding new melodic capabilities, unified sound browsing, full KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboard integration, Light Guide™ synchronization, and more to the MASCHINE workflow.
The MASCHINE 2.2 update adds a powerful new melodic dimension to the MASCHINE workflow. The Smart Play™ features include a new scale and chord engine, as well as a fully-functional arpeggiator. Producers can select from a range of popular musical scales and chords, and perform them into their productions directly on MASCHINE’s 16 high-sensitivity pads. The arpeggiator allows precise control of direction, octave span, and subdivision – its output is also recorded directly into MASCHINE’s Pattern Editor, providing easy post-performance editing of the note sequences. The update also unlocks MASCHINE STUDIO’s touch-sensitive knobs for an even faster, touch-and-see workflow.
MASCHINE 2.2 also brings full KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series integration to MASCHINE. Producers can browse instruments and effects in the MASCHINE software directly from an S-Series keyboard. Once an instrument or effect is loaded key parameters automatically map to the display knobs on both pieces of hardware. The luxurious Fatar keybeds add a new level of fluid expression. Light Guide™ also synchronizes perfectly with MASCHINE’s pads, giving producers the same level of feedback on both pieces of hardware when switching from beats to melodic playing.
The update is free for all current Maschine 2 owners. Maschine users who have not yet updated to the Maschine 2 software can purchase the upgrade for $49.50 USD/49.50 EUR/£44.50 GBP until December 12th, 2014.
More information: Native Instruments / Maschine
Native Instruments releases Paradise Rinse, a new Maschine expansion pack giving producers the broad range of emotive sounds heard in contemporary UK bass styles.
PARADISE RINSE features sounds that reflect the influence of bass music on today’s UK music culture. Melodic elements are featured heavily, including soulful sampled vocals and catchy organ and synth stabs.
Complementing the sample set are exclusive new presets for MASSIVE, adding additional melodic content and the ability to tweak sounds in real time while producing and performing. New presets for the MASCHINE 2 Drum Synths are also included in PARADISE RINSE, providing producers ready-to-go percussion sounds that can also serve as starting points for their own sound design sessions.
The sounds are inspired by the UK music scene that grew out of 90s deep house, garage, jungle, and more. The music played on pirate radio and in warehouses around the country gave birth to UK bass – a sound now heard in the charts and across many styles of contemporary dance music.
A condensed version of PARADISE RINSE is also available as an iMASCHINE Expansion, for creating beats on-the-go. The iMASCHINE Expansion features three projects, four drum kits, and three instruments. Tracks can be exported to MASCHINE STUDIO, MASCHINE, and MASCHINE MIKRO for completion.
Paradise Rinse for Maschine 2 is available for purchase for $49 USD/49 EUR/£44 GBP. The iMaschine expansion is $0.99 USD/0.89 EUR/£0.69 GBP.
More information: Native Instruments / Paradise Rinse
Native Instruments has announced the release of the original documentary ‘Sabroso! A Road Trip to Colombia’s Caribbean Coast’.
The film explores how the area’s rich musical heritage has shaped its contemporary music scene – a vibrant blend of traditional influences and modern sounds. Through exclusive interviews with artists, producers, DJs, soundsystem owners, and other key figures in the music scene, director Luis Antonio Delgado and host Mauricio Alvarez demonstrate the energy and diversity of a unique music culture, which has had a lasting impact on European and North American producers.
‘Sabroso! A Road Trip to Colombia’s Caribbean Coast’ pays homage to the region’s indigenous music while highlighting some of its brightest up-and-coming stars. In the film, Mauricio Alvarez, producer of renowned Columbian tropi-pop trio Cero39, journeys across the Colombian landscape – from Bogotá to its Caribbean Coast. On his way, Alvarez gets an exclusive insight into Colombian Picó Soundsystem Culture and meets a number of key Colombian producers, including DJ Rata and DJ Dever.
The recently released MASCHINE Expansion CARIBBEAN CURRENT features exclusive sounds from artists featured in ‘Sabroso!’.
More information: Native Instruments / Carribean Current
Native Instruments has announced the release of Traktor Kontrol S8, a DJ controller featuring innovative touch-sensitive controls and full-color displays, a 4-channel standalone mixer, extensive audio interface, and enhanced performance decks for advanced integration of TRAKTOR PRO 2’s Remix Decks.
Designed to maximize creative expression, TRAKTOR KONTROL S8’s deck sections and workflow simplify live editing and remixing to introduce a different paradigm in DJ performance. New performance tools such as Freeze Mode take a snapshot of a running track and enable detailed slicing for instant live improvisation and an element of spontaneity.
The dedicated Remix Deck View provides hands-on control of Remix Sets, samples, and loops while monitoring a deck in full-view on the S8’s displays.
TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 not only delivers dynamic new touch-and-see workflow, but adds unprecedented flexibility with both classic and modern mixing media. Digital DJs can fine-tune mixes with two wide touch strips for precise track seeking and pitch-bending directly on the unit. Standalone mixer functionality offers connectivity for up to four turntables or CDJs – perfect for analog or timecode vinyl/CD control with the included TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2 software. Remix Deck functions can even be controlled with timecode media for extended hybrid analog-digital control.
Central to the TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 experience, its advancements in hardware design deliver uncompromising, professional build quality unmatched even in products exceeding its price-tier. The 4-channel standalone mixer features a detachable fader panel fitted with patented inverse carbon strip faders that exponentially reduce dust and wear.
Faders can be replaced for maintenance on the unit, prolonging the S8’s lifespan. The XLR, ¼”, and RCA signal outputs from the extensive on-board audio interface surpass that of any current TRAKTOR product, and easily rival CDJ output levels.
Traktor Kontrol S8 is now available for purchase for $1199 USD / 1199 EUR.
More information: Native Instruments / Traktor Kontrol S8
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