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Native Instruments launches “Twice As Nice” Maschine Expansion Sale

Native Instruments has launched Twice As Nice, offering a free Maschine Expansion of choice for every Expansion purchased at the NI Online Shop.

Native Instruments Twice As Nice

MASCHINE Expansions each contain a stylized range of expertly designed kits, instruments, sounds, and patterns for use with the entire range of MASCHINE hardware – often with exclusive presets for MASSIVE, REAKTOR PRISM, and MASCHINE 2 software’s Drum Synths. Many MASCHINE Expansions were created in close partnership with high-profile sound designers or renowned artists such as Steve Lawler, Amp Fiddler, and Dae One.

Designed for a wide range of contemporary production styles, MASCHINE Expansions allow beat makers to explore, mix, and tweak new sounds to fit their own style. Each MASCHINE Expansion focuses on a particular genre or concept. Expansions such as LAZER DICE and LUCID MISSION dive deep into the new sounds of future bass and EDM, while GREY FORGE, STATIC FRICTION, and RAW VOLTAGE each offer distinct flavors of techno and electronica. MARBLE RIMS, CONANT GARDENS, VINTAGE HEAT, and TRUE SCHOOL all offer sounds for creating stylized hip hop and urban rhythms.
These and many more illustrate the diversity of the ever-expanding series of MASCHINE Expansions.

Maschine Expansions are available to purchase for $49 USD / 49 EUR / £44 GBP. Until July 28, 2014, purchase of one Maschine Expansion grants a second Expansion free. Sake excludes Arcane Attic and Circuit Halo.

More information: Native Instruments / Twice As Nice

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Producertech launches Maschine Courses

Producertech has announced the launch of Maschine Courses, a new website offering quality online training for Native Instruments’ powerful groove production studio, Maschine.

Maschine Courses

The courses on offer range from complete guides, covering all areas of the software and hardware, to courses focusing on certain styles of music, like House and Glitch Hop, as well as a Producer’s Guide to Music Theory, with many more courses to follow.

The site has a sleek look and intuitive functionality, working well on all browsing devices, such as smart phones and tablets, making it easy for students to access courses from wherever they are in the word, at whatever times they like. Plus, all of the courses come with accompanying downloadable materials, such as Maschine projects, bonus packs of Loopmasters samples and Maschine kits, written notes and even projects that enable students to practice their newly-acquired skills.

The Complete Guide to MKII course is now fully updated to Maschine version 2, and also new tutorials are currently being made with Studio and Mikro, so very soon there will be complete guides to all three versions of the hardware. Many more courses are planned for later in the year too, including those that teach other styles of music like Drum and Bass and much more!

More information: Maschine Courses

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Native Instruments releases Circuit Halo for Maschine

Native Instruments has announced the release of Circuit Halo, a new Maschine expansion library that combines intricately-sampled vintage synths and drum machines with contemporary patterns.

Native Instruments Circuit Halo
CIRCUIT HALO’s sound set combines multi-sampled synths, classic drum machines, custom glitch modulation effects, and new presets for the included MASSIVE and REAKTOR PRISM synths.

CIRCUIT HALO features a premium collection of samples from vintage synthesizers such as the Roland Juno 60, Casio VL-Tone, Prophet 5, Yamaha DX7, Sequential Circuits Pro One and Six-Trak, and a Korg MS-20. Each instrument was meticulously multi-sampled to capture the characteristic warm low end and idiosyncrasies such as pitch drift that analog equipment adds to productions. The combination of vintage sound with the latest in glitch modulation effects and arrangement styles gives producers a new way to blend classic sounds with production techniques.

The drum sounds in CIRCUIT HALO come from a mix of vintage and modern drum machines – many customized for a unique sound. Boutique outboard gear such as a classic 80s British talkback compressor and 1/2″ analog tape were used for detailed tone shaping and a good dose of warmth and character. Lush reverb reminiscent of the 80s sound was also used to add depth and vintage flavor to the expansion.

CIRCUIT HALO’s four Special Kits contain a wealth of glitched-out, grainy sounds, noises and sweeps, sound effects, and percussion and stabs. All-new PRISM presets provide organic leads, pads, mallets, and flutes while MASSIVE presets deliver textured, morphing leads, basses, and stabs.

A condensed version of CIRCUIT HALO is also available as an iMASCHINE Expansion for creating beats on-the-go. The iMASCHINE Expansion features two projects, four drum kits, and two multi-sampled instruments. Tracks can be exported to MASCHINE STUDIO, MASCHINE, and MASCHINE MIKRO for completion.

CIRCUIT HALO was created in cooperation with Danish sound design expert Joël Krozer of 6 Bit Deep.

Circuit Halo is available for purchase for $49 USD / 49 EUR / £44 GBP. Requires Maschine 2. The iMASCHINE expansion is available at the iMASCHINE in-app store for $0.99 USD / 0.89 EUR / £0.69 GBP.

More information: Native Instruments / Circuit Halo

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ModeAudio releases Curved Horizon for FM8

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ModeAudio has released Curved Horizon, a collection of vintage for the FM8 synthesizer instrument from Native Instruments.

ModeAudio Curved Horizon

This release packs in 50 gorgeously unstable presets, from deep basses, atmospheric pads, classic, characterful synths, floating leads and much more. We’ve turned the hard-edged, metallic quality of FM synthesis on its head to bring you a synth preset collection that fuzzes, crackles, flickers and phase shifts from the moment you press down one of those keys.

Taking inspiration from such varied sources as cinema soundtracks, psychedelic ambience and classic chill-out, watch the horizon stretch and twist towards you with Curved Horizon – FM8 Vintage Presets!

Curved Horizon features

  • 50 .nfm8 presets (basses, pads, classic synths, chords, leads & plucks).
  • 50 MIDI loops.
  • 100% royalty-free.

The soundset is on sale for £12 GBP (regular £14 GBP).

More information: ModeAudio / Curved Horizon

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Producer Tech launches Complete Guide to Maschine MKII

Producer Tech has released the Complete Guide to Maschine MKII, a video tutorial course that takes you through every part of the Maschine v2 software and hardware, slowly explaining how each one works and the ways they can be used to create a variety of different styles of music.

Complete Guide to Maschine MKII

The lessons begin by showing how a pattern is constructed, by playing the pads, or drawing in events. Then, there are lessons covering the various pad modes, including step mode, keyboard mode and various velocity modes, explaining how to use them and when they are most suitable. There are then lessons on Scenes and building arrangements within Maschine, the Sampling facility and how to record and edit your own samples, and finally 2 lessons on effects, that teach the full range of effects in the library and how they can be used as inserts or sends for processing sounds, groups and the master bus.

The course comes with written notes, as well as the Maschine projects created in the movies. Plus, there are 240MB of royalty-free samples from Loopmasters included in the course pack. Before signing up, check out the free sample lesson embedded below, which provides an introduction to Maschine and the course.

The course is available from Loopmasters for £39.95 GBP.

More information: Producer Tech / Complete Guide to Maschine MKII

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Native Instruments launches Komplete Frenzy sale

Native Instruments has launched Komplete Frenzy, a time-limited sales special, offering customers considerable savings on the acclaimed production bundles Komplete 9 and Komplete 9 Ultimate during the course of two months.

Komplete Frenzy

KOMPLETE 9 is the latest edition of Native Instruments’ world-class production and performance suite, including all essential KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects such as MASSIVE, KONTAKT 5, and GUITAR RIG 5 PRO. Plus standout additions like the MONARK monosynth and the enormous sound of THE GIANT piano.

Revered for the magnitude of its quality and variety, KOMPLETE 9 ULTIMATE contains a stunning 65 products and over 370 GB of sound – the entire range of KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects (at the time of release) on an external hard drive. In addition to products included in KOMPLETE 9, it also contains ACTION STRINGS, ABBEY ROAD VINTAGE DRUMMER, DAMAGE, REVERB CLASSICS and many more.

During the sale Komplete 9 is available for $399/399 EUR/£339 GBP, Komplete 9 Ultimate is $699 USD/699 EUR/£579 GBP. The Komplete Frenzy ends midnight (CET) August 31st, 2014.

More information: Native Instruments / Komplete Frenzy

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ADSR Sounds releases Chillout soundsets for FM8 & Massive

ADSR Sounds has released Chillout for FM8 and Chillout for Massive, two soundsets featuring 50 patches each.

ADSR Chillout for FM8

Chillout for FM8

Chillout sounds for FM8 will suit ambient, experimental, chillwave, chillout and alternative electronic styles.

Complex sequenced sounds have been designed for rhythmic inspiration, arps for melodic inspiration, warm analogue bass sounds, stacked major chords, evolving pads, spacey keys and more sit alongside each other in this pack exploring the creative side of FM8.

Chillout for FM8 features

  • 10 Arp & Seq.
  • 6 Bass.
  • 6 Chord.
  • 5 Key.
  • 6 Lead.
  • 10 Pad.
  • 7 Pluck.
ADSR Chillout for Massive

Chillout for Massive

Exploring the often overlooked softer side of NI Massive, Chillout Sounds presents 50 patches just in time for summer.

Analogue bass sounds, spaced out chords, trippy keys, plucks, pads and creative sequence and arpeggiator sounds are all on offer in this pack and ready for your next sunset production.

Chillout for Massive features

  • 10 Arp & Seq.
  • 8 Bass.
  • 6 Chord.
  • 7 Key.
  • 6 Organ.
  • 6 Pad.
  • 7 Pluck.

The soundsets are on sale for $9 USD each (regular $17 USD each).

More information: ADSR / Chillout

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