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.
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.
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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 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
ADSR Sounds has released Chillout for FM8 and Chillout for Massive, two soundsets featuring 50 patches each.
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.
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
Native Instruments has announced the launch of its annual Summer of Sound sales special.
Until June 30, 2014, current product owners can save 50% on updates, upgrades, and crossgrades including NI’s most comprehensive production suites KOMPLETE 9 and KOMPLETE 9 ULTIMATE.
This year’s special also sees the MASCHINE 2 software update on sale for the first time. There are also more opportunities than ever before to upgrade or crossgrade to KOMPLETE 9. Additionally, current owners of KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects can update to the latest version of their software for a very special price. The SUMMER OF SOUND special runs from now until June 30, 2014.
The sale ends June 30th, 2014. E-vouchers cannot be used in conjunction with special offers.
More information: Native Instruments / Summer of Sound
Eclipse Sound has announced the release of Pandemonium, a soundset for the Razor synthesizer instrument for Reaktor by Native Instruments.
Original Sound set for Razor with MASSIVE and sinister sound.
Covers such genres as: DnB, Dubstep, Modern EDM and IDM.
- 90 patches for NI Razor.
- Includes 9 Abstract Instants, 17 Bass / Solo Growls, 37 Wobbles / Motion Growls, 11 Leads, 7 Textures / Pads, 8 “Pre-Drop” Sliders, 1 Sequence.
The soundset is on sale for $15 USD. Requires Native instruments Razor v1.5.
More information: Eclipse Sound / Pandemonium
Native Instruments has announced THE FUTURE OF DJING, a new video series featuring acclaimed international artists and how new technologies found on TRAKTOR products inspires creativity. Throughout the summer of 2014, THE FUTURE OF DJING series will highlight the artist, and how technological innovation plays a role in their performance.
The first video features house icon Marc Kinchen aka MK, who’s musical career has given rise to some of dance music’s most iconic tunes. In this video, Marc talks about how technology has always inspired his DJing and fuels his concept of the ideal live DJ performance – creating a track from start to finish live while DJing. MK also shares his vision where a future generation of talented DJ/producers will be setting the new standards of DJ culture without ever touching vinyl or playing an instrument.
Shot on location in Glasgow, Scotland on Record Store Day, the video shows Native Instruments spending the day around town with Marc as he talks about the evolution of the DJ/producer, makes an in-store appearance, and performs at the Lovelife Festival held at The Arches club. Marc is seen using the KONTROL X1’s multi-purpose touch strip to control effects, loop, and beat-jumping.
The FUTURE OF DJING video series aims to kick-start discussions with artists, labels, and the media about the future of DJing. As an added bonus, Native Instruments is giving away five of the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 controllers signed by Marc in the video. To win, people must leave a comment on the video’s Facebook post. Five winners will be selected at random.
To enter the X1 draw, comments can be left on this Facebook post.
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CreativeLive has launched Mastering The Maschine with JK Swopes, a video tutorial course in which JK will lead you through an in-depth exploration of Native Instruments Maschine.
If you’re ready to take your production to the next level, join CreativeLive and JK Swopes (and guests Doug Lazy aka Knocksquared and Ken “Flux” Pierce) for an in-depth exploration of Maschine, the revolutionary way to sequence, sample, and add effects to any musical project.
Throughout this two day course, you’ll learn everything you need to know to take advantage of this unique, powerful beatmaking production system — including its sequencer, sampler, and internal fx. JK will also cover the basics of working with Maschine’s extensive built-in library of sounds. JK will also cover the tricks and hacks that let you use Maschine to author your own library of sounds to use in your tracks. From fatter kicks to deeper snares, you’ll learn about simple tweaks you can add to any track to make it more complex and compelling.
No matter what genre of music you’re passionate about, this course will give you the tools you need to work effortlessly and innovatively.
The course costs $99 USD. You can view it free of charge on June 3rd, from 9:00am – 4:00pm (Los Angeles Time), or get anytime access for $79 USD.
More information: CreativeLive / The Maschine with JK Swopes