MIDI HACK is a 24h hackathon sponsored by Ableton, Native Instruments & Spotify celebrating the protocols (such as MIDI, OSC & CV) and technologies that are the backbone of analog and digital music creation.
The MIDI HACK weekend will offer lectures and performances from artists and creators. The focus of the event will be on letting our participants create new and ground breaking ideas.
The goal of MIDI HACK is to bring together industry leaders, interesting start-ups, software developers, hardware fanatics and musicians who push the envelope of music creation, and to spawn great and creative ideas for the future. Ever wanted to rip apart MIDI controllers to create a new one? Maybe write a new VST or AU? Or how about finding new ways to perform? Then this is the hack for you.
The name MIDI HACK derives from the midi protocol that has defined music creation for more than 30 years. Together with OSC (Open Sound Control – an open source version of the same idea) and CV (Control Voltage – used to control analogue synthesizers) they are the three pillars of music creation today whenever there’s a synthesizer or computer involved.
A hack is a abbreviation of hackathon, a defined space that during a limited tine engages people in overcome a defined target or investigate a certain subject. Midi hack is aimed for the people who love music creation and sees a potential for involvement within the area.
MIDI HACK will take place May 17th-18th, 2014, at Spotify HQ, Stockholm – Sweden. The application form opens Tuesday March 18th, and closes March 30th, 2014.
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macProVideo has announced the release of Jeremy Ellis: Produce, Perform & Prevail!, a video tutorial on Native Instruments Maschine 2.0.
When Jeremy Ellis creates a Maschine video for Native Instruments, it’s a major event! In this exclusive course Jeremy breaks it all down explaining how he produced and performed the entire NI promo track! Watch and learn as Jeremy and Maschine make music together!
Jeremy Ellis is a finger drumming virtuoso. This course takes you inside Jeremy’s head (scary!) giving you the inside story on his Maschine Studio workflow. You see both his creative and technical processes unfold right before your eyes as he reveals the key ingredients that flavor his now famous Maschine Studio, Native Instruments music video.
The video is available to macProVideo subscribers ($25 USD/mth), and as a HD download for $19.50 USD.
More information: macProVideo / Produce, Perform & Prevail!
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Native Instruments has announced SYNTHSATION, offering a limited time 50% discount on MASSIVE, MONARK, RAZOR, FM8, SPARK, PRISM, SCANNER XT and ABSYNTH 5.
The offer includes MASSIVE and MONARK, which have both become widely known for their heavyweight basses and leads. Both maintain a sound character that is much sought after by producers looking for fat, searing, organic sounds. Also included in the offer are RAZOR and FM8, whose pristine quality and extensive sonic control offer users a wide palette of futuristic sounds.
The REAKTOR-based SPARK and PRISM are both lauded for their expressiveness as instruments, and are unique synthesizers built as much for live musicians as producers. ABSYNTH 5 and SKANNER XT also bring a wealth of experimental, unconventional sounds and textures to productions.
These eight synths represent Native Instruments’ commitment to remaining at the forefront of synthesizer technology for sound designers, musicians and producers. The SYNTHSATION sales offer is an opportunity
to explore the full possibilities of digital synthesis for an unmissable price.
The offer is valid until March 17, 2014, 24:00 CET.
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Native Instruments has announced the DYNAMIC DUO sales special, a limited-time offer that bundles the acclaimed MASCHINE groove production studio and NI’s industry-leading instruments and effects suite KOMPLETE 9.
Until March 31, 2014, MASCHINE and KOMPLETE 9 are available together for $799 / 799 € / £669 / ¥ 82,700 from the NI Online Shop and at retailers worldwide.
MASCHINE combines powerful software with a hardware-based workflow inspired by classic grooveboxes. 16 multi-color pads, a master push encoder, and eight display knobs provide intuitive control of all software features with tactile immediacy. MASCHINE 2 software delivers a pattern-based sequencer, highperformance sampler, and professional studio instruments and effects. The software also features five exclusive drum synth plug-ins capable of a wide range of sounds – all fully-adjustable and automatable directly from MASCHINE’s hardware. A new 8+ GB sound library of professional, production-ready sounds adds even more sound for beat makers to explore. MASCHINE 2 software’s tagbased browser and product icon display allow at-a-glance browsing of all KOMPLETE 9 Instruments and Effects.
KOMPLETE 9 is a comprehensive creative production suite with 33 products, 12,000 sounds, and 120 GB of sampled content for both studio and stage. Among its 33 award-winning instruments and effects are samplers such as KONTAKT 5 and BATTERY 4. The flagship modular synthesizer REAKTOR 5, which also hosts the dynamic MONARK, PRISM, and SPARK instruments, and renowned synths MASSIVE, FM8, and ABSYNTH 5 are also included. The updated SOLID MIX SERIES gives users a complete studio effects suite for creating polished, release-ready productions. And GUITAR RIG 5 PRO provides a wealth of amps and effects for use on guitar and bass or for creative sound design. When loading a KOMPLETE 9 Instrument or Effect in MASCHINE, key parameters automap to MASCHINE’s eight display knobs for immediate, hands-on sound adjustment.
Maschine and Komplete 9 can be purchased together for $799 / 799 EUR / £669 GBP until March 31st, 2014.
More information: Native Instruments / Dyanmic Duo
Native Instruments today launched ‘Spring Breaks’ – a limited-time special offer on the highly-acclaimed TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 decks and effects controller. Until March 31, 2014, customers can purchase TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 and receive a full version of the flagship TRAKTOR PRO 2 software for free.
TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 provides seamless, intuitive control. DJs get plug-and-play physical control over 2 track decks and 2 TRAKTOR FX units. The integrated multi-purpose touch strip offers inspiring tactile control over looping and FX via finger swiping, as well as convenient access to track nudge and needle drops. Adding to TRAKTOR KONTROL X1′s playback and effects control, capacitive touch sensitive encoders provide instant visual feedback on TRAKTOR PRO 2′s features.
Trusted by countless professionals, TRAKTOR PRO 2 offers DJs up to four virtual decks, intuitive looping and cueing functionality, and a wide range of over 40 effects. Integrated Remix Decks technology allows instant looping and sampling for on-the-fly remixes.
TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 is available for $199 USD / 199 EUR / £169 GBP. The offer is valid from until March 31st, 2014. The TRAKTOR PRO 2 license included with purchase of TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 during this offer is not eligible for resale.
More information: Native Instruments / Traktor Kontrol X1
Native Instruments has announced the release of Marble Rims, a new Maschine expansion pack offering producers the laid-back, sun-kissed flavor of classic and contemporary SoCal hip hop.
Adding to the scope of included kits and sounds, MARBLE RIMS delivers exclusive recordings from renowned West Coast artists and producers.
Producers can choose from a palette of 40 lovingly-sampled instruments ranging from SoCal staples such as analog basses and leads, soulful electric pianos, and layered percussion, to live sampled guitar licks, one-shots and beat sequences. Benchmark keyboard instruments and synths such as the Fender Rhodes Mark 1, Hammond B3 Organ, a Minimoog Model D, and more were all carefully sampled then equalized using vintage EQs.
Exclusive to MARBLE RIMS are a collection of samples taken from live sessions with some of the most iconic producers and musicians of the urban West Coast. Guitar licks and one-shots featuring Marlon Williams of Warren G fame were recorded using custom and vintage equipment.
Highlighting some of the unique equipment Marlon used was a 1978 Gibson Les Paul custom and a 1978 vintage Fender Stratocaster. Six urban kits and drum samples by rhythm virtuoso Dae One deliver classic West Coast beats along with samples designed by Hallway Productionz, and Amplified.
Adding to the Expansion’s bold character are four special kits containing MIDI sequences by legendary keyboardist Kenneth Crouch.
The expansion pack is available to purchase for $49 USD / 49 EUR.
More information: Native Instruments / Marble Rims
Native Instruments has announced the release of Supercharger GT, compressor inspired by the rich, tube-driven sound of a boutique hardware unit.
A feature-rich follow-up to the SUPERCHARGER compressor released in December 2013, SUPERCHARGER GT goes beyond modern tube compression by adding dedicated Saturation and Character modes and additional controls for complete sonic fine-tuning.
SUPERCHARGER GT was designed for simple yet comprehensive sound shaping.
Producers can quickly dial in a wide range of compression effects using a single ‘Compress’ knob. The effect’s automatic make-up gain allows them to stay focused on the sound of the effect without having to compensate for the drop in volume compression can sometimes cause.
Pre-set Attack and Release settings provide a starting point for setting SUPERCHARGER GT’s response to incoming signals – producers can start with Punch, Gentle, and Slam modes. Dedicated Attack and Release controls allow an additional degree of fine-tuning.
Aside from compression, SUPERCHARGER GT also delivers a set of tone-shaping controls that make it more than just a compressor effect. A ‘Saturation’ knob with Mild, Crisp, and Slam saturation types give users three ways to add harmonic content to their tracks. At lower settings, SUPERCHARGER GT offers subtle harmonic enhancement. At more extreme settings it delivers raw, distorted coloration. The ‘Character’ knob can fill in missing low end and smooth out unruly high frequencies with Fat, Warm, and Aggressive character modes adding to its versatility.
Furthermore, a mid/side mode lets producers create space in a mix by applying the effect only to the left and right sides of a signal – perfect for adjusting stereo imaging. A detector high pass prevents unruly low end signals from mis-triggering the compressor. Combined, these features provide producers dynamic control, warmth, and sonic shaping in one convenient plug-in.
Supercharger GT is available to purchase for $99 USD/99 EUR/£89 GBP. Owners of Supercharger can upgrade for a special price of $49 USD/49 EUR/£42 GBP.
More information: Native Instruments / Supercharger GT
Musicrow has launched a limited time sale on Golden Ensembles 3, offering the bundle of 45 instrument and effect ensembles for Native Instruments Reaktor at a 50% discount.
Synthesizers, effects, innovative and creative audio tools- Musicrow Reaktor Ensembles are packed, with hundreds of presets ready to be used!
Golden Ensembles 3 includes the two mega-synths Ebola and Cobra, Bass Lab, and many other impressive synthesizers and instruments. In addition, it contains classic processor emulations like Vintage Chorus and Crow Plate Reverb, and unique sound design tools such as Executer, White FX, Sound Pilot and other Reaktor ensembles.
Whether you are a music producer, a soundtrack composer, a mixer, or a sound designer- these reaktor ensembles will add new beautiful and unique colors to your sound palette!
The bundle is available to purchase for 85 EUR until February 28th, 2014 (regular 169 EUR).
More information: Musicrow / Golden Ensembles 3