Native Instruments has released Molekular, a modular multi-effects system for the flagship synthesis studio REAKTOR 5 or the free REAKTOR 5 PLAYER.
MOLEKULAR features 35 exclusive creative effects for advanced, creative sound manipulation. MOLEKULAR’s modular design allows for an unprecedented level of routing freedom and its Morphing Field provides inspiring performance possibilities for producers.
MOLEKULAR features slots for up to four effect modules and near-limitless routing options for unique effect arrangements. Modules include a pitch and resonator section for transforming percussive sounds into melodic arpeggios. Delay, stutter, and glitch modules allow users to create new rhythmic structures or turn any incoming signal into washed-out soundscapes. Eight modulation effects offer incredible sonic versatility for augmenting tone – from classic modulation effects like flanger and chorus to yet-unheard effects such as a purposefully broken pitch shifter to create unusual new textures. Six dynamic and distortion effects include a 16-stage wave folder and a DSP that tracks a signal’s pitch to control a variable waveform oscillator. MOLEKULAR also comes with essential ‘bread and butter’ effects for additional sonic adjustments and finetuning.
MOLEKULAR features 16 modulation sources, which can be routed to any parameter within the effects system. Modulators include four customizable LFOs and four step sequencers for emphasizing any part of the meter with rhythms from simple eighth notes to odd metric subdivisions. What’s more, MOLEKULAR includes analog modular-inspired trigger sequencers – each with a dedicated envelope and an envelope follower to set accents or add bursts of effects to any production. A logic module adds an irregular, organic feel to the structure of sound sources with any degree of precision or chaos. Frequency-based parameters can be quantized to custom scales and it’s even possible to route one modulator into another producing unusual, constantly evolving modulation structures.
By using the Morphing Field, it is possible to drastically twist the results via the interactive display. Producers can assign a starting point, define four master mutations and easily morph between them in real time – a new and near-limitless approach to performing with effects. The morpher can also be controlled by any of the modulation sources. Though highly advanced technology works under the hood, MOLEKULAR is straightforward to use, and also comes with a multitude of presets of highly inventive effects ready to use as creative starting points.
Molekular is available for $149 USD / 149 EUR / £129 GBP.
More information: Native Instruments / Molekular
Native Instruments has posted a sneak preview audio demo of its upcoming Molekular release.
Coming soon! This exclusive sonic sneak peek demonstrates the power of forthcoming release MOLEKULAR while MASCHINE lays down the drums with a custom bassline. Watch this space for more information!
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Native Instruments has announced the release of Grey Forge, a new Maschine Expansion for dark, monolithic techno productions and live performances utilizing the unique features introduced in MASCHINE 2 software.
GREY FORGE comes with 45 drum kits. Fully taking advantage of the MASCHINE 2 software’s Drum Synths, 14 kits contain pre-mapped macro controls to MASCHINE’s display knobs. Macro controls allow for creative beat morphing and total control over key parameters in each of the kits.
A further 230 Drum Synth presets offer a high variety of new sounds for producers to experiment with. Focusing on pulsating, raw, and stark techno styles, producers can build on rhythms with an array of grainy bleeps and one shots sampled from custom modular synths. Plus, 40 new MASSIVE presets provide intense basses and leads designed to cut though the mix in any club.
GREY FORGE comes with custom-built effect chains that load within a drum kit for fast access to additional atmospheres and textures. Parameters of some single effects are also pre-mapped to the eight display knobs on the MASCHINE STUDIO and MASCHINE hardware units, for adding live, on-the-fly tweaking while performing a techno set. With 9 full projects included, GREY FORGE also provides plenty of inspiring grooves to jumpstart the creative spark.
GREY FORGE is also available as an iMASCHINE Expansion, and features 2 projects and 4 kits for instant use in creating slabs of uncompromising techno. Tracks can be exported to MASCHINE STUDIO, MASCHINE or MASCHINE MIKRO for completion.
Grey Forge is available to purchase for $49 USD / 49 EUR / £42 GBP. The iMaschine expansion is an in-app purchase, priced at $0.99 USD / 0.89 EUR / £0.69 GBP.
More information: Native Instruments / Grey Forge
Resonance Sound has released Dystopia Vol.2, a soundset by Aiyn Zahev Sounds for the Razor synthesizer instrument from Native Instruments.
Razor offers unique features and a rich palette of sounds, but it can take time and patience to get mix worthy sounds out of it. That is where Dystopia Vol.2 comes in, picking up from the first Dystopia (VIP awarded on loopmasters) with 64 great new presets.
With a particular emphasis on bass and percussive sounds, this bank is ideal for darker house and techno and the additive synthesis engine allows for great ethereal sounds perfect for atmosphere & pad sounds and aggressive synth sounds that are not typical of analog style synths. The result is a very cutting edge feel, even when approximating more classic sounds
The soundset is available to purchase for 15.95 EUR. Requires Native Instruments Razor and Reaktor Player/Reaktor full version 5.9.0.
More information: Resonance Sound / Dystopia Vol.2
Native Instruments has announced new iOS compatibility for the updated TRAKTOR AUDIO 2, the world’s smallest premium DJ audio interface.
Now plug-and-play with the latest version of TRAKTOR DJ – the pro DJ app for iPad and iPhone – TRAKTOR AUDIO 2 transforms iOS devices into a mobile, crowd-worthy DJ setup. Designed for ultimate portability, TRAKTOR AUDIO 2 delivers pristine, premium 24-bit/48 kHz audio in an unsurpassed pocket-sized format.
The ultra-compact TRAKTOR AUDIO 2 now joins the growing list of iOS compatible hardware by Native Instruments. With the release of iOS version 7.1, TRAKTOR AUDIO 2, TRAKTOR KONTROL S4, S2, and Z1 now all connect seamlessly to an iPad or iPhone running the latest version of TRAKTOR DJ. With an even slimmer, streamlined profile, the updated TRAKTOR AUDIO 2 is more portable than ever. Two 1/8 inch stereo outputs allow for seamless track cueing and headphone monitoring in TRAKTOR PRO 2 or TRAKTOR DJ. The outputs of the TRAKTOR AUDIO 2 can be connected to a standard DJ mixer, allowing two TRAKTOR Decks to be mixed with familiar tactile control.
TRAKTOR AUDIO 2 connects to laptops or iOS devices using the included mini-USB or 30-pin to USB cables. Using the AUDIO 2 with iPad 4 and iPhone 5 requires a 30-pin to Lightning adapter. When using TRAKTOR DJ on an iPhone or iPad, connecting the optional power supply increases the overall output volume and keeps the connected device charged. TRAKTOR AUDIO 2 includes TRAKTOR LE 2. Two decks, three effects, and all essential mixing features provide a ready-to-use package designed for entry-level DJs.
TRAKTOR AUDIO 2 is available to purchase for $99 USD / 99 EUR / £89 GBP. A $50 USD / 50 EUR / £44 GBP e-voucher will also be sent to users upon registration of the included TRAKTOR LE software.
More information: Native Instruments / TRAKTOR AUDIO 2
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.
More information: MIDI HACK
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!