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Native Instruments announces MASCHINE STUDIO & MASCHINE 2.0

Native Instruments has announced MASCHINE STUDIO and MASCHINE 2.0, the new flagship groove production studio and next generation of MASCHINE software.

Considerably bigger than the original hardware, MASCHINE STUDIO provides expanded tactile control and new hi-resolution color displays, setting a new precedent in intuitive, hands-on, computer-based beat production. As with the acclaimed MASCHINE and MASCHINE MIKRO, MASCHINE STUDIO is an integrated solution combining the latest software technology with a hardware-based workflow.

MASCHINE 2.0 features a host of enhancements – including a new mixer page and dynamic drum synth plug-ins – designed to deliver more power and speed to all three MASCHINE production studios.

NI Maschine Studio

Providing complete hardware control over virtually all software functions, MASCHINE STUDIO’s workflow is centered on 16 highly-responsive multi-color backlit pads, a new Edit Section with jog wheel, a Level Section and two hi-resolution color displays – a major hardware advancement. The displays enable producers to focus on MASCHINE’s hardware workflow, providing detailed visual feedback of the software’s powerful features. When editing samples or working in MASCHINE’s clip-based pattern sequencer, the displays show an overview of the full selection on the left screen while the right screen allows for detailed fine-tuning when slicing, editing, and composing. When browsing, the displays provide easy navigation and selection of projects, groups, sounds, instruments, effects, and samples with KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects product icons visible directly from the hardware.

NI Maschine Studio

A new Edit Section provides dedicated buttons and a jog wheel with LED indicators for visual feedback and enhanced functionality. The jog wheel allows quick adjustments to volume, tempo, and swing settings, and speeds up browsing and editing. The Level Section provides a convenient volume knob and a multi-purpose meter display for master, group, sound, and cue levels plus monitoring for up to four selectable input sources when a multi-channel audio interface is connected. Dedicated control buttons allow fast switching between MASCHINE STUDIO’s sampler, arranger, mixer, and browser, and provide direct access to channel settings and an all-new plug-in strip. For producers already using external equipment, one MIDI input and three MIDI outputs allow MASCHINE STUDIO to function as a command hub, controlling all equipment from one comprehensive controller. On the underside of the unit, a highly sturdy, built-in collapsible stand provides the optimal angle for working with MASCHINE STUDIO.

NI Maschine 2.0

MASCHINE 2.0 presents a major revision of Native Instruments’ groove production software, delivering a host of powerful features to MASCHINE STUDIO, and both generations of MASCHINE, and MASCHINE MIKRO. A tag-based attribute browser makes samples and presets easy to find while the new plug-in strip make MASCHINE’s internal plug-ins much more accessible by displaying their individual user interfaces instead of generic buttons and knobs. A brand-new, dedicated mixer page provides detailed level adjustment and flexible routing of MASCHINE 2.0′s aux sends, plug-ins, and unlimited groups and insert effects. A new audio engine with multi-core technology adds sidechaining and allows higher instrument, effect, and plug-in counts, faster load times and more. High-quality 32-bit float internal summing delivers the latest advancements in professional sound quality.

NI Maschine 2.0 Drum synth

Also new and exclusive to MASCHINE 2.0 are five drum synth plug-ins meticulously developed with Native Instruments’ years of experience in software synthesis. Each instrument caters to a specific drum type, and delivers an easy-to-use interface. The plug-ins are capable of a wide range of sounds – from crisp and digital, to warm and analog, featuring accurate acoustic-sounding drums. Because they are based on synthesis, producers have a refined level of control over the sound of each drum.
Not only are these plug-ins fully-adjustable and automatable directly from the MASCHINE hardware, they now add a signature sound aesthetic to the world of MASCHINE.

Maschine 2.0 Mixer with plug-ins

In addition to hosting any VST or Audio Units plug-in, MASCHINE 2.0 comes with an 8+ GB sound library of professional, production-ready sounds. Also included are full versions of Native Instrument’s acclaimed MASSIVE synthesizer, the unique synthesizer for percussive and mallet sounds PRISM, the powerful compressor SOLID BUS COMP, and the meticulously sampled vintage electric piano SCARBEE MARK I, providing a versatile setup ready for any production task. MASCHINE can be used as a standalone on either MAC or PC systems, but also loads as a VST, Audio Units or AAX plug-in in all major DAWs for seamless integration with existing production environments. MASCHINE 2.0 software features batch export of full songs, groups, and single sounds in lossless WAV or AIFF formats in up to 32-bit/192kHz quality. Import of older MASCHINE projects, iMASCHINE projects, REX files, and MPC programs is also fully supported.

MASCHINE STUDIO is available for purchase at retailers worldwide and at the NI Online Shop from November 1, 2013 for $999 USD / 999 EUR. MASCHINE 2.0 is included with MASCHINE STUDIO and all MASCHINE and MASCHINE MIKRO products shipping on or after November 1, 2013.

Current MASCHINE users can purchase MASCHINE 2.0 on the NI Online Shop from November 1, 2013 for $99 USD / 99 EUR. Customers who purchase MASCHINE or MASCHINE MIKRO between October 1, 2013 and November 1, 2013 will receive MASCHINE 1.8 with purchase and a free download for MASCHINE 2.0. They will be able to download the new software on November 1, 2013.

More information: Native Instruments / MASCHINE STUDIO

Native Instruments announces KOMPLETE 9 & KOMPLETE 9 ULTIMATE

Native Instruments Komplete 9

Native Instruments has announced the latest generation of the its industry-leading KOMPLETE instrument and effect bundles, including the all-new MONARK and BATTERY 4.

KOMPLETE 9 includes 33 instruments and effects with six new additions, including the brand-new MONARK monosynth, plus the completely redesigned BATTERY 4 drum sampler.

KOMPLETE 9 ULTIMATE includes all 65 current KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects at the time of release and over 370 GB of content. Each bundle now also features essential studio effects, delivering complete production solutions from initial idea to finished composition.

Notably, KOMPLETE 9 and KOMPLETE 9 ULTIMATE are available for the same prices as their predecessors.

The brand-new MONARK delivers the warm, organic sound of a classic analog monophonic synthesizer that has shaped four decades of popular music. Its smooth and natural sound is complimented by an intuitive, streamlined control panel that allows users to quickly dial in sounds and start creating music.

Native Instruments Monark
Monark virtual analog synthesizer plug-in for Reaktor / Reaktor Player.

Based on years of research, MONARK uses REAKTOR’s powerful modular DSP framework to faithfully recreate the interaction of complex analog circuits, including the behavior of the filter when overloaded, filter and oscillator drift, and snappy envelopes that make stabbing melodic lines and even punchy electronic drum sounds easy to create. The sound has been fine-tuned by ear by MONARK’s engineers to create a powerful mono synth with a level of richness and depth not previously found in software.

BATTERY 4 is a completely re-designed drum sampler delivering powerful contemporary drum programming options in a sleek, easy-to-use interface. It provides over 70 new and exclusive contemporary kits tailored to electronic and urban styles.

Native Instruments Battery 4
Native Instruments 21st century drum sampler: Battery 4.

All kits load with an adaptable color-coding system, providing instant visual recognition of their layout. Custom kits are quickly created with intuitive drag-and-drop actions. BATTERY 4 also features a number of new effects and effect enhancements: SOLID G EQ and SOLID BUS COMP from the SOLID MIX SERIES, TRANSIENT MASTER, plus tape saturation, LoFi, and a powerful convolution reverb. Users can create chains, re-order effects, and set up sidechaining with simple drag-and-drop actions. These features combine to deliver an advanced drum sampler with an instinctive workflow that aims to accelerate the creative process.

NI Komplete 9

Along with MONARK and BATTERY 4, KOMPLETE 9 adds a set of essential instruments and effects for the first time. Like all NI studio effects, the updated SOLID MIX SERIES now operates as stand-alone plug-ins in any DAW, giving users a complete studio effects suite for creating polished, release-ready productions. SESSION STRINGS is an easy-to-use contemporary string ensemble for quickly adding modern arrangements to all styles of music. THE GIANT delivers the immense sound of the world’s biggest upright piano, plus an additional cinematic mode perfect for atmospheric textures and soundscapes. The comprehensive bundle also features best-selling KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects such as the awardwinning KONTAKT 5, GUITAR RIG 5 PRO, and NI’s flagship modular synthesizer REAKTOR 5, powering the dynamic PRISM and SPARK. MASSIVE, FM8, and ABSYNTH 5 cover the complete spectrum of synthesis for any production task. KOMPLETE 9 also includes TRANSIENT MASTER, REFLEKTOR, THE FINGER, and TRAKTOR’S 12 for a complete production suite with powerful options for both studio and stage.

NI Komplete 9 Ultimate

KOMPLETE 9 ULTIMATE is NI’s all-inclusive production package with all 65 current KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects at the time of release, over 16,000 sounds, and 370 GB of content on a single USB hard drive for easy installation. This one-stop production suite features all products included in KOMPLETE 9, plus the REVERB CLASSICS and PREMIUM TUBE SERIES studio effects, the essential cinematic strings collection ACTION STRINGS, the playable horn section SESSION HORNS, and the Rickenbacker®-approved SCARBEE RICKENBACKER BASS. Also included are the epic DAMAGE industrial percussion instrument, the 11-piece SESSION STRINGS PRO ensemble, the futuristic RAZOR and SKANNER XT synthesizers, and many more. Providing world-class sound and ease of use for all producers, composers, musicians, and sound designers, KOMPLETE 9 ULTIMATE’s collection of premium instruments and effects redefines value in a bundle of this size.

KOMPLETE 9 and KOMPLETE 9 ULTIMATE also include an e-voucher worth $25 USD / 25 EUR, valid towards any KOMPLETE instrument or effect or MASCHINE Expansion at the NI Online Shop.

Native Instruments is offering nine lucky winners to win the new KOMPLETE 9 ULTIMATE bundle before its release. The competition takes place on the newly launched KOMPLETE Twitter Channel.

KOMPLETE 9 is available for pre-order at a suggested retail price of $559 USD /499 EUR. KOMPLETE 9 ULTIMATE is available for a suggested retail price of $1099 USD / 999 EUR. Updates for owners of KOMPLETE 2 through 8 are available from $149 USD / 149 EUR. Expected in-store date is March 27, 2013.

More information: Native Instruments / Komplete

Native Instruments releases Scarbee Rickenbacker Bass

Native Instruments has introduced Scarbee Rickenbacker Bass, a new KONTAKT instrument featuring the sound of a Rickenbacker® 4003 bass guitar.

Native Instruments Scarbee Rickenbacker Bass
Sampled by bassist and instrument designer Thomas Skarbye, SCARBEE RICKENBACKER® BASS is also the first software version of this bass to be approved by Rickenbacker®.

SCARBEE RICKENBACKER® BASS delivers the sound of a Rickenbacker® 4003 bass for the first time in software as a Rickenbacker-approved KONTAKT instrument. Featured on many of history’s most important rock and pop recordings, the bass provides deep lows and a detailed midrange response that allow it to remain clear and present in a mix. RICKENBACKER® BASS features two varieties of picked articulations – open and palm-muted. RICKENBACKER® BASS is the first bass from SCARBEE to offer picked articulations. This playing style adds extra punch and attack to the crisp sound of the instrument. The palm-muted articulations recall the sound of popular recordings from the 1960s and 1970s. Another first in the SCARBEE line is the inclusion of the Jump Amp from GUITAR RIG PRO 5, providing all the amplified sounds in RICKENBACKER® BASS. By keeping the sound of the bass and the amplifier separate in this way, users are given an added degree of fine control over the tone.

RICKENBACKER® BASS was sampled by Thomas Skarbye – a highly regarded bassist whose sound design brand has become synonymous with quality and playability. To ensure the highest level of detail, Thomas Skarbye used a top-of-the-line Metric Halo® LIO-8 preamp, Mogami® patch cables, and Rotosound® bass strings to capture this instrument. His attention to detail also extends to playing technique. Avoiding Rickenbacker®’s integrated foam muting system, Skarbye recorded the palm-muted articulations with the pick hand over the bridge to ensure the realism of a true performance, while the open articulations were played between the pickups. All samples were recorded with the unique Rick-O-Sound stereo output for unmistakable Rickenbacker® tone. In recognition of the SCARBEE team’s exceptional work, SCARBEE RICKENBACKER® BASS has received Rickenbacker®’s official approval.

The SCARBEE and Native Instruments partnership have released numerous instrument libraries for KONTAKT and the free KONTAKT PLAYER. SCARBEE RICKENBACKER® BASS adds to SCARBEE’s reputation for precision and detail in sampled instruments.

Scarbee Rickenbacker Bass is available to purchase for $99 USD / 99 EUR.

More information: Native Instruments / Scarbee Rickenbacker Bass

Native Instruments launches Kontakt 10 year anniversary sales special – 50% off Kontakt + sound libraries

Native Instruments has announced a limited 10-day sales special on Kontakt and 10 popular Kontakt instruments, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the leading sampler.

Customers will be able to buy the full version of KONTAKT 5 – including its extensive and renowned 43 GB library – for half price up until July 7th, 2012. The 50% offer is also valid on the critically acclaimed KONTAKT-based instruments DAMAGE, SESSION STRINGS PRO, ALICIA’S KEYS, SCARBEE FUNK GUITARIST, ABBEY ROAD 70s and MODERN DRUMMER, VINTAGE ORGANS, WEST AFRICA, SCARBEE PRE BASS and KONTAKT RETRO MACHINES MK 2.

Native Instruments 10 Years of Kontakt
Get Kontakt and Kontakt Instrument libraries at 50% off in celebration of 10 years of Kontakt.

The first version of KONTAKT was released in 2002, and soon became an essential part of every professional studio. Introducing new features to the sampling world and expanding the sonic arsenal with each new version, KONTAKT revolutionized sampling and remains the industry standard, used by professional producers and engineers alike for a multitude of musical genres, sound design and film scoring.

With the arrival of the free KONTAKT player in 2010, KONTAKT became an even more attractive prospect to third-party instrument developers, leading to the highly regarded series of KONTAKT Instruments available today.


Renowned producers and musicians congratulate NI on the birthday of the industry sampler.

10 year anniversary sales specials:

  • KONTAKT 5 – $199.50 USD / 189. 50 EUR
  • DAMAGE – $169.50 USD / 149. 50 EUR
  • SESSION STRINGS PRO – $169.50 USD / 149. 50 EUR
  • ALICIA’S KEYS – $59.50 USD / 49.50 EUR
  • SCARBEE FUNK GUITARIST – $59.50 USD / 49.50 EUR
  • ABBEY ROAD 70s DRUMMER – $59.50 USD / 49.50 EUR
  • ABBEY ROAD MODERN DRUMMER – $59.50 USD / 49.50 EUR
  • VINTAGE ORGANS – $59.50 USD / 49.50 EUR
  • DISCOVERY SERIES: WEST AFRICA – $59.50 USD / 49.50 EUR
  • SCARBEE PRE BASS – $44.50 USD / 39.50 EUR
  • KONTAKT RETRO MACHINES MK2 – $39.50 USD / 34.50 EUR

The offers are valid for the above-named KONTAKT products bought at the NI Online Shop while stock lasts until July 7th, 2012.

More information: Native Instruments / 10 Years of Kontakt

Native Instruments Scarbee Funk Guitarist, Kontakt Player powered sample library

Native Instruments Scarbee Funk Guitarist

Native Instruments has released the Scarbee Funk Guitarist, a new Kontakt sound library.

Imagine the perfect funk guitarist: groove, precision and no solos – please welcome SCARBEE FUNK GUITARIST. This innovative instrument gives you instant playability and total control, with the genuine flavor of the funk.

Lovingly sampled in uncompromising SCARBEE quality, SCARBEE FUNK GUITARIST is expressive, articulate and instantly useable – create driving rhythm guitar lines in minutes. Essential for anything from funk and soul to hip hop and R’n’B, but also perfect for adding an organic element to house or pop, this instrument is highly addictive and a true funk phenomenon.

Scarbee Funk Guitarist for Kontakt and Kontakt Player version 4.2 and higher is available to purchase as a download for 99 EUR. The DVD version is available to pre-order now (available March 14th).

More information: Native Instruments / Scarbee Funk Guitarist

Native Instruments Komplete 7, bundle gets 17 additional instruments and effects

Native Instruments Komplete 7

Native Instruments has introduced Komplete 7, a significantly expanded version of its studio-standard software bundle.

The next generation of KOMPLETE now combines 24 instruments and effects – including five entirely new products – with over 10,000 sounds and 90 GByte of samples, resulting in a comprehensive suite with unparalleled versatility for music production and performance.

KOMPLETE 7 includes the latest versions of Native Instruments’ acclaimed full-featured instruments and effects, ranging from ABSYNTH 5, BATTERY 3.1, FM8, GUITAR RIG 4.1, KONTAKT 4.1 and MASSIVE to the upcoming REAKTOR 5.5. As the next generation of the legendary modular synthesis studio, the new REAKTOR version adds powerful modal and additive synthesis, a revised user interface, the unique “Lazerbass” synthesizer and many enhancements for both instrument builders and musicians.

KOMPLETE 7 also integrates a wealth of instruments and effects based on KONTAKT, KORE, REAKTOR and GUITAR RIG. Products added to the bundle include the acclaimed ABBEY ROAD 60s DRUMS vintage drum library, the radical performance effect THE FINGER by Tim Exile, the sampled electric bass SCARBEE MM-BASS and all four electric pianos from the SCARBEE VINTAGE KEYS series by sampling mastermind Thomas Scarbee, all four acoustic pianos of the CLASSIC PIANO COLLECTION, the cinematic ACOUSTIC REFRACTIONS instrument and the distinctive REAKTOR SPARK synthesizer.

KOMPLETE 7 also incorporates five completely new products that further expand the creative potential of the bundle: The powerful studio reverb REFLEKTOR with its advanced zero-latency convolution engine; the highly expressive REAKTOR PRISM modal synthesizer designed by NI founder Stephan Schmitt; the performance effects suite TRAKTOR’S 12, derived from Native Instruments’ leading DJ software; the new VINTAGE ORGANS instrument with its comprehensive arsenal of painstakingly sampled electromagnetic organs; and the new RAMMFIRE amp emulation that was developed in close collaboration with one of Rammstein’s guitarists, Richard Z. Kruspe.

Every copy of KOMPLETE 7 also includes an NI Online Shop voucher worth $60 / 50 EUR, valid towards any product from the KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects range that is not included in the bundle.

Komplete 7 will be available in September 2010 for a suggested retail price of $559 USD / 499 EUR. An update for owners of Komplete 2/3/4/5/6 will be available for $229 USD / 199 EUR.

More information: Native Instruments / Komplete 7

Overloud VKFX, Vintage Keyboard FX Suite

Overloud VKFX

Overloud has released VKFX, a virtual rack packed with outstanding models of vintage analog effect processors, especially suited for keyboard players.

It captures the sound of the original masters, which were often the key element in defining a classic instrument’s unique ‘voice’.

VKFX is a must for any keyboard player and for anyone who wants to add a vintage colour to the recordings! If you cannot get that kind of warmth from your sample library or your synthesizer, or even on a recorded track, VKFX enriches all your tones and allows you to recreate the sounds of countless records.

VKFX features

  • VKFX includes 8 premium quality effect processors:
    • Essential electric piano preamp with stereo pan/tremolo
    • Opto-compressor
    • Envelope and Dynamic Filter (Wah)
    • Phase shifter
    • Analog Chorus
    • Overdrive
    • Tape multitap delay
    • Tube amplifier
  • Highly CPU efficient coding and module layout means that users can load many instances of VKFX without the fear of watching a system’s processor overloud appear, in the certain knowledge that processing quality is first class.
  • Simultaneous editing of all processors is available via a friendly and intuitive interface presented in the form of a rack of independent modules.
  • Module order can be rearranged by simply dragging and dropping modules to where they’re needed, giving users fast and total control over the effects.
  • All rates and times can be sync’d to the DAW or internally timed, or left independent for a more ‘analog’ approach.
  • All parameters are automatable. All parameters are assigned to MIDI controllers.
  • A flexible file management system allows one, several or all modules to be loaded and saved – enabling easy mixing and matching of module presets saved from different sessions.

VKFX is available as an effect plug-in for PC and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/Standalone), priced at 119 EUR (+VAT).

More information: Overloud / VKFX

Note: VKFX was previously available from Scarbee

Native Instruments updates Maschine to v1.5

Native Instruments Maschine

Native Instruments has announced the release of Maschine 1.5, a major free update that significantly increases the functionality and creative potential of the acclaimed computer-based music production system.

With more classic drum machine features, improved host integration, new sampling functions, an extended sound library, and even more efficient workflow, the 1.5 software expands on the concept of MASCHINE as the most integrated and intuitive groove production studio for producers, live musicians and DJs.

Changes in Maschine v1.5

  • Classic Drum Machine features
    • Program import from Akai MPC* 500/ 1000 /2000(XL)/ 2500/ 3000/ 4000
    • 2 vintage sampling modes emulating the sound of MPC60* / SP-1200* (with 5 filter settings)
    • Individual swing for each group
    • 16 Velocity Levels. Map one sound to the 16 pads for dynamic grooves
    • Improved polyphony with choke and legato options on Sound level
    • MIDI pitch bend and CC (i.e. mod wheel) support
  • Sampling, Slicing and Audio Editing features
    • More than 10 new destructive audio editing tools such as normalize, truncate, reverse, fade in & out, silence, cut, copy and paste
    • Revised slicing: preview slices, new “Split” mode for adjusting slices
    • REX 2 file support
    • Direct monitoring
    • Improved waveform zooming, scrolling from hardware
    • Sampling page: Ability to remember settings with project
  • Improved Workflow and Studio Integration
    • Save project with samples: Easily share projects
    • New selection features: Select events from hardware
    • Quiet sound selection: Select a sound without causing it to play – important when performing live
    • Extensive MIDI I/O: sequence your external MIDI gear with MASCHINE and vice versa
    • Improved GUI navigation from hardware
    • over 10 new hardware shortcuts for mouse-free editing
    • Load kits without patterns: Hot swap through drum kits without changing the pattern
    • New step mode: Adjust note pitch, velocity and position
    • Custom defaults: inc. pattern length and input quantise
    • Increased performance: Reduced CPU load of many FX
  • Improved Host Integration
    • Export MIDI files or drag and drop of MIDI files directly into DAW. Layout a beat in MASCHINE in standalone mode then finalize the song in any host using MASCHINE as a plug-in sampler
    • Drag and drop of audio. Export pattern as an audio file by dragging and dropping directly to DAW
    • DAW recording of MASCHINE events. Bypass MASCHINE’s internal sequencer and directly record into your host
    • Group Macro Controls: Assign any parameter of the dedicated group (filter, pitch, any effect parameter) to the 8 knobs on the hardware. Macro Controls can be assigned to MIDI channels and controlled from external MIDI-controllers or a DAW
  • Extended Sample Library and New Effect
    • Over 1 GB of all-new drum kits and multi-sampled instruments — now over 6 GB of content with more than 18,000 samples in total!
    • MASCHINE versions of ABBEY ROAD | 60s & 70s Drums
    • MASCHINE versions of SCARBEE basses & e-pianos
    • MASCHINE version of upcoming new KONTAKT Instrument “SESSION STRINGS”
    • Vintage MPC60 kits sampled by Goldbaby
    • Vintage synth samples (SE-1™, Moog Voyager™, Korg MS 20™, Juno 60™) from URBAN ARSENAL 2
    • New Grain Stretch effect – stretch out the break, until you’re ready to dramatically drop the beat

The version 1.5 update is available as a free download for all owners of Maschine.

More information: Native Instruments / Maschine