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Native Instruments launches TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1

Native Instruments has announced TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1, the world’s smallest professional mixer and audio interface, to natively connect to both the TRAKTOR DJ App for iPad and iPhone, and TRAKTOR PRO 2.

When combined with the critically-acclaimed TRAKTOR DJ App, the Z1 adds headphone cue, and dedicated faders, filter and effects controls, and 3-band EQ for each channel. The integrated audio interface boosts audio output to club-ready levels – an important feature for iPad, iPad mini, iPhone and iPod touch setups – all without interfering with TRAKTOR DJ’s acclaimed touch interface. TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 also offers established TRAKTOR PRO 2 DJs a highly portable mixing interface when compact size and professional performance features are needed.

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z1

Following TRAKTOR DJ’s overwhelming popular success and warm critical reception, TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 now provides TRAKTOR DJ users with an all-in-one 2-channel mixer, controller, and 24-bit soundcard. Its dedicated faders, filter and effects controls, and 3-band EQ for each channel automatically map to the software, instantly giving DJs added tactile control over their iPad, iPad mini, iPhone and iPod touch setups. The Z1′s cue section delivers headphone pre-listening of the next track for fluid, professional mixing, while the built-in 24-bit soundcard provides club-ready sound without the need for additional hardware. This combined with the Z1′s compact footprint gives users the most portable TRAKTOR DJ setup available today. With iPad, iPad mini, iPhone and iPod touch turned on, TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 even keeps the device charged, assuring DJs hours of performance fun.

TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 is also the smallest professional mixer for TRAKTOR PRO 2 users to date – perfect for intimate after-party gigs or any situation that requires both compact size and professional performance features. Thanks to plug-and-play connectivity with TRAKTOR and the included TRAKTOR LE software, DJs can immediately start mixing on their Mac or PC system. When combined with TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 and F1 controllers, TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 becomes part of a powerful, professional DJ setup including full control of TRAKTOR’s Remix Decks and transport functionality.

TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 connects to iPad, iPad mini, iPhone or iPod touch with an included 30-pin connector. Using the Z1 with iPad 4th generation, iPad mini, iPhone 5 or iPod touch 5th generation requires an Apple Lightning to 30-pin Adapter, which must be purchased separately from Apple.

TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 will be available at retailers worldwide and at the NI Online Shop for $199 USD/199 EUR. A $50 USD/50 EUR e-voucher will also be sent to users upon registration of the included TRAKTOR LE software.

The TRAKTOR DJ App for iPad is available for $19.99 USD from the App Store on iPad or at www.AppStore.com. The TRAKTOR DJ App for iPhone is available for $4.99 USD from the App Store iPhone and iPod touch or at www.AppStore.com.

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Native Instruments launches Happy Hour – TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2 Sales Special

Traktor Kontrol Z2 Special

Native Instruments has announced a new ‘Happy Hour’ sales special for the TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2, the 2+2 channel DJ control mixer.

TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2 was launched in November 2012 as the world’s first 2+2 channel control mixer. Constructed of aircraft-grade aluminum, the Z2 features two stand-alone channels with controls for two Remix Decks, and a high-quality 24-bit soundcard. The Z2 is also equipped with top-of-the line knobs and buttons, multi-colored cue point controls, and advanced Innofaders™. XLR outputs and a separate booth output ensure club compatibility, and allow monitoring. The hardware provides connectivity for both turntables and CDJs, offering options for both analog and digital setups. Users also get dedicated controls for the ‘one-knob’ Macro FX and Flux Mode – expressive features of the included TRAKTOR PRO 2 software.

TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2 ships with the latest version of NI’s flagship TRAKTOR PRO 2 software. TRAKTOR PRO 2 includes over 30 studio-quality effects, powerful Macro FX, plus Flux Mode – a unique feature that tracks the time during advanced effect performances, allowing DJs to drop back in time with the beat after complex performance routines. For DJs who like to combine the flexibility of digital DJing with the feel of analog systems, the Z2 also comes with TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2*.
Timecode vinyl and CDs are included in the package. With TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2, DJs now have access to all aspects of their workflow from one powerful command center.

The Happy Hour special runs from June 1st until June 30th, 2013, until midnight, Central European Time (CET). During this period, TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2 is available to TRAKTOR users for $599 USD/599 EUR. Customers purchasing from a retailer will need to present a valid proof of purchase for a TRAKTOR product to be eligible.

More information: Native Instruments / Traktor Kontrol Z2

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Native Instruments releases TRAKTOR DJ App for iPhone & iPod touch

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Native Instruments has announced the release of the TRAKTOR DJ for iPhone App, available now on the App Store for iPhone and iPod touch.

Following the release of the unique, hands-on DJ app for iPad, TRAKTOR DJ for iPhone delivers the same intuitive workflow and advanced feature set as the iPad version, with an optimized interface to fit the screen real estate of iPhone and iPod touch. The TRAKTOR DJ for iPhone App is aimed at DJs of all levels from novices to touring professionals. Users of TRAKTOR PRO, Native Instruments’ flagship DJ software for Mac and PC, can also complement their setups with bidirectional content synchronization with TRAKTOR DJ for iPhone.

NI Traktor DJ for iPhone

The release of TRAKTOR DJ for iPhone is the realization of one of Native Instruments’ long-term visions – to use touch-controlled waveform displays to create a more direct way to interact with music. The success of the iPad version demonstrates this new paradigm has been eagerly adopted by the DJ and wider iOS community.

TRAKTOR DJ for iPhone follows its iPad counterpart in putting the waveform at the center of user interaction. A user interface optimized for the iPhone’s screen size delivers the same dedicated 3-band EQ and filter sections, and 8 proven TRAKTOR effects as the iPad version. Users can view both decks simultaneously or use the convenient touch slider to quickly adjust the size of each waveform in relation to the other. This allows users to set loops, perform scratches, mark cue points for live re-editing, and scrub, browse or navigate through tracks with the same precision and ease available to iPad users – all in the most portable version of the industry-leading professional DJ software to date.

Also on board are TRAKTOR DJ’s advanced performance features. Freeze Mode lets users slice up a waveform into playable parts for on-the-fly remixing and entirely new musical performances. Users can also create beat grids in real time, intuitively mapping out a song’s groove without having to stop the music. TRAKTOR’s refined automatic tempo detection, sync engine, and precise downbeat analysis make beat mixing completely straightforward and free users to creatively interact with their music via the touch interface. A powerful recommendation engine uses advanced tempo, key, and timbre detection algorithms to recommend compatible tracks with the same tempo and harmonic structure in real time. This allows users of all levels to create smooth and earpleasing mixes. Users have access not only to their TRAKTOR collection, but also the music available on their iPhone or iPod touch. And thanks to TRAKTOR DJ’s Notification Center, users learn the app at their own pace, unobtrusively receiving tips, tricks, and techniques from within the app.

TRAKTOR DJ bi-directionally syncs track settings and properties with TRAKTOR PRO. This gives DJs an ideal workflow for planning a set when on the move. Users can also transfer their stored work in TRAKTOR PRO directly to TRAKTOR DJ – all beat grids, cue points, loops and BPM counts seamlessly transfer between iPhone and TRAKTOR PRO and back via a free Dropbox account. Additionally, because of the powerful Core Audio engine built into iOS, TRAKTOR DJ for iPhone also offers ultra-low latency playback, manipulation and recording while also supporting professional class compliant hardware audio interfaces, such as the TRAKTOR AUDIO 6 and 10, something currently not possible on any other mobile platform. DJs can connect these and other devices to their iPhone using the Camera Connection Kit™ for optimum audio quality and pre-listen and cue functionality, or via a splitter cable with dedicated cue and master controls. All of this allows TRAKTOR DJ users to easily record their mixes live on their iPhone, or pump their music out to the house in the highest quality possible.

TRAKTOR DJ for iPhone is available to purchase for $4.99 USD / 4.49 EUR from the App Store.

More information: Native Instruments / TRAKTOR DJ

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Industrial Strength launches Audio Injection – Techno Tools

Audio Injection Techno Tools

Industrial Strength has released Techno Tools, a new sound pack by Audio Injection.

Get your hard hat and hammer ready cause its time for Audio Injection to help build your next track or remix with hot underground techno samples and loops.

Audio Injection’s balls to wall techno pack is pumped up and ready for action weather your a producer, remixer or D.j.

This dynamic pack features ISR’s custom NI Traktor Decks. A hand picked selection samples which all work seamlessly in NI Traktor. All you need to do is launch the clips, and start rocking the crowd.

Techno Tools features

  • 419 MB content, 24-bit quality.
  • Includes 20 Bassline Loops, 20 Hi Hat Loops, 20 Kick & Bass Loops, 10 Kick Loops, 40 Processed Loops, 20 Synth Loops, 20 Tops & Cymbal Loops, 30 One Shots.
  • 60 Aiff Files, 90 Rex2 Files.
  • Kits for Battery, Maschine & Kontakt.
  • 1 Traktor Remix Deck.

The sound pack is available from Loopmasters for £16.95 GBP.

More information: Industrial Strength / Audio Injection Techno Tools

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Industrial Strength releases Akkya Elements 001

Industrial Strength Akkya Elements 001

Industrial Strength Samples has released Akkya Elements 001, a deep and driving Techno pack inspired by the second summer of love.

This breathtaking pack is loaded with just under a gig of propulsive bass grooves, syncopated percussion and deep drum loops, sweeping top loops, and hypnotic music loops to saturate the dance floor. Build fresh beats and tracks with a full stock of ear-catching one shots, including pulsing kicks, cracking snares, and extra-crisp hi-hats.

Akkya’s Elements takes sample packs into the Dj arena and beyond. This forward thinking pack features 3 NI Traktor Decks chock full of cutting edge loops and sounds so you can create live sounding tracks while Djing your favorite tracks in Tracktor. You can Mix, Remix, Effect, Mash and explore NI’s Traktor like never before. Get ready for the future of Djing as a powerful selection of samples are set for live application. Lock and Load samples into the Decks of this powerful DJ software to create transitions between songs, and ride loops over your favorite tracks for on-the-fly mixing.

The sample pack costs £23.95 GBP. A Traktor Decks pack is sold separately for £14.95 GBP.

More information: Industrial Strength / Akkya Elements 001

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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.

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Native Instruments releases TRAKTOR DJ App for iPad

Native Instruments has announced the release of its TRAKTOR DJ, a unique, hands-on DJ app built from the ground up for iPad aimed at DJs of all levels from novices to touring professionals.

Created by the same team behind the top-selling TRAKTOR brand, TRAKTOR DJ strikes a balance between instant, fun usability and advanced, professional features. TRAKTOR DJ allows users to intuitively access their music in a whole new way while also complementing the TRAKTOR family through bi-directional content synchronization with TRAKTOR PRO software.

Native Instruments TRAKTOR DJ

TRAKTOR DJ puts the waveform in the center of user interaction, featuring two decks, each with dedicated 3-band EQ and filter sections, as well as 8 proven TRAKTOR effects. Utilizing familiar iOS Multi-Touch gestures like pinch and swipe, TRAKTOR DJ brings a professional quality mixing experience to iPad – equally suited to full performance or on-the-go set preparation. Users can intuitively manipulate waveforms by touch, “grabbing” their music with two fingers to instantly set a loop, perform scratches, mark cue points for live re-editing, and scrub, browse or navigate through tracks – the key functions of the TRAKTOR PRO 2 software, re-designed for touchscreen interaction.

TRAKTOR DJ introduces the completely new Freeze Mode, which lets users slice up a waveform into playable parts for on-the-fly remixing and entirely new musical performances. The app also allows users to create beat grids in real time, intuitively mapping out a song’s groove without having to stop the music. DJs are encouraged to discover the full extent of TRAKTOR DJ’s capabilities at their own speed via the Notification Center, which tracks the user’s progress through the app’s features and unobtrusively offers tips, tricks, and techniques from within the app.

With over a decade of technological refinement through the evolution of TRAKTOR, TRAKTOR DJ’s automatic tempo detection and sync engine are now accompanied by precise downbeat analysis. This makes beat mixing completely straightforward and frees users to creatively interact with their music via the touch interface. Full iTunes music library integration of TRAKTOR DJ means DJs can easily search their library for the next track. Unique to TRAKTOR DJ, the app introduces a recommendation engine that uses advanced tempo, key, and timbre detection algorithms. TRAKTOR DJ recommends compatible tracks from your iTunes library with the same tempo and harmonic structure in real time, facilitating smooth and ear-pleasing mixes for users of all levels. Both the advanced downbeat and key detection features will also be available to TRAKTOR PRO customers with a dedicated 2.6.1 software update.

Complementing the existing range of TRAKTOR products, TRAKTOR DJ bi-directionally syncs track settings and properties with TRAKTOR PRO 2. This gives DJs an ideal workflow for planning a set while on the move. Users can also transfer all their stored work in TRAKTOR PRO directly to TRAKTOR DJ – all beat grids, cue points, loops and BPM counts seamlessly transfer between iPad and TRAKTOR PRO 2 and back via a free Dropbox account.

Additionally, because of the powerful Core Audio engine built into iOS, TRAKTOR DJ also offers ultra-low latency playback, manipulation and recording while also supporting professional class compliant hardware audio interfaces, such as the TRAKTOR AUDIO 6 and 10, something currently not possible on any other mobile platform. DJs can connect these and other devices to their iPad using the iPad Camera Connection Kit™ for optimum audio quality and pre-listen and cue functionality, or to a splitter cable with dedicated cue and master controls. All of this allows TRAKTOR DJ users to easily record their mixes live on their iPad, or pump their music out to the house in the highest quality possible.


A video of visionary DJ Richie Hawtin’s first day with TRAKTOR DJ, in which he prepares a set and performs live with the app at BPM festival in Mexico.

The TRAKTOR DJ App for iPad (requires iOS 6.0 or higher) is available to purchase for $19.99 USD / 17.99 EUR from the App Store on iPad or at www.AppStore.com/TRAKTORDJ.

More information: Native Instruments / TRAKTOR DJ

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