Feb 26

You never know what is around the next corner, well Native Instruments certainly do not stand still with a New Maschine with new expansions, kits and stand, Traktor and now Traktor DJ, new reverbs, free products plus much more. Today they have begun their temtation plan of attack by anouncing an extremely powerful new synth stating that a “Revolution is Coming – One Synth to Rule All”

Apparently it is a new Synth with Teeth. If you watch the teaser below you will hear and feel its power – sounds good to me. There is not much more to say aboiut this new Soft Synth except that the is a capital M in the YouTube clip – perhaps it is Massive 2.

Feb 22

I think it is time for some music and here is a great performance from Taylor Swift at the O2 Arena Brit Awards 2013 and her latest hit ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’

Feb 22

Well here is a big surprise from Germany, after waiting for the release of the Waldorf Pulse 2 after months and months (they now say its going to be spring 2013), Waldorf have anounced a lovely little synth called ROCKET to be released in March 2013 and it is only 205 Euros.

It has a square shape case and sounds very powerful. Well I suppose a rocket is meant to. It has an analog multimode VCF with lowpass, bandpass, and highpass, resonance up to self oscillation and beyond, a powerful monophonic oscillator section with Ultra High Density Sawtooth and unison for chord play – sounds great fun – I want one. On top of this it has an Arp and a destructive Booster circuit – wow.

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Feb 17

Loopmasters and Plugin Boutique have teamed up to offer free Loopmasters samples to any customer that spends £75 or more on either Loopmasters Sample Packs or software available from Plugin Boutique. A purchase of £75 or more at either shop will come with a free Loopmasters Sample DVD from the Artist or Origin Series.

All you need to do is email accounts1@loopmasters.com with the order number, which can be found in your user account or purchase confirmation email, your shipping address and state which Sample Pack DVD you would like from either of the following lists.
You may select a DVD from either the Artist Series or Origin Series.

Feb 7


Well here it is – yes the Big One, (well it is certainly the best purchase I made in 2012) – The one, the only …. Natives Instruments Maschine – Da Da.

It has been going strong now for a few years since its launchbut unfortunately I have not had use of one up till now. As a drummer I love all things rhythmic and believe it or not I love drum machines. The Maschine however is much, much more than a drum machine and despite my large unused sample collection that has been growing over the years; it has taken me right until the release of the Maschine Mk2 to realise how useful this could be to me. It has not just been for the fact that the organisation of my samples is well overdue but the anticipation of the creative fun that I can have with them. I can’t really say that it did not grab my imagination when it was released, because it did, I just did not think that it was right for me at that time and I was more interested in buying a hardware synth. However, times change and things move on and this now feels very right for me and I like the idea of making music quicker and it being more fun. The only thing is – is that I am a complete newbie to the world of Maschine and the many hands-on beat makers out there, and so if you are also considering making your first leap, then this may be of some use to you.

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