Apr 6

Native Instruments Komplete 9

Native Instruments Komplete 9 is a massive package and if you are a Maschine or a Maschine Micro owner you can get this 120 GB mammoth pack for a lot less money. Its integration between Maschine and Komplete 9 products is excellent. It is so large that it does take a little while to load but once the job is done it is great. Komplete 9 has so many excellent components like the new Monark Synth and the Drum Sampler Battery 4. With Absynth 5, Massive , the Giant Piano, Guitar Rig 5, Reaktor 5, Kontakt 5, the Finger and FM8 to name but a few of Komplete 9’s 33 items.

Have a look at this great little composition using the Maschine Micro and Komplete 9 as it demonstrates what can easily be achieved:-

Apr 4

Roland seems to do things in quarters and for the second quarter of 2013 just shortly before Musikmesse they have released a few products. The one that caught my eye was the new Boss RC-505 Loop Station. The RC-505 is incredible eye-catching with its colourful display of hands-on controls.

What is the RC-505 Loop Station? Well yes you guessed it is a Looper for you to create phrases, infact five phrases that can all play at the same time. It has some great effects and is full of rhythmic fun.

For each of the five tracks you have dedicated buttons to record, overdub, play or stop as it easily grabs your performance with everything at your fingertips including volume faders,great on board effects (21 input effects and 25 DJ/sampler-style track FX) and 85 rhythms available. What I found remarkable here is, on just one track you can get up to three hours of stereo recording – Wow

At a price of £449 the Roland Boss RC-505 Loop Station it is looking very tempting.

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