Sep 8


Here is the second part of my collection of clips to help you on your way with Native Instruments Maschine. They are full of Tips and Tricks and information to help you understand and if you are not sure about something – just rewind and watch again. Also there maybe a similar clip covering the same topic but it could be explained a bit differently and this may help you. I want to say a Big Big thanks to the Guys that put these together to help all you folk out there- Many Many Thanks – Great Job.


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Sep 4

These types of product releases always catch my eye, especially when they come from Roland – The new Roland Handsonic HPD-20 Digital Hand Percussion. This looks packed with goodies and a noticable improvement over the original HPD-10 and the larger HPD-15 with more instruments and kits. You get 850 excellent sounds with quality of Roland’s SuperNATURAL sound engine. If you add in 13 very sensitive and playable pads, Multi-effects, EQ and Ambience and WAV import via USB you start to have something very special, very portable to hit the streets with.

The specification is very impressive but I sincerely wish they would step up to today’s quality sample rates. I was disappointed to see that as we fast approach 2014 that Roland are still using 16 bits at 44.1 kHz. I think it is about time we saw 24Bit and 96 KHz from them – it has gone on long enough. Please let us have some Flagship quality.

Ok now I am off my soapbox, what other goodies does the Handsonic HPD-20 have? Well possibly the most asked for is ability to import your own samples and the HPD-20 has it. You can import up to 500 of your own WAV sounds via USB flash memory – excellent.

It has great controller qualities and you could use it to control and play virtual instruments and record your MIDI and audio performances in your DAW.
There is storage capacity for two hundred kits of which a hundred of them have have been readily setup for you ready to just instantly play.

Around the back you will find sufficient connections; MIDI In and Out, Trigger Input, Hi-Hat Controller Input, Stereo Output and Phones, Mix In and Footswitch, USB Computer and USB Memory Ports.

Have a quick look at this:-

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Jul 25

Native Instruments Maschine Expansion from Tony Long Music – The Filta Revolution


Its here at last – sorry for the wait. Have a listen to all 20 kits and their patterns by playing the You Tube clip above.




New Native Instruments Maschine Expansion from Tony Long Music – The Filta Revoulution.

20 High Quality Kits packed with Electro, Industrial and Filtered Sounds recorded at 24 Bit 96 kHz. 20 Project Files, 20 Pattern Files, 20 Kits and 320 Poweful Wav files bursting with energy.

To purchase these awesome kits simply click on the image.




Jul 25

I came across this You Tube clip from Sarah Jones (Bat for Lashes, Hot Chip) and her use of the new Roland BT-1 Bar Trigger Pad. I purchased one of these and I must say I agree with everything Sarah says on this clip.

The shape and size makes it ideal to fit in with any setup whether it is acoustic drums or electronic setup. The playing surface is a nice size and its curved shape perfectly fits around your drum rims.

It has a very responsive feel to it and no crosstalk and it is very inexpensive. It is only a single trigger. I wish Roland would make them in pairs so that you don’t have to waste a dual input on a single trigger.

Great Clip Sarah


Jul 18

New Native Instruments Expansion Pack for Maschine – Static Friction


They are at it again, yet another expansion pack (Static Friction) from those masters of the Maschine – Native Instruments. There is no doubt about it they certainly support Maschine and keep the products coming with more goodies to tempt us with. I love the name and the expansion pack interests me quite a bit but I was not blown away by the audio demo. What does interest me is the amount of patterns you get – 339. I am sure you can find something very useable amongst these. Other goodies include 51 Custom Massive presets, 33 Kits and 7 Full Maschine Projects.

Go on admit it, it is starting to tempt you a little bit. They certainly use some provocative words like “Magnetic Mainfloor Rhythms” and “Energized Drum Kits”. I know it is not cheap at 49 Euros. I personally think 25-30 Euros is about the right price but when you consider that it has been produced with the help from the top producer, DJ and Tech house specialist – Florian Meindl, then you are paying for something a bit special here.

Jun 6

Sometimes simplicity can be so effective and when you are trying to program some drum beats you get stuck for ideas (a bit like Writers block), it is therefore good to see something like this. Here we have Ryan Lucero simply demonstrating three rhythmic ideas that you can try out with ease.

His first pattern uses eighth notes and triplets and is just – 1 and 2 and er 3 and 4 and er.
The second pattern uses sixteenth and eighth notes 1 e a 2 e and 3 e a 4 e and
The third pattern uses quarter notes, eighth notes and triplets 1 2 and a 3 and – and

Easy, watch the instruction and give it a try. I am going to try them on my Native Instruments Maschine and then make them into something special.

Apr 24

It is out now to download – the new Native Instruments Maschine Expansion – Pulswerk. I got mine today and there are some great evolving sounds, kits and patterns. There are in fact 7 full projects, 30 Drum Kits and 20 Special kits, 60 Massive Presets, 10 Multi-Effects Kits and 215 Patterns all in the 698 MB file. As well as the Drum Sounds you get Chords, Bleeps, Glitches, Drones, Pads, and other Pitched sounds. I love the Drones.

Listen to the Soundcloud Clip in the previous post.

Native Instruments PULSWERK expansion for your Maschine gives you all the sounds you need. Perfect for Minimalistic Techno and House music but with your imagination you could use it in any genre. Have you got yours yet – Buy it today why don’t ya?

Apr 23

Coming Soon a new Native Instruments Maschine Expansion Pack called Pulswerk

I was pleased to hear about this today from Native Instruments – another new Maschine expansion pack called Pulswerk. Pulswerk is minimal techno and house sounds – I can’t wait. I really like the sounds in this one. Have a listen – What do you think?

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Apr 21


After an exhausting long and fun time reviewing the very popular Native Instruments Maschine Mk2, I am now in a great position to take a close look at the recently released AKAI Studio MPC with its thin silver looks to tempt you into the world of groove and beatboxes, loopers and samples. There are lots of forum discussions and people comparing Native Instruments Maschine and different AKAI MPC products such as the AKAI Studio MPC and when you are trying to make the right choice it is difficult because both are fantastic machines. It is really your own personal preference. If you are very familiar with AKAI MPC products then the AKAI Studio MPC may very well be right for you. If you have never had a tap on either of these 16 pad wonders, then really you should try them both and make up your own mind as to how much you prefer both hardware and software.

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Apr 15


There were some excellent kits at Frankfurt Musikmesse 2013, like this awesome Roland and Sonor kit. The noise and excitement as you walked around the Halls as drummers of all levels showed the crowd their capabilities. I was really impressed by a young girl of only eight and half years who showed an incredible ability which included snare drum technique, a very skilled hand a feet co-ordination and an obvious grasp of syncopation that you do not normally see at this age.

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