Jun 16

NI MASCHINE Update to 2.4.5

Well here is some great news from Native Instruments – If you are lucky enough to own MASCHINE 2 software then you are entitled to this FREE software update of MASCHINE to version 2.4.5. All you have to do is download from their Service Center.

This packed update gives you some great new features including tools for working with samples. Native Instruments explain that:- their latest update to Maschine includes a new option for working with samples in Manual slicing mode. Users can now insert slice points on MASCHINE’s pads while the sample is playing – a fast and intuitive way to begin the process of turning a sampled piece of audio into an original composition. A new Variable Scene Length feature allows Scene lengths to be set independent of the length of patterns, making polyrhythms easier to create and freeing producers from extending a pattern just to fit the scene it resides in. Internal plug-in settings are now savable as defaults, accelerating workflow by instantly loading with popular settings defined by the user.

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Feb 24

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Native Instruments are at it again with another new expansion pack for their awesome Maschine. This one is called BLACK ARC designed to put some reggae in your beats.

So what do you get? Native Instruments tell us that included is a whole host of sampled acoustic instruments, guitar licks, and syncopated phrases tailored for classic reggae, dub, and reggaeton styles provide the sonic foundation.

This expansion makes full use of NI’s MASSIVE synth for its synth sounds but their are also effects kits including dub sirens, delays, and vocal call-outs – sounds good? Have a listen to the sound clips at the Native Instruments site here

If you can’t afford the $49 / 49 € / £44 / ¥ 5,680 / AU$ 79 price tag you may want to try the iMASCHINE version of Black Arc for $0.99 / 0,99 € / £0.79 / ¥ 120 / AU$ 1.29.

Dec 31

It is New Year – why not start the year with some new sounds for your favourite synth or drums? We have the following Soundset Patches:-

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Roland Gaia Dance XS
Roland Gaia Extravaganza
Roland Gaia Clubland

Access Virus Euphoria
Access Virus Creative Distortion
Access Virus Fortune and Glory

Novation Ultranova Technova
Novation Mininova Elektrova

M-Audio Venom Snakedance
Korg SV-1 Cause and Effect
Kurzweil PC3 – Free Sounds

Native Instruments Maschine Expansion – The Filta Revolution
TD-30 V-Drum Expansion Kits – Electro Mayhem

 

Just click on the Synth Patches or Drums in the Menu Bar at the top.

Dec 20

Native Instruments Free Plugin Replika

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It is nice to receive a free gift especially at this time of year and from a great company call Native Instruments. This freebie is a streamlined delay effect with two delay modes and a powerful diffusion algorithm. Native Instruments tell us that it is very easy to use – that’s a good start and it has a resonant filter and classic phaser built in – sounding good to me already. You need to download it before the end of the year to get it free because in the new year it will cost you the usual 44 Euros.

REPLIKA gives you three distinct delay algorithms. ‘Modern’ to give you that crystal clear digital delay. ‘Vintage’ with the John Wayne Grit that you used to find in old Studios. Lastly is ‘Diffusion’ which is lost somewhere between a delay and a reverb. You can even adjust your signal’s placement in the mix with normal, wide, and ping pong stereo modes.

Native Instruments inform us that Replika requires graphics hardware support for OpenGL 2.1 – if you see any issues on your computer, please download and install the latest drivers for your GPU. This can be necessary even if Windows reports them as up to date.

Here is a great review from Saintjoe – he always does an excellent job:-

Sep 7

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Native Instruments do not stand still, we now have two new large packages to tempt us – Komplete 10 and Komplete Ultimate 10. If you are an existing user of Komplete 9, what do you get for your £155 upgrade to 10? Is it worth upgrading?

Well the new products that have been added to version 9 to form version 10 are three new instruments – ROUNDS, KONTOUR and POLYPLEX, and three new pianos that has been named THE DEFINITIVE PIANO COLLECTION. Komplete 10 contains a total of 39 products and over 12,000 sounds while the massive Komplete 10 Ultimate, which offers 75 products and over 17,000 sounds, You should be able to get your hands on either of them from 1 October 2014.

Whilst you may feel that these are expensive, you are looking at a saving of approx 90% over the cost of purchasing the instruments and effects separately.

ROUNDS gives you powerful sound design possibilities coupled with a very advanced sequencer so that you can not only play melodies, chords, and arpeggios but you can morph sounds in real time.

KONTOUR is a new synth that Native Instruments say that it is capable of organic textures from mallets to plucked and bowed strings to distorted, aggressive and noisy sounds.

My Favourite is POLYPLEX which gives you a great way to design your own drum kits. Native Instruments advertise this as “An eight-part drum sampler with extraordinary randomizing capabilities, creative layering, and near-infinite tweakability”. Sounds great to me!

THE DEFINITIVE PIANO COLLECTION gives you three high-definition sampled pianos called THE GENTLEMAN (an upright piano from 1908), THE GRANDEUR ( a bright concert grand piano),and THE MAVERICK (a 1905 concert grand).

Check this out.

Aug 22

New Native Instruments – Maschine Expansion – Magnate Hustle

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I really like the sound of this new expansion from Native Instruments designed for chart – ready urban Pop, it has some qualities that anyone with a Maschine is going to find exceptionally useful. I also love the idea that the drums in MAGNATE HUSTLE were designed and tweaked by major label producers that know how to make a hit.

Native Instruments state that MAGNATE HUSTLE is “a versatile set of punchy samples plus four kits loaded with all-new Drum Synth presets deliver the glitz of modern pop, R&B, and hip hop – a larger-than-life sound that explodes from your speakers”. I am inclined to believe this to be true but you can decide for yourself by listening to the demos at their site.

For 44 Euros, you get 53 Drum Kits, 7 Full Projects, 1304 Samples, 41 Massive Presets, 21 Multisample Instruments and 24 Drumsynth presets providing you with a massive set of drums, synths, and guitar licks and chords. check it out today at :- Native Instruments

Aug 21

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That Native Instruments Maschine Genius, Bass Kleph is very generously giving away his original Mk1 Native Instruments Maschine – what a great prize. He is doing this to celebrate his debut release on Hysteria – “That’s What’s Up”.

This Maschine has been all around the world with him. To be in with a chance of winning the Fab prize – go to this link:- ,

http://www.youredm.com/2014/08/19/edm-giveaway-bass-kleph-offers-ni-maschine-mk1/#CIgZcMlSqC5r1DTF.99

Bass Kleph is also known for giving away free Maschine Kits that really have the best sounds around. If you have a Maschine already, you should really try out Bass Kleph’s Kits – they are simply the best out there.

Aug 6

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You cannot complain about Native Instruments and the support they give to their fantastic product Maschine. There are now 20 Expansion Packs covering all genres providing you with interesting rhythms, ideas, drum beats, fx, drum sounds, instrument and vocal sounds. There is so much to choose from and something for everyone with occasional offers to tempt you further. Each pack costs £44.

Starting with the latest pack they have 20 Packs waiting for you:-

1. Circuit Halo ……………….11. Helios Ray
2. Arcane Attic ……………..12. Electric Vice
3. Liquid Mission ……………13. Drop Squad
4. Grey Forge ………………..14. Conant Gardens
5. Marble Rims ………………15. Raw Voltage
6. Halcyon Sky ………………16. Platinum Bounce
7. Resonant Blaze ………..17. Dark Pressure
8. Lazor Dice ………………..18. True School
9. Static Friction …………..19. Transistor Punch
10. Pulswerk …………………20. Vintage Heat

Don’t you just love those Machine Expansion Pack Names? Wait to you hear some of their intricate electronica. However don’t forget to try out my own Maschine Expansion Pack from Tony Long Music – The Filta Revolution – Just click on the Blue icon on the right and have a listen – Great Sound – Great Price.

Jan 11

Forget Christmas – January is the Month for Music Makers

 

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January is my Christmas with the anticipation of what is to come. On the 15th January, Roland are to announce their new products and from the 23rd to 26th January 2014 we have the famous Namm show from Anaheim Convention Centre, 800 West Katella Avenue Anaheim, CA 92802.

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So what are we likely to see in 2014? Will it be something new from access like a Ti 3 or something outstanding from Yamaha to put to bed the MOTIF and MOX series for good. I am sad to see the undeveloped Roland Fantom 8. In my opinion there is nothing like it out there. It had so much potential. I truly hope that if Roland bring out another 88 note synth it has a fantastic piano action keyboard like the Fantom 8 unlike the MOTIF or the Kronos who quite frankly should supply a much better key action for the cost.

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Nov 18

Native Instruments seem to almost release products fortnightly. There is now another Maschine Expansion in the pipeline and we have a couple of sound clips for you to drool over. No doubt this expansion makes full use of Maschine’s new version 2.0 software with things like the new drum synths, or the fact that you are no longer limited by the amount of groups in a Project, allowing you to produce even more complex rhythm patterns with oodles of nuances.

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While you are waiting with complete restraint, why not try my expansion for Maschine called the FILTA REVOLUTION.

The FILTA REVOLUTION brings the energy and power of industrial, retro and techno sounds to your Native Instruments Maschine and features special kits designed to bring out your song-writing creativity. Listen to demo and get full details HERE.

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