There's a massive community of producers who use the Native Instruments Maschine software/hardware combo to craft beats and perform live. Today we want to highlight one awesome tool created by the crew over at PadBangers that allows you to use Maschine like a traditional drum machine (inspired by workflows on the Roland TR-8 and DSI Tempest).
Maschine users have been anxiously awaiting their next update for a number of months, and finally today version 2.3 is just hitting the NI Service Center downloads. In addition to a number of major usability updates (full changelist below), the new version of Maschine includes access to Komplete Select, which is a selection of some of the best instruments from the Komplete library, including Massive, Monark, Reaktor Prism, and more.
Tis' the season and Native Instruments has announced a special holiday deal. For a limited time only (until Dec 31st), buy Maschine MK2, Maschine Studio, or Maschine Mikro MK2 and get seven Maschine Expansions free – tailor-made production kits for contemporary and vintage sounds, worth almost $350!
DJ competitions are treasure troves of different styles and techniques being showcased; giving DJs from all over the world to prove their skills. Red Bull’s Thre3style competition came to an exciting close last Saturday where Germany DJ Eskei83 brought down the house with a routine full of scratching, live sampling, and creative track selections. See what caught our attention in this world renowned set and watch his full routine below.
The team behind NI's Komplete family of instruments and sounds has just released a brand new video teaser hinting at something new that's coming - and it's not a new piece of software, but rather physical hardware. Watch the video below and then join us in the comments for some free speculation on what type of controller this might be.
As the technological landscape of dance-music production continues to evolve, producers are faced with a conundrum: With a plethora of production platforms, hardware/software bundles, plugins, and modular pieces of software, what is the best way to sequence drums? Today we talk with producers about which methods they prefer.
With Native Instruments' recent Maschine 2.1 software update, there's never been a better time for experienced Maschine-ists to work—or for curious newcomers to explore the Maschine world. There's some very cool new Drumsynth features, like the Grit Kick and Shaker Performer mode. Many workflow enhancements also help you make your music faster and smarter. Check out our videos to see what you need to know.
The Colorado-based twin-brother duo Two Fresh (aka Kendrick and Sherwyn Nicholls) got on the fast track to dance music stardom pretty darn quickly. They began messing around with music in their late teens, and by the age of 21 had been picked up by Sound Tribe Sector 9’s 1320 label and were touring the festival circuit. We caught up with these hip-hop-loving bassheads to talk about early starts, studio gear, and what it's like to be in a band with your sibling.