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Native Instruments releases MASCHINE Expansion ELASTIC THUMP

Berlin, March 29, 2016 – Native Instruments today released ELASTIC THUMP, a modern, melodic take on future funk that brews the smoothness of R&B with the feel-good vibes of dance music and the bounce of futuristic, beathead culture.

 

Featuring sounds lovingly recorded from the Roland Juno 106, Moog Minitaur, and Teenage Engineering Pocket Operators, ELASTIC THUMP oozes with analog butteriness, while the Fender Precision bass guitar, Fender Rhodes 73 keyboard, and a variety of vintage drums add a sheen of dust to the sound. And with 120 MASCHINE Drum Synths crafted by LA-based sound designers MSXII, users can shape and design their own signature beats.

Perfect for producers who want to create tracks that satisfy beat-loving head nodders and shuffling club kids in equal measure, ELASTIC THUMP was inspired by artists artists like Kaytranada, Anderson .PAAK, Mr.
Carmack, Lakim, Dâm-Funk, and GoldLink.

ELASTIC THUMP runs in the latest version of MASCHINE software on the entire MASCHINE hardware family, and is available exclusively at the NI Online Shop.

A compact version of ELASTIC THUMP is also available as an iMASCHINE Expansion, for sketches on the go. Tracks can be exported to MASCHINE STUDIO, MASCHINE JAM, MASCHINE, and MASCHINE MIKRO for completion.

 

ELASTIC THUMP is available now at the NI Online Shop for $49 / 49 € /
£44 / ¥ 6,280 / AU$ 79 and runs in the MASCHINE 2 software.

The iMASCHINE expansion is available at the iMASCHINE in-app store for
$0.99 / 0,99 € / £0.79 / ¥ 120 / AU$ 1.29

 

Additional information on ELASTIC THUMP is available at:
www.native-instruments.com/elasticthump

Steinberg at Musikmesse: Photo Contest, Special Offers and Artist Talks

Latest product releases, great deals, production tips by renowned producers and composers plus an intriguing photo contest invite Musikmesse visitors to stop by and visit with the Steinberg team.

 

HAMBURG, Germany — March 27, 2017 — Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH will be as present as ever at this year’s Musikmesse trade show in Frankfurt, Germany. There will be acclaimed artists hosting half-hour shows, demonstrating their production and songwriting capabilities. Next to the stations that allow visitors to get hands-on with Cubase Pro 9, HALion 6 and Dorico, Steinberg will also be holding a photo contest around its UR audio interfaces, with many exciting prizes to win.

Steinberg will be welcoming trade show guests in the exhibition area of Yamaha (i.e., the Portalhaus next to Hall 11), presenting, among others, its latest product releases: Cubase Pro 9, HALion 6 and Dorico. Together with Yamaha, Steinberg will be showcasing a preview of Nuendo 8, the next iteration of Steinberg’s post-production DAW scheduled for June this year.

Close to the hands-on stations, visitors will be given the opportunity to participate in the #URamazing photo contest. Participants are required to take photos depicting themselves alongside an audio interface of Steinberg’s UR series, which are then uploaded to the voting website, available from April 5 onward. Participants with the most votes have the chance to win one of over a hundred prizes that will be awarded throughout the forthcoming weeks.

The Steinberg artist shows will be hosted on one of the Yamaha stages, scheduled for the early afternoon of each day. Hailing from Madrid, producer and songwriter Eduardo Ostos aka Ed is Dead will be taking the audience through the stages of producing one of his latest releases. Welsh producer Jayce Lewis will be talking about recording guitars while Oliver Palotai from American power metal band Kamelot will provide his very own production tips. Helen Jane Long, British composer and pianist, is showing recording techniques when working in Cubase.

From the begin of Musikmesse to September 30, 2017, Steinberg is offering a promotional deal of 50% on the upgrade from Cubase AI to Cubase Artist. Cubase AI is a small version of Cubase Pro, already included with Steinberg hardware and selected Yamaha equipment. This offer is available at participating retailers.

Cubasis 2 and Cubasis LE 2 are now available as versions 2.1, with RoomWorks SE, a new MIDI Editor, Audiobus 3 support (Cubasis only) and more than 40 user-requested improvements to the award-winning music sequencer app for the iPad. Until April 10, 2017, both Cubasis 2 and the Cubasis Full Feature Set in-app purchase as well as the FX Pack in-app purchases are available at a 50% discount.

New Groove Agent Expansion Set Called Alternative Essentials

The latest addition to the VST Sound Instrument Sets offers new Acoustic Agent Styles for Groove Agent 4 and Groove Agent SE 4, boasting intricately created grooves for alternative rock.

 

HAMBURG, Germany — March 23, 2017 — Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH today announced the immediate availability of the Alternative Essentials VST Sound Instrument Set.

Instantly accessible through the Style Player of Groove Agent, the Alternative Essentials expansion set consists of exclusively recorded Styles that span a wide range of alt-rock rhythmic patterns.

Available for the Acoustic Agent drum kits of Steinberg’s award-winning Groove Agent 4 drum software and the Groove Agent SE 4 plug-in included in latest versions of Cubase, Alternative Essentials features ten Styles with a variety of intros, main grooves, fills and endings that cover different tempos and time signatures.

Matthias Quellmann, Senior Marketing Manager at Steinberg, commented: “Meanwhile we’ve released a host of library expansions that cater to the needs of the popular rock genre productions. This time, however, we wanted to pick up on the distinguishable rhythmic traces of a style that has subsisted over the years and to regain its faded recognition. This is where Alternative Essentials comes into play, and we’re sure you won’t get enough of it!”

Availability and pricing

The VST Sound Instrument Set, Alternative Essentials, is exclusively available through the Steinberg Online Shop for 24.99 euros, including German VAT.

Features at a glance

• 10 alternative Styles for the Acoustic Agent drum kits in Groove Agent 4 and Groove Agent SE 4
• Each Style is featured in a VST preset and comes with a dedicated mixer setting
• Grooves cover different tempi and time signatures
• Each Style includes main parts, intros, endings and fills
• An inexhaustible resource for creating backing tracks, inspiring new compositions and improvisation sessions

Native Instruments releases FORM 1.1 Update

March 22, 2017, Berlin – Native Instruments today released FORM 1.1, a significant update to this distinctive sample-scanning synthesizer. Free for existing users, FORM 1.1 adds a number of new performance and editing features and expands the content library significantly.

 

FORM is a powerful synthesizer that uses samples to create entirely new synthetic textures. It combines easy-to-use functionality and highly usable presets with creative performance features.

FORM 1.1 includes over 200 new presets and corresponding samples – taking the total to over 400. The new presets all include multiple Performance slot variations, and the NI Sound Design team has also added variations for most of the existing preset library. Many of the new presets and variations take advantage of the new features in the update.
Updated, the library reinforces FORM’s versatility for all contemporary electronic styles, covering Leads, Bass, Keys, Pads, Hybrid Instruments, SFX, Soundscapes, and Sequences.

FORM 1.1 introduces a number of new features, such as ‘Center’ and ‘Width’ controls to modulate scan range, allowing even easier control of sample playback and more consistent results. A new page of motion curve presets helps create distinctive choppy-style sample edits. Manual scan control allows complete hands on control of sample-playback. Volume faders for sound variations in ‘Perform’ section avoid jarring volume jumps when swapping Performance snapshots. The ability to copy / paste parameters from one Performance slot to another makes creating new variations far easier. Compact View places key performance controls in one simple interface, ideal for live play. All parameters can now be automated, making it simple to catch inspired live tweaks. Finally, there are new controller pages for KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards and all versions of MASCHINE, allowing even deeper integration with Native Instruments hardware.

FORM runs in REAKTOR 6 and the free REAKTOR 6 PLAYER and is available for purchase now at the NI Online Shop for $99 / 99 € / ¥ 12,800 / £89 / AU$159.

Existing FORM, KOMPLETE 11, and KOMPLETE 11 ULTIMATE owners can download and install the free update using Native Access.

 

Additional information about FORM 1.1 is available at:
https://www.native-instruments.com/products/komplete/synths/form/

Glorious Session Cube XL

The Glorious Session Cube XL is a stylish yet robust DJ workstation designed for use either at home or in a bar/lounge environment. The stable construction offers more than adequate space and the ideal working height for a classic DJ setup or modern controller equipment. Compared to its predecessor, the Session Cube XL was increased in width by 25 cm. Due to the simple construction, it is remarkably transportable. Thanks to the simple construction method, the Session Cube XL is easy to transport as its three core parts are quick to set up and break-down.

 

Not only does the Session Cube XL look great, but it’s also practical. The built-in cable routing system and integrated cable-tidy duct keeps the work space clutter-free. The duct also masks a storage space which can easily house a multi-way power socket directly beneath the table's surface.

The high-quality piano finish of the Session Cube XL complements the minimalist design with a striking and stylish finish to suit any interior.
The included RGB LED illumination kit can then be installed discretely into the structure, to help the Session Cube XL stand-out like no other DJ booth. For convenience, the light show from the LED kit can be
controlled by the supplied remote control.
The Session Cube XL can also be expanded on to accomodate a separate laptop stand (sold separately), for modern digital DJs who like their laptop to sit above their DJ system. The laptop stand is made of a sturdy glass plate that can be mounted seamlessly on the table via two aluminum carriers.

 

Glorious Session Cube XL: A smart designer table for DJs.

- Designer DJ workstation with integrated LED illumination
- Easy assembly via three-part construction consisting of top part and two pedestals
- Integrated cable routing with ample storage space for cables & socket
- Sturdy, safe stand thanks to wide standing construction
- Indirect RGB LED lighting with remote control for colour changing (included)
- Optionally available laptop stand made of glass with aluminum angles for direct mounting

- Material: MDF construction with piano finish
- Dimensions: 1500x450x900mm
- Weight: 32kg
- Incl. LED kit

Native Instruments releases first season of KOMPLETE TruTorials

Twelve short videos featuring inspirational tips and tricks from the cutting edge of contemporary electronic music

 

Berlin, March 14, 2017 – Native Instruments today released season one of KOMPLETE TruTorials. Following in the footsteps of the ever-popular MASCHINE TruTorials series, each video explains an inspirational sonic tip or trick using KOMPLETE instruments and effects in 90 seconds or less. The sounds featured take inspiration from a current wave of forward-thinking electronic producers, many of whom recently contributed to season one of NI’s Komplete Sketches.

Each video takes the form of an annotated step-by-step method for creating an inspiring sound using Native Instruments instruments and effects. Featured products include MASSIVE, FORM, REPLIKA XT, REAKTOR Blocks, and FM8. For videos in which a more detailed understanding of the process may be helpful, accompanying Knowledge Base articles are provided.

 

The full tracklist is as follows:

  1. Snapshot Switchup: Rhythmically switch between snapshots in REAKTOR
    instruments.

  2. Lost in Space: Turn a piano riff into an ethereal pad with UNA CORDA.

  3. Shapeshift & Switch: Use FORM to transform one sample into multiple
    synth patches, then switch between them on the fly.

  4. Arpeggi8: Create happy accidents with randomized arpeggios in FM8.

  5. Apocalyptic Kick: Use REPLIKA XT to transform a kick drum sample into
    squealing pad texture.

  6. Mighty Morphing: Morph seamlessly between different sounds in ROUNDS.

  7. The Vocalizer: Transform your vocals with the GUITAR RIG 5 PRO
    Harmonic Synthesizer and REFLEKTOR reverb.

  8. Roll the Dice: Load your own samples into POLYPLEX, create random kit
    variations, and cycle through them with MIDI.

  9. The Jackhammer: Use LFOs to create an abrasive, percussive sub bass
    in MASSIVE.

  10.  Modular Mangling: Add dynamic modulation to any track using REAKTOR
    Blocks as an effects framework.

  11. Glitch ‘n’ Go: Use MIDI to apply glitch effects in real time with
    THE FINGER.

  12. Out of the Aether: Create harmonic clouds of grain delay with the
    Aetherizer effect in ABSYNTH 5.

 

All twelve videos are available at:
www.native-instruments.com/kompletetrutorials

Minirig Bluetooth Speaker Upgrade Delivers Incredible 80 Hours Battery Life, Enhanced Sound And Over The Air Updater

BRISTOL (UK) - (14th March 2017) - Minirig has updated its much-loved, bluetooth speaker. The Minirig Bluetooth now delivers an incredible, best-in-class 80 hours battery life from a single charge. Minirig have also redesigned their custom, extra large 3” driver, improving sound performance to deliver stunning volume and clarity. Minirig also now offers ongoing innovation with the addition of an ‘over the air’ updater, controlled via the Minirig app. The latest version of the Minirig costs £129.95 and is available globally from 12pm GMT on 15th March, from www.minirigs.co.uk.

 

Minirig is an independent audio brand from Bristol (UK), originally inspired by the local soundsystem culture, now taking on, and outperforming, the leading global brands in the portable audio market. Designed and hand-built in Britain, Minirig has won plaudits worldwide for its bluetooth speaker design, best-in-class battery life and its well deserved reputation, as the loudest bluetooth speaker of its size on the market.

Minirig co-founders David Trotter and Tom Tucker comment, “We take battery life and sound quality very seriously here at Minirig. Who wants a portable speaker that only lasts a couple of hours?”

Minirig engineers have now managed to increase battery life to an incredible 80 hours. Whether it’s travel, festivals or a big weekender, the Minirig will last as long as you can. The powerful battery can hold its charge for months and also allows for any other USB device to be charged via the Minirig (iPhone 7 recharge approx 2.5 times).  

 

Sound performance is central to the cult status enjoyed by the Minirig brand, and there are significant enhancements in this area. Many hours of development have enabled the design of an extra large, custom 3” driver, increasing bass and treble performance and improving its off axis response, making it louder than its predecessor. Together with a 15W amp, this unleashes an extremely powerful yet clean sound. An adaptive audio filter ensures the Minirig delivers the best sound whatever the volume.

Minirig's modular design allows you to bluetooth connect to a second Minirig, offering true wireless stereo. You can then add a Minirig subwoofer with 30W amp (the smallest, powered portable sub in the world) to create a fully portable 2.1 system, that delivers a sound that can shake the leaves from the trees. This is available for just £369 at www.minirigs.co.uk.

 

Another key innovation in the revamped Minirig design is the ‘over the air’ updating function, which, even after purchase, allows for further improvements to be made to the speaker. These may include such things as a custom EQ, or more upgrades to battery life. Minirig features the latest Bluetooth 4.2 APT-X tech and advanced connectivity options are available via the bespoke Minirig app (available for iOS and Android). The over the air updater is a welcome addition in the move towards a future-proof speaker.     

The Minirig features a tough, anodised aluminium and textured polycarbonate design, plus an improved IPX5 rated water and dust resistance, making it a perfect speaker for any outdoors lifestyle, while its minimal styling mean it’s equally suitable for home use. Minirig have added a brushed aluminium finish to the existing seven colour range, to ensure a look for all tastes.     

With further launches and innovation to come in 2017, Minirig continue to push the boundaries and set new standards in portable audio.

Native Instruments releases MASCHINE Expansion HEADLAND FLOW

 Berlin, February 27, 2016 – Native Instruments today released HEADLAND FLOW – a new MASCHINE Expansion that fuses thick grooves from traditional drum machines with live, funky breaks, R&B-flavored instrumentation, and gritty percussion to bring Southern hip hop’s musical jambalaya to MASCHINE.

 

A versatile toolkit, HEADLAND FLOW has been painstakingly recorded. Each vintage drum set was surrounded by over a dozen different mics all running from an analog mixing board to a stereo bus compressor, giving each hit a penetrating sound that feels like it came from vinyl itself.
Legendary bass and electric guitars provide an authentic, analog vibe, while vintage keyboards add distinctively old school melodic elements.
This combines an analog, R&B-flavored sound pallette with the power and flexibility of MASCHINE.

Unlike its sample-driven cousins in New York and California, this regional variety of hip hop distinguishes itself with soulful keys, bluesy bass lines, and funky breaks played by live musicians on top of traditional drum machine programming. And although Houston and New Orleans helped lay the groundwork, the epicenter of the “Dirty South” was at the corner of Headland and Delowe, in the heart of Atlanta’s East Point neighborhood.

HEADLAND FLOW runs in the latest MASCHINE software on the entire MASCHINE hardware family and is available exclusively at the NI Online Shop.

A compact version of HEADLAND FLOW is also available as an iMASCHINE Expansion, for sketches on the go. Tracks can be exported to MASCHINE STUDIO, MASCHINE JAM, MASCHINE, and MASCHINE MIKRO for completion.

 

Additional information on HEADLAND FLOW is available at:
www.native-instruments.com/headlandflow

Nuendo 8 Makes First Appearance at Game Developers Conference

Partnering up once again with Audiokinetic at the GDC in San Francisco, Steinberg reveals a first glimpse of the next iteration of their post-production and game audio workstation, Nuendo, featuring the especially for composers enhanced connection to the Audiokinetic Wwise audio middleware plus an array of new tools for post-production

 

HAMBURG, Germany — February 20, 2017 — Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH today announced the upcoming release of Nuendo 8. At next week’s 2017 Game Developers Conference, taking place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA, United States, Steinberg will be showing the first preview of Nuendo 8 at the Audiokinetic booth, no. 524 South Hall.

Steinberg first introduced Nuendo at the turn of the millennium to deliver native technologies with peerless audio and surround features to those working in the pro audio industry. Today, Nuendo is the centerpiece of audio production facilities around the globe, offering professionals for post-production and game audio dedicated workflows and features.

In the previous version, Nuendo introduced Game Audio Connect to the acclaim of many game audio producers by providing a new set of tools that lets Nuendo integrate directly with Audiokinetic’s Wwise audio middleware solution, exporting mixdowns to Wwise, and version-controls projects by Perforce. With Nuendo 8, Steinberg now takes the next step and enhances this toolset: Game Audio Connect 2 provides an interactive music workflow by taking entire music compositions from Nuendo and handing these over to Wwise, including audio and MIDI tracks along with cycle and cue markers. Thanks to the close connection between both applications, Nuendo can now also be used as MIDI editor for Wwise.

Greatly expediting workflows, Nuendo 8 features Direct Offline Processing with its Live!Rendering capability, allowing users to easily apply frequently used processes in an offline plug-in chain and render offline processes in real time. Another highlight is Auto ReNamer that automatically assigns new names to all events, which is another common workflow in game audio

Nuendo 8 lays emphasis on sound design, providing users with the necessary tools to create and manipulate audio. The Sound Randomizer plug-in creates different variations of a sound instantaneously, adjusting its pitch, timbre, impact and timing. The newly introduced Sampler Track is an easily accessible tool that allows users to drag and drop audio from the MediaBay into the track and play and manipulate the sample. Also included is the virtual-analog Retrologue 2 synthesizer, HALion Sonic SE 3, over 80 effects processors, including the new eight-band fully parametric Frequency EQ, and an assortment taken from the 2017 Hybrid Library by Pro Sound Effects, plus the newly developed video engine that replaces the former QuickTime-based engine.

Steinberg’s Senior Marketing Manager, Timo Wildenhain, comments: “We’re delighted to be presenting Nuendo 8 at next week’s GDC, and that we’ve the opportunity to team up again with our dear friends at Audiokinetic. While we’re aiming to release this latest iteration of Nuendo in June, it was important to us to unveil the new version earlier on at GDC. And there’ll be other events leading up to the release date where Nuendo 8 will be showcased as well!”

Visit www.steinberg.net/nuendo for information on system solutions and services that Steinberg offers around Nuendo.

 

New features at a glance

• Game Audio Connect 2  
• Sound Randomizer
• Direct Offline Processing
• Auto ReNamer
• User profile manager
• ADR enhancements
• MixConsole History
• Sampler Track 
• New zone concept
• New video engine
• Reworked plug-ins and improved performance

NATIVE INSTRUMENTS Releases MASCHINE Software Update

Native Instruments today released a feature- packed new software update for their acclaimed MASCHINE family of music- making tools. The MASCHINE 2.6 update, free to all registered owners of MASCHINE 2 software, brings several innovative features to MASCHINE STUDIO, MASCHINE MK1 and 2, and MASCHINE MIKRO that were previously only available for MASCHINE JAM customers. It includes a suite of features that help spark creativity, add variety to tracks, and add flair to live performances. It also extends MASCHINE’s powerful workflow to external synths by introducing MIDI CC capabilities.

 

MASCHINE 2.6 comes with a new tool to help music producers spice up their compositions. Variation Engine, now for MASCHINE STUDIO, MASCHINE MK1 and 2, and MASCHINE MIKRO, relies on two unique functions, Humanize and Randomize, to add variety and spontaneity to any programmed melody or drum pattern. First enabled on the MASCHINE JAM, Humanize shakes up the quantization on existing patterns and moves the notes to give programmed patterns the feeling of having been played naturally, loosen up a drum beat, or add swing to a melody. And to help spark new ideas or add texture, Randomize creates new patterns with random velocities and note positions.

The new MASCHINE 2.6 software update also includes tools to encourage experimentation and spontaneity. Lock, another feature previously implemented in MASCHINE JAM, makes it easy, for example, to tweak a sound’s characters, change an envelope, open a filter, or modulate any other parameter without worrying about losing their previous work.
Musicians using the MASCHINE STUDIO or MASCHINE MK1 and 2 controllers can now take snapshots of the parameters and then push a button to return to their original settings. Users can create up to 64 snapshots, and with the help of Morph, blend seamlessly from one snapshot to any other snapshot, making it easy to discover new transitions.

With MASCHINE 2.6, producers will now be able to send MIDI CC messages to their favorite external MIDI-enabled synths and drum machines directly from all MASCHINE hardware. MIDI CC allows performance data, like attributes and parameters, to be transmitted to the external device. This means musicians can, for example, change the tone of the kick on their favorite Roland groovebox or sweep the LFO on their beloved Korg synth as if they were software instruments.

This update also brings classic features standard on MASCHINE STUDIO, MASCHINE MK1 and 2, and MASCHINE MIKRO to the MASCHINE JAM.
Now producers can change a note’s pitch, velocity, length, swing, and position directly from the MASCHINE JAM via the step sequencer. It’s also possible to modulate parameters, like changing reverb depth, adjusting a favorite plugin, or tuning a drum, on each step. With MASCHINE 2.6, users can also quickly adjust the velocity levels on each note in step mode by pressing any of the 16 fixed velocity levels on a dedicated grid.

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