Komplete Kontrol A25 first impressions


Despite the announcement of the M32, I decided to go for the Komplete Kontrol A25. I didn't want to hang around and wait for the prices to change and I wanted to trade-in a Nektar LX+ 61 - a decent controller but too big for my desk next to my Maschine Mikro MK3. Plus I... Continue Reading →

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Komplete Kontrol M32 keyboard announced


If you're like me, own a Maschine Mikro Mk3 but want a bit of keyboard as well, you may have been daydreaming about getting a Komplete Kontrol A25. It's small enough to sit alongside the Mikro on the desk in your home studio (spare room) and has good integration with decent keys. It's price point... Continue Reading →

Komplete Start coming February 2019


Just as I was avidly scanning news from NAMM 2019, and getting excited about the raft of Korg announcements (the Minilogue xd looks very interesting) along comes something from Native Instruments I'm even more excited for. It's four new product announcements as well as lots of updates (Maschine 2.8;-), and I'd like here to focus... Continue Reading →

The Frozen Strings of Christmas from Spitfire Audio


The latest freebie from SpitFire Audio is called Frozen Strings and it's really rather splendid. Check out the Labs page for details. You may also be in time (if it's not yet Christmas Day) to build a wish list for your Christmas present discount (or whatever the treat is!) Happy Christmas!

Christmas 2018 offers for composers


As the day approaches, there are already bargains to be had. I've been watching Native Instruments and so far there's some free VSTs (the TRK-01 synth broken into two players), yet another voucher offer and a draw for a massive giveaway (or should that be MASSIVE?). Details: HAPPY HOLIDAYS! I'm still hoping for something like a special... Continue Reading →

Maschine: second impressions


As I wrote in Welcome to the Maschine, I was impressed by the novelty and potential of Maschine, though all without trying it out in anger. Now I've has a Mikro Mk 3 for a short while, what do I think so far? Impressions I'm still pleased I bought it, and am still very much getting to grips... Continue Reading →

A list of great gigs


Over the years I've seen a few bands and many gigs in places ranging from fields to stadiums. I've loved many of them, been disappointed in some and surprised by a good few. I thought I'd collect together a list of the ones I'm most glad to have seen. I've left out all the Hawkwind... Continue Reading →

Welcome to the Maschine


If you start to explore the world of music making via computer, you soon come across some regular themes. One is what DAW do I need / what's the best / what's right for me? Another is about what sounds to buy, what's good freeware. These things depend on context. As a novice music maker... Continue Reading →

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