Native Instruments releases Modular Icons

Hot on the heels of Reaktor synth Super 8, Native Instruments has released a new Kontact Play instrument, Modular Icons. It's a like the other Play instruments in it layers two sounds together with some mixing capabilities and a bunch of effects. But there's a lot more here... Modular Icons First it's released in aid of the... Continue Reading →


Komplete 12 Select – first thoughts

I put together funds to get the upgrade to Native Instruments Komplete Select 12 from the version included with Maschine Mikro Mk3. I've had a dabble with most of it, some I really like, others I'm not quite so sure about. It's very early days and unfair to judge but that doesn't stop me blogging!... Continue Reading →

Komplete Start – first thoughts

Friday 22 February 2019 saw Native Instruments release the free Komplete Start package. It's free and not rubbish so it's hard to criticise it (though some will). It was popular enough it brought the NI servers to their knees. meaning it took over an hour from registering to availability of downloads. All details. The purpose of... 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 →

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 →

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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