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NI Komplete 9 + Battery 4

beside the “revolution” analog sounding something coming up there will be 2 more things..

Komplete 9 – new in here (compared to Komplete 8):
MONARK synth (analog modeling “minimoog style”)
monark synth

BATTERY 4 drum sample player


SOLID DYNAMICS -> studio fx

SESSION STRINGS -> string library

Battery 4 – just an ad, no real content in here..

time stretching and optimized workflow – ..

Maschine 1.8 is ready for download

I also received another Massive License with the info – nice. The 1.8 Update was announced already and the new colour Maschine Controllers as well
for today: This service is temporarily not available. Please try again later. 

and yes, the Service Center Software is quite slow right now, lots of downloads this time, so expect to have some time & patience today..


Per Mail kam der Massive Code, die Server sind ziemlich überlastet, aber mit etwas Geduld müsste es klappen, ich habe mind 2 Service Centers installiert.
Also mal probieren. Forum: Maschine 1.8 da

Bei mir steht: Alle Produkte sind auf dem neuesten Stand, angezeigt werden nur alte Soft. Da stimmt also was nicht. Maschine taucht nicht auf und Komplete auch nur das alte. Also, warten…


New NI Maschine Design – more LED colours

more colours.


why and what? note – new colours should be like telling you things better via the same button, so it may help more than just “being coloured”. … /maschine/ for all of you who might think it is just a hoax.

599€ is the new price
quote from forum – aus dem Forum: the 1.8 version will work on both- the old and the coloured one. all maschine users get Massive for free.

note that it’s not about colours, you need them for being a cool launchpad or at least use it like a step sequencer (like in numerology since V2.3), so there is more than just “nice” aspects in here. think APC, Launchpad, Sequencers.

Interessant ist das wohl jeder Maschine-Besitzer, also auch die von der alten Maschine, mit dem 1.8 Update Massive bekommen.
Auf der “Neue Features” Seite steht zumindest:”Mit dem MASCHINE 1.8-Update bekommen alle MASCHINE-User eine Vollversion des legendären Synthesizers MASSIVE.”

dies hilft zu verstehen, was die Farben anzeigen – this may help maschine users to identify what those colours do

Meine Einschätzung:
-> Sicher wird die Farbenpracht für bessere Darstellungsunterscheidung genutzt, außerdem Stichwort Lauflicht und Launchpad. Gute Chancen da rein zu rutschen mit eigenem Produkt.Launchpad Deluxe mit Sequencerfunktion wiegt mehr,…Tja, meine alte Maschine sieht schon etwas weniger edel aus, würde ich mal sagen. Aber Numerology Nutzer haben das Launchpad schon lange als Stepsequencer-Gerät und gerade wegen der Farbcodierung. Ein interessantes Zitat ist auch das hier: “Weitere Neuerungen sind beim Time Stretching und Pitch Shifting zu finden, diese finden jetzt nämlich direkt in der Hardware statt und werden nicht erst an den Audio PC/Mac geschickt.”

NI Maschine – Upcoming 1.8

The update will include the following improvements:

– looks like the slicer will still be a bit dull, they should look at Geist from FXpansion how to use and process slices, anyway not bad to have time stretching

– My personal comment 2 refering to my own performances: The LFO is still 18 Hz, which is far below standard, should be 100Hz minimum, and please add multicore support, after that there’s a lot improved, aaand – say you have a slice programmed to play and remove it in the chase light editor in a jam and then re-play it it won’t be the same since you need to play the same pitch (slice) which isn’t that cool, so – please try to do that, NI, and I’ll really start loving it.

New and improved features:

  • Offline time stretching and pitch shifting feature
  • Transient Master
  • Tape and Tube Saturators
  • Save group with samples feature
  • Improved handling of missing samples
  • Revised select page (hardware) with access to note length
  • Quick select events of a sound in a pattern (Shift + Select + Pad)
  • Quick erase events of a sound in a pattern (Erase + Select + Pad)
  • Pre-hear samples from the hardware browser before loading them
  • Choke all playing sampler voices feature (“panic button”: Shift + Mute)
  • Sample play position indicator on the waveform (hardware and software)
  • AutoWrite pinning feature
  • Various bug fixes

via Official update status – Maschine – Upcoming 1.8 – NI User Forums.

im Forum: Neues von der Maschine-Front

instant sample-to-synthesizer Reaktor Ensemble Skanner (free) algorithmicalizes samples

you need to register, but it’s free. this is a synth, that samples a sounds (looks like it is sort of algorithmically?) so you can say it instantly samples any sound and “converts” it into something playable without being a real audio sample actually. sounds strange? the last time I heard about things like this was, when Technos Acxel Digital Synthesizer  was released – but does not look exactly like it – don’t know what “they” have used (Stefan Schmitt, the founder of NI programmed it).  – so maybe try it out .. SKANNER 

ok, no it really “scans” through the sample and since it has LFO and ENV (more than just ADSR) you can jump withing the sample and add some feedback-FM-style noise. so forget about Acxel. nice for some cool drone basics as well.

Forum: “Skanner” für NI Reaktor

Smaller Maschine Mikro from NI + Update 1.7

NATIVE INSTRUMENTS :they have shrunken the Maschine: Mikro, they changed the display and size, may fit in nice in front of the macbook pro?..

the software upates to 1.7, my experience with standalone 1.6 was: freezing. so hope for better stability. 350€. So it’s about 200€ less compared to the bigger one. – In German this little Maschine should be called Maschinchen

NI – Komplete 8, Kontakt 5, Mix (EQ,Compressor) & Real Drum Instrument like virtual drummer kind of stuff

Native Instruments releases Komplete 8 and Kontakt 5 soon (September).
they also add a real drummer kind of instrument – so this includes recorded full loops but still hosted within Kontakt Player – so this may not be as “intelligent” as the virtual drummer (Addictive / Easy Drummer)
kind of plugins around called studio drummer – uhm, I’d really like some algorithmic kind of tool to be honest…

– along this there’s EQ & Compressor pack called solid mix and transient master. so this is -like UAD – a mix of vintage simulation outboard gear..

single stuff: 99€, full package 199€ (the mix stuff), the drummer one goes for 150€,

Guitar Rig also updated to #5 (which should be interesting for industrial lovers as well – if you’re as much far away from things like guitars) comes at 70€ – Komplete will be 199€ (so they keep at higher update fees like it’s predecessor), there will be big packs called Komplete 8 Ultimate which has EVERYTHING in it at 499€ as an upgrade and 1k€ the full version.

Forum • NI macht neu.