Native Instruments have issued an apology following claims of racism, discrimination and gaslighting from former staff members. The statement comes after multiple former employees criticised the German company for inaction over concerns raised by staff members over a promotional campaign that used a racial slur as part of an artists’ moniker.
Native Instruments have made their Kontakt instrument Analog Dreams free until March 31st. In a move of solidarity with those in isolation during the coronavirus pandemic, Native Instruments said the instrument was "a gift from the at-home crew". The instrument is a 3.4GB bundle of retro synths, with a tilt towards ’70s and ’80s tones and sounds.
Native Instruments have announced they are discontinuing a long list of legacy products that will no longer be supported or available to buy directly. The list includes older versions of popular software like Absynth, Battery, Guitar Rig, Kontakt, Reaktor and Traktor. NI have also discontinued a series of collaborative products from the likes of East West and Zero G. The older app activation and management software Service Centre – which was replaced by Native Access – is also to be discontinued after May 31, 2020.
Native Instruments have updated Maschine to add some new features around jamming and pattern building. Auto-Growing Patterns means you no longer have to set the length of a pattern in advance – though you can if you want. Just keep recording, once you stop, any silence will be quantised to the nearest bar. After you record you can then set a start and end point within the pattern, to set the loop to the take you liked best, for example.
Native Instruments is launching a new four-deck DJ controller, called Traktor Kontrol S3.
A development from the two-channel S2 mode, NI is marketing the product as a device for those who are looking to "break into the world of four-deck DJing".
It will retail at $649 or £499, and maintains features from the company's S2 and S4 models such as large jog wheels that produce light rings to warn DJs when a track is close to ending, much like various models of Pioneer's CDJs, and extended pitch and channel faders.
Ahead of the 2020 launch of a "new, unified and fully integrated platform", Berlin-based music tech company Native Instruments have reportedly laid off around 20% of their staff. The redundancies will impact the teams across the sales, marketing, administration and engineering departments.
Native Instruments (NI) will host two free workshop days in London later this month.
Powered by two of NI's expansion packs, Global Shake and Lockdown Grind, the workshops will centre on afrobeats and drill music.
The workshops are set to take place in Barking at The Broadway on the 27th and 28th August, and will be free to successful applicants aged between 13 and 25. The three hour long sessions will feature Maschine walk-throughs, tips, tricks and advice from artists and producers.
Learn how to mix harmonically with Native Instruments and Chris Liebing in their new blog post and video. The blog feature explains the concepts behind harmonic mixing as well as being a guide to Native Instruments' own Open Key notation, the circle and how keys work together. In a video with the techno hero, he shows off the new features we revealed in Traktor Pro 3.2 update as well as showing some rule-breaking techniques the German DJ has learned over the years.
After its announcement almost a year ago, Massive X is finally here. Prior to its release, Point Blank were given a copy to test out and explore what the new powerhouse softsynth had to offer. Now, they have shared exactly what they found so impressive about the successor to one of Native Instruments’ most widely recognised plugins.
Native Instruments have released the long-awaited follow up to their classic soft synth: Massive X. The new synth features a completely redesigned GUI and – much like the original – focusses heavily on modulation. With 170 wavetables and 10 oscillator modes, you can also use phase modulation oscillators for extra movement or even use an external input to modulate the sound in real time.