Apple have made its flagship music-making product Logic Pro X free for 90 days. The move was made in light of the current global coronavirus pandemic, particularly for students who are being forced to work and study from home and might not have access to their university facilities. But anyone can take advantage of the offer – it's not been reduced on the UK App Store yet but keep your eyes on the Apple website for the announcement.
Download over 1GB of free analogue synth and drum machine samples here. They were uploaded by Principleasure, an LA-based producer whose studio features a wealth of analogue gear. The collection includes presets from the likes of the Jupiter-8, Juno-60, ARP Odyssey, Roland D-50, Korg MS20, Oberheim OB-8, Sequential Circuits ProOne, Roland TB-303, TR-808, TR-909 and Yamaha DX7.
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.
Ableton has launched a new Max for Live device called FlexGroove. The new device is designed to 'push and pull' MIDI, off the usual rigid quantised grid, transition between time signatures and add more unconventional swing to your pattern. It was designed by classical violinist and software developer Martin von Frantzius "to support his experimentations in microtiming, polyrhythms, and tempo shifting".
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.
Ableton LOOP conference has been postponed until April 2021 due to the current threat from the COVID-19 virus. The German company said "We are deeply saddened to be forced to take this step but consider it essential in the face of the ongoing viral outbreak, and the guidance we have received from authorities."
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.