Native Instruments’ latest initiative arrives in the form of Sounds.com, a subscription-based website of loops, samples, and sound packs. The cloud-based service is currently only available in the US.
Sounds.com splits into two price tiers, a free and a “Pro” version. The free edition affords non-subscribers downloads of specific sounds, as well as use of Music Information Retrieval, a sound oriented search filter that relies on an algorithm to recommend sounds to the site’s user. The service’s “Pro” tier allows users to access an archive of more than 500,000 sounds. This access is unrestricted and permits Sounds.com users to explore and download a wide range of sounds offered by the website.
“Pro” subscribers can additionally access exclusive premium releases, browse curated collections, save sounds, and preview sounds from “the industry’s top creators.”
The chief digital officer of Native Instruments, Matthew Adell has stated his intention to develop a plug-in that will allow Sounds.com sounds to work in tandem with DAWs.
In celebration of holiday cheer, Native Instruments have released a free plugin. The software is called Phasis and includes modification knobs which control functions such as rate, center, and feedback, as well as less traditional vocalizing effects such as ‘spread’ or ‘notches’ which can be used to create anything from robotic sine wave modulations to vocal pitch effects.
The equipment is virtually free by redeeming Native Instruments $25 coupon code here.
Partnering with Groove Cruise Miami, MetaPop and Native Instruments, the duo are giving fans a chance to remix the trance anthem for a shot at some huge prizes. The winner of the remix competition for “AR” will get an opening DJ slot with Schulz on Groove Cruise Miami, taking place Jan. 26-29. In addition, the winner will receive an ocean-view stateroom for two guests, a Groove Cruise Recordings schwag bundle, and a debut of the winning remix on the Global DJ Broadcast with Schulz. To beef up the winner’s studio game, they will also receive Native Instruments’ Komplete Ultimate 11 (valued at $1,199), Native Instruments’ Maschine Mk3 (valued at $599), a Native Instruments store voucher for $200, a one-year pro subscription for LANDR, and a commercial release on Black Hole Recordings.
Those interested in submitting to the remix competition have until Nov. 29 to do so, and entries may be submitted here.
German technology company Native Instruments has received a €50 million investment (equivalent to more than $58 million) from a private equity firm to “democratize music creation.”
EMH Partners’ investment in the company will be used to create new services and hire new employees. Native Instruments says the money will help the company “achieve its vision of breaking down the barriers to music creation for all music lovers.” Native president Mate Galic says they believe music creation products and services should be integrated in a “more appealing, intuitive and cohesive way.”
“We foresee an easily accessible music creation ecosystem that connects user-centric design with powerful technology and data, to further enable the music creators of today, and welcome the new creators of tomorrow,” he says.
The investment means new hires in the company’s London, Berlin and Los Angeles offices, though the detailed plans for the investment have yet to be revealed.