Native Instruments soups up flagship S4 Kontroller, Traktor DJ software

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Native Instruments soups up flagship S4 Kontroller, Traktor DJ softwareNew Native Instruments Trakor Kontrol S4

Both DJ hobbyists and serious controllerists have a ton to look forward to in Native Instruments‘ revamped hardware and software offerings, including a tasty new S4 controller and Traktor Pro 3 DJ software. After almost four years, the beloved DJ ecosystem was beginning to lag a bit as competitors added hefty features — but NI is out to remedy that. The updates to the company’s flagship pro controller and software are just a handful of an entirely revamped product lineup. New goodies on the production side include new versions of favorites like their Komplete virtual synth bundle, and Maschine sampler hardware. NI CEO Daniel Haver put the changes in perspective, saying:

“This announcement marks a new chapter in NI history. For music-makers of all styles and abilities, there’s now an ideal entry point to the NI ecosystem—from inspirational starter kits that guide first experiences to pro-grade products that enable our users to push the boundaries of music production and performance.”

The impressive new S4 alone is must-see tech for DJs. The biggest news? The S4’s new jogwheels are motorized and equipped with new Traktor tech they’re calling “haptic drive.” The jogs promise tactile weighted feel for improved scratching and beat matching, as well as lightning-quick access to song search, cue point setting, and more. The S4 is set to ship in November at $899, while Traktor Pro 3 drops this October. If two decks and ultra-portable fun is enough, NI’s updated S2 entry level rig can be had for $299.

International Music Summit finalizes 2018 international speakers programming

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Ibiza’s International Music Summit (IMS) announced the final speaker details for its 11th annual conference, set to take place just as the White Isle’s season kicks off, May 23–25th. Now, in association with Pioneer DJ, IMS brings together over 93 impressive voices from around the world. Twenty-three global artists and industry heavy-weights will bring further insight to the summit, covering every aspect of the diverse and ever-changing electronic music landscape.

Programming for the 2018 event will tackle mental health in the music industry, the landscape of digital media consumption, technology, and much, much more. The house music legend Todd “The God” Terry will speak for the first time at IMS for a keynote interview about his life and career in dance music, including his early years in New York. Honey Dijon will present a discussion on sexual harassment in DJ culture which in an open and frank capacity, IMS hopes to use to confront the realities of this issue in the industry and what we can all do to tackle it.

A full list of the new speakers is listed below. Delegate badges can be purchased here.

IMS Ibiza 2018 New Speakers:

Alexander Holland (Deezer, Chief Content and Product Officer, France)
Andrea Oliva (Artist, Switzerland)
B.Traits (Artist, Canada)
BLOND:ISH (Vivie-Ann Bakos) (Artist, Canada)
Christine Brown (Help Musicians UK, Director of External Affairs & Business Development, UK)
Declan McGlynn (Point Blank, Music Journalist, UK)
Freddie Fellowes (Secret Garden Party, Promoter, UK)
Honey Dijon (Artist, USA)
Jay Jay Revlon (DJ, Host and Cultural Events Curator, UK)
Jon Drape (Broadwick Live, Group Production Director, UK)
Julien Lesaicherre (Workplace by Facebook, Director EMEA, UK)
Katy Ellis (Anglo Management, Manager, UK)
Kurosh Nasseri (AFEM/Nasseric Inc, Founder/Attorney, USA)
Marina Blake (Brainchild Festival, Creative Director, UK)
Martha Pazienti Caidan (Resident Advisor, DJ/Radio Presenter/Producer, UK)
Matt Abbott (Label Worx/AFEM, CEO/Co-Founder and Exec Board, UK)
Matt Smallwood (Toolroom, Label Manager/Head of A&R, UK)
Matthew Adell (Native Instruments, Chief Digital Officer, USA)
Nick DeCosemo (Mixmag, Global Editorial Director, USA)
Pierce Warnecke (Berklee College of Music, Assistant Professor, Spain)
Rui Da Silva (Artist, Portugal)
Todd Terry (Artist, USA)
Vicenc Marti (elrow, President and Board Member, Spain)

Native Instruments debuts subscription-based loop and sample source site, Sounds.com

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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.

H/T: Resident Advisor

 

Native Instruments releases free phaser plugin for the holidays

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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.

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Cosmic Gate & Markus Schulz’s ‘AR’ remix competition offers insane prizes

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Since the September release of “AR” on the Materia – Chapter.Two album, collaborators Cosmic Gate and Markus Schulz have kept up the momentum of the track with a huge remix opportunity.

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.

 

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Native Instruments Receives $59 Million Investment To Make Music Creation More Accessible

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This is big.

Native Instruments has received a $58-million investment to ‘democratize music creation’

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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.

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ODESZA Lets Us Inside Their Creative Minds in New Video [WATCH]

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In collaboration with Native Instruments, the duo lays down some knowledge.