What’s New In Maschine 2.0?

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Native’s production workstation has been updated – so, what’s new in Maschine 2.0? The Native Instruments catalogue is stuffed with an embarrassment of riches these days. Undoubtedly, Maschine is one of its premium ranges, and one whose updates and developments are scrutinised in great detail. The hybrid hardware/ software production workstation has established itself as… Read More

Traktor Kontrol S4 MKII Review

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The flagship DJ controller in Native’s range is updated, but is it better? We find out in our Traktor Kontrol S4 MKII review The updates to Native Instruments’ all-in-one DJ controller models (the S2 and S4) were big news upon launch. These two controllers are very highly thought of, and provide the closest control over… Read More

Five Of The Best DJ Controllers For iPad

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Apple’s tablet is becoming a serious platform for DJs – here are five of the best DJ controllers for iPad Once, it was merely a means of surfing the net, watching videos, listening to music and playing angry birds. Now, the all-conquering iPad is a bona-fide music powerhouse, with synths, amp modelling, DAWs and every… Read More

Review: Traktor Kontrol S2 MkII

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Native’s ever-popular controller gets an update – we take a look in our Traktor Kontrol S2 MkII review Native Instruments has been at the forefront of DJ software technology since the very beginning. Its Traktor package was one of, if not the first truly professional solution for the DJ working with a computer. Since then,… Read More

The Minimal DJ Setup – Three Ultra-Compact DJ Rigs

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The dream of a minimal DJ setup is now a reality, with a tiny controller and iPad or laptop all that’s required… Though DJs of a certain age may go all misty eyed when they talk about that ‘vinyl sound’ that digital formats can’t recreate, or gleefully relate stories of their killer record box, they… Read More

Next-Gen Performance DJ Controllers

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DJ Controllers are barely out of short trousers, but already the next generation of upstarts are revolutionising DJ performance… For a while, the idea of using a CDJ-based DJ set-up was heresy. Vinyl DJs folded their collective arms and looked on with indignation. Then, DJ controllers appeared, and CDJ-based DJs found themselves joining the vinyl… Read More

Types Of Synthesis

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Different types of synthesis result in very different sounds – here’s a guide to some of the most common types As technology has evolved, the methods used by synthesizers to generate their sounds have changed. Nowadays, there is a myriad of different ways that synths operate, each with their own characteristic sound. The differences between… Read More

Inspiration For Music – Four Bits Of Gear To Promote Fresh Ideas

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Getting inspiration for music is the trickiest thing about it, but there’s some great gear out there to get the ideas flowing… Getting into a musical rut is a depressingly easy thing to do. When you write, having some degree of routine is a positive thing generally, as you’re not waiting around for inspiration to… Read More

Native Releases Its DJ App For iPhone

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As Native Instruments Releases Its Traktor DJ App for iPhone, we ask, ‘is iOS DJing about to go stratospheric?’ There are few greater technological powers in the world of the DJ than Native Instruments. With Traktor, it has redefined what is possible from computer-based DJ tech. Earlier this year, it took step into another emerging… Read More

Native Instruments Tease New Beat Making Software Instrument

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New beat making software instrument from Native Instruments? It seems it’s on its way… Native Instruments has been busy in 2013, and it’s not resting any time soon- we are due a new beat making software instrument soon, it would seem. So far this year, we’ve seen the excellent Traktor DJ app, a forthcoming new… Read More