Native Instruments Stories September 6

Native Instruments is one of the biggest names in the music production game these days. It produces some of the best software instruments and sound libraries for producers and sound designers along with a fleet of great hardware including everything from Traktor DJ controllers to the KOMPLETE keyboards and its drum pad oriented Maschine gear. All three of those product lineups are getting refreshed hardware today, but NI is also introducing completely overhauled versions of some of its most popular and groundbreaking instrument software as well as its behemoth KOMPLETE bundle. expand full story

Native Instruments Stories June 4

expiredNI Summer Sale offers up to $500 off best-in-class Mac music production gear

Native Instruments, makers of some of the best hardware and software for Mac in the music production space, has now kicked off a massive summer sale. You’re looking at as much as $500 off KOMPLETE Keyboard (full review here) and MASCHINE controller bundles as well as 50% off upgrades on the company’s flagship plug-in pack, KOMPLETE 11 (Ultimate version as well). You have until July 1st to get in on the promotion before the whole thing shuts down for another year. Head below for more details on the deals.

Native Instruments Stories February 9

expiredNative Instruments now up to $100 off: Komplete keyboards and Maschine Mikro

Native Instruments, one of our favorite music production/software instrument companies out there, is offering some very deep deals on some of its more compact controller hardware today. We don’t see deals on NI hardware very often, so you’ll definitely want to take a look here. We are talking about up to $100 off Maschine Mikro and the Komplete Kontrol S25 keyboard controller. Head below for all the details.

Native Instruments Stories January 17

Native Instruments has been running the music production software game in a major way for quite some time. Along with some of its more recent hardware offerings like the Kontrol series keyboards and, even more so, the Komplete software bundles, its products have become mainstays for amateur and seasoned producers. Needless to say, the German-based company has been producing some of the best virtual instruments and effects for years and it is now ready to take its content management and library system to the next level.

Today, NI is launching Sounds.com. The new platform is a subscription based service where creators can access thousands of new samples, loops, sound packs and more for a monthly subscription… expand full story

Native Instruments Stories December 3, 2015

expiredHome Recording: Mackie LE CR3 speakers $80 (Reg. $100), iRig portable MIDI keyboards from $45 (Reg. up to $80), more

As part of its continuing Cyber Week deals, Guitar Center is offering the Mackie Limited Edition CR3 3-inch Multimedia Monitors (Pair) for $79.99 shipped (matched in Musician’s Friend’s Cyber Week sales). That’s 20% below the regular $100 price tag, and the first notable price drop we have seen on this model. Ranked as the best newly released studio monitors on Amazon, the active Limited Edition CR3s have a 2-way driver system, with a 80Hz – 20kHz range, TRS/RCA/1/8-inch TRS connectivity and all-wood cabinets.

Not only do the Limited Edition version of these speakers look much better than the standards in our opinion, they are also less expensive right now. While the LEs only have a 4+ star rating from a few Amazon customers, the base model CR3 monitors have 4.5/5 stars from 350.

Announced back in October, the new IK Multimedia iRig Keys portable Mac/PC USB keyboard controllers are seeing their first decent price drop at Guitar Center. The iRig Keys 25-key edition is available for $44.99 shipped and the 37-key version is down to $59.99 shipped. They hit Amazon and other retailers earlier this month at $70 and $80 respectively and haven’t dropped since.

They feature velocity sensitive keys, back-lit assignable hardware controls, octave switcher, a collection of free software and will work with your Mac (and maybe PC) right out of the box. Reviews are light considering how new they are, but just about all of the iRig keyboards have 4+ star ratings on Amazon.

Down below you’ll find more Cyber Week deals on MIDI keyboards, interfaces, NI hardware and more:

Native Instruments Stories March 23, 2015

Mobile-focused DJ company DJiT, already has a more casual based iOS/Android DJ app available, but it now has its sights on the growing hardware controller market. It will soon be launching edjing Pro along with the recently revealed physical Mixfader add-on. Described as the world’s first connected DJ crossfader”, Mixfader “dematerializes the classic turntables on any smartphone and tablet” to bring what is arguably one of the most important controls on any DJ rig back to the real world.

Head below for a closer look, and a demonstration video of the mobile crossfader in action: expand full story

Native Instruments Stories October 8, 2014

expiredGames/Apps: Native Instruments & Algoriddim DJ apps 50% off, PicLab HD $1 (Reg. $2), iOS freebies, more

Update (10/8 12:30PM): The Microsoft Store offers Call of Duty: Ghosts for Xbox One (with disk) for $4.99 shipped. That’s the lowest price we can find and nearly $20 better than Amazon.

In today’s best game/app deals, after a short dry spell for iOS deals we have a massive list of discounted apps below, including Camera+ for $1 (Reg. $2 – 4 stars from 30054 Ratings) and PicLab HD – Design Studio for $1 (Reg. $2 – 4.5 stars from 17847 Ratings). We also have some price drops on DJ and music production apps from two of the biggest players in the game, Native instruments and Algoriddim, including Traktor DJ (seen above) for $5 (Reg. $10) and djay 2 for $5 (Reg. $10), plus more below.

Activision is now offering free PS4 and Xbox upgrades with digital pre-orders of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare for last gen systems. The full game offer applies to Digital Editions only and expires March 31st, 2015, you’ll find all the promo details here.

Next, Daily steals is offering the refurbished MFi Logitech PowerShell Controller with Battery for iPhone 5/5S and iPod Touch 5th Generation for $20 shipped (orig. $80, $31 new on Amazon). You can see more details in our full review here.

Head below for the rest of today’s best iOS/Mac price drops including ArtStudio for iPad for $2 (Reg. $5), Juxtaposer: $1 (Reg. $3), Spark Camera for $1 (Reg. $2), Inspire Pro Paint, Draw & Sketch for $1 (Reg. $10), and many more.

The Amazon App Store is offering mSecure Password Manager and Secure Digital Wallet for $1 (Reg. $10) and don’t forget about this week’s free App Store offering: Fragment.

Native Instruments Stories September 8, 2014

The Native Instruments line of Maschine beat production products marry hardware controllers with rich software instruments, loops and effects to create an all-in-one music making suite. The hardware controllers range from the $349 Maschine Mikro up to the $999 Studio model, but Native Instruments also makes a stripped down, yet still very powerful version of its Maschine platform for iOS. Regularly priced at $4.99, iMaschine for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is available as a free download inside of the (also free) Apple Store iPhone/iPod touch app.

Simply download the free Apple Store app and boot it up. Hit the “Store” tab along the bottom and scroll all the way down to the iMaschine icon, then tap on download now for free.

While you certainly won’t find all of the features in iMaschine you’ll have at your disposal in its full fledged counterparts, we are still talking about a very wide range of possibilities here. There are 16 pads for rhythm programming, as well as a keyboard for melodic parts and sampling possibilities from your device’s mic or your iTunes library. It supports the purchase of additional sound packs via in-app purchases much the same as the Maschine hardware, but it does come packed with 100MB of content including 10 projects, 25 kits, and over 400 samples.

You’ll find more features along with quick demo video of musician Jamie Lidell putting this thing to the test below: expand full story

Native Instruments Stories July 2, 2014

Music Production Deals: $300 off Native Instruments Komplete 9, up to 44% off Apogee interfaces, 60% off Waves, more

Update: Korg has put a number of its iOS apps on sale:

iOS Universal: KORG iKaossilator: $10 (Reg. $20) iPad: KORG iPolysix: $20 (Reg. $30) iPad: KORG iELECTRIBE: $10 (Reg. $20) iPad: KORG iELECTRIBE Gorillaz Edition: $10 (Reg. $20) iPad: KORG Gadget: $29 (Reg. $39) iPad: KORG iMS-20: $20 (Reg. $30)

We’ve spotted some great music production deals today starting with up to $300 off Native Instruments Komplete 9 as well as deals from Apogee, Akai, Waves, McDSP and more. Amazon is offering Native Instruments Komplete 9 for $399 shipped ($100 off) and Komplete 9 Ultimate for $699 shipped ($300 off). These are matching the best price we have ever seen on either bundle from Amazon and matching the lowest current price anywhere.

Komplete 9 is widely considered to be one of the best synth, sample and effects packages out there and is about as complete as the name suggests.

The Ultimate edition packs over 65 different NI products, 370GB of samples and more than 16,000 sounds crafted by professional sound designers (every product you see above). It is also an ever expanding platform with new sample packs and instruments being made available on a very regular basis, and is compatible with just about every DAW out there.

Some stand out products that come in both versions above include: Kontakt 5, Reaktor 5, Massive, Fm8, Absynth 5, Guitar Rig 5 Pro, Monark, Battery 4 and more.

Apogee, who makes arguably the best audio interfaces on the market, is having a large 4th of July sale right now offering up to 44% off select manufacturer refurbished units. The sale will run from now through July 8th and is only available to those in the US.

While you’ll find some great prices on Apogee’s high end professional interfaces, there also some notable deals on its mobile and more affordable options as well. The Apogee JAM Studio quality guitar input (with Lightning) for iPad, Phone and Mac is available for $76 down from the usual $99 new price tag (a refurbished unit on Amazon is $79 right now). It includes Apogee’s FREE 2-year extended warranty and has received 4.2/5 star rating on Amazon.

More notable deals:

  • IK Multimedia iRig Guitar Recording Studio $55 shipped (Reg. $99)w/ iRig Guitar Interface, iKlip Studio desktop iPad stand, headphones, guitar cable, more
  • Nord Electro 4D SW61Keyboard $1799 shipped (Reg. $2199)w/ B3 tone wheel simulation, 85 MB of memory dedicated to Nord Piano Library sounds, more

Software Deals:

Native Instruments Stories April 1, 2014

expiredUp to $250 off Native Instruments DJ rigs: Traktor Kontrol S2/S4: $292/$455 shipped (Reg. $499/$799)

Amazon has the Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4 (MK2) DJ Controller for $455 shipped. That’s $345 under the original sale price, $245 better than the Native Instruments special promotional price happening right now, and the lowest we’ve seen on one of the best DJ rigs out there by $225. The S4 features an industry standard 4 deck set-up with full Traktor DJ software support ($100 value included with purchase), brightly color-coded RGB triggers for cue points, loops, and samples, high-quality 3-band EQs and a filter control for each channel. The S4 has received a 5/5 star review on Amazon.

Amazon also has the smaller, more compact Traktor Kontrol S2 (MK2) DJ Controller for $291 shipped, which is $208 under the regular price, $158 better than the current special promotional pricing from Native Instruments, and the best we’ve seen. It comes with a very similar feature set as the above model, but only comes with 2 decks plus remix decks. The S2 has received a 3.7/5 star review on Amazon.

Both models are fully supported by NI’s TRAKTOR DJ for iPad and iPhone software, making both decks great pro rigs for use with your MBP or with more mobile set-ups running on iOS devices.

Native Instruments Stories February 20, 2014

expiredGame/App Deals: Up to 80% off Traktor DJ for iPad/iPhone, 60% off Magellan, City Maps 2Go Pro: FREE, more iOS freebies

Update: Save even more on apps and media by picking up a $100 iTunes gift card for just $75 shipped.

In today’s best game/app deals, Native Instruments has dropped the price on Traktor DJ for iPad from $20 to $10 and the iPhone version from $5 down to $1, the highly rated City Maps 2Go Pro goes FREE, and the popular iOS synth Magellan dips from $15 down to $5.

As for console titles, Metro Last Light on Xbox 360 is just $20 (Reg. $40) (FREE for PS Plus members right now)

Be sure to head below for today’s iOS discounts/freebies as well as a list of some past deals that are still live:

Native Instruments Stories December 9, 2013

expiredMusic Production Deals: Native Instruments DJ controllers up to $120 off, Pro Tools 11 $210 off, headphones, more

We’ve spotted some music production deals today on Amazon rivaling Black Friday discounts on headphones, Dj gear, and home/studio production equipment from names like Sennheiser, Beyerdynamic, Native Instruments, Avid and others. Amazon has also dropped another $10 off already deeply discount Pro Tools 11, now $210 off the regular asking price.

Also be sure to check out Amazon’s musical lightning deals all day, it is currently offering the Numark Mixtrack II USB DJ Controller with Trigger Pads at 60% off for the next 3 hours only (or until supplies run out).

For more on the best home/studio recording gift ideas for over the holiday season be sure to check out our “Complete guide to home music production on your iPad or Mac.” We have put together a list of some of today’s most notable deals below:

Avid Pro Tools 11: $490 (Reg. $699) – Speed up mix delivery with faster-than real-time offline bounce / Monitor record inputs on native systems with ultra-low latency / Play and edit HD video right in thePro Tools timeline / Polish mixes with over 75 AAX virtual instrument and effects plug-ins

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4 MK2 DJ Controller: $679 (Reg. $799) – industry-standard 4-deck controller, soundcard, and flagship TRAKTOR software / plug-and-play with TRAKTOR DJ for iPad and iPhone 

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2 MK2 DJ Controller: $425 (Reg. $499) – Standard 2-deck controller, soundcard, and flagship TRAKTOR software / plug-and-play with TRAKTOR DJ for iPad and iPhone 

Native Instruments Maschine Studio: $850 (Reg. $999) – Unprecedented physical control and visual feedback / Sampler, arranger, mixer, effects, and more / Includes MASCHINE 2.0 software, instruments, and new drum synth

MXL USB 007 USB Stereo Condenser Microphone: $100 (Reg. $250) – carrying case, desktop stand, USB cable, and manual / 4.2/5 stars

Sennheiser MM 400-X Wireless Bluetooth Travel Headphones: $138 (Reg. $270) – Allows wireless freedom with Bluetooth 2.1 advanced A2DP profile / Invisible microphone for crystal-clear conversation / Direct cable option for use on airplanes / Two-year warranty

Beyerdynamic T90 New Tesla Audiophile High End Headphone: $480 (Reg. $700) – Tesla technology providing the highest level of efficiency / Headband and ear pads made from velvet microfiber / Includes carrying bag case for protection / Made in Germany. Two year warranty by beyerdynamic USA

Native Instruments Stories November 28, 2013

expiredNative Instruments Komplete 9 Ultimate: $799 (Reg. $1000)

Amazon has just dropped the price on the Native Instruments Komplete 9 Ultimate bundle $200!

You can grab NI’s flagship software bundle for just $799 right now, down from $1000. This is the lowest price we have ever seen Amazon offer this industry leading software bundle for since its release. This is an all inclusive production bundle with a ton of content, including some of the very best virtual instruments, effects, synths and sample libraries available.

It comes with:

  • The all-inclusive premium bundle for music professionals
  • 65 products in total, with 370 GB of samples
  • Over 16,000 sounds created by top sound designers for instant, inspiring quality
  • The cutting edge in studio production, live performance, instrument and sound design
  • Includes the uncompromising new MONARK synth and the completely redesigned powerhouse drum sampler BATTERY 4
  • Simple installation from dedicated hard drive
  • KOMPLETE 9 ULTIMATE also includes an e-voucher** worth $25 / 25 €, valid on KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects and MASCHINE Expansions at the NI Online Shop

Native Instruments is running its own sale today, offering a number of discounts including 50% off its popular RAZOR synth as well as 50% off all Komplete upgrades and updates. Head over to the official site for more information.

Native Instruments Komplete 9 Ultimate includes everything you see below:

Native Instruments Stories November 11, 2013

expiredNative Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2 DJ Controller: $300 shipped (Reg. $560)

Amazon is offering the Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2 DJ Controller for just $300 shipped today. We are seeing $100 taken off today, to bring more than $330 in savings off the regular $560 price tag. Based on the design of the S4, the S2 is a powerful DJ rig with a digestible price tag for those who are just getting started or are looking for a less expensive solution with just about all the bells whistles of $700 + pro controller.

The 2 channel mixer comes with 3 band EQ and 4 hot cues (or sample playback units) all while being specifically designed for industry standard DJ software, Traktor PRO 2.5. It has received near perfect review scores among Amazon customers.

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2 DJ Controller: $300 shipped (Reg. $560)

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