Native Instruments Stories April 16

expiredHuge deals on Heavyocity’s cinematic virtual instruments for Mac today, now up to 50% off

Native Instruments is now offering up to 50% off Heavyocity virtual instruments for Kontakt on Mac. These “world-class” scoring and cinematic instruments include everything from orchestral sounds and brass instruments recorded at Skywalker Sound to rhythmic textures, vocals and much more. The Heavyocity gear has been part of my personal library for years now in some degree or other and just about everything it makes is fantastic. Normally quite expensive, we are seeing some huge (and quite rare) deals today. Head below for all the details.

Native Instruments Stories March 29

expiredHappy Piano Day! NI offers 50% off its best virtual piano instruments for Mac from $34.50

Native Instruments is celebrating Piano Day (the 88th day of the year) with up to 50% off some of its best options. For the next 3 days, you can grab some huge deals on NI’s best Kontakt virtual sampler instrument pianos including Una Corda, The Giant, Alicia’s Keys, The Gentleman and many more from $34.50. While you will find some traditional (and great sounding) piano instruments here, there are also some very creative takes on what a piano can sound like. Head below for more details.

Native Instruments Stories March 20

expiredNI offers massive discounts on Output’s virtual instruments today w/ up to $800 in savings

Native Instruments is now offering some huge deals on the stellar Output virtual instruments. Anyone who uses NI products and is looking to spice up their music production arsenal will certainly want to take a good look at this sale. We are basically getting a collection of Output’s best gear at 60% off as well as individual price drops on each instrument in the bundle. We have previously reviewed some of these products, including the bass engine Substance and the amazing vocal instrument known as Exhale, over on 9to5Mac. Both of them (among other products in this sale) have easily found a permanent place in my studio battle station. Head below for all the details.

Native Instruments Stories January 24

Native Instruments has just unveiled the new KOMPLETE KONTROL M32 keyboard, a pair of new interfaces, some completely free software and more. In celebration of NAMM 2019 and just to kick the year off in a big way, NI is releasing some of its most affordable gear to date and deep integration with your favorite DAWs/Native Instruments software. Head below for everything. expand full story

Native Instruments Stories December 20, 2018

Maschine Mikro MK3 is the latest addition to the Native Instruments hardware beat making platform. The new controller brings much of the same feature set as its larger sibling but in a much more trimmed down package. The question is whether or not the smaller footprint and extremely affordable price tag have successfully cannibalized the hardware’s best features or left it with too little to be all that useful. expand full story

Native Instruments Stories December 14, 2018

Native Instruments is introducing TRK-01 PLAY along with some special promotions as part of its holiday offerings. The new package bundles together a pair of kick drum and bass modules and you can grab both them for free right now along with an additional credit to use towards other NI gear and products. Head below for all the details. expand full story

Native Instruments Stories December 13, 2018

expiredMaschine Mikro MK2 Groove Production Studio drops to $180 for today only (Reg. $250+)

Today only, Musician’s Friend is offering the Native Instruments Maschine Mikro MK2 Groove Production Studio for Mac at just $179.99 shipped. This is the previous generation, but still fetches as much as $250 from B&H and elsewhere. A fantastic all-in-one setup, this makes for a great starter beat-making machine as it includes everything you need to get going (outside of your Mac that is), including a sizable sound library and a great DAW app. Rated 4+ stars by over 70% of Amazon reviewers. More details below.

Native Instruments Stories November 14, 2018

Native Instruments offers 50% off Mac music production apps: Kontakt 6, Massive, more

Native Instruments is one of our favorite software makers when it comes to music production. It has been a staple in my personal arsenal and home studio for many years and I really can’t recommend its products enough. While certainly not the most affordable software synths, sampler instruments and DJ rigs out there, Native Instruments just kicked-off its Thanksgiving sale on several of its flagship apps. So now is a great time to take your home studio/Logic Pro X setup to the next level. Head below for all the details.

Native Instruments Stories September 6, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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

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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.

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