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Universal Audio announces UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt DSP Accelerator

Written by Site Update on September 22nd, 2014

Universal Audio has announced the UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt DSP Accelerator. The UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt DSP Accelerator is a sleek, powerful way for Thunderbolt-equipped Mac users to “superchar [Read More]
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NI Traktor Kontrol S8: Big Screens, Remix Controls – and Why Killing Jog Wheels is Good

Written by Site Update on September 22nd, 2014

Numark may have announced this week that it’s shipping the Numark NV controller, adding two displays with a window on Serato. But Native Instruments, for their part, appear no longer to be satisfied letting you hear about their upcoming Traktor Kontrol S8 via leaks on forums and social media. (Yes, uh… some of you noticed that.)

No, this time, we get to see the Kontrol S8 in an official Native Instruments video.

And right away, you’ll notice a big difference between Numark’s and Native Instruments’ perspective on the future of the controller: the S8 ditches the big jog wheels.

Frankly, I think it’s about time. Turntables are wonderful. But pretending a big wheel is a turntable on a digital interface is mixing metaphors. it makes about as much sense as adding a food trough to your garage and driving your car with a pair of reins because you miss your horse. Okay, sure, it works on a CDJ – though even there, what if a CDJ had controls befitting the fact that it’s a digital deck, not an interface for manipulating a disc?

Or, as Back to the Future so wisely put it while sucking its wheels into the body of its car:

But the best reason to nix the jog wheels is to have space for something more useful. It frees up a layout that can add controls newly introduced by digital DJing, for manipulating Remix Decks and other parameters, as clearly seen in the video.

Now, I know I’m getting into some trouble here. Jog wheels mean that you can mix music manually, as with a turntable. But then, if you want to do that, don’t you want control vinyl? And if your software can sync music for you, then why not set yourself apart using other DJ skills?

About that video… yes, you have to wait through the agonisingly-long, cliché shots of slow-motion partying, and some fairly vacuous quotes of major artists repeating different takes on the Native Instruments slogan. “It’s like Schlesiches Str 28 10997 Ber– … oh, sorry, that’s the address. I mean, it’s like the future of sound!”

But when they actually get to the hardware, it leaves little to the imagination. You really see the S8 – and the absence of jog wheels. (They’re not hiding underneath, I don’t think.) And one thing they do say that’s relevant: you can use the hardware without looking at a computer screen, taking Traktor in the direction Maschine and now Komplete Kontrol have gone, too (as well as products like Ableton’s Push).

Let me speculate about this. Actually, let me not. I prefer to talk about things when we can go into actual details and hard specifics. Also, I think the NI legal department can actually see me when I take a lunch break, and they might poison my currywurst. (Or, worse, some food in which you might notice someone adding something toxic.) But if you aren’t satisfied freeze-framing YouTube, apparently this image, leaked broadly via image search a couple of weeks back, is now running widely in the press:

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The teaser video … well, you won’t like it, but here we are. And we do have actual hardware coming soon to check out. Stay tuned.

But please, musical instruments industry, start making ads like this:

Source:
Car commercials from the 1980s were completely insane

The official site, now live:
http://www.native-instruments.com/en/products/traktor/dj-controllers/traktor-kontrol-s8/

The post NI Traktor Kontrol S8: Big Screens, Remix Controls – and Why Killing Jog Wheels is Good appeared first on Create Digital Music.


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Camel Audio updates Alchemy Mobile to v2.3.9

Written by Site Update on September 22nd, 2014

Camel Audio have announced the release of the v2.3.9 update for their iOS synthesizer, Alchemy Mobile, which introduces iCloud support for Favourites and User Presets, smoother track switching and loo [Read More]
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Human Touch Technology releases “Darbukator Traditional” for Kontakt

Written by Site Update on September 22nd, 2014

Human Touch Technology has releasedDarbukator Traditional, a real-time arranger for classic North African rhythms based on the HTP2 VST module with new styles and functions. Main Features: 24-bit Sam [Read More]
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CK_Modules (SE) VST/FX now Freeware

Written by Site Update on September 22nd, 2014

Chris Kerry / CK_Modules has decided to make all his SynthEdit VST/FX Freeware. Use the download links below and enter the Keycodes to activate them: X-Jupitae Flexoid (Synth) X-Jupitae Wideboy (Synth [Read More]
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-musicalentropy updates Guitar Gadgets to v1.1.0 with MIDI Learn and Gadgets chaining

Written by Site Update on September 22nd, 2014

Guitar Gadgets, -musicalentropy’s contribution to the KVR Developer Challenge 2014, has been updated to version 1.1.0. Changes: New: up to 4 pedals can be chained in the same plug-in instance, using t [Read More]
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Sound Dust releases “Plastic Ghost Piano” Convolution-based Hybrid Piano for Kontakt with Intro Offer

Written by Site Update on September 22nd, 2014

Sound Dust has released Plastic Ghost Piano – a convolution based hybrid piano for Kontakt. The piano sample set was made by sending bursts of controlled noise through unsuspecting piano samples used [Read More]
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iMusicAlbum AltiSpace

Written by Site Update on September 20th, 2014

Read more about iMusicAlbum AltiSpace at MusicRadar.com


A convolution reverb for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch (the first of its kind, as far as we’re aware), iMusicAlbum’s AltiSpace boasts a sizeable library of over 200 impulse responses captured from high-end and classic gear.

“Key units include the Eventide H3000, Lexicon 300, 480L and PCM-60″

Key units include the Eventide H3000, Lexicon 300, 480L and PCM-60, AMS RMX-16, TC Electronic M5000, and EMT 140, plus you have the ability to import your own.

Shaping of the impulse response is done in the four-stage volume envelope panel, which also hosts a pre-delay slider (up to 147ms) and a Reverse button for running the reverb backwards.

Above that, a three-band EQ (LF filter, HF filter and parametric band) can be applied to the input or output, with a background spectrum analyser visualising the results.

Thanks to its stellar sound and support for both Audiobus and Inter-App Audio, AltiSpace makes for a superb add-on to any mobile DAW at a very fair price indeed. Of course, we’d like to see some environmental IRs added, but we gather that’s on the cards for a future update.

Read more about iMusicAlbum AltiSpace at MusicRadar.com







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Goodhertz Plugin Beta updated to v1.0.5 – incl. New AU Plugin: Lossy

Written by Site Update on September 20th, 2014

Goodhertz has released v1.0.5 beta of its Audio Unit plugins for Mac OS X. The new beta includes new features and improvements to all beta plugins, as well as entirely new plugin called Lossy. Plugin [Read More]
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Toontrack releases Reggae Expansion for EZmix 2

Written by Site Update on September 20th, 2014

Toontrack has announced Reggae EZmix Pack, the latest addition to the line of expansions for their multi-effect tool EZmix 2. In this pack, Toontrack teamed up with Sweden’s premier reggae studio of t [Read More]
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