Production Reviews

[Review] PreSonus Central Station PLUS

PreSonus’ Central Station Plus is one of the most feature packed monitor control systems available for professional studios and home setups alike, enabling easy activation and bypass of up to three pairs of monitors, built in talkback mic functionality, remote control, and much more.  In this review we’ll put the Central Station Plus through the paces at the Audiomack & DJBooth studios in NYC to see if the unit lives up to the hype!

Swizz Beatz & Just Blaze Beat Battle [Video]

Swizz Beatz and Just Blaze were both at the Hot 97 studio recently where they had a classic battle of their beats using DJ gear.  The video starts out with Swizz and Just using the recently reviewed Roland DJ-808 Serato DJ controller to show off their skills.  The Roland DJ-808 is a top tier DJ controller with the built in Roland TR drum maschine/sequencer and it worked perfectly for this dope battle.

NI KOMPLETE KONTROL 1.8 Released [Video]

Native Instruments released a free update to its KOMPLETE KONTROL software.  KOMPLETE KONTROL Version 1.8.0 contains bug fixes and three main features which include New Smart Play Scales, Enhanced Smart Play chord features, and Stand Alone Transport Control.  Check out a rundown of these features and our KOMPLETE Keyboards review for more info.

Maschine HEADLAND FLOW Expansion

The NI Team continues releasing brand new soundpacks for users of its popular Maschine Production Stations to keep things fresh for aspiring producers when making new tracks and beats. The newest MASCHINE Expansion is called HEADLAND FLOW which uses Breaks with R&B flavor and southern style hip-hop samples and sounds for people to make new music with.  As always it’s available for $50 and there’s also a version available for the iMaschine iphone app for only $1.

Maschine 2.6 Features [Videos]

The Maschine software has just updated to the 2.6 version and it features many helpful upgrades that make the music creation experience even that much more simple and enjoyable.  Native Instruments has released a few new videos to show users how they can take advantage of the new features using both the Maschine Jam and the Maschine Studio.

Pioneer DJ TORAIZ AS-1 [Video]

Pioneer has just announced a new analog synth called the TORAIZ AS-1.  The new TORAIZ AS-1 was created in conjunction with Dave Smith and is a great synthesizer for live performances and studio production.  The TORAIZ AS-1 features a 64-Step sequencer, rubber pads for playback, a bright OLED display, USB and MIDI ports, all in a metal chassis.

MASCHINE & TRAKTOR With Ableton-Link [Video]

The MASCHINE and TRAKTOR workflows can now easily sync together with the use of the Ableton Link software that allows many different platforms to work in harmony without the use of an additional MIDI clock style setup.  The MASCHINE 2.5.5 update is out now on Native Access, and TRAKTOR PRO 2.11 update is out now on the Service Center which will allow the Ableton Link to communicate with the two.

Maschine RADIANT HORIZON Expansion

The NI Team continues releasing brand new soundpacks for users of its popular Maschine Production Stations to keep things fresh for aspiring producers when making new tracks and beats. The newest MASCHINE Expansion is called RADIANT HORIZON which uses Caribbean style rhythms for huge bass style music perfect for trap, urban pop, and bass music.  As always it’s available for $50 and there’s also a version available for the iMaschine iphone app for only $1.

NI KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 Holiday 2016 Pricedrop!

Just like back in the 2014 holiday season, Native Instruments has announced that their own professional 24-bit/96 kHz sound and zero latency USB soundcard interface called the Komplete Audio 6 is now on sale for only $199 until January 10th, 2016.  We’ve reviewed both the NI Maschine Studio and the Komplete S49 Keyboard where a separate soundcard is required. This is the perfect opportunity to grab one at a great discount.

Native Instruments Thanksgiving Sales! [Video]

Happy Thanksgiving to all of the regulars who celebrate the holiday here in the US.  Native Instruments has decided (once again) to extend a huge sale in honor of the holiday giving everyone 50% off of their popular software such as Maschine Expansions, Traktor Pro 2, and other popular software.  This deal only lasts until December 5th so check out the info and details before its too late.

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