Icon Music Tech News: September 2017
This week in music tech news finds a batch of new products from Native Instruments, iZotope, Behringer, and 10 hours of jet sounds from Easyjet.
Native Instruments | Maschine MK3
Native Instruments has announced two massive upgrades to their product line today with Maschine MK3, and Komplete Kontrol MK2 which are both available for sale on October 5th. Maschine MK3 really deserves a look as it sports lots of new features such as larger pads with higher sensitivity, a new layout, hi-resolution color screens, and the biggest news for Maschine users. Also, it sports a 96k integrated audio interface that lets you plug and play!
Maschine MK3 features:
- Integrated hardware/software system includes sampler, arranger, mixer, FX, and more
- 8 GB MASCHINE library with samples, one-shots, sliced loops, sampled instruments, presets, patterns, drum kits, and songs
- Includes 25 GB KOMPLETE 11 SELECT library
- 25 pro-quality studio and creative FX including filter, EQ, delay, reverb, and compressor
- 2 high-resolution RGB color displays for precision sample slicing, sound tweaking, note editing, mixing, browsing, and more
- 16 large, ultra-sensitive pads make two-handed drumming easy
- Pro-grade, 96kHz / 24-bit audio interface with 2 x ¼” TRS line outputs, 2 x ¼” TRS line inputs, ¼” dynamic mic input, stereo headphone output, 1 x MIDI In, 1 x MIDI out, and 1 x Footswitch
- Touch sensitive knobs for parameter tweaking
- Smart Strip for strumming notes, pitch bending sounds, performing with FX, and more
- Four-directional push encoder for browsing, navigating, and adjusting levels and balance
- Powered via USB 2.0 or with the included power supply unit
- Seamless integration with KOMPLETE
- Classic groovebox features including 16 velocity levels, swing, pad link, note repeat, step sequencer, and vintage MPC 60/SP-1200 sampling emulation
- Compatible with all major DAWs (including Ableton Live, Logic Pro, and FL Studio) as a VST or Audio Units plug-in, with full multi-core support
Native Instruments | Komplete Kontrol Mk2
Komplete Kontrol Mk2 extends the original keyboard’s workflow with 17 additional function buttons and two high-resolution color screens for browsing, previewing sounds, and more. Additionally – thanks to enhanced DAW and Maschine integration – it’s possible to mix, navigate, and edit projects directly from the hardware. Also, the professional-grade Fatar keybeds and unique Light Guide are joined by a new pitch and mod wheels, plus a horizontal touch strip for additional expression.
Kontrol Mk2 Key Features:
- Smart keyboard controller for all your virtual instruments
- Pro-grade Fatar keybeds with aftertouch – 49 or 61 semi-weighted keys
- Ergonomic pitch and mod wheels, plus touch strip for expression control
- Pre-mapped control of Komplete instruments and hundreds of Native Kontrol Standard (NKS) instruments from leading manufacturers
- Full VSTi support
- Tag-based preset browsing: Find sounds quickly and hear instant previews
- Two high-res color screens for browsing, tweaking, mixing, and more
- Light Guide: RGB lights above each key highlight drum cells, key switches, chords, scales, and more
- Smart Play: See scales and modes on the Light Guide, play chord progressions and arpeggios with single keys, or map any scale to white keys only
- Deep integration with Maschine software / hardware
- Intuitive control over Logic Pro X, Ableton Live, and GarageBand. Cubase and Nuendo integration coming soon after initial release
- 4-directional push encoder for one-handed sound browsing and project navigation
- Two assignable pedal inputs
- MIDI in / out
- USB 2.0 bus powered
- Includes Komplete 11 Select
iZotope | Spire Studio
iZotope announces what looks like a fun and potentially groundbreaking piece of gear called Spire Studio. The portable, wireless recording studio records high-quality audio and integrates with iZotope Spire iOS software.
iZotope co-founder and CEO Mark Ethier imagined the device one evening when trying to make music with his wife. In effect, he encountered several studio setup hurdles. Wanting to find a way to quickly capture ideas when in the creative zone without any fuss, Mark designed Spire.
I live in a city apartment, so like many people, my “studio” lives in a box in the closet. I started the setup, racing against my wife’s patience—we had plans for dinner that night. Once I found the missing cable, fussed with the mic stands and power strip, I then discovered my audio drivers weren’t working, checked the levels, coaxed my wife back to her guitar, and was finally ready to capture our creative inspiration…just in time to leave for dinner. It was in that moment that I wished for something different. I wanted something that kept me in the creative mindset rather than stuck in the frustrating space of troubleshooting and setup. Mark Ethier, CEO iZotope
There is no current price or release date for Spire Studio but you can get on the waitlist at Spire website.Read more
Behringer | DeepMind 12
Following the success of the world’s best-selling X32 Digital Mixing Console, Behringer’s new DeepMind 12 True Analog 12-Voice Polyphonic Synthesizer is now available in stores and online worldwide. DeepMind 12 allows players to conjure up virtually any sound they can imagine with unparalleled finesse and ease. Thanks to 4 FX engines, dual analog OSCs and LFOs per voice, 3 ADSR Generators, an 8-Channel Modulation Matrix, and onboard 32-Step Control Sequencer, DeepMind 12 provides high-precision digital control over the analog soundscape.Read more
Easyjet presents Jet Sounds
Wishing for the calming sounds of jet transit to lull you to sleep? Europe’s leading airline Easyjet has released an album of “Jet Sounds.” along with a press release claiming that listening to white noise could have sleep-inducing effects.
This video is a recording at 39,000ft en-route from Gatwick to Nice and features the sublime harmonics of a pair of CFM56, twin spool, high bypass, turbofan engines.
The album and single releases on Friday 11th August – available to buy on iTunes and Amazon. In the meantime, you can listen to a free ten-hour version on YouTube.Listen Here