Native Instruments unveiled a new slate of hardware and software for computer-based audio production and DJing this week, leading with its Komplete 12 production suite. With this new equipment, you can start laying down new tracks anywhere you go.
The new line of products sees its first release on September 18 with the follow-up to last year's Maschine MK3, the Maschine Mikro which features pads and controls to make beats, come up with melodies, and create tracks by hand. The best part about it is its compact size, allowing you to bring it along and create wherever inspiration strikes.
There are also three new versions of the Komplete Kontrol A-series smart keyboard controllers. These offer intuitive control over your preferred DAW and vary only in size; you can choose one with 25, 49, or 61 semi-weighted keys.
While the Komplete Kontrol is essential for home audio production, the new Traktor Kontrol S4 is built for all your DJing needs. This pro-grade audio interface features external inputs on each channel, mic inputs, headphone outputs, and DVS support, along with versatile motorized jog wheels. The new Traktor Pro 3 software is included with its purchase, a professional 4-deck DJ software to help bring your mixes to the next level.
Native Instruments rounded out its announcements this week with three helpful tools for aspiring creators. Sounds.com which offers royalty-free loops and samples for a monthly fee, The Loop Loft — a boutique sample shop offering professional session loops — and MetaPop, a social media site designed for musical collaboration and discovery.
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