Native Instruments’ forthcoming update to Komplete includes an all-new MIDI controller keyboard designed for smooth integration with all of the instruments in the suite.
As with previous Komplete upgrades, there are tweaks in a variety of areas this time around. The big news on the software side is the introduction of three new Reaktor-based instruments – Rounds, Kontour and Polyplex – and a new multi-sampled piano pack for Kontakt.
Rounds is a sequence synthesiser with dual analogue and digital sound engines. Kontour is a phase modulation synth with motion recording options for modulation. Polyplex is a drum layering instrument with very interesting randomisation options. The Definitive Piano Collection includes huge multi-sample libraries of three pianos, nicknamed the Gentleman, the Grandeur and the Maverick.
But the biggest news of all is the introduction of the Kontrol S keyboard range. Available in 25-, 49- or 61-key variants, the Kontrol S is a controller designed to integrate with Komplete’s options and workflow. Komplete 10 can run through the Komplete Kontrol software shell, unifying the browsing framework across all of the instruments and enabling automatic parameter mapping. All three sizes feature identical feature sets – the only difference is the number of keys.
In addition to the obvious keyboard and rotary control options, the Kontrol S has some really interesting features. The traditional pitch and mod wheels are replaced by two multi-touch ribbon controllers which can be assigned to parameters and offer physics-based modulation options. There are also powerful built-in arp, scale and chord features which combine with the Light Guide system of multi-coloured LEDs above each key to give visual feedback during performance.
We had the opportunity to check out Komplete 10 and the Kontrol S range a couple of weeks ago and we were very impressed with the seamless integration of features. Full review to follow soon.
Komplete 10 and the Komplete Kontrol S series keyboards will go on sale on October 1st. Full specs and prices are available at NI’s site.
This week’s top mixes include James Holden’s chaos, Shawn O’Sullivan’s tripped-out acid, and High Class House with George FitzGerald.
James Holden’s chaos. Ahead of his appearance at Unknown festival, techno spiritualist James Holden creates a mix that journeys through the cosmic depths of synth, Krautrock and Dionysian dance music “from current heroes (Zombie Zombie, Beak>) to inspirations/pathfinders from the 4 decades prior” for Dazed. Stream above, track listing here.
Attack teams up with some of the world’s best sound design companies and sample vendors to offer a series of free sample packs. The latest of our exclusive collections comes courtesy of ModeAudio.
Mode Audio’s sample and patch output impressed us from day one, but it was the Dust Road pack that really made us sit up and take notice. One of the most original sets of Massive patches in recent years, it was a perfect example of the care and attention the Mode Audio team apply to sound design.
But there’s a lot more to Mode Audio than just synth patches. Whether it be the LA-inspired loops of Beat Scenics, the drones and textures of Hover or the FX of Burst, the quality always shines through.
The free pack Mode Audio have offered for Attack readers includes a broad cross-section of the company’s outputs, from loops and MIDI patterns to patches and experimental FX samples. It’s a must-have selection for producers of any genre.
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SoundCloud incorporates advertising, storms at Burning Man festival, The Knife call it quits and stream Prince’s new single ‘Clouds’.
Perc & Dan Chandler’s live session. London noise-techno producer Perc teams up with the former lead vocalist from metal band Dethscalator for a live and extended version of his track ‘Take Your Body Off’, in the latest edition of RA‘s live sessions series. Watch above.
SoundCloud to incorporate advertising. Following deals with publishing giants Sony/ATV and BMG, SoundCloud has started incorporating advertising as part of its ongoing licensing negotiations with record labels, artists, publishers and distributors. It will be possible to earn royalties for the first time via the streaming service. SoundCloud explain the development here.
Celebrating 10 years of Beatport in key stats. Who’s sold the most records on Beatport since its inception a decade ago? And what’s Beatport’s best-selling genre? Get the answers to these questions and more in a new industry-insider feature celebrating 10 years of Beatport here. (more…)
This week’s top mixes include Move D B2B Optimo, Joyride’s UKG selection, Maxmillion Dunbar’s ‘Unwind Flex’ and JJ’s Dummy Mix.
FADER Mix: DJ Slimzee. “Just like proper, original garage, rare ones you don’t hear a lot. Tunes that are personal to me, tunes I used to play years ago in my bedroom before grime got big and that.” DJ Slimzee, one of the founding fathers of grime, co-founder of RinseFM and resident DJ on NTS Radio goes back to his UK garage roots in this FADER mix. Stream and download above, track listing and interview here.
Build a Daft Punk helmet, a guide to London sound systems, Aphex Twin readies new album and Marcel Dettmann on being a good DJ.
Build A Daft Punk Helmet. Engineer Charles Bergeron documented his project creating mock versions of Daft Punk’s iconic helmets on Github, so it’s free to try and replicate for anyone with some spare NeoPixel LEDs and a soldering iron. For those less technically inclined, the helmet will be for sale on Etsy for a heavy $2300, starting in September. Check out the video above.
Aphex Twin Readies New Album Syro. Aphex Twin announced his first new album release since 2001 on the deep web, following a blimp over East London with his logo and text reading “2014″ and a stencil on the pavement outside Radio City in NYC. Track listing and cover art can be found here. (more…)
This week’s top mixes include Mumdance’s Rinse FM residency launch, DJ Harvey’s Old Testament mix and Goldie’s ‘Masterpiece’.
Mumdance Launches Rinse FM residency. Mumdance launches his brand new show on RinseFM‘s podcast with a typically supreme selection blending techno and grime. The show will air on the second Monday of each month. Stream and download above.
DJ Harvey’s Old Testament mix. Revisiting a psych-leaning, import-only set that’s “as rare as unicorn pee” in this SoundCloud reissue of cult club icon DJ Harvey‘s Old Testamentmix, which was originally released in 2011 as part of a New Year’s Eve celebration in Japan. Stream it here.
Juno Plus Podcast 93: Semtek. Don’t Be Afraid label head Semtek reflects his diverse taste by contributing a finely mixed selection of new and old tracks from the depths of his collection to Juno’s podcast series. Stream and download above, interview and track listing here.
Goldie’s ‘Masterpiece’. Broken down into 3 mixes entitled The Alpha, Journeyman and Headzville, Goldie takes us on a journey from early inspirations through to drum and bass classics, and to the future with a showcase of producers signed to his label Metalheadz, including dBridge, Commix, Jubei and more. Stream above.
Ben UFO & Joey Anderson Sets @ Dekmantel. The live recordings from Hessle Audio founder and DJ Ben UFO‘s first couple of hours playing the Selectors stage, and underground house head Joey Anderson playing the UFO tent, both at Amsterdam’s Dekmantel Festival 2014. Stream and download Ben UFO above, Joey Anderson below.
Theo Parrish goes live, iconic Paradise Garage images, a 9-foot TR-909, and is laughing gas a laughing matter?
Theo Parrish Goes Live. Focusing mainly on the topics of live performance and growing as an artist, alongside footage of his live act, Theo Parrish reveals all in Electronic Beats’ latest Slices feature. Watch above and check out our hour-long video of Theo’s session at London Electronic Music Event here.
Iconic Paradise Garage Images. The head of One Records, Adam Shelton’s Paradise Garage Pinterest board is a collection of artful and historical photographs, leaflets and artwork from the iconic New York club’s heyday. Find it here.
Is the growth in nitrous oxide misuse a laughing matter? ‘Laughing gas’ is legal and relatively low risk, so why are the dealers so circumspect, and London’s local councillors determined to get it off the streets? Find out in the Guardian‘s article.
The Brazilian Businessman Buying Up the World’s Vinyl. Zero Freitas is a wealthy businessman who, since he was a child, has been unable to stop buying records. “I’ve gone to therapy for 40 years to try to explain this to myself.” The New York Times’ feature here.
A 9ft TR-909. Initial sound check video footage from Edinburgh-based audiovisual team RAY’s gigantic 9ft TR-909 drum machine. Watch above.
Steve Aoki: To Cake or Not To Cake. “When I perform, I don’t think about the haters, the Internet trolls, or anyone else. I care about giving the person in front of me something they won’t forget.” EDM superstar Steve Aoki speaks on the controversy around his stage shows, which typically feature cakes, rafts and champagne… Here.
Can Ibiza get the party restarted? With Vegas hoovering up superstar DJs and Croatia’s festivals providing a cheap alternative, promoters on the island are branching out to remain relevant. Find out more in the Guardian‘s report.
This week’s top mixes include Parris Mitchell in session, Luke Abbott on RA, JJ’s FADER Mix and DIS Magazine on RinseFM.
Parris Mitchell in Session. Chicago’s Parris Mitchell (aka Victor Romeo and Rhythm II Rhythm) created and released numerous groundbreaking ghetto house tracks with the legendary Dance Mania Records. Stream his Mixmag session above, track listing here.
Numbers x RinseFM: M Gun & Semtek. We’re late on this one but it’s too good to miss. Numbers‘ special guest mix on RinseFM features techno from Detroit’s M Gun and Don’t Be Afraid label boss Semtek. Stream and download above.
Luke Abbott on RA. Border Community artist and modular synth maestro Luke Abbott isn’t a DJ, but that hasn’t stopped him creating a strikingly beautiful podcast for RA, which blends his influences with some of his like-minded contemporaries. Stream, download and interview here.
Appleblim XLR8′s. Co-founder of Skull Disco alongside Shackleton and Apple Pips label head, Bristol’s Appleblim (a.k.a. Laurie Osborne) is enlisted for the XLR8R podcast series. Stream, download and track listing here.
JJ‘s FADER Mix. The enigmatic Swedish duo JJ call on emotive jams from Future, Juicy J, Air France, and a couple of their own unreleased tracks to evoke the feelings that currently occupy their collective headspace (“friends, summer, love, celebration,” as they describe it). Stream and download above, track listing and interview here.
DIS Magazine on RinseFM. Hosted by Finn Diesel, featuring SOPHIE and PC Music‘s Danny L Harle alongside Berlin producer Soda Plains, DIS Magazine’s RinseFM podcast includes a remix of Will Smith’s ‘Miami’ and the b-side of SOPHIE’s new single. Stream and download above.
The Making of Marshall Jefferson, introducing Reason 8, back to the Phuture and Radio 4 listeners horrified by dance music.
Interview: Mr Doepfer, king of Eurorack. SonicState interviewed the head of Doepfer, who are well known for their synth modules and for introducing the world to the Eurorack modular synth system. Watch the video above.
Porter Robinson Conquered EDM, and Now He Wants More. The Fader trace the narrative of one of American dance music’s brightest young stars, who has opened for superstar DJs including Skrillex, Deadmau5 and Tiesto and holds a monthly residency at the Marquee, America’s highest-grossing club. Read the biography here.