May 17, 2013
Native Instrument may have a loyal DJ following, with all of the DJ gear they produce for DJs and turntablists, as well as controllerists. But they have not lost touch with their software production side, and all that they have worked to produce in the time that they have been around. Their Maschine was sort of a tipping point on their controller side where they were able to blend both talents in a way that had not been explored by any other software or controller company. Ableton was close behind on their tails, but they still have not achieved the same reception.
Native Instrument is not the same powerhouse as Ableton, it is much simpler to use – but the amount of instruments that NI packs with their gears is nothing to be scoffed at either. Their Raw Voltage Maschine Expansion adds packs of audio clips that are meant to …
December 19, 2012
Native Instruments certainly has more to offer to producers and DJs than your standard gear company. They’ve only been producing mixers for less than a year so far – before they even had a stronghold over the DJ market they were doing what they had known until then, producing software. Just because they’ve produced some of the most innovate controller solutions for DJs out there, they haven’t ignored those on the production software side of things. They’ve actually taken it a step further, by trying to blend the transition between producer and DJ, allowing each to take elements from each other.
The Kontrol F1 is one of those gorgeous looking pieces of hardware that is, unfortunately, only good for those using Traktor’s remix decks. While this a is a blow to Serato DJs, it makes the suggestion that perhaps Traktor should be taken more seriously as a production tool, rather …