Native Instruments Kontrol Z1: Unbeatable Precision

Having caught our attention with its recently released Traktor DJ app (free for a limited time), Native Instruments today released the world’s smallest professional mixer and audio interface, the Kontrol Z1. The new controller takes the company’s new app and transforms it into a professional DJ system combining the best of a touchscreen with the … Continue reading Native Instruments Kontrol Z1: Unbeatable Precision

Traktor Kontrol F1: Live looping and sampling on the fly

As Electronic music finally penetrates American mass culture 20 years after it reached European Shores – music hardware sales are rocketing with the advent of digital mixing. Digital mixing isn’t anything knew as there are a plethora of programs and software solutions, which makes the laborious task of beat matching as simple as making a … Continue reading Traktor Kontrol F1: Live looping and sampling on the fly

The Best of NAMM: Beats, beats and more beats

If you know your oscillators from your saw waves then you’ll probably know that last week NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) took place in California at the Anaheim Convention Center. NAMM is the largest music product trade show in the world. It’s essentially CES for music, and this year was a record year for … Continue reading The Best of NAMM: Beats, beats and more beats

iMaschine: A pocket MPC

It’s an MPC in your pocket! If that sentence doesn’t excite you then I’m guessing you’ve not had to lug one of Akai’s legendary beatmaking devices across town in a backpack. We’ve already mentioned Native Instruments’ impressive feat of cramming years of beat-making goodness into the now classic Maschine, then squeezing things even further into … Continue reading iMaschine: A pocket MPC

Native Instruments KONTROL S2: DJing on a diet

DJing is a lot lot more than “playing someone else’s records and looking cool in front of a crowd” although admittedly that is a large part of it. Continued innovation in the field has turned DJing into an artform in its own right and it’s very hard to argue with the stance that the turntable … Continue reading Native Instruments KONTROL S2: DJing on a diet

Native Instruments lower barriers to beat making with MASCHINE MIKRO

Like laying down beats? I know I do. One of the classic pieces of kit for beat freaks is an Akai MPC, a wonderful machine that “got out of the way” and let you focus on machine music. Whilst it’s perfectly possible to make lots of wild and interesting music on a range of devices, … Continue reading Native Instruments lower barriers to beat making with MASCHINE MIKRO