2018 was a big year at Native Instruments: Sounds.com was launched; TRAKTOR returned with new hardware and software; we released a new line of keyboards – the A-Series; a third generation MASCHINE MIKRO; new Expansions, instruments, effects; and much, much more.
All of this was made with one aim: Helping you express your musical ideas – whether at the start of your journey, a seasoned pro, or somewhere in between. And to kick off 2019, we’ve got even more exciting announcements to share.
We’re back at the NAMM Show with new products and updates: A new bite-sized keyboard that’s every bit as fun and easy-to-use as it is affordable; two new audio interfaces; a new TRAKTOR DJ 2 app that makes mixing and sharing music with your friends easier than ever; KOMPLETE START – a new collection of sounds, instruments, and effects that’s 100% free; and new software integration that puts millions of loops and samples from Sounds.com at your fingertips.
Our KOMPLETE production suites have long been the go-to for artist and producers. Now we’re introducing a new free tier, meaning that absolutely everyone can get a taste of the sound and experience of KOMPLETE. As can be guessed from the name, KOMPLETE START is all about getting started on your music making journey – and it’s coming in February.
Kicking off two new hardware releases is the KOMPLETE KONTROL M32. Building on the success of the S-Series and A-Series, the M32 brings full NKS control, Smart Play, and other helpful features into the smallest, most portable, most affordable keyboard controller we’ve ever made. With all the software you need to make music included, it’s perfect if you’re short on space or time, but not short on inspiration.
Keeping with this theme is our new generation of audio interfaces, KOMPLETE AUDIO 1 and 2. They offer an easy way to capture vocals, instruments, and just about anything else in two channels of pristine audio. They also come with all the software needed to record, create, and finish projects – whether it’s a song, a podcast, or something else entirely.
Scheduled to drop later this spring, TRAKTOR DJ 2 is an app designed for both iPad and desktop, and for use with the TRAKTOR KONTROL S2 controller – perfect for sharing music at house parties with friends. New SoundCloud Go+ integration puts a near-endless collection of music at your fingertips, so you’re never short of tracks to keep your friends moving in those back-to-back sessions.
Our loops and samples platform Sounds.com has seen rapid development throughout the past year. New artist collaborations including Diplo, Junkie XL, Robot Koch, Kid Capri, and more; a widespread roll-out to new territories; and over one million samples and loops added to the library. Plus, with Collections, you can explore over 200+ curated playlists of sounds – or create and share your own.
What’s more, from February we’re introducing Sounds.com integration for our MASCHINE and KOMPLETE KONTROL software, bringing all that inspiration directly into any music making workflow. This means you’ll be able to browse Sounds.com online and – with a single click – sync the samples you want to use with the software. What’s more, these samples and loops now come NKS-ready, meaning they’re all intuitively tagged so you can quickly locate the type of sound you want.
Native Kontrol Standard (NKS) is the standard that connects our keyboards and hardware to hundreds of software instruments and effects – and now, loops and samples. That means your sounds, instruments, and effects are all right where you need them: at your fingertips.
Through NKS, we’re collaborating across the industry to connect tools and platforms together in a way that makes music creation a better experience for everyone. With the forthcoming 2.1 update to KOMPLETE KONTROL, for example, you’ll also get hands-on control of all these plug-ins via any MIDI-capable controller – no matter who makes it.
“It’s only through this kind of collaborative approach that the landscape of music making can be transformed,” explains Mate Galic, Chief Innovation Officer at Native Instruments. “We want to see tools and platforms connected together in a way that will empower creators everywhere. It’s a vision that we’re determined to make a reality.”
Reflecting on the new releases, Daniel Haver, CEO and co-founder of Native Instruments adds, “We want to remove as many barriers to making music as possible. Last year, we established this with our biggest ever announcement of products and platform updates designed to make music a better, more intuitive experience. We’re just as excited about these new announcements that we’re sharing today, which push this aim forward another big step.”
Explore all of the new products and updates at our announcement page.