Native Instruments drops new Maschine expansion, Kontakt instrument and the chance to win keyboards

November is here and Native Instruments drops software releases like golden leaves from autumn trees.

Please find more details about our new Maschine Expansion called "Midnight Sunset", our Metapop competition and the new Kontakt instrument "Mallet Flux" below.

November 6, 2018 - Berlin

Today Native Instruments releases MIDNIGHT SUNSET, a new Expansion focusing on late-’70s and early-’80s funk, R&B, and boogie.

MIDNIGHT SUNSET turns back the clock to the close of the ‘70s and the dawn of ‘80s, when new drum machines and synthesizers began appearing in studios. Disco, R&B, and soul had ruled the dancefloors of the last decade. Now musicians were embracing new technology, mixing live instrumentation with drum machines and analog synths to create an irresistible blend of warm textures and cool rhythms. MIDNIGHT SUNSET melts down a sound made famous by SOLAR Records, (Dynasty, The Whispers) as well as artists like Prince and Rick James – a sound that influenced music well beyond the decade and later into ‘90s West Coast hip-hop. MIDNIGHT SUNSET contains original recordings of horns, guitars, bass, and more, coming as one shots and loops for any DAW, and Sample Instruments for MASCHINE. The sound of iconic drum machines from the period can be found in kits for BATTERY and MASCHINE – perfect for building slapping early-’80s rhythms. Analog-inspired synth presets for MASSIVE, MONARK, and REAKTOR PRISM let producers dial in distinctive, vintage tones suitable for any style of music.

MIDNIGHT SUNSET joins a range of over 50 Expansions. Based on the acclaimed MASCHINE Expansions series, these genre-focused sound packs contain everything a musician needs to create a full track in a specific style, and can be used in any DAW. For everything on Expansions, head to

Pricing and availability MIDNIGHT SUNSET is available now exclusively at the NI Online Shop for $49 / 49 € / £44 / ¥ 6,280 / AU$ 79.

November 7, 2018 - Berlin

Download hand-picked loops and samples from the LAZER DICE Expansion pack, add your creativity, and mix it all together for a chance to win a serious selection of NI prizes.

Grand prize includes KOMPLETE KONTROL A61, KOMPLETE 12 ULTIMATE, three Expansions of your choice, and more. Competition closes December 5, 2018.


The fun doesn’t stop there for Expansions. There’s a lot more where that came from. Explore a wide range of genre-specific presets, drum kits, one-shots, samples, and loops – perfect for using with your keyboard, MASCHINE, and favorite DAW.


Terms and conditions
For this competition, the regular terms and conditions from metapop apply. These can be found here from November 7 on.

To be eligible to win, your submissions must be at least one minute long and use sounds from the Lazer Dice sound pack, available as a free download from metapop. Content that uses material to which you don't own rights (including rights granted to collection societies) will be discredited.

November 8, 2018 - Berlin

Native Instruments today releases MALLET FLUX, a new KONTAKT instrument that enables users to instantly produce intricate sequences based on tonal mallet percussion, including glockenspiel, celesta, xylophone, vibraphone, and marimba. MALLET FLUX features an innovative sequencer and playing engine that helps generate ideas fast, turning the simplest drafts into evocative arrangements for soundtracks, scores, and more.

MALLET FLUX helps composers, producers, and other musicians start creating right away. Users can begin with 270 predesigned arpeggios, sequences, and single hits in multi-instrument arrangements. These presets can be fully modified to produce completely new patterns. Users can also take advantage of innovative Flux Engine pattern automation to create complex rhythmic phrases and arrangements by playing simple chords.

With intuitive mixing controls, MALLET FLUX lets users adjust the balance of instruments and add effects, including enhanced effects introduced with KONTAKT 6. MALLET FLUX also offers new high-quality room, hall, and plate reverbs that allow users to place instruments in a variety of sonic spaces. Through complex multi-effect chains, users can transform acoustic tuned percussion sounds into cinematic pads, drones, and other unique tones.

MALLET FLUX draws from pristine recordings of mallet percussion instruments, captured in a high-quality studio by the sampling experts at SONUSCORE. This award-winning team has worked on more than 2,000 projects in the video game, TV, and film industry.

Pricing and availability
MALLET FLUX runs in KONTAKT 6 and the free KONTAKT 6 PLAYER, and is available now at the NI Online Shop for [199€, $199, £159, 24800¥].

For more information, visit http://www.native from November 8 on.

About Native Instruments

Native Instruments is the industry leader in innovative, software, hardware and digital services for music creation, production, and DJing. Founded in 1996, the company pioneered the application of real-time sound synthesis on standard computers.

Today, NI caters to producers, performers, and DJs with a comprehensive ecosystem of connected hardware and software systems: KOMPLETE, the industry-leading collection of virtual instruments and effects, complemented by a range of keyboard controllers and audio interfaces; MASCHINE, a powerful range of beat-making instruments now at the heart of hip-hop and electronic music communities; and TRAKTOR, the first DJ software to conquer the club, and now a range of integrated controllers that powerhouse parties, club booths, and the world’s biggest stages.

In 2018, Native Instruments launched, a market-leading online subscription platform for loops and samples that also creates new revenue and promotion opportunities for individuals, brands, and business across the music industry. Along with recent acquisitions of Metapop and The Loop Loft, these three online platforms further enhance NI’s ecosystem for music creation and community.

Based in the heart of the German capital’s creative hub, the company currently employs more than 500 people in its seven offices in Berlin, Los Angeles, Tokyo, London, Toronto, Paris, and Shenzhen, and works closely with more than 40 international distribution partners to ensure its future growth and success.

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