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Now you can upgrade OS X on your mac and not knock out your Native Instruments products in the process.
Please note that the compatibility issues connected with Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan are now resolved.
The latest OS X 10.11.1 update fixes the issue where Native Instruments Audio Units plug-ins did not pass the AU validation and therefore were not available in Logic Pro X.
New drivers are also available that fix the issues experienced by users of MASCHINE (MK1), RIG KONTROL 3, and older TRAKTOR hardware.
For more information, please read this Knowledge Base article.
One of the greatest keyboard players and multi-instrumentalists of our generation, Morris 'Mo' Pleasure is in constant demand from some of the world's biggest musical names. When Michael Jackson put his band together for his This Is It tour, Mo's name was top of the list. Tragically, that band never got to play the This Is It show, but they can be seen on the This Is It Blu Ray and DVD released after the superstar's untimely death.
We're delighted that Mo will be instore this December. As well as playing songs from This Is It, Mo will also talk about the production of the show and about Michael Jackson's vocal percussion techniques. As a long-time Yamaha Motif Synthesizer player, this is un-missable event both for Yamaha Motif players and fans of Michael Jackson.
Tickets will go fast - Book Here:
Yamaha is pleased to announce the Autumn release of the newest model of the EMX Series powered mixers, the EMX2. The new model is built around the concept of giving users with little to no experience with live sound reinforcement a compact, yet versatile tool to configure and operate their own sound system with a minimum of setup and connections.
Since the introduction of the EMX212S, EMX312S, and the EMX512SC, each model of the EMX lineup continues to provide users with an integrated, portable unit a mixer to combine and balance your microphone, instrument and line sources, effects and EQ to refine and polish your sound, and power to drive the main speakers and even monitor speakers. The new EMX2 expands on the established design concept of the series, with an updated look and interface, and versatile features to accommodate a wider range of applications.
Because the EMX2 is both a mixer and a power amplifier, only speakers and mics are required to have a fully functioning sound system, making it ideal for first time users or people with limited live audio experience. The unit'sdimensions (37.5cmx22cmx15cm / 14.8" × 5.8" × 8.7") are modest despite being an all-in-one powered mixer, making it easy to fit along with speakers even in the trunk of a small car. The lightweight body also features handles for more convenient transport and additional portability.
For connectivity, the EMX2 allows you to use up to 4 microphones for singing along with musical instruments, or speaking/ making announcements along with BGM or recorded audio from a portable playback device. It also comes equipped with Phantom Power and high-impedance input capability for use with high-performance condenser microphones or connecting guitars directly without any external gear. And because the EMX2 is also an amplifier, users can easily connect passive speakers or add a Yamaha DXS Series Powered sub-woofer via a single connection, for configuring a PA system that requires a more prominent bass performance.
For sound-shaping and more precise control of a mix, the EMX2 also features four reverb algorithms (HALL,PLATE, ROOM, and ECHO)using a single knob to easily select and control the depth, a 1-Knob Master EQ™that lets users apply and adjust optimized EQ settings with the simple turn of a knob ( SPEECH, MUSIC, and BASS BOOST), as well as an onboard Feedback Suppressor that utilizes a unique Yamaha digital technology to instantly eliminate annoying feedback with the single switch of a button.
Up to 1000 guitar students are preparing to welcome one of the UK’s foremost rock guitarists who in a career spanning 20 years has sold over 5 million records and toured the world 7 times over, including headlining Glastonbury.
From Monday 9th to Friday 13th November Yamaha, is visiting 11 locations nationwide comprising Yamaha Music schools that teach Yamaha’s highly acclaimed Guitar Encounters course and education partners including music hubs, schools, colleges and universities.
Guitar students from Key Stage 2 to undergraduate level, as well as adult learners, are set to benefit from a unique lesson and insight into the music industry from Ace - the guitarist, writer and co-founder of iconic British rock band, Skunk Anansie, who is swapping stage and studio for classroom, to inspire the next generation of musicians.
Throughout the tour Ace will be playing Yamaha’s SG electric and APX electro-acoustic guitars.
Currently Head of Creative Industry for The Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, Ace is a renowned music educator who co-wrote and taught the BA Hons Live Performance and A&R modules at the acclaimed Brighton Institute of Modern Music. He holds a Master of Arts qualification in Media and Project Management based in music education from London Middlesex University and operates his own London schools incorporating the ‘Ace Method’ of guitar tuition.
Yamaha have been working with Ace since organising the Under 19 section of Parliament’s ‘Rock the House’ competition to showcase the UK’s best new musical talent, of which Ace is a patron.
Ace states, “It's always amazing to be working with Yamaha sharing the passion for, and inspiring young musicians through their schools and programmes. Also working together with such prestigious events as Rock the House in Parliament and within Higher Education at the acclaimed Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) is an honour and a pleasure!”
Berlin, November 03, 2015 – Native Instruments today introduced SYMPHONY SERIES – STRING ENSEMBLE, delivering best-in-class recordings of a 60-piece string orchestra. The production-ready sound of STRING ENSEMBLE is controlled with an interface designed for fast scoring.
The detailed recordings provide one-of-a-kind scoring features not found in other orchestral string instruments, providing professional film, gaming, and commercial scoring composers with the highest possible quality. The second in NI's growing range of SYMPHONY SERIES of premium orchestral scoring instruments, STRING ENSEMBLE is available at the NI Online Shop for $499 / 499 € / ¥ 62,800 / £429 / $AU699 and runs in KONTAKT 5 or the latest version of the free KONTAKT 5 PLAYER.
SYMPHONY SERIES – STRING ENSEMBLE provides the sound of a full 60-piece string ensemble and was recorded in collaboration with top software string instrument developer Audiobro. There are separate instruments for violins, violas, cellos and basses as well as an instrument for the full ensemble.
A comprehensive list of long and short articulations, including sordinos, trills, staccatos and octave runs, were recorded in exceptional detail with separate half sections to ensure True Divisi. STRING ENSEMBLE provides four stereo mixes – close, mid, far, and stereo – with dynamic loading for maximum efficiency. Special attention was given to the close mic mixes to deliver unsurpassed sound even when soloed – a significant achievement for a string library. Furthermore, volume, pan and output routing for each position load individually, allowing a greater degree of control over the final mix.
This latest evolution of the popular JUNO series delivers many enhancements over previous generations, including improved pianos, additional organ sounds, waveform expansion capability, Phrase Pads, new vocal effects and more. Along with a 61-key model, the JUNO-DS is also available in a weighted-action version with 88 keys to complement the expressive new piano sounds.
Relied on by players around the world, Roland’s JUNO synths are known for their high-quality sounds, intuitive operation, portability and exceptional value. The JUNO-DS takes the iconic series to a new level, offering many feature updates for performing keyboardists. Lightweight and mobile, the instrument is packed with great Roland sounds for any musical style. And with battery or AC operation, users have the flexibility to play anywhere their music takes them.
Many stage players rely on pianos and organs more than any other sounds. The JUNO-DS acoustic and electric pianos have been newly enhanced with improved sound and response, and the selection of organs has been increased. The 1000-plus sound set from the previous-generation JUNO-Di is included as well, and patches from that keyboard are fully compatible with the JUNO-DS.
To complement its onboard sounds, the JUNO-DS supports internal waveform expansion via USB for unlimited tonal range. Over 1000 EXP sounds are available for free download at Roland’s Axial website, including top-quality acoustic piano collections, world instruments, percussion, loops and more. In addition, users can load in WAV sounds from their personal library and play them from the keyboard.
Arturia V Collection 4 now NKS-ready and 50% off until Nov. 15 exclusively at NI webshop
Berlin, October 27, 2015 – Native Instruments today released a number of new advancements to their KOMPLETE KONTROL product family. Version 1.5 of the KOMPLETE KONTROL software adds the new Native Kontrol Standard®, as well as VST support, and comes as a free update. To mark this new level of integration, Native Instruments have partnered with Arturia to offer special pricing on the V Collection – their acclaimed bundle of 13 classic vintage synths now updated as NKS plug-ins. Until November 15, 2015, The Arturia V Collection is exclusively available at the NI Online Shop for $199 / €199 / ¥24,500 / £144 / AU$ 269. Finally, the flagship, 88-note hammer-action KOMPLETE KONTROL S88 is now available online and in retailers worldwide for $999 / €999 / £729 / ¥119800 / AU$ 1399.
"Integration has been at the center of the Native Instruments' philosophy since we introduced our first fully integrated software/hardware solutions over a decade ago," says Native Instruments CEO Daniel Haver. "With the release of the Native Kontrol Standard, we're moving this vision of true integration a bold leap forward. Now, the power of KOMPLETE KONTROL and MASCHINE is open to the whole community of software instrument developers. And we are honored that highly respected partners at Arturia and other leading instrument manufacturers are travelling this road with us."
"It is a real pleasure to partner with Native Instruments on this exceptional promotion around the V Collection," says Frédéric Brun, CEO of Arturia. "NKS, as a new format, is more than promising and will serve musicians by offering a standard in integration between software instruments and controllers. We all understand our customers want to build solutions of their own, taking what they consider the best, or the most interesting, from each brand. Let's help them!"
Today marks the release of the Native Kontrol Standard (NKS) – NI's extended plug-in format allowing third-party instrument developers to directly address hardware features in KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series and in MASCHINE. NKS instruments organically appear in the Native Browser with all presets readily tagged, offer sensible parameter assignments via Native Map, and make use of the Light Guide to display key switches and sample assignments. NKS also brings Smart Play features to third-party instruments, allowing detailed access to the touch strips, scale mapping, Chord Sets, and the powerful arpeggiator. Notable partners releasing free updates for the NKS format include Arturia, u-he, Output, Heavyocity, and Spitfire Audio. See below for the current list of NKS partners.
KOMPLETE KONTROL 1.5 also introduces VST compatibility, allowing producers to play and control VST instruments without changing to MIDI mode. A new 'Control Panel' allows producers to intuitively customize parameter mappings for specific use cases – even across multiple pages.
KOMPLETE KONTROL S88 provides a truly 'piano-like' playing experience thanks to a premium keybed from Fatar, featuring fully-weighted, hammer-action keys and superior aftertouch. The keyboard is also equipped with the same controls and advanced features as the other S-Series keyboards such as Smart Play and Light Guide.
Starting today, the following instrument developers are releasing free updated versions of their instruments to be NKS compatible.
• Spitfire Audio
• Sonic Faction
• Orange Tree Samples
Simon Edgoose hits the road with Yamaha’s Award winning Electronic drum kits.
Yamaha Music Europe (UK) are proud to announce a series of events demonstrating Yamaha’s award winning electronic drum range and showcasing the new products for 2015.
Led by Yamaha UK’s DTX Demonstrator Simon Edgoose, these intimate sessions are aimed to provide an overview the full potential of Yamaha’s DTX electronic drum range including the new DTX582 kit, DTXM-12 Multi Pad drum machine and the amazing App’s for iOS devices.
During the 1 hour sessions Simon will highlight all of the new features with some explosive performances and inspirational advice, then hands on sessions are available with personal 1-2-1 advice from Simon. These sessions are suitable for all levels of drummers, those who already play Yamaha or those who do not, those who are already use electronic drums or those who are considering.
Booking space to this event is essential, to secure your place call the store number attached to the location you want to attend.
Simon has been playing professionally since he moved to London at 18, working in many different areas of the music industry from being a member of various signed bands, a first call session player or offering technical support for some of the biggest drummers around. A self-confessed geek, Simon is highly experienced in electronic percussion and as such has been involved with Yamaha’s R&D team in London supporting many new product designs and creating voice content exclusively for Yamaha and offering technical support.
Whether its recording, playing live, or programming Simon Edgoose does it all.
At the heart of the new DTX502 Series is the all-new, redesigned, re-engineered, and re-voiced DTX502 Drum Trigger Module, which delivers brand new rock, jazz and electronic kits and include real Yamaha Acoustic Drum Samples. USB connectivity further extends the creative options of the DTX allowing them to be easily interfaced with computers, APPS and its internal memory can store samples or songs from Yamaha Music Soft. Complementing the DTX502 series are the pads themselves either the revolutionary DTX Pads or the newly designed rubber pads both providing a soft feel and wider dynamic range. They offer realistic touch, feel and 'bounce' for a true acoustic playing experience.
Native Instruments today announced a number of new developments to their KOMPLETE KONTROL product family – the integrated production system based on the S-Series keyboards. Version 1.5 of the KOMPLETE KONTROL software adds Native Kontrol Standard™, an extended plug-in format allowing third-party instruments to achieve the same deep integration previously only reserved for KOMPLETE Instruments.
VST support lets KOMPLETE KONTROL owners load and play their entire software instrument collection. And KOMPLETE KONTROL S88 is a new keyboard for composers, performers, and pianists with 88 fully weighted, hammer-action keys. The KOMPLETE KONTROL 1.5 software update and KOMPLETE KONTROL S88 will be available on October 27, 2015.
KOMPLETE KONTROL 1.5 offers a major development in Native Kontrol Standard (NKS) – an extended plug-in format that opens up the KOMPLETE KONTROL system. NKS allows VST and KONTAKT instrument developers to integrate their plug-ins with KOMPLETE KONTROL and MASCHINE hardware and software at the same deep level as KOMPLETE Instruments.
Instrument developers can use Native Map to create detailed parameter mappings for the eight controller knobs on the S-Series keyboards or MASCHINE. NKS instruments can also access the Light Guide, so that third-party instruments can display key switches and sample assignments, for example. NKS also allows plug-ins to access the Smart Play features in the KOMPLETE KONTROL software – including the touch strips, scale mapping, Chord Sets, and the powerful arpeggiator.
Users of the MX49/61 Music Synthesizer pay attention please: Get 100 brand new Voices and 32 Performances for your instrument for free!
"Live Instruments“ is a selection of instruments that especially keyboardists in bands require regularly for their work on stage. It was produced by EASY SOUNDS for Yamaha Music Europe and contains a high-quality collection of sounds of the categories piano, electric piano, clavinet, organ, mellotron, strings, brass section, and synth.
The 32 Performances are prepared with useful split/layer combinations and allow a fast and simple switching between Voices.