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Just Sounds: NI Maschine Controls Hardware Synths

Just Sounds: Native Instruments Maschine Controls Hardware Synths

Something that is little known and doesn’t seem to receive the attention it should (at least in my opinion anyway) is Maschine’s ability to control hardware synths right from the controller. Native Instruments has created stacks of presets from different synth manufactures all with pre-mapped

Tutorial: Using Ableton Live and Push to Control External Synths Via MIDI

In early September, the Noisegate team went to the BIGSOUND festival/conference in Brisbane to host music-making workshops with Ableton Live. In my ‘Push New Ideas’ presentation, I demo’d a performance setup using Push 2, that was controlling external hardware synths and drum machines (see video below).

Time Flies Maschine 10 years

Time Flies When You’re Making Beats – 10 Years of Maschine

Since its inception, Native Instruments’ Maschine has been one of the foremost hybrid hardware/software music production systems, designed to harness the power of your laptop through a dedicated controller. Providing far more functionality than simply finger-drumming, Maschine’s 16 coloured pads have become iconic, and featured

AKG Vocal Comparison – with Emily Williams

AKG Microphones: Vocal Sound Comparisons with Singer Emily Williams

It can be tricky finding comprehensive comparison videos of microphones. Luckily, we recently had the pleasure of having soul/urban diva Emily Williams pop into the Noisegate studio to do an exclusive microphone shoot out of a hand-picked selection of AKG microphones. For a little historical