Native Instruments – known fondly as NI to producers, engineers, songwriters, arrangers and DJs – is responsible for some of the most loved and used sequencing, sample and plug-in software and accompanying controller hardware on the planet.
The Maschine series of sequencing, sampling, multi-FX rigs, for instance, has practically become a brand in its own right, providing users with anything from large-scale setups like the original Maschine hardware all the way down to the tiny, portable Maschine Mikro. Endless rotary knobs and high-sensitivity pads allow you to create in fluid, organic style.
In the same vein, Native Instruments’ Traktor Kontrol systems have been designed to allow DJs supreme, dedicated control over Trakor software and other digital vinyl systems. Cues, loops and effects can be triggered and edited at the touch of one of many assignable buttons, and the likes of the Traktor Kontrol X1 can be integrated into any combination of DJ hardware and software.
The Traktor software itself has long been the favourite of a huge number of digital DJs who are keen to make the most of digital manipulation without compromising compatibility with their physical decks. A huge range of controllers have since been produced, both in compact formats and in full digital vinyl systems like the mighty Traktor Kontrol S4.
NI’s infamous Komplete software bundles have long strived to provide producers with must-have miscellanies of cutting-edge plug-ins and instruments. Most recent incarnation Komplete 8 is packed to the brim with go-to software, including the fantastic Studio Drummer – which features three kits and 3,500 grooves – as well as old favourites Absynth, Massive and more besides.
With such an influence on the production world, it’s no surprise that Native Instruments has a hand in audio interfaces too – the Komplete Audio 6 has an easy-use control system perfect for songwriters, beginner engineers and students. They’ll doubtless quickly find themselves immersed in the huge range of pro audio, DJ and guitar hardware and software that NI has truly made its own.