Native Instruments has kept the bar rolling for 25 years straight, leading and following the music tech space with equal prowess. If it wasn’t for NI, production software and hardware probably wouldn’t be where it is today. Yes, NI isn’t quite as astonishingly innovative as it once was (though it’s no slouch) and it sure is taking its sweet time working out how to place and evolve its vast software catalog in the subscription realm.
Regardless, I’m sure the wait will be worthwhile. Native Instruments is a household name with products I personally love and enjoy. I’m sure everyone into music production (electronic music, in particular) has their NI sentiments and stories to share. Me, my first proper venture in production was buying KOMPLETE 10, an S25 mK1 controller (which I still find astonishing and regret selling), and a used Maschine MK1 – then going to producer town. I ended up with a dodgy industrial rap record that, unfortunately, only its creator can really comprehend. But that record had to come out of me at the time, no matter in what shape or form. Five years later, I feel the same urge to create, but the game plan is a lot different.
In the meantime, the Berlin household is celebrating the delightful occasion with a limited selection of choice KOMPLETE, MASCHINE, and TRAKTOR hardware in Vapor Gray and Ultraviolet finishes. Check them out below and hurry up if you like what you see, because these are “strictly limited”:
Additionally, NI released a rad-looking instrument for its free Kontakt Player software – Twenty Five. The aptly named gift is a “time capsule” of sounds taken from 25 years of NI product history. You can mix and match sounds from the likes of Generator, Absynth, Massive, and Kontakt classics for a throwback like no other. NI is also having a production contest over at Metapop, the NI creator community – check it out here.