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KVRer
19 posts since 18 May, 2010

Post Sat Mar 06, 2021 10:51 am

The Native Instruments 9 for $99 Maschine Expansions/Samples/Synth presets deal expires March 10th.

The "big difference" is that you can select 9 expansions from ANY of the 40 or so expansions (instead of a pre-made bundle from NI).

https://www.native-instruments.com/en/c ... 9-special/

I have the original two "9 for $99" deals NI did in, I think, 2015 and 2017.

It looks as though NI has released about 20+ new Maschine 'expansions' since then.

Any opinion on these newer expansions? Must haves, genre specific goodies/baddies, etc. type comments?

The newest expansions are not included in the sale.

Perhaps this means the 9 (or 8 according to another NI user) will be in Komplete 14?

[EDIT: Update]
Just learned on the NI forum that all of these expansions are in Komplete Ultimate "Collector's Edition" except the following 9 expansions. Per NI forum user ShelLuser:

Electric Vibe
Resonant Blaze
Prospect Haze
Helios Ray
Radiant Horizon
Crystal Daggers
Black Arc
Dark Pressure
Certified Gold (one user stated this EXP is actually in K13)

I stopped NI Komplete Ultimate at 11, so, not sure what included in K12?

NI thread:https://www.native-instruments.com/foru ... ne.449461/
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KVRian
865 posts since 27 Apr, 2012

Post Sat Mar 06, 2021 11:27 am

edit: I can't read
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wfm
KVRer
19 posts since 18 May, 2010

Post Sat Mar 06, 2021 11:52 am

Greenstorm33 wrote:
Sat Mar 06, 2021 11:27 am
How can an expansion be for Komplete 13? I thought they were just samples, Battery 4 kits, MASSIVE patches, and/or Monark patches (none of which require even K12)
I hear you Green!

It seems similar to IK Multimedia's "Total" bundles that don't contain everything such as the company's newest releases.

With NI's various Ultimate 13, Ultimate 13 Komplete and Ultimate 13 "Collector's Edition" it is a lot of brain space to Kompletely Komprehend.

Here is the Komplete 13 "versions" comparison page:
https://www.native-instruments.com/en/p ... n/compare/

ShelLuser on NI did a nice write-up on content, here, YMMV:
https://www.native-instruments.com/foru ... 13.449511/

KVRer
12 posts since 15 Aug, 2020

Post Sat Mar 06, 2021 12:43 pm

I suppose there are two ways of looking at the this.
1.Their current software suite has reached such a maturity that they are now struggling to make meaningful upgrades and are afraid their revenue will dry up. (good news for current users) They may have one or two great new features to add, and rather than getting one last hit of the upgrade money they decided to switch to the subscription model. (not so good)
2. Development and upgrades continue as usual but those who do not want to spend a lump sum have a way of getting the latest and greatest on a subscription basis.

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KVRian
713 posts since 22 Feb, 2014

Post Sat Mar 06, 2021 12:44 pm

wfm wrote:
Sat Mar 06, 2021 10:51 am
[EDIT: Update]
Just learned on the NI forum that all of these expansions are in Komplete Ultimate "Collector's Edition" except the following 9 expansions.
According to this Reddit thread, "Paradise Rinse" should be on that list, too.
https://www.reddit.com/r/NativeInstrume ... ion_owners

There's also a link there to a YouTube video of a reviewer going through some of the expansion demo tracks and making some recommendations. You should see a few other "top" or "best" expansion videos listed on YouTube with recommendations in the comments, as well.

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KVRAF
12333 posts since 22 Nov, 2000 from Southern California

Post Sat Mar 06, 2021 12:58 pm

Lairyboy wrote:
Sat Mar 06, 2021 12:43 pm
I suppose there are two ways of looking at the this.
1.Their current software suite has reached such a maturity that they are now struggling to make meaningful upgrades and are afraid their revenue will dry up. (good news for current users) They may have one or two great new features to add, and rather than getting one last hit of the upgrade money they decided to switch to the subscription model. (not so good)
2. Development and upgrades continue as usual but those who do not want to spend a lump sum have a way of getting the latest and greatest on a subscription basis.
Funny, I couldn't tell at first if you were talking about iZotope or Native Instruments. ;)

Both companies have a lot of room for expansion into vintage emulations. It's a crowded arena but there's still room for improvement.

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KVRian
1342 posts since 14 Apr, 2016 from Germany

Post Sat Mar 06, 2021 1:03 pm

Greenstorm33 wrote:
Sat Mar 06, 2021 11:27 am
How can an expansion be for Komplete 13? I thought they were just samples, Battery 4 kits, MASSIVE patches, and/or Monark patches (none of which require even K12)
The expansion is not for K13 but it can be in the content in K13 or/and K13U or/and K13U GE.
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KVRian
642 posts since 8 Oct, 2019

Post Sat Mar 06, 2021 2:08 pm

Christian_D wrote:
Sat Mar 06, 2021 10:46 am

I guess technically it comes with Nectar which makes sense, since it’s a vocal
Oh yeah definitely Nectar. Meant that.

KVRer
3 posts since 11 Sep, 2019

Post Sun Mar 07, 2021 3:24 am

wfm wrote:
Sat Mar 06, 2021 10:51 am
The Native Instruments 9 for $99 Maschine Expansions/Samples/Synth presets deal expires March 10th.
I took the "18 for $198" deal, i.e. 2 times the deal, as I think 11 Euros for a pack is ok for the quality of these packs. So that's 18 packs I didn't have since K12 Ultimate.
I have stopped at K12U and I'm fairly sure they will again put all of the older ones in the newest Knn Ultimate. I have come to the conclusion that the Ultimate upgrade prices just aren't worth it for the small additions. Ok, I hear you say "you just spent 198 Euros". Sucks to be addicted to deals.

KVRian
898 posts since 24 Jan, 2014

Post Mon Mar 08, 2021 4:17 am

I decided to look into some live looping options using a dedicated DAW for this job and remembered ALK2 from ZenAudio from a few years ago - I couldnt get ALK2 to work on my pc back then as they didn't support Win 7, that was that for me after a few back and forths with ZenAudio to try to fix the problem, literally just wouldn't run despite some attempted workarounds.

Anyway, fast forward to an hour ago and I've just gone to their website to see if I can retry a demo with my Win 10 system and I see they have announced they are offering their software for free since they are closing shop, so thought I'd post it here for you bargain hunters looking to try new toys. For what its worth the concept of ALK2 was very interesting and looks like a fun and appealing way to 'pre-plan' a live looping jam.

The open letter from the founder is self flagellating (his words, not mine) which is an interesting read and the free software has been made available since February 2021 so its just happened really.

Here is the link:
https://community.zenaud.io/t/free-version-of-alk2/1217

Here's the website for info on the software at a glance:
https://zenaud.io/

KVRAF
4843 posts since 18 Dec, 2000

Post Mon Mar 08, 2021 5:31 am

Thanks for the heads up. I remember eying that software, but I couldn’t use it for some reason.

Now in on windows 10 and will definitely grab it.

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KVRian
1260 posts since 6 Nov, 2002 from where moose mate, mate

Post Tue Mar 09, 2021 1:11 am

I stumbled upon this: Auddict Perx Core $99 (https://www.auddict.com/percx-core)

I don't really know much about PercX. But I've seen it mentioned in "best percussion engine" type of threads. So is it worth the money? Are Auddict sales rare?

I have no idea when this sale ends, could even be a permanent one for all I know. (It's hard to tell these days with so many companies doing the "was $599, now only $49 for a limited time" thing every second week).

KVRian
792 posts since 30 Nov, 2011

Post Tue Mar 09, 2021 4:04 am

pekadan wrote:
Tue Mar 09, 2021 1:11 am
I stumbled upon this: Auddict Perx Core $99 (https://www.auddict.com/percx-core)

I don't really know much about PercX. But I've seen it mentioned in "best percussion engine" type of threads. So is it worth the money? Are Auddict sales rare?

I have no idea when this sale ends, could even be a permanent one for all I know. (It's hard to tell these days with so many companies doing the "was $599, now only $49 for a limited time" thing every second week).
It’s a perpetual sale since release

KVRAF
28048 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Post Wed Mar 10, 2021 6:25 am

Soundtoys PhaseMistress available for $29/29 € at the moment, from Soundtoys' site, or retailers.

I wonder how it is. Unfortunately, I can't demo it anymore...

Thinking about it, I think I'll pass anyway. No demo is not good with such a subjective thing. Especially phasers can sound from bloody awesome to total shite. Just like with all filters.
Plugins and a DAW. On an operating system. Which runs on a computer.

KVRist
348 posts since 16 Sep, 2007

Post Wed Mar 10, 2021 11:43 pm

Hey @Uncle E will you be updating the prices for the upgrade from sonarworks to sound id now they have adjusted the prices officially?
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