That time Native Instruments saved my ass and helped me win a contest

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nachenko
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364 posts since 13 Mar, 2018

Post Sun May 17, 2020 12:21 am

Hi, everyone. I'm writing this because, while people argue about Native Instruments this and that in the Instruments subforum, mostly pointing out the negative things about the company, I think NI, at it's current form, helps a lot of musicians who need to get things done FAST

They helped me on that, for sure.

In case anyone cares, I'll explain how Native Instruments saved my ass and helped me win a contest on my way.

Months ago, I participated in the Global Game Jam, a videogame creation contest where you have a weekend to create something according to a concept provided by the organization at the beginning of the event. My work mates (Art and Design school teachers) and a few friends organized two teams. I was the "music guy" around there, so I joined both them.

Due to real life issues (two little children, unavoidable social stuff...), I only had about three-four hours for every team.

So I had to provide the soundtrack and sound effects for two games in eight hours tops. And I mostly do Synthwave, 80's themed retro music.

That's where Native Instruments saved my life, not because of their synths, but because all this stuff that are NOT synths.

Track 1: R-Mindons, a medieval themed videogame about two wizards who throw each other Tetris blocks to break the other wizard's tower. OK, celtic stuff, folk music. WTF! I'm a synth guy! I needed REAL instruments for that. Guitars, strings, horns and drums that can resemble a bodhrán.

Guitar: Session Guitarist Strummed Accoustic. Bass: Scarbee Rickenbacker Bass. Drums: Drum Lab. Strings: Session strings. Horns: Session Horns. Dulcimer: Spitfire Audio Labs. Choir: my own students, poor chaps.

This one won Best Soundtrack.

https://soundcloud.com/manfromspace/celtic-tetris



Track 2: Tank.io, a game about tanks shooting each other for no particular reason. This one won best videogame, BTW. Mindless punk atmosphere, sort of. A bit like Command & Conquer but without the seriousness. Some half old-school futuristic, half ragga-punk would fit. What? I had never written something like that and I can't play guitar. Where the hell was I gonna get that "ragga" guitar.

Electric Guitar: NI Electric Sunburst. Choir: my own students again, there was a special gimmick for games where its participants sing. Everything else: Korg Gadget.

This one won Best Videogame award.

https://soundcloud.com/manfromspace/nod-1


To summarize: I know NI doesn't have the best this or that, but having Komplete helped me deliver in a very short time stuff of acceptable quality, way outside my comfort zone. No, they are not updating FM8 or Absynth. Yes, MassiveX has bugs. Maybe they are becoming a "samples company", I don't know. But those samples saved my ass and helped me win a contest.

Just my two cents.

Thanks for reading.
Last edited by nachenko on Sun May 17, 2020 10:48 am, edited 2 times in total.
Half music, half random ramblings by a MAN FROM SPACE
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Shane Sanders
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4086 posts since 10 Oct, 2002 from Nashville, TN USA

Re: That time Native Instruments saved my ass and helped me win a contest

Post Sun May 17, 2020 9:06 am

Congrats on the win! I especially liked the Burundi type beat in the first one (toward the middle while the chanting happens).
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nachenko
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364 posts since 13 Mar, 2018

Re: That time Native Instruments saved my ass and helped me win a contest

Post Sun May 17, 2020 10:41 am

Shane Sanders wrote:
Sun May 17, 2020 9:06 am
Congrats on the win! I especially liked the Burundi type beat in the first one (toward the middle while the chanting happens).
Thanks for listening!

To be honest, I am absolutely unable to play anything like that live, but man, I love this type of music SO MUCH!
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Pacific05
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186 posts since 5 Oct, 2014 from Rome

Re: That time Native Instruments saved my ass and helped me win a contest

Post Sun May 17, 2020 2:10 pm

Two great compositions. I love especially 4444. Congratulations.
And yes, I'm with you about NI.

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nachenko
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364 posts since 13 Mar, 2018

Re: That time Native Instruments saved my ass and helped me win a contest

Post Sun May 17, 2020 10:52 pm

Pacific05 wrote:
Sun May 17, 2020 2:10 pm
Two great compositions. I love especially 4444. Congratulations.
And yes, I'm with you about NI.
Thanks! And thanks for listening!
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Bansaw
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1087 posts since 19 Aug, 2008

Re: That time Native Instruments saved my ass and helped me win a contest

Post Wed May 20, 2020 5:18 pm

Some of NI is good, I own the Giant piano and kept it. I am looking to get hold of their Sunburst Deluxe. Sounds good.
However, some of their other stuff, (e.g. massive X) I don't rate.

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