Bunker 8 Digital Labs https://www.bunker8.com Digital Online Store and Studio Wed, 17 Jul 2019 17:28:22 +0000 en-CA hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3 https://d2cevkw1dvpbp4.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/01143042/cropped-icon-Site-32x32.png Bunker 8 Digital Labs https://www.bunker8.com 32 32 Noire Instrument Review https://www.bunker8.com/noire-instrument-review/ https://www.bunker8.com/noire-instrument-review/#respond Wed, 17 Jul 2019 17:16:22 +0000 https://www.bunker8.com/?p=8712 Noire Instrument Review. This is an unprompted and user based review for Noire by Native Instruments. I have spent the better part of my professional career as first and foremost, a piano player. It was the instrument that I started on, the instrument that allowed me to artistically explore all sides of the emotional spectrum. [...]

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Noire Instrument Review. This is an unprompted and user based review for Noire by Native Instruments. I have spent the better part of my professional career as first and foremost, a piano player. It was the instrument that I started on, the instrument that allowed me to artistically explore all sides of the emotional spectrum. It has and will always be, my “first love” when it comes to music and composition itself.

Background

There are likely more virtual pianos/sampled pianos/piano based instruments than any other in keyboard based electronic music. We own some of the best of them including Una Corda, The Giant, The Gentleman, etc. Yes, they are all Native Instruments distributed products, but they all serve a unique and special purpose.

As absolutely amazing sounding and inspiring as these instruments are, (believe me they are), nothing prepared me for my ultimate reaction to Noire.

I listened to the demos, watched the video and had a reaction that was “interesting, but why another sampled piano instrument.”

All of our setups now center around Komplete Kontrol and Maschine Studio so it made sense to give it a go.

But nothing could have prepared me for what happened. All of a sudden, that first love, came back with all the passion of a thousand suns. I started playing the instrument and six hours went by as fast as six minutes. My hands and wrists ached from playing and I loved every minute. There is no other explanation other than to say this is THE PIANO to have. Let me proceed to tell you why.

How The Instrument Was Created

This magnificent instrument was the “baby” of Nils From. He spend years sourcing out the “ultimate piano” in the real world and he finally got his hands on it.

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I will not spoil the narrative, Nils takes his time to explain exactly how he acquired this instrument and that is a love story on its own. It is also worth watching the video to learn in dtail how the nuances of the instrument were captured. This is not a project about commerce ultimately, it really was a labor of love and you can genuinely hear it in his voice when he talks about it.

Main Interface

First thoughts about the interface? Really clean and uncluttered. There are dozens of presets to flip through, from the experimental to the clean, so find something that really jolts you and start playing. Just be prepared to lose hours and hours and hours of time through sheer pleasure.

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Here’s Why I am Officially Quitting Apple Laptops https://www.bunker8.com/heres-why-i-am-officially-quitting-apple-laptops/ https://www.bunker8.com/heres-why-i-am-officially-quitting-apple-laptops/#respond Wed, 13 Mar 2019 18:47:46 +0000 https://www.bunker8.com/?p=8443 It it not often that a fanboy of this stature, Unbox Therapy, with his hugely influential user base, but Here’s Why I am Officially Quitting Apple Laptops is Unbox Therapy admitting that there are options out there and he is glad admits that it is time to quit Apple, but it refreshing for him to [...]

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It it not often that a fanboy of this stature, Unbox Therapy, with his hugely influential user base, but Here’s Why I am Officially Quitting Apple Laptops is Unbox Therapy admitting that there are options out there and he is glad admits that it is time to quit Apple, but it refreshing for him to share his journey and what he has discovered in making the change from Apple To Windows.

From the Bunker 8 Blog. Have a look at this article on Top 5 Best iPad Drum Machine Apps or Apple Ear Pods are Terrible.

Lewis Hilsenteger made huge waves last year when a video of him bending a brand new iPhone 6 Plus with his bare hands went viral. Before “ Bendgate,” though, Hilsenteger was already making a name for himself with his hugely popular YouTube channel — Unbox Therapy . The man behind “bendgate” and Unbox Therapy tells us how he became such a YouTube sensation.

Hilsenteger started Unbox Therapy when he was working in a small computer repair shop. The shop focused solely on upgrades for Apple computers. Hilsenteger realized that the conversations he was having with people that came into the shop asking questions could be answered really well in videos and this got him started. Eventually, lost a business opportunity in the unboxing side of YouTube being a tech guru himself, he was already into buying new technological toys when he started doing unboxings, he originally was going out of pocket on everything and would simply film his reaction and give his two cents about the product. All of this out-of-pocket purchasing eventually paid off for him as he is now able to open cool new things every day for a living.

Bendgate

Lewis made a video which showed him bending an iPhone 6 with his hands using extreme force, to this day, his bend gate video is still his most popular video on the channel, featuring over 70 million views. This event gained national attention from various news outlets. Some had questioned Lewis’s video as being fake, since at about the 1:38 mark of the video, the iPhone’s clock reads “2:26” and then it reads “1:58” 40 seconds later. However, Hilsenteger blamed the apparent time-travel incident on its production, specifically the mix of angles that his video uses. To prove the video’s legitimacy, Lewis uploaded 3 minutes long, uncut version of the video.[1]

The media attention surrounding the controversy made Apple take action, and they strengthened the metal chassis for its iPhone 6S and future aluminum iPhones while providing replacements to those afflicted by the original’s poor design. [2][3]

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5 Reasons to Upgrade Cubase 10 https://www.bunker8.com/5-reasons-to-upgrade-to-cubase-10/ https://www.bunker8.com/5-reasons-to-upgrade-to-cubase-10/#respond Mon, 03 Dec 2018 05:44:40 +0000 https://www.bunker8.com/?p=8401 Chris Selim gives you a great video on 5 Reasons to Upgrade To Cubase 10. These may not be your five reasons. However, Chris Selim’s unique Canadian take on this product makes this video worth watching. Take a few minutes and watch the video below. It is worth it to get his unique take on [...]

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Chris Selim gives you a great video on 5 Reasons to Upgrade To Cubase 10.

These may not be your five reasons. However, Chris Selim’s unique Canadian take on this product makes this video worth watching. Take a few minutes and watch the video below. It is worth it to get his unique take on Cubase 10 and the 5 reasons to upgrade.

There are many other articles you may want to have a look at about Cubase. Cubase 9.5 Review gives you a full review of Cubase 9.5. Steinberg Cubase Pro 9 Review takes you through the entire version of Cubase 9 and all its critical features. Cubase IC Pro Getting Started is a great introductory article on using Cubase IC and your iPhone or iPad to control Cubase. Studio Time With Junkie XL shows how a real professional uses Cubase in the studio for major blockbuster hollywood productions.

What is Cubase 10?

Cubase Pro condenses almost three decades of Steinberg development into the most cutting-edge DAW anywhere. Used by star producers and musicians for composing, recording, mixing and editing music, Cubase Pro combines outstanding audio quality, intuitive handling and a collection of highly advanced audio and MIDI tools. Whether you record an orchestra, a huge live rock show, or a band in the studio, Cubase Pro is sublime in every sense of the word.

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Orchestral Programming Day One https://www.bunker8.com/orchestral-programming-day-one/ https://www.bunker8.com/orchestral-programming-day-one/#respond Thu, 08 Nov 2018 14:56:50 +0000 https://www.bunker8.com/?p=8382 We get asked, everyday, about Orchestral Programming. mainly, “where do I start.”. This video, “Orchestral Programming Day One” might be your answer. Well, this video, done by Christian Henson and sponsored by Spitfire Audio, if you have never done orchestral programming, is a great place to start. Sure, it helps to have the theory behind [...]

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We get asked, everyday, about Orchestral Programming. mainly, “where do I start.”. This video, “Orchestral Programming Day One” might be your answer.

Well, this video, done by Christian Henson and sponsored by Spitfire Audio, if you have never done orchestral programming, is a great place to start. Sure, it helps to have the theory behind everything that you are working on and understand harmony, structure and setup, but in the absence of that, the internet and in particular, YouTube, is a great place to start.

Be sure top check out: How to Create an Orchestral Template in your DAW for an in-depth presentation of how to create an essential template for this kind of work.

 

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How the Music Industry Works https://www.bunker8.com/how-the-music-industry-works/ https://www.bunker8.com/how-the-music-industry-works/#respond Wed, 07 Nov 2018 14:48:28 +0000 https://www.bunker8.com/?p=8378 Rarely do we say this, but this video How the Music industry works is essential viewing. It is the best 3:44 seconds you will ever spend watching anything. If you do anything related to music in this industry, or have read anything that we have promoted here, including how David Prose, the actor who played [...]

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Rarely do we say this, but this video How the Music industry works is essential viewing. It is the best 3:44 seconds you will ever spend watching anything.

If you do anything related to music in this industry, or have read anything that we have promoted here, including how David Prose, the actor who played Darth Vader was never paid for his work on the Star Wars series because Star Wars was never considered profitable, you know that this type of thing exists in the film business and sad to say, it is literally no better and in may ways worse in the music industry.

The music industry in 2011 is a strange place indeed, with not even those who’ve been working in it for years knowing precisely what the future holds. However, systems for making money remain in place, and anyone who’s thinking seriously about turning their music into cold, hard cash would do well to have at least a basic understanding of how they operate.

Sorry to break it to you, but a record deal itself usually doesn’t mean you’ll get rich.  If you are fortunate enough to get signed by a major label, realize that this is only the beginning.  Many artists are signed but never record, some record but are never released, some are released with no real push or backing by the company and many flop and are dropped by the labels, even though they may have sales in the hundreds of thousands.  The last estimate I recently saw said that an artist that goes GOLD (sales of 500,000) stands to make only around $47,000!  This is why so many major artists are choosing NOT to resign with their record companies, but instead, to release their new CDs independently. An independent artist selling 10,000 of their own CDs can theoretically make twice the amount of money as the signed artist selling 500,000 copies! (there are exceptions to this and every other point).

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Komplete Kontrol S88 Mk2 Unboxing, Review and Comparison https://www.bunker8.com/komplete-kontrol-s88-mk2-unboxing-review-and-comparison/ https://www.bunker8.com/komplete-kontrol-s88-mk2-unboxing-review-and-comparison/#respond Tue, 23 Oct 2018 21:20:11 +0000 https://www.bunker8.com/?p=8373 Komplete Kontrol S88 Mk2 Unboxing, Review and Comparison. This video is all about that first touch point for this amazing update from Native Instruments. Really worth a watch if you are, like us, originally had the S88 Mk1 and want to know what is new in the S88 MK2. If you want to read our [...]

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Komplete Kontrol S88 Mk2 Unboxing, Review and Comparison. This video is all about that first touch point for this amazing update from Native Instruments.

Really worth a watch if you are, like us, originally had the S88 Mk1 and want to know what is new in the S88 MK2. If you want to read our overview article, head over to Komplete Kontrol S88 MK 2. That covers the specs of the new unit. For a review of the older model, head over to Komplete Kontrol S88: Komplete Review. If you can find a second hand S88, it is still a fabulous controller, but the greater DAW integration, mixer controls, dual color screens, etc. make this a significant improvement over the original.

 

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Korg Prologue 8 and 16 Review https://www.bunker8.com/korg-prologue-8-and-16-review/ https://www.bunker8.com/korg-prologue-8-and-16-review/#respond Wed, 26 Sep 2018 17:23:37 +0000 https://www.bunker8.com/?p=8362 Korg Prologue 8 and 16 Review. The Prologue comes in eight- and 16-voice models. The range is based on the same VCO found in the Monologue/Minilogue range. This absolute audio video review gives a great rundown of both models in the Korg range.  We have reviewed other Korg products in the past like the Korg Electribe Wave, Korg [...]

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Korg Prologue 8 and 16 Review. The Prologue comes in eight- and 16-voice models. The range is based on the same VCO found in the Monologue/Minilogue range. This absolute audio video review gives a great rundown of both models in the Korg range.  We have reviewed other Korg products in the past like the Korg Electribe WaveKorg NanoKEY Studio and the Korg Gadget App but this is something different altogether.

These are stable (tuning-wise) and sound present/clear yet full and vibey, giving the two-pole filter lots to chew on. Something to consider: Korg has chosen a single filter option in the Prologue range, which is a two-pole/12dB type that has been voiced to give the Prologue a unique character (which it does)!

The hardware itself is well-built and tank-like. Unlike the Minilogue, the Prologues feature separate pitch and mod wheels above the keyboard (which keeps things compact) and the case is black brushed aluminium (tilted), with chunky wooden sides and the same OLED display with oscilloscope, rudder switches, knobs and red backlit buttons found on the rest of the ‘logue range. The overall feel is classy and solid, and Korg is keen to point out that the Prologue’s ‘natural touch’ keyboard is made in Japan. Both Prologue models feature the same keybed type found on the Korg Kronos 61 and it feels very high quality and plays well generally.

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Komplete Kontrol S88 MK 2 https://www.bunker8.com/komplete-kontrol-s88-mk-2/ https://www.bunker8.com/komplete-kontrol-s88-mk-2/#respond Mon, 10 Sep 2018 18:01:34 +0000 https://www.bunker8.com/?p=8349 Komplete Kontrol S88 MK 2. This is what makes Native Instruments the outstanding company that they are. The world’s best controller has just gotten better. These kind of products. We already have the Komplete Kontrol S88 in the studio and it has completely transformed the way that we work. When you decide to put all [...]

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Komplete Kontrol S88 MK 2. This is what makes Native Instruments the outstanding company that they are. The world’s best controller has just gotten better.

These kind of products. We already have the Komplete Kontrol S88 in the studio and it has completely transformed the way that we work. When you decide to put all your workflow eggs in one basket, it can be a huge gamble.But each and everyday we use it, we don’t regret it for a second.

Check out the video below and make sure you save your coins, this controller will be a game changer.

Here are the details from Native Instruments:

TRUE PIANO FEEL, TOTAL INTEGRATION

KOMPLETE KONTROL S88 combines the best-feeling hammer-action keybed around with vivid visual feedback and tight integration for your entire workflow: Browse and preview all your presets from KOMPLETE and hundreds of NKS plug-ins, sculpt your sound, and control your favorite DAW from the ultimate studio centrepiece.

WHAT’S NEW?

MORE VISUAL

Two high-res color screens make it easy to browse and preview sounds, tweak controls, and mix and edit your projects – right from the hardware.

MORE INTUITIVE

Get hands-on with your production process, thanks to an improved layout with more dedicated function buttons and a new four-directional push encoder.

MORE EXPRESSIVE

KOMPLETE KONTROL S88 now sports ergonomic pitch and mod wheels, plus a touch strip for expanded creative possibilities.

MORE INTEGRATED

Mix, edit, and more in MASCHINE, Logic Pro X, Ableton Live, Cubase, Nuendo, and GarageBand.

REFINED PIANO FEEL

A keyboard that feels better plays better. Express yourself on 88 fully weighted Fatar keys, each with an advanced hammer-action mechanism, Smart Spring technology, and memory-foam damping for a realistic piano feel.

FIND YOUR SOUNDS FASTER

Finding the right sound amongst a sprawling sound library can be difficult, not to mention time consuming. Now you can find exactly what you’re looking for across all KOMPLETE and Native Kontrol Standard (NKS) instruments using a simple, intuitive tagging system – directly from the hardware. What’s more, you can hear a preview of each sound as you browse, without loading the instrument.

Your soundtrack needs epic strings? Select Bowed Strings > String Ensemble > Sample-based, scroll through the presets and pick the best fit. And if you really like what you hear, just tag it as a favorite for instant access next time.

PRE-MAPPED AND READY TO PLAY

All of your KOMPLETE and NKS instruments and effects are pre-mapped to the KOMPLETE KONTROL hardware by the people who know them best – the instrument designers themselves. Essential parameters like envelope controls and filter cutoffs load instantly and are displayed across the two color displays, intuitively divided into pages. That means you can see exactly what you’re adjusting in real time – whether it’s in kHz, dB, or BPM.

SMART PLAY FEATURES

Stay in key, with notes of the currently selected scale or mode lit on the Light Guide. Activate chord mode to create a progression by playing single keys, then switch on the arpeggiator and turn it into an expressive musical performance. And for keyboard novices, Easy Mode maps the white keys to whichever scale you like, so you’ll never hit a wrong note.

PITCH, MOD, AND MORE

Get precise control of pitch and mod functions via two ergonomic, rubberized wheels. And the ultra-sensitive touch strip provides a fun, responsive alternative to plugging in a dedicated expression pedal.

GET HANDS-ON WITH YOUR WORKFLOW

Capture all your ideas, directly from the keyboard itself: KOMPLETE KONTROL gives you immediate access to transport, mixing, and editing controls in Logic Pro X, Ableton Live, Cubase, Nuendo, and GarageBand, complete with visual feedback and volume metering on the keyboard’s built-in displays. And with MIDI in / out, incorporating outboard gear into your setup is just as simple.

For a quick-reference guide to using KOMPLETE KONTROL Mk2 keyboards in the above DAWs, download the DAW shortcut sheet.

INTEGRATION FOR ALL YOUR INSTRUMENTS AND EFFECTS

NKS means intuitive control over hundreds of instruments and effects from leading manufacturers – including Heavyocity, Spitfire Audio and Waves. This extended plug-in format allows all developers to define the way their products integrate with NI hardware, so support for powerful features like tag-based browsing, Light Guide feedback, and pre-mapped controls now extends far beyond the KOMPLETE universe. And for plug-ins that haven’t yet been updated to NKS, it’s simple to create your own mappings from KOMPLETE KONTROL software.

DISCOVER NKS    SEE ALL NKS PRODUCTS

14 INSTRUMENTS AND EFFECTS

Register your KOMPLETE KONTROL hardware to download KOMPLETE 12 SELECT for free – the essential collection of instruments and effects, including MASSIVEMONARK, and THE GENTLEMAN. The package features more than 7,000 sounds and over 33 GB of instruments and effects, giving you the perfect palette of sounds for any genre.

And when you’re ready to expand your collection, you’ll be eligible for a discounted upgrade to KOMPLETE 12 or KOMPLETE 12 ULTIMATE.

The Sound of KOMPLETE 12 SELECT

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Loopmasters Bass Master | VST/AU Bass Instrument https://www.bunker8.com/loopmasters-bass-master-vst-au-bass-instrument/ https://www.bunker8.com/loopmasters-bass-master-vst-au-bass-instrument/#respond Sat, 01 Sep 2018 22:17:07 +0000 https://www.bunker8.com/?p=8298 This is a tempting purchase, Loopmasters Bass Master | VST/AU Bass Instrument really looks the business and is made by a team of developers that really know BASS. Loopmasters have been developing soundware for years, this is their first foray into making their own VST instrument, but you would never know by the specs, the [...]

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This is a tempting purchase, Loopmasters Bass Master | VST/AU Bass Instrument really looks the business and is made by a team of developers that really know BASS.

Loopmasters have been developing soundware for years, this is their first foray into making their own VST instrument, but you would never know by the specs, the UI and the quality of the sound on offer. There are some incredible presets on hand, terrific built in effects, a solid VST automation spec and just bags of character.

I will let the video speak for itself, if you happen to buy this synth, then be sure to say that Sigmund from Bunker 8 sent you.

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Propellerhead Intros Free Reason Compact App For iOS https://www.bunker8.com/propellerhead-intros-free-reason-compact-app-ios/ https://www.bunker8.com/propellerhead-intros-free-reason-compact-app-ios/#respond Fri, 31 Aug 2018 22:05:42 +0000 https://www.bunker8.com/?p=8294 Propellerhead has introduced Reason Compact – a free mobile-friendly synth + sequencing app. Reason Compact lets create sounds with Reason’s flagship Europa synthesizer and then create melodies and patterns using a smart keyboard, note grid and Chords tools. You can use it as a standalone app, connect it to other apps or even export your work and work [...]

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Propellerhead has introduced Reason Compact – a free mobile-friendly synth + sequencing app.

Reason Compact lets create sounds with Reason’s flagship Europa synthesizer and then create melodies and patterns using a smart keyboard, note grid and Chords tools. You can use it as a standalone app, connect it to other apps or even export your work and work with it in Reason 10. Most of the capability of this iOS app is very similar to The Europa Synthesizer found in Reason 10.

Features:

  • Intuitive tools, including the Smart Keyboard and Chords tool
  • Arpeggiator
  • Note grid editor
  • Powerful synthesis capabilities from Europa synthesizer
  • 16 different types of waveforms
  • Use the Shape controls to morph waveforms and transform your sound
  • Unison effect
  • Distortion, delay, and reverb effects
  • Collaborate with others in real-time using Ableton Link
  • Connect Reason Compact with other music apps using Audiobus or Inter-app Audio
  • Create music with others via Allihoopa

Pricing and Availability

Reason Compact is available now as a free download. Some features are unlocked via in-app purchases.

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