Gear of the Year Poll – From SCOREcast Online

Saw this great poll SCOREcast Online. They are asking everyone for their vote on the Best Software of the Year for Music Production.

While I think all five of the choices are solid, two of them really stand out in mind. Kontact 4 is a definite candidate just based on how people are actually using it. Something that popular has to be a consideration.

My vote however, went to Melodyne DNA. This is a revolutionary piece of software that is really going to change how music production happens. In the demo I saw at NAMM, they took a guitar chord that had a single string out of tune and brought it into tune. They were also able to change the key of a whole song by changing the a single instrument. The ability to manipulate polyphonic audio is going to be huge for the industry. So I had to vote for that.

You can take the poll here:

NAMM 2009: Native Instruments Maschine

Anyone who works with groove boxes and drum samplers knows that one of the drawbacks of sequencing is the slow hardware programming. This year, Native Instruments has combined the flexibility of the computer-based workstation with the ease and tactile process of the groove box with Maschine.

Maschine combines an intuitive on-sceen sequencer, sampler and over 20 high quality effects with real-time control and flexible routing into an inspiring Groove Production Studio. The hardware component features 16 pads, 41 buttons, and 11 rotary encoders dedicated to playing, recording, sequencing, automation, and arrangement. The software interface is a graphical editing environment that is eerily similar to Apple’s built in groove plug-in for Logic Pro. Easy inegration via VST, Audio Units, or RTAS into any host DAW.

From a musical standpoint, Maschine boasts over 5 gigs of studio-quality sounds and 14,000 plus samples. The onboard loops and patterns are perfectly suited for electronic, urban, and indirtronic genres.

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