I’m back with another review, checking out a new product from Native Instruments.
This is the Retro Machines mk2
let’s check it!
So what is Retro Machines mk2?
Well first off, it’s the follow up to their original Retro Machines product (never had it, can’t compare it lol)
It’s a large collection of 16 sampled synth and vintage instruments for Kontakt/Kontakt player.
Has it’s own special interface with some cool features like an Arp and Chord player built in.
You get control over sound, fx, and performance
- content: 3.9GB
- format: Kontakt 5, Kontakt 5 Player
- price: $79
How does it sound?
Sometimes a sample just sounds nice, there’s a way that samples capture the bottom end of a synth that’s just plain cool.
I will admit when I first heard about it, I wasn’t sure what to expect.
I just thought “uhhh oh, another ‘retro’ library”
What I will say is that I was definitely surprised by this one. I didn’t expect to like it. But it sounds great.
Not only are the sounds and presets great (though I wasn’t too hype about the ep sounds….) The way you can manipulate your sounds so quickly is awesome.
The interface and controls really allow you to shape your sound. You have a “fat” knob that adds some depth to the sound, thickens it up, would be cool if you could control the detune amount as well. Or maybe just a detune switch that would automatically detune each oscillator as you “fatten” the sound up.
The chord feature is probably my favorite and what really made me fall in love with the library, that mixed with the arp gives it a really flexible sound.
Everything is recorded in pristine quality and captures the different characters of the various machines.
So what’s the bottom line?
This is a great inclusion in Komplete 8, I considered it just to be a last minute “extra” but it’s really a great instrument library in it’s own right.
Even without owning Komplete, at $79 it’s hard to find something that will match it’s sound, ease of use, and flexability for tweaking without being overly complex.
I give this library 4.5 out of 5 subs, it’s really a great sound and fun library that can stand on it’s own as a go to synth library, or in addition to your other tools.
Definitely go on over and checkout the demos http://www.native-instruments.com/#/en/products/producer/powered-by-kontakt/retro-machines-mk2/
If you already own Komplete 8, stop waiting and download this. Don’t dismiss it like I almost did!