Head of the department of innovation @ NI HQ???

6xes Member Posts: 576 Pro

if you held the position of the imaginary Head of department of Innovation @ NI HQ....

what direction would you envisage to pioneer new frontiers of musical expression and innovation, moreover what type of product&features would get you excited again?

The real question here, is do you see any new frontiers in terms of what the next fad is??

thoughts welcome!!


  • 6xes
    6xes Member Posts: 576 Pro
    edited February 5

    just as a starter i've always believed intergration has always been key!!

    thus anything developed would also need to be intergrated with current systems, which probably goes without saying!

  • Cretin Dilettante
    Cretin Dilettante Member Posts: 116 Advisor

    Everything would be modular & repairable, we'd sell individual components for out-of-warranty/local shop repairs, All plugin interfaces would be scalable, any izotope or brainworx code we could port to Maschine+ would get ported, Reaktor would get extensive documentation & a tutorial series on DSP concepts within Reaktor, Reaktor would gain the ability to export ensembles/instruments to a Maschine+ friendly format, Maschine would get tempo automation on a per-scene basis and the ability to set time signature on a per-pattern basis, and we'd get a Maschine Jam mk2 that'd be marketed as a companion to the Maschine+.

  • ozon
    ozon Member Posts: 1,230 Expert

    Kontrol Blocks is a modular controller concept, which would greatly enhance and integrate with the Maschine and Keyboard series, and could even be extended to include Traktor Engines.

    As an intelligent, stable and standards based solution to last for decades, it offers integration and connectivity layers for all kinds of software and hardware devices. This allows artists to create networks of interactive performance instruments.

    It will be the insanely great… Future of Sound

  • D-One
    D-One Moderator Posts: 2,689 mod
    edited February 6

    Software / HW companies have a department of Innovation? Legit question, I have no idea but it sounds kind of funny.

    I'd start by diverting some of the online ad money towards more devs, before using an ad free browser I'd see 30 NI ads a day.... no joke.

    @Cretin Dilettante

    we'd get a Maschine Jam mk2 that'd be marketed as a companion to the Maschine+.

    So... If you became the CEO NI will be all about standalones only, ignore all the controller history, no love for Studio, MK3, Mikro users, etc... Which is probably 80% of the user base?

    OK.. Dang, tbh, I think you fit right in with their current way of doing this... Ignore the majority and just do what you like 🤣

  • 6xes
    6xes Member Posts: 576 Pro

    like the sound of that "Kontrol Blocks" got a ring to it!!

  • 6xes
    6xes Member Posts: 576 Pro
    edited February 6

    "The Gauntlet" a pair of glove worn, to control virtual instruments in virtual space, that provides various feedback mechanisms to provide individuals with spatial awareness of Virtualised instrument...

    build & customise virtual instrument interfaces


    proprietary VR capable displays(sold separately)

    M1 mac mini (minimum spec :D)

  • LostInFoundation
    LostInFoundation Member Posts: 4,003 Expert
    edited February 7

    No need for gloves, proprietary display or Mac mini…a 3500 bucks Apple Vision pro would be enough 😂

  • 6xes
    6xes Member Posts: 576 Pro
    edited February 7

    Tactility is what is missing in the Augmented reality realm... it will eventually move in that direction, its the natural progression, provide stimulation &emulate the sense of touch

  • LostInFoundation
    LostInFoundation Member Posts: 4,003 Expert

    What’s more stimulating that touching your thumb with your index finger?

    That’s double stimulation 😂

  • 6xes
    6xes Member Posts: 576 Pro

    heres a little insight as to whats been out there for a while now!!

    it no doubt has improved

  • macchinista
    macchinista Member Posts: 28 Helper

    Interesting developments for sure, but yet more displays and so close, my poor eyes.

  • nightjar
    nightjar Member Posts: 1,238 Guru

    Collaboration with AI performers that are aware of real-time musical context.

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