Native Instruments have announced this year’s Christmas freebie. They are giving away Blocks Wired, a free collection of three Reaktor 6 ensembles that are fully compatible with Reaktor Player, along with discount codes for Traktor Stems content and a $25 E-Voucher for use on the Native Instruments website.
Following the cool tradition of giving away a new freebie one week before Christmas each year, Native Instruments have released a pretty neat collection of hard-wired instruments that are based on Reaktor 6 Blocks. The collection includes Lumikko (an interesting monophonic synthesizer with a big sound and simple control layout), Submotion (a dual oscillator synth that shows off the modulation power of the 4 Mods Block) and XY (a sequence based synthesizer built around the XYS Block).
All three instruments sound very good and come with a pretty decent set of factory patches to let you jam with the new synths right out of the box. Most importantly, the instruments are compatible with Reaktor 6 Player, meaning that you won’t need to purchase a Reaktor 6 license in order to use them without a time limit. All that’s required is a Native Instruments user account (you can register for free).
In addition, Native Instruments have provided a $25 coupon code that is valid towards the purchase of certain products in their online shop (excluding updates and upgrades). The voucher can be used to, for example, purchase Skanner XT for only $24 (instead of the regular $49), which is a pretty sweet deal. Native instruments are also offering discount codes for purchasing Traktor Stems through third party vendors like Juno and Beatport.
Blocks Wired is available for free download via Native Instruments (5.38 MB download size, EXE installer, ensemble for Reaktor 6 & Reaktor 6 Player).