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Native Instruments The Finger

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Native Instruments has announced the release of The Finger, a keyboard-controlled performance effects processor developed together with electronic music artist Tim Exile of Warp Records.

Based on Reaktor technology, NI says that The Finger "provides musicians, producers and DJs with an inspirational and truly musical tool for intuitive sound mangling and live remixing in the studio and on stage".

The Finger is said to draw upon about 40 effects algorithms, including real-time samplers, transformers, filters, gaters, delays, reverbs, distortion, wave shapers, ring modulation and many others, complete with advanced tempo-sync functionality.

Every key on a connected MIDI keyboard represents a different effect type and setting. By playing the keyboard, individual effect algorithms are activated and consecutively combined into custom chains of up to six effect units at a time, similar to a continuously changing array of interconnected stomp box units. This intuitive concept makes it possible to play The Finger like an instrument, according to NI, with potential for improvisation and experimentation. When used in a sequencer host, controlling The Finger from a MIDI track supposedly allows for intricate and precisely fine-tuned effects sequences.

The Finger utilizes the free Kore Player to operate both as a standalone effects software and as a plug-in within any host sequencer, and can also be used within the Kore 2 system. With two parameters per effect being controlled by velocity and modulation wheel, the eight Macro Controls of the Kore interface are designed to provide further sound tweaking options. Owners of Reaktor 5 can also access an advanced user interface to set additional parameters and set up individual custom effects.

Pricing & Availability
The Finger is available for download purchase in the NI Online Shop for $79 / €69.
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