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Good Bye NI
My journey being part of the great Native Instruments team.



good-bye-ni-2.jpg
Good Bye NI
My journey being part of the great Native Instruments team.
The Synth Prototype

Back in 2013, as a developer, I was searching for new challenges and as a music producer I was always interested in creating my own soft synth. As NI was sitting in Berlin I figured why not combining things and introduce myself with a synth. Since I wanted to show my various skills, I programmed almost everything from scratch in 3 months. The synth included a mass of features: own OpenGL UI, 2D wave-table morphing, psycho-acoustic auto-mastering, high-precision envelopes, smart wave-table generation, low level editing, etc.

First: various stages of the 2D wave-table-morphing. Second: controllers & editors.
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Show & Tell

I took the synth, applied at NI and luckily got an interview to show it. The interview turned into a presentation and was quite exciting. I had the chance to talk with experienced experts about the synthesizer and got very good feedback. Later during lunch, NI explained, they were searching for an enhancement for their research and prototyping section and asked me, if I wanted to join. That was very exciting, so I didn't think a lot about it, and said "Yes, of course!" to the opportunity.
Fast, Faster, Prototyping Team

The first task was a prototype for the back then unreleased Komplete Keyboard. It was a jump into the deep end. I had to learn how to use HID interfaces and had to connect the device input with a music application to actually test it. And that, from scratch and in less than a week, because my supervisor wouldn't be available for a longer time after that week. Luckily, with the help and introduction of my supervisor - it turned out as a useful experimental prototype that would be used to refine many features of the keyboard.

Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S-Series
A Ton of Things Learned

The tasks in our team kept being quite interdisciplinary and challenging. But also, on the other side, it was very motivating to figure out on my own how problems can be solved - fast and tailored to specific contexts. And if there was some struggle, surely there was at least one idea from the team to work it out. I explored new ways and got a deeper understanding for a lot of technologies, especially c++. The work for parts of Replika XT - with the strong support of other colleagues - helped to get into to realms of that powerful language. And for the daily inspiration, there were the engineers talks in the research halls or the informative tech talks, where I not only consumed, but also was able to present my ideas to a large developer base.
Thanks NI

But it was not only the technical side. Understanding strategies for product design and the corporate processes, gave a lot of insights. Additionally, I greatly enjoyed experiencing the innovation programs around Design Thinking concepts. The user-oriented design paired with the fast prototyping is a powerful tool to develop innovative ideas and products. Last, but not least, thanks for all the great concerts, events and music. Personally, I am really thankful for the time with NI. It was a big journey, that I wouldn't like to miss. I made some good friends there and wish NI and all the people I have met there all the best. The future of sound is in good hands.
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