Native Instruments Maschine is here, and in its short time on the market has already changed the hip-hop production industry immeasurably. Producers no longer have to choose between an MPC-style hardware-based production route and computer-based production. You don't have to pick between hardware's tactile satisfaction and easygoing workflow and software's powerful but sterile capabilities. With Maschine, you can have both. Native Instruments Maschine is your complete hardware and software production solution for both the physicality of MPCs and power of software solutions. This is the new standard. This is Maschine.
Here's two ways you can think about Maschine:
Maschine: A Plug-In In Your Hands
As powerful as modern software production is, it's not the most intuitive workflow. There's no feedback to using a mouse. For that reason, producers have for years relied on the MPC, TB-303, and other grooveboxes to build beats in an intuitive way. Native Instruments gets that, and with Maschine, the creative tools are at your fingertips. The creative spark is a fleeting thing - musicians of all stripes have always been troubled by having an idea and trying to express it. With Maschine's great-feeling rubberized pads, the solution is easy - if an idea comes to you, tap it out. The controller's sixteen pads are highly responsive and the rotary knobs and controls feel great. The controller is quite literally built for the plug-in's interface, so you won't have to stop the creative process to assign knobs - when you're making beats, you should be playing, not fussing with a program. The display also includes two LCDs for patch and track info, so you've always got the information you need at hand.
Maschine: More Powerful Than a Hardware Sequencer
Since Maschine is a plug-in, it integrates easily with just about any Digital Audio Workstation. Even though it feels like an MPC, when you're using it it's got all the power of Pro Tools, Cubase, Logic, Sonar, or whichever DAW you're using. Since it's based on your computer's hardware, you'll have more processing power, RAM, and sample memory than even the highest-end hardware sequencers. With the 6 GB of samples and virtual instruments included, right out of the box you'll have access to an staggering amount of sounds and loops. Computer-based recording also offers much more information at once, between the controller's onboard LCD and your monitor. Also, since it's all plug-in based, you can turn your ideas into finished songs without ever having to leave the same recording environment. The controller also features a MIDI I/O port and MIDI/MMC-over-USB compatibility to control all your hardware sound modules.
Free Update to Maschine 1.5 For More Power
Even in its short lifetime, Maschine has gone through a number of changes to make it both more powerful and easy to use. Native Instruments has been hard at work making this the best groove production on the market, and have already released Maschine 1.5. This version includes fuller controller integration, better MIDI implementation, and more sounds, ranging from Abbey Road and Scarabee drum kits to vintage MPC kits from GoldBaby. Maschine also now allows for importing programs from MPC sequencers. There's also increased file type support, updated effects, and higher-quality audio performance. Best of all - this update is totally free to Maschine users, making sure that every Maschine user has access to the fullest experience.
You don't have to make trade-offs anymore to to get yourself a professional beat-creation system. Simply get into the game with Native Instruments Maschine.
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What's New In MASCHINE 1.6?
Use any Native Instruments or 3rd party VST(R) or Audio Units(TM) plug-ins directly inside MASCHINE. You can even hook up combinations: e.g. load MASSIVE* to Slot 1 and GUITAR RIG* to Slot 2 - and tweak them both from the hardware controller - the parameters are automatically mapped to the knobs on the MASCHINE hardware. Komplete Elements Included
To get you started using plug-ins inside MASCHINE a free copy of KOMPLETE ELEMENTS is included with this update. KOMPLETE ELEMENTS comprises over 1,000 stunning sounds drawn from the flagship KOMPLETE software bundle, including KONTAKT's vintage ABBEY ROAD drum kit and Vienna Symphonic orchestral instruments, six REAKTOR synthesizers and 35 GUITAR RIG amps and effects. Workflow Enhancements
In addition to plug-in hosting, many other new improvements have been made. These include pad-link, swing per sound, internal drag and drop of audio, renaming of clips, duplication improvements, and 16 stereo outputs. Pad Link
Any pads in the same link group can trigger each other - play multiple sounds such as two snares and a clap by hitting just one pad. Select one or more pads to be the master, and others in the group to follow as the slaves - perfect for musicians using MASCHINE in a live context.Swing Per Sound
Swing allows for rhythmic shifting of a pattern, creating a shuffled, live feel.
Swing can now also be applied to individual sounds in MASCHINE 1.6, rather than just at the Group or Master level. Module Slots
The architecture of MASCHINE's module slots have been modified to allow great freedom and flexibility, with instrument and effect plug-ins now selectable in the first module position - select either Sampler, Input, MIDI Out or Plug-ins for the first module slot and use the remaining slots to host any combination of effects, external or internal. Enhanced Drag & Drop
Now you can drag-and-drop single or multiple files into MASCHINE directly from your operating system, and build up your own customized library of samples.
Plus it's now easy to move audio within MASCHINE from one location to another - great for converting a Group to audio to free up resources in MASCHINE. Also in Maschine 1.6
- Extended audio channels: Now 16 stereo outputs
- Renaming objects (now clips, scenes and samples can be renamed inside MASCHINE)
- Full 64-bit compatibility (incl. VST Mac)
- Duplication improvements: Duplicate Scenes along with the pattern events
- Mapping improvement when dragging multiple samples (similar to KONTAKT)
- Snap events to grid, when moving with mouse
- REX 2 import
* MASSIVE and GUITAR RIG are not included, but available separatelyExtended Sample Library and New FX
The much lauded MASCHINE library has just grown even stronger. The update comes with a ton of high quality content, made up of 100 new sounds and new acoustic and hip-hop kits. These additions include more premium content from NI's ever-expanding network of pro sound designers.
Over 1 GB of all-new drum kits and multi-sampled instruments -- over 6GB total
Meticulously sampled strings, acoustic kits, vintage synths, electric basses and pianos. Includes professional samples from studio legends like Abbey Road and Scarbee and vintage MPC60 kits sampled by Goldbaby.
Grain Stretch - stretch out the break, until you're ready to drop the beat. A dramatic new effect designed to perform.New Sampler Features
MASCHINE's sampler has been upgraded with several new and improved features, making the process of perfecting your loops and samples simpler and smarter. This update truly sees MASCHINE refining the science of making beats.Program import from major MPC models
- 5 new Vintage Sampling Modes emulating the sound of MPC60 / SP1200
- More than 10 new destructive audio editing tools such as normalize, reverse, fade in & out, silence, cut, copy and paste
- Extended Slicing options: new split mode, preview and 8 tools for individual editing of slices
- 16 Velocity Levels: Map a sound to the 16 pads for dynamic grooves
Improved polyphony with choke and legato options on the Sound level
- MIDI pitch bend and CC (i.e. mod wheel) supportImproved Workflow and Studio Integration
This update adds a new level of integration between MASCHINE and your host DAW and other hardware and software in your studio, as well as some elegant improvements that further elevate the general beat-making workflow.
- Extended import (REX2 files) and export: Drag MIDI or audio to host
- Extensive MIDI I/O: sequence your MIDI gear with MASCHINE and vice versa
- Save Project With Samples: Easily share and collaborate on projects
- More than 10 new hardware shortcuts for mouse-free editing and navigation
- Group Macro Controls for assigning any parameter to the 8 knobs on the hardware -- easy control that also works perfectly with host automation
- Increased performance of many effects
- Quiet sound selection, customisable defaults and much more
MASCHINE combines the hands-on feel and sequencing of classic grooveboxes with advanced sampling, effects, and seamless DAW integration. Now featuring 6GB of production-ready sounds, and numerous feature improvements, MASCHINE continues to evolve so you can focus on finding the perfect beat. Rise of the MASCHINE
Integrating the flexibility of computer-based music production with the hands-on creative clout of MPC-style hardware, MASCHINE is the next step in beat production. Once you touch the hugely playable controller, the slick, intuitive and immensely fast workflow takes over, allowing you to stay focused on what matters - the groove. MASCHINE's blending of classic feel and cutting edge technology makes it the perfect tool used on its own, performing in the club, or working within your DAW. As Easy as MPC
With MASCHINE the boundaries that defined beat making for years are blown away by an all-in-one approach. Starting from the iconic strengths of the MPC - including the intuitive pad layout, 16 velocity levels and Note Repeat - MASCHINE is instantly familiar, yet breaks free of hardware-only limitations. The library comes with a staggering 6GB of premium sounds and of course can be easily expanded. The simple-to-arrange sequencer, intuitive sampling, re-sampling and slicing features, and fully integrated FX and automation create a blazing workflow that takes your idea from a rough sketch to a professional production in no time. As a studio centerpiece, MASCHINE plays all your existing gear - and to make for an easy transition, it even lets you import your old MPC programs. MASCHINE perfectly preserves the instant pleasure of groove box beat-making, introducing the flexibility and power only software can provide.Rock the Joint
Set MASCHINE loose in a club or live environment and its heavyweight punch will tear the joint up. Its super-sturdy build, premium pads and knobs are perfect for performing in uncompromising conditions. Thanks to the visual feedback provided by the screens and backlit buttons, MASCHINE thrives free of mouse and keyboard control. Use MASCHINE live as a solo instrument for performing your own productions without further prep time, or sync it up with other gear with the minimum of fuss. What's more, you can instantly switch into MIDI mode and use it as a controller for any other software - such as the tightly integrated TRAKTOR PRO DJ software. Perform with MASCHINE once, and you'll never leave home without it again. Studio Workflow
MASCHINE's immense versatility means it also excels when working with your existing studio set up. Want to freshen up an idea you recorded in your DAW? Open MASCHINE as a plug-in and drop some beats. Got a good groove flowing in MASCHINE? Drag and drop sections, loops or full tracks directly into your DAW as either audio or MIDI. Built in to MASCHINE is a powerful arsenal of studio-quality effects including modulation, distortion, delays, reverbs, filters and EQs. Combine all this with MASCHINE's vast library of drum kits, multi-sampled instruments, sliced loops and one shot samples - many of which have been prepared by renowned beat-makers, artists and sound designers - and you have a powerhouse capable of revolutionizing your studio productions.
Free Online Update to Version 1.7
Maschine Version 1.7 offers hosting of VST or Audio Units plug-ins inside Maschine, new pad-link function, swing per sound, internal drag and drop of audio, renaming of clips, duplication improvements, and 16 stereo outputs. Update available when registering your Maschine at the Native Instruments website.
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