All in all, the New MASCHINE from Native Instruments is the same highly gratifying instrument that it's always been, combining pattern-based sequencing, professional sampling, multi-effect units, and a VST/AU plug-in host, but now with even more style and functionality. Everything is intuitively controllable via the fully integrated hardware - once you touch the tactile controller the fun and intuitive workflow takes over, allowing you to stay focused on what matters - the music.
This next generation of MASCHINE has numerous enhanced workflow improvements for an even more intuitive and faster performance. Now with heightened sensitivity, each one of the 16 touch-pads can be assigned a different color to easily separate and identify sounds, patterns, groups, and scenes. With the New MASCHINE you can timestretch and pitch shift your samples directly from the hardware, eliminating the need to jump back and forth from host systems. The hardware design has changed a bit; one notable addition is the new master push encoder with grid, and the 47 all-new click-buttons that help to speed up the workflow. The displays have been updated also; the new high contrast displays have a higher viewing angle that will help keep things visible, even with some difficult live performance placements. More hardware and less software, the New MASCHINE allows for Host Transport Control, meaning that the hardware's transport controls can be used to control the host DAW when the unit is being used as a VST, Audio Unit or RTAS plug-in. There are also some new effects such as Transient Master, Tape and Tube Saturators that will further help to sculpt performances, and a full version of the MASSIVE synthesizer is included with 1,300 earth-shattering sounds to play with. Additional design features include a fully customizable look; magnetic faceplates and removable knobs let you incorporate your own style with optional MASCHINE CUSTOM KITS that can be purchased separately.
Studio Powerhouse The New MASCHINE integrates easily into your computer-based studio setup. Use the hardware controller to find, load, and play sounds, automate parameters, and arrange patterns on the fly. Combine this with the ability to control and sequence all of your external hardware instruments, or switch to MIDI mode to control other software.
After quickly and intuitively developing your ideas, drag and drop your patterns as MIDI or audio files directly into your DAW to finalize and mix your production. You'll soon realize The New MASCHINE is a powerhouse capable of revolutionizing the way you make music.
Creative Performance Tool The New MASCHINE is fast becoming the ultimate performance tool for creative musicians. The New MASCHINE controller is super-sturdy, yet easily portable. The highly responsive pads now have heightend sensitivity and can easily be assigned different colors to keep your kits organize. The new Master Push Encoder and endless rotary knobs are addictively playable, while the two improved high-resolution backlit displays keep you informed of what's going on - perfect for any club or stage.
Use the New MASCHINE as an instrument for performing your own tracks, or sync it with other gear like TRAKTOR PRO 2 (sold separately) to add more dynamics to your live set.
Supreme Sounds Mode The New MASCHINE comes with over 6GB of ready-to-use, professional and inspiring sounds. Create rhythms and melodies right away with the included drum kits, one-shot samples, basses, synths, and acoustic instruments - all fully tagged for easy browsing. It also includes KOMPLETE ELEMENTS, providing more than 1,000 stunning sounds drawn from the flagship KOMPLETE 7, and a full version of the MASSIVE synthesizer with 1,300 earth-shattering sounds used widely in all styles of music today. And now, you can add extra fuel to your New MASCHINE with the new range of MASCHINE EXPANSIONS - premium sample kits created by renowned sound designers and artists.
The New MASCHINE upgrades:
Multi-color pads, now refined and even more touch sensitive
Colors freely assignable to Sounds, Patterns, Groups and Scenes
Master push encoder with grid, and 47 all-new click-buttons
Timestretch and pitch shifting capability
Improved high contrast displays with higher viewing angle
Host Transport Control: hardware transport controls can be used to control host
New effects: Transient Master, Tape and Tube Saturators
Numerous workflow improvements for an even more intuitive and faster workflow
Customizable Mk2 hardware with removable magnetic faceplate for optional MASCHINE CUSTOM KITS
Now also available in white
Combines intuitive sequencer, sampler, and over 20 high-quality effects with realtime control and flexible routing into an inspiring Groove Production Studio
Dedicated controller with 16 high-quality pads, 41 buttons, and 11 rotary encoders for playing, recording, sequencing, automation, and arrangement
Fast workflow with pattern-based arrangement and smooth hardware, software, and host environment integration
Features step sequencing, real-time recording, note repeat, slicing, and auto-mapping for intuitive jamming
Over 5GB of inspiring, studio-quality sounds with over 10,000 samples and hundreds of patterns perfectly suited for electronic, urban, and indietronic genres
Extensive MIDI-mapping capabilities to control other hardware and software
Easy-to-use browser with tagging of kits, instruments, samples, and effects
Intuitive automation recording and step automation editing
Sampling from external and internal sources with threshold detection
Works as a plug-in for any software sequencer supporting VST, AU, or RTAS
New Software Enhancements in Version 1.8
MK2 controller support
Colors for Groups, Sounds, Scenes, and Patterns
Full version of MASSIVE synthesizer
Offline time stretching and pitch shifting
New effect: Transient Master
New effect: Tape and Tube Saturators
Save group with samples feature
Host Transport Control: If Maschine is run as a plug-in, the hardware transport controls can be used with the host
Sample play position indicator on the waveform (hardware and software)
AutoWrite on Maschine Mikro
Improved handling of missing samples
Pre-hear samples from the hardware browser before loading them
Choke all playing sampler voices feature ("panic button": Shift + Mute)
Revised select page (hardware) with access to note length
Quick select events of a sound in a pattern (Shift + Select + Pad)
Quick erase events of a sound in a pattern (Erase + Select + Pad)
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