Monday, December 31, 2012

Native Instruments MASCHINE 2 Review
Native Instruments Maschine has been said to change the game for many computer musicians. This hardware controller along with the integrated software is providing just want DJs have been asking for: improving, easing, and simplifying production; providing hardware and software of a nearly customized status.

Native Instruments Maschine is a tactile MIDI controller drum machine which can double as a VST/ AU plug-in in a DAW. The controller doubles as a hardware and software based device. The software can be used to effectively combine sequencing, sampling, and programming of individually custom-made effects. The product includes Native Instruments Massive- a synthesizer, Maschine Custom Kits- software products, and Maschine Stand- ideal for physical adjustments in the studio and on stage.

Maschine can be used to produce in the studio as well as to perform as a DJ on stage.
For compositions Maschine can is and aid in the creation of beat parts and full tracks. Musical pieces can be created to contain multiple musical aspects with rhythmic, harmonic, and melodic feels. In addition to composing and performing you can browse, sample, slice, sound-shape, and tweak effects in editing your music to your own liking.

The new Native Instruments Maschine physique includes new multicolored, highly responsive pads and buttons. Additionally, new back-lit, high-contrast LCD displays were included in this new controller for an optimized viewing experience during dark or light performance and production settings.

The hardware also provides direct access to all software functions to provide easy browsing, loading, tweaking, playing, arranging, and automation of software functions. The software has the ability to sample and use plug-ins and effects parameters live by using Machine as a controller. The control can also be used to sequence all of your external hardware instruments.

Maschine software version 1.8 comes as a free update to previous license holders. The software library contains a 6 GB library of drum kits, one-shot samples, basses, synthesizers, and acoustic instruments which are easy to browse due to the labeling system. The Massive synthesizer for bass and leads, along with Komplete Elements provides more than 1000 sounds from the Komplete 8 and Komplete 8 Ultimate software packages. The new version of the software allows for color coding, new effects, and time stretch abilities which can improve workflow and ease productivity. One can switch to MIDI mode to control other software. The electronic kits are programmable for personalized effects.

The Native Instruments Maschine drum machine is competitive with other beat making products. Upon completion of a track, drag and drop your patterns as MIDI or audio files directly into your DAW in order to finalize and mix your production. The color pads and easy ability to organize can evolve your musical productions.

Maschine users have raved that the controller in use of producing aids in production without interrupting the workflow; technical and specific details can be tended to afterwards and the naturally impulsive flows of ideas and creation can be laid down, speeding up productivity. Musicians rant that the controller is extremely easy to set up and sync with other software. Using control mode, it is easy to switch back and forth between other software and use Machine as a plug-in in a DAW or as a solo controller.

The sensitivity of the knobs and pads have improved accuracy for some players. The controller also allows for different adjustment modes for velocity and pitch. Sampling and chopping sounds is easier to control compared to some other devices. Overall, Maschine is said to have a relatively easy and lax learning curve.

Other devices and software to check out: iMachine, Machine Expansions, Maschine Custom Kits, and Maschine Mikro.

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