Native Instruments has announced its new generation of MASCHINE, the critically acclaimed groove production studio.
New backlit multicolored pads provide advanced visual orientation, and the pads have also been updated for increased sensitivity. Re-designed displays provide a wider viewing angle for increased clarity, and the surface layout has been refined with the addition of a master push-encoder and new buttons with a click action.
The forthcoming, free MASCHINE 1.8 software update introduces the new color-coding system. Sounds, groups, patterns and projects can be assigned specific color schemes, which are reflected in the colors of the pads and buttons on the hardware, providing instant visual feedback and improved workflow. Furthermore, the new software also includes offline time stretching and pitch shifting capabilities as well as a range of new effects, including NI’s hugely popular dynamic mixing effect TRANSIENT MASTER. Numerous workflow improvements such as Host Transport Control, Browser Sample Preview Mode, Auto-Write Pinning and more plus a number of new hardware shortcuts allow for faster and even more intuitive control of the software via the MASCHINE hardware.
Another major new addition to the 1.8 update is the inclusion of NI’s perennial synthesizer MASSIVE – an extremely popular instrument, renowned for its bass and lead sounds. The full version of the synthesizer is included, adding 1,300 additional sounds to the MASCHINE library. Anyone updating to 1.8 update will receive MASSIVE, existing MASCHINE users included. The instrument will be available as a download after software registration.
The more compact MASCHINE MIKRO hardware will also be available in black or white versions, and includes the same increased-sensitivity, multicolored pads and clickable buttons. MASCHINE MIKRO runs on the same software as the larger MASCHINE, so MASCHINE MIKRO owners also get MASSIVE, color-coding, new effects and all workflow improvements.
The new MASCHINE generation introduces optional accessories. Owners of the new flagship MASCHINE can customize their hardware with a choice of CUSTOM KITS– interchangeable faceplates and knobs in five color schemes. Applying the new magnetic faceplate is easy and takes only a few seconds – no additional tools are required. Note that CUSTOM KITS are not compatible with any version of MASCHINE MIKRO.
The second accessory, the MASCHINE STAND, delivers an optimized viewing angle and improved production ergonomics. Designed for both studio and stage use, the stand has a rugged aluminum construction with a black anodized finish. Used on a desktop, the stand provides a secure, non-slip hold thanks to a system of rubber holding pins and rubber feet.
Particularly useful on stage, the included Mounting Adapter connects the unit to standard snare drum stands, for neat integration into drum setups. The MASCHINE STAND is compatible with the new black/white MK2 hardware or first generation MASCHINE, but not MASCHINE MIKRO.
The new Maschine and its accessories will be available October 1st, 2012. Maschine is available to pre-order for 599 EUR / $669 USD. The Maschine Mikro can be pre-ordered for 349 EUR / $399 USD.