Native Instruments has released Maschine 1.6, a major free update for its acclaimed groove production studio. With the addition of plug-in hosting for Instruments and effects, this version significantly expands the scope and functionality of the system. Native Instruments Maschine 1.6 also includes a free download of the Komplete Elements Instruments bundle, and adds a multitude of features for studio production and live performance.
With added support for VST and AU plug-ins, Native Instruments Maschine 1.6 profoundly widens its creative possibilities, turning the system into a full-featured instrument host. Both the whole range of Native Instruments Komplete Instruments as well as all third-party Instruments and effects can now be used directly in Maschine, complementing its integrated sampler and FX features. Due to an "Auto-Mapping" function, plug-in parameters are conveniently pre- assigned to the high-resolution knobs on the Native Instruments Maschine controller, allowing for intuitive sound tweaking directly from the hardware.
To give producers an even more comprehensive sound arsenal on top of the sample-based factory library of Native Instruments Maschine, the 1.6 update also includes a free download of the Komplete Elements Instruments and effects collection. Based on the powerful engines of Kontakt, Reaktor and Guitar Rig, it contains over 1,000 production-ready sounds selected from the studio-standard Komplete 7 bundle, including Abbey Road vintage drums, Vienna Symphonic Library orchestral sounds, an assortment of sampled band Instruments, various Reaktor-based synthesizers, a versatile assortment of amp emulations and effect pedals from Guitar Rig and more.
Further enhancements in Native Instruments Maschine 1.6 include an increased number of effect slots, "Pad Link" feature, individual swing per sound, clip and sample renaming, expanded Drag & Drop functionality, support for up to 32 audio I/O channels, full Mac OS X 64bit support, and a wide range of detail optimizations.
Maschine 1.7: Preset Browsing
With the 1.7 update, an upgraded level of integration and intuitive workflow is achieved thanks to Maschine's support of Native Instruments' "NIS" sound format. With version 1.6 you could already use your VST/AU plug-ins inside Maschine, but now with 1.7, you can even browse and load the plug-in presets from all Komplete 8 versions - Komplete Elements, Komplete 8, and Komplete 8 Ultimate – directly inside the Maschine hardware browser. This means you can operate Maschine fully without ever having to touch your mouse or keyboard – keeping your focus on the creative flow.
Featured 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.
In addition to plug-in hosting, many other 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.
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.
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 separately
Extended Sample Library and Additional 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 additional sounds and updated 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 additional 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 effect designed to perform.
Additional Sampler Features
Maschine's sampler has been upgraded with several 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 additional Vintage Sampling Modes emulating the sound of MPC60 / SP1200
- More than 10 additional destructive audio editing tools such as normalize, reverse, fade in & out, silnce, cut, copy and paste
- Extended Slicing options: 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) support
Improved 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 additional 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.
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 plugin preset browsing, plus all the great features of version 1.6 including plugin hosting, a free copy of Komplete Elements, workflow enhancements and much more.