Native Instruments has introduced Maschine MKII, the next generation of its hardware/software beatmaking workstation.
Here’s what’s new with Maschine MKII:
- 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 Maschine MKII controller now has a master push encoder with grid, and 47 all-click-buttons that help to speed up the workflow.
- The Maschine MKII’s high contrast displays have a higher viewing angle that will help keep things visible, even with some difficult live performance placements.
- The new Maschine also 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; and
- A full version of the Massive synthesizer is included.
Details and video demo below.
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 pinning
- 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)
The MASCHINE MKII Controller:
- 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
The Maschine MKII is available for pre-order now for 599 Euro. Shipment is expected to begin on October 1st.