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Native Instruments Updates Maschine Software With Isomorphic Keyboard, Monophonic Bass Synth


Native Instruments has released an update to their Maschine software. The free-to-users Maschine 2.6.8 update introduces a monophonic bass synth and an isomorphic keyboard.

The new Maschine bass synth allows users to design and shape bass tones directly from the hardware with intuitive, fully-automatable controls. Users will be able to morph easily from sine to saw to square to create their own unique sounds. Users can also load professionally-designed presets to get bass tones for any genre. Maschine Jam users can also program the “signature glides and accents of classic acid” directly from the hardware.

The bass synth does not replace extant NI products like Massive and Monark. Rather, the new bass synth decreases the barrier to entry, allowing users with limited knowledge of synthesis to create attractive bass tones using the workflow they know with Native Instruments’ “acclaimed DSP expertise.”

The Maschine 2.6.8 update also introduces an isomorphic keyboard mode to easily play harmonies and melodies on the Maschine JAM 8×8 grid. In this mode, the notes on the keyboard are only the notes from the scale. Additionally, each chord has its own hand shape – regardless of key – so that users need not know musical theory in order to play with perfect pitch. A chord guide is available as a free, downloadable PDF to help kick-start users’ learning process.

Pricing and Availability. Native Instruments’ Maschine 2.6.8 is available now, and is free for Maschine 2 owners. For additional information, look to the Native Instruments website. The free chord guide PDF can be found at this link.