Native Instruments Maschine 1.8 Now Available – Here’s What’s New

MaschineNative Instruments has released an update to Maschine, version 1.8.

Here’s what’s new in Maschine 1.8:

  • Offline time stretching and pitch shifting feature
  • Transient Master
  • Tape and Tube Saturators
  • Save group with samples feature
  • Improved handling of missing samples
  • 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)
  • Pre-hear samples from the hardware browser before loading them
  • Choke all playing sampler voices feature (“panic button”: Shift + Mute)
  • Sample play position indicator on the waveform (hardware and software)
  • AutoWrite pinning feature
  • Various bug fixes

See the NI site for details.

Music From Garbage

Sunday Synth Jam: Here’s a sampling synth jam, via Aaron Apter, that uses only a ‘broken weight plate’ as a sound source.

Here’s what he has to say about it:

During a Labor Day group workout my gym, someone dropped a bar and accidentally broke in half a well-worn 25lb plate. Half-jokingly, I asked if I could take home the remains and attempt to put them to musical use.

While permission was granted, I definitely got the vibe that others thought I either was up to my antics or a fool to think I could make music out of such a dull and lifeless looking/sounding piece of rubber. That perceived slight was both the motivation and boundaries I had been desperately seeking!

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Propellerhead Updates Figure For iPhone With AudioCopy, WIST

Propellerhead today released an update to Figure, its beatmaking app for the iPhone.

Here’s what’s new in Figure 1.2:

  • AudioCopy—enabling pasting of Figure audio directly into AudioPaste or Pasteboard compatible apps on iOS
  • WIST (Wireless Sync-Start Technology)—simultaneously start two iOS devices with compatible apps
  • Additional new atonal / chromatic scale mode
  • Performance pads now have a grid

Propellerhead Figure is available for $.99 in the App Store.

Check it out and let us know what you think of the new version of Figure!