New Maschine Online Training Classes: From DnB to Music Theory

New-Maschine-FACEBBOOK-1000 x 1000Online tech training provider, Producertech, have launched their newest project, web-based training courses for Native Instruments’ groove production studio, Maschine.

The new NI Maschine courses range from overview classes that cover all areas of the software and hardware, to courses focusing on certain styles of music, like House and Glitch Hop. There is even a Producer’s Guide to Music Theory class. Additional courses are in development.

The Maschine-courses website boasts “intuitive functionality,” and online courses that work well on all browsing devices, including smart phones and tablets. Courses come with accompanying downloadable materials, such as Maschine projects, bonus packs of Loopmasters samples and Maschine kits, written notes and projects that enable students to practice their newly-acquired skills.

For more detailed information about Producerworks’ classes, visit the Maschine Courses website.

NI Releases Circuit Halo Expansion For Maschine

NI_Circuit_Halo_Maschine_Expansion_ScreenshotNative Instruments today released Circuit Halo, a new Maschine expansion. Circuit Halo combines “intricately-sampled” vintage synths and classic drum machines with more contemporary patterns. Circuit Halo’s sound set also boasts new presets for the (included) Massive and Reaktor Prism synths.

Synth Sounds. Circuit Halo features a collection of samples from vintage synthesizers such as the Roland Juno 60, Casio VL-Tone, Prophet 5, Yamaha DX7, Sequential Circuits Pro One and Six-Trak, and the original Korg MS-20. Each instrument was carefully multi-sampled to capture the “characteristic warm low end,” and idiosyncrasies such as pitch drift, that analog equipment adds to productions. Continue reading

Audiophil – ‘Hope’

Sunday Synth Jam: Reader Nico Steckhan shared this music video, based on a live acoustic glitchtronica performance by Audiophil, Hope.

The track is built around a core of guitar, vocals and cajon, but also makes subtle use of Native Instruments Maschine, Korg MicroKorg and even musical saw to create an original blend of acoustic and electronic sounds. .  Continue reading

Bitwig Studio Controlled By Maschine (Teaser)

Bitwig released this teaser video today, demonstrating NI Maschine being used to control Bitwig Studio.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

Bitwig Studio’s open controller scripting API allows you to hack your own functionality for any MIDI controller. Here is a short video showing step sequencing note input into a Bitwig Studio MIDI clip using NI’s Maschine hardware as a controller.

Official release date and pricing info for Bitwig Studio are still to come.

Native Instruments Intros Maschine MKII

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.

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Native Instruments Slashes Prices On Maschine, Maschine Mikro

Native Instruments has announced that it’s slashing the price of both Maschine & Maschine Mikro. Through August 31st, 2012, Maschine is available for 399 $/€, and Maschine Mikro for 249 $/€.

  • Maschine – The hardware controller that combines the flexibility of computer-based music production with the ease of a groove box into one powerful creative tool. Until August 31st, it’s priced at 399 $/€ (originally $599/599 EUR).
  • Maschine Mikro – The compact music production studio — the same pads, the same software and the same 6 GB+ library as MASCHINE, but smaller and highly portable. Until August 31st, it’s priced at 249 $/€ (originally $399/399 EUR).

See the Native Instruments site for details.

Beatmaking Using Native Instruments Maschine & Vinyl Records

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Asterix demo his process of beatmaking using Native Instruments Maschine and vinyl records:

We included a few screen shots of the Maschine software as I made changes on the control surface. We start off by grabbing a few records, pulling some drums, Choosing some samples and then we put the whole thing together and sequence it using the Maschine’s software.

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