Today Native Instruments announced Maschine Jam, a new $399 hardware production and performance system that brings Ableton Live-style grid sequence control to the Maschine workflow.
The Maschine Jam brings tactile step sequencing and touch-sensitive performance controls to Maschine 2 software. According to NI, Maschine Jam provides seamless hardware-software integration with existing Maschine hardware as well as with DAWs, NKS-ready plug-ins, and the (recently-updated) Komplete range of software and hardware.
Here’s the official intro video:
Maschine Jam offers a unique set of hardware features that, NI says, “reinforces the creative process.”
The Jam’s workflow centers around an 8×8 multicolor click-pad matrix where producers and performers can “experiment with arrangement possibilities,” using patterns and scenes:
In Step Mode, the 8×8 matrix becomes a powerful multi-track step-sequencer for one, four, or eight sounds simultaneously. In Pad Mode, sounds are entered in real time, while Piano Roll Mode makes possible step-sequencing melodies in a wide variety of available scales.
When the Variation Engine is enabled, beats and melodies can be randomly generated, based on customizable values, and then modified on the matrix. A built-in humanizer adds natural rhythmic fluctuations to programmed sequences.
Maschine Jam’s eight dual-touch Smart Strips, located below the pad matrix, feature a broad set of functions unlocked with the free Maschine 2.5 software update:
New Perform FX map one of several effects to Jam’s touch strips. Each strip responds to simultaneous finger gestures to alter the motion, space, and dynamics of sounds in real time. The Smart Strips each feature multi-color LED meters to monitor the level of the assigned function, and can be used to alter macros, key instrument parameters, and even play melodies and chords with the unique Notes function. A powerful Lock function stores parameter snapshots that can revert back to their original settings or morph between multiple lock states.
Maschine Jam also creates a workflow complementary to existing Maschine hardware. In addition to seamless browsing through the tag-based Maschine and Komplete sound libraries, full support for NKS-ready plug-ins makes native in-app browsing for third party software possible.
Maschine Jam works within any DAW as a plug-in, and also provides DAW control as a dedicated controller in MIDI mode. A template for Ableton Live is included. It can also be custom-mapped to control any other MIDI capable software.
Maschine Jam includes a library of sounds from Maschine 2 software and the Komplete 11 Select instruments and effects bundle, including NI’s soft synths Massive and Monark. Along with the Maschine Drum Synth modules, the updated version 2.5 of the Maschine software features a revised 9 GB library updated with new sounds and macro controls.
Here’s a look at using the Maschine Jam into Maschine workflows:
Pricing and Availability
Additional information on Maschine Jam is available at the Native Instruments site.
To mark the release of Maschine Jam, Native Instruments is also offering current Maschine 2 software owners the choice of two Maschine Expansions from an eligible group of 20 – free with registration of Maschine Jam. The introductory offer runs until December 31, 2016. More information on which Maschine Expansions are on offer is on the Native Instruments website.