Native Instruments has released Maschine Jam – their new music production system.
Maschine Jam offers a workflow designed to swiftly capture and develop musical ideas using hands-on, multi-track step sequencing and touch-sensitive controls. With the included Maschine 2.5 software, Maschine Jam is designed to be an integrated production system. It works with Komplete, third-party plug-ins, and all popular DAWs.
It can also be used in combination with other Maschine hardware or a Komplete Kontrol S-Series keyboard.
Maschine Jam’s workflow centers on an 8×8 multicolor click-pad matrix, which can be used for sequencing, experimenting with pattern and scene arrangements, and playing melodies. Maschine Jam also introduces new options for performance, with eight dual-touch Smart Strips.
Notes Mode allow for strumming melodies and chords with the Smart Strips, while the Lock function stores parameter snapshots that can be instantly recalled at any point during performance, or used for gradual ‘morphed’ transitions between settings. The Smart Strips also offer tactile control of Maschine software’s eight new Perform FX units – multi-effects that add expressive motion, space, dynamics, and more.
Here’s a Maschine Jam demo, featuring OddKidOut:
In the video, OddKidOut performs in an LA warehouse, transformed into a multimedia installation that visually reacts to his music. He uses both Maschine Jam and the original Maschine controller into the performance.
Here’s a video playlist demoing Maschine Jam’s workflow features:
Pricing and Availability
Maschine Jam is now available for $399 / 399 € / ¥ 49,800 / £319 / AU$ 549 at the NI Online Shop and at local retailers.