Native Instruments Maschine is considered to be the defacto beats creation tool for many, it's combination of hardware and software amongst the first of the new breed of integrated instruments.
This week Native Instruments announce Maschine Studio - a major update to both the hardware and the software. It adds some tasty hardware (though still no audio interface I'm afraid) - one of the first things you'll notice are the two hi-resolution colour displays and the EDIT section with a dedicated multi-function jog/shuttle wheel. You also get two extra MIDI outputs for putting Maschine Studio at the heart of your MIDI rig.
The two new displays provide detailed feedback, for instance when editing samples or working in the clip-based pattern sequencer, the displays show an overview of the full selection on the left screen while the right screen allows for detailed fine-tuning when slicing, editing, and composing.
When browsing, the displays provide easy navigation and selection of projects, groups, sounds, instruments, effects, and samples with KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects product icons visible directly from the hardware.
The jog wheel in the edit section lets you adjust volume, tempo, and swing settings, as well as being used to browse and edit.
Dedicated control buttons switch between MASCHINE STUDIO's sampler, arranger, mixer, and browser, and provide direct access to channel settings and an all-new plug-in strip.
Maschine Studio hardware and maschine 2.0 software will be available from November 1st see below for pricing and upgrade details.
MASCHINE 2.0 presents a major revision of Native Instruments' groove production software, delivering a host of powerful features to MASCHINE STUDIO, and both generations of MASCHINE, and MASCHINE MIKRO. A tag-based attribute browser makes samples and presets easy to find while the new plug-in strip make MASCHINE's internal plug-ins much more accessible by displaying their individual user interfaces instead of generic buttons and knobs. A brand-new, dedicated mixer page provides detailed level adjustment and flexible routing of MASCHINE 2.0's aux sends, plug-ins, and unlimited groups and insert effects. A new audio engine with multi-core technology adds sidechaining and allows higher instrument, effect, and plug-in counts, faster load times and more. High-quality 32-bit float internal summing delivers the latest advancements in professional sound quality.
Also new and exclusive to MASCHINE 2.0 are five drum synth plug-ins meticulously developed with Native Instruments' years of experience in software synthesis. Each instrument caters to a specific drum type, and delivers an easy-to-use interface. The plug-ins are capable of a wide range of sounds – from crisp and digital, to warm and analog, featuring accurate acoustic-sounding drums. Because they are based on synthesis, producers have a refined level of control over the sound of each drum. Not only are these plug-ins fully-adjustable and automatable directly from the MASCHINE hardware, they now add a signature sound aesthetic to the world of MASCHINE.
In addition to hosting any VST or Audio Units plug-in, MASCHINE 2.0 comes with an 8+ GB sound library of professional, production-ready sounds.
Also included are full versions of Native Instrument's acclaimed MASSIVE synthesizer, the unique synthesizer for percussive and mallet sounds PRISM, the powerful compressor SOLID BUS COMP, and the meticulously sampled vintage electric piano SCARBEE MARK I, providing a versatile setup ready for any production task. MASCHINE can be used as a standalone on either MAC or PC systems, but also loads as a VST, Audio Units or AAX plug-in in all major DAWs for seamless integration with existing production environments. MASCHINE 2.0 software features batch export of full songs, groups, and single sounds in lossless WAV or AIFF formats in up to 32- bit/192kHz quality. Import of older MASCHINE projects, iMASCHINE projects, REX files, and MPC programs is also fully supported.
Pricing and availability
Available for purchase at retailers worldwide and at the NI Online Shop from November 1, 2013 Price $999 / 999 € / ¥ 104,800.
MASCHINE 2.0 is included with MASCHINE STUDIO and all MASCHINE and MASCHINE MIKRO products shipping on or after November 1, 2013.
Current MASCHINE users can purchase MASCHINE 2.0 on the NI Online Shop from November 1, 2013 for $99 / 99 € / ¥ 9,800.
Customers who purchase MASCHINE or MASCHINE MIKRO between October 1, 2013 and November 1, 2013 will receive MASCHINE 1.8 with purchase and a free download for MASCHINE 2.0. They will be able to download the new software on November 1, 2013.