Press Release: Native Instruments have announced the new generation of Maschine, its critically acclaimed groove production studio. From October 1st 2012, both Maschine and Maschine Mikro will receive a major overhaul with new updates to hardware and software.
The new Maschine hardware, priced at $669, is now available in a choice of black or white. New backlit multicolored pads provide advanced visual orientation, and the pads have also been updated for increased sensitivity. Re-designed displays provide a wider viewing angle for increased clarity, and the surface layout has been refined with the addition of a master push-encoder and new buttons with a click action.
The more compact Maschine Mikro hardware, priced at $399, will also be available in black or white versions, and includes the same increased-sensitivity, multicolored pads and clickable buttons. Maschine Mikro runs on the same software as the larger Maschine, so Maschine Mikro owners also get Massive, color-coding, new effects and all workflow improvements.
The forthcoming, free Maschine 1.8 software update introduces the new color-coding system. Sounds, groups, patterns and projects can be assigned specific color schemes, which are reflected in the colors of the pads and buttons on the hardware, providing instant visual feedback and improved workflow. Furthermore, the new software also includes offline time stretching and pitch shifting capabilities as well as a range of new effects, including NI's hugely popular dynamic mixing effect Transient Master. Numerous workflow improvements such as Host Transport Control, Browser Sample Preview Mode, Auto-Write Pinning and more plus a number of new hardware shortcuts allow for faster and even more intuitive control of the software via the Maschine hardware.
Another major new addition to the 1.8 update is the inclusion of NI's perennial synthesizer Massive – an extremely popular instrument, renowned for its bass and lead sounds. The full version of the synthesizer is included, adding 1,300 additional sounds to the Maschine library. Anyone updating to 1.8 update will receive Massive, existing Maschine users included. The instrument will be available as a download after software registration.
The new Maschine generation, including the accessories, will be available from October 1st 2012. All items can be pre-ordered immediately.
Additional information on the new Maschine generation is available at www.native-instruments.com/maschine