Amazingly, it's been 10 years since the launch of Native Instruments' hybrid hardware and software instrument Maschine (and sure enough, a check back reveals that the original Mark 1 Maschine was reviewed in SOS June 2009).
To celebrate the decennial of the launch, NI have made available online some interesting interviews with members of the original product design team, and also key users. To start with, they've put up interviews with Dr Julian Parker, designer of some of Maschine's reverbs, Steinunn Arnardottir, NI's current Director of Engineering, whose work on samples for the original Maschine was her first for Native, and Kendrick Lamar and Drake collaborator 9th Wonder. More will apparently be added over the course of the coming weeks.
NI have also announced an eye-catching limited-edition bright-orange version of the Maschine hardware, in tribute to the backlit orange pads on the original Mark 1 (which, unlike the later versions of the hardware, couldn't be assigned different colours). Follow the link below for the Maschine-related interviews, as well as details on how to sign up for more news on how to buy the limited-edition orange Maschine. Only 100 of these are apparently being made, so you'll have to move fast!
Native are also hosting Creator Base '19 at their Berlin HQ this week (August 19-24), assembling 14 key NI users and YouTube video creators for a week of creative collaboration with NI hardware and software. No doubt we'll be seeing the musical fruits of this gathering online at YouTube very soon...!