Holy multicolored groove sequencing Batman! Native Instruments has just dropped a full fledged color me bad new Maschine. The new Maschine controller (Maschine MKII) features the brightly colored pads we have grown to love on the Traktor Kontrol F1. The new annoucement dropped this morning with an eye candy sonic mind blast from finger drumming master Jeremy Ellis.
Now I know what most of you are thinking, “Ugh, it’s the same thing with nice LEDs.” To some extent this is true. However, in my recent production workflow I have incorporated a fully fledged color coordinated organization technique that has improved my life performance abilities but has also nearly doubled my production speed. This is strictly an organizational improvement for myself, albeit super sexy to look at. It’s also important to note that the new pads are also more sensitive. For those of you who have used Maschine before you know that the pads were already some of the best sensitivity wise which only makes the new ones that much more responsive. Think the butter rugs of pads.
Amongst the cosmetic upgrades like full RGB pads and inverted LED screens are a plethora of software upgrades that will make Maschine a fully robust DAW.
New features at a glance:
Time Stretch (Thank god)
Free copy of Massive
Host Transport Control through the Maschine Controller
Preview Samples before loading
Panic Button - Cuts off all sounds coming from Maschine
Save groups with samples
With the new world of Maschine also come some nice new customization options and accessories The ever so coveted White Maschine, typically dubbed the Artist Series is now available for purchase along with some nice colored overlays and knobs which will set you back $79 a set. Not too bad for a fully customized Maschine.
Also available is a nice prop up stand that will prop up your Maschine to a more ergonomic angle. While I do think $79 is a bit steep for the stand, it probably has an amazing build quality that warrants the price tag. I’m looking forward to testing it out as well.
I will be working on a new Maschine + Traktor integration setup with various techniques and live performance goodies as well as a new mapping. Stay tuned to the blog and don’t forget to subscribe the Push More Buttons YouTube Channel for the updates.
What do you think of the new multicolored world of Maschine? Sound off in the comments.
Don’t forget to head on over to NI’s site for a full list of features and gear porn images.