updated 08:45 pm EDT, Tue October 1, 2013
New Maschine suite brings enhanced workflow, upgrades
Music and DJ hardware and software maker Native Instruments today announced Maschine Studio and Maschine 2.0 - the new flagship groove production studio and next generation of Maschine software. Considerably bigger than the original hardware, Maschine Studio provides expanded tactile control and new hi-resolution color displays.
As with Maschine and Maschine Mikro, Maschine Studio is an integrated solution combining the latest software technology with a hardware-based workflow. Maschine 2.0 includes a new mixer page and dynamic drum synth plug-ins designed to deliver more power and speed to all three Maschine production studios.
Maschine Studio's workflow is centered on 16 multi-color backlit pads, a new Edit Section with jog wheel, a Level Section and two hi-resolution color displays. The displays enable producers to focus on Maschine's hardware workflow, providing detailed visual feedback to the user. When editing samples or working in Maschine's 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 for slicing, editing, and composing.
One MIDI input and three MIDI outputs allow Maschine Studio to function as a command hub, controlling all equipment from one device. On the underside of the unit, a built-in collapsible stand provides angle adjustment for working with the hardware.
In addition to hosting any VST or Audio Units plug-in, Maschine 2.0 comes with more than 8GB of production-ready sounds. Also included are full versions of Native Instrument's Massive synthesizer, the synthesizer for percussive and mallet sounds Prism, the compressor Solid Bus Comp, and the sampled vintage electric piano Scarbee Mark I, providing a setup ready for any production task. Maschine can be used as a standalone on either OS X or Windows-based 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 are also fully supported.
Maschine Studio is available for purchase at retailers worldwide and at the NI Online Shop from November 1 for $999. 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 upgrade to Maschine 2.0 on the NI Online Shop from November 1 for $99. Customers who purchase Maschine or Maschine Mikro between October 1 and November 1 will receive Maschine 1.8 with purchase, and a free download for Maschine 2.0 beginning November 1.