There is a massive new update to NI's Maschine line coming out on October 1st. Kmag was able to check things out ahead of time, and we bring you all the details, prices and a pre-release video right here.
The inclusion of the multicolour backlights is not just cosmetic though it now gives Maschine users the option of assigning different colours to different parameters (groups etc) allowing even easier navigation of the unit than before which is definitely a nice touch!
New colours aside the physical changes to the hardware also include a new higher res screen with wider viewing angle, the pads have had their sensitivity increased and the surface layout has been refined with the addition of a master push-encoder and new buttons with a click action for confirmation of action so all round there’s a fair bit of revision in there all solely with the user in mind.
To reflect all the changes on the hardware side Native have also hugely increased the Software offering that comes bundled with Maschine. The 1.8 update has full options to support the colour assignment of pads as mentioned above, Offline timestretch function (something users have been screaming for since Maschine initially released) as well as both the well known and loved Native synth Massive and the popular Transient Master software to look after all your mastering and dynamics needs, Maschine was certainly a great product before but with the new additions its hard to see any other product type as a contender in this controller space.
As a final note, proving that Native listen to users, Native now offer a stand giving a perfect accessory to round off the new updates, If you have never tried Maschine, they are certainly worth a look, even more so now than before
A new video with finger-drumming virtuoso Jeremy Ellis filmed at the abandoned former US listening station at Berlin's Teufelsberg showcases the new MASCHINE generation. The video can be seen here:
The new MASCHINE generation, including the accessories, will be available from October 1, 2012. All items can be pre-ordered immediately.
MASCHINE $669/ 599 EUR / 62.800 ¥
MASCHINE MIKRO $399 / 349 EUR / 36.800 ¥
MASCHINE CUSTOM KITS $79 / 69 EUR / 7.800 ¥
MASCHINE STAND $79 / 69 EUR / 7.800 ¥
Additional information on the new MASCHINE generation is available at: www.native-instruments.com/maschine
Words: Jonathan Swan
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