Native Instruments has expanded its family of products with Maschine Mikro, a combination of driver and software which is ideal for the studio or stage. This new tool has the same pads, build quality and software as its big brother Maschine, but in a more compact and smaller format. Most software functions can be managed from the device, enabling dynamic control of the software. Despite being primarily a midi controller with its associated software, the feeling that one gets out of this combination is that of manipulating a hardware drum kit.
Maschine Micro is a tool for professional, highly creative production with which you can easily create rhythms, bass lines, melodies and songs on the fly, using the step sequencer included. It also has a sampler, professional effects and is compatible with VST and Audio Units plug-ins to accommodate virtual instruments and this way expand the palette of sounds that you have at hand. Maschine Micro can work in stand alone mode or directly into your sequencer as a usual virtual instrument.
Check out how Jeremy Ellis performs with the new Mikro.
The various shortcuts allow Maschine Mikro to provide immediate control over the most important functions of Maschine Software. This controller has the following parameters to make the most of:
- 16 backlit pads and velocity sensitive with aftertouch
- 1 master potentiometer for various functions in the software
- 1 backlit 128 x 64 pixels
- 28 backlit pads for added visual orientation
Maschine Software has also been updated to version 1.7, which is now available for download on the manufacturer’s website. The key innovation is to highlight the new native format “NIS”, which allows you to load any preset of Komplete 8, Komplete Komplete 8 Ultimate or Element within Maschine, with no need to be using the mouse or keyboard. Other new features include the ability to integrate link pads, add swing by sounds, rename clips, drag and drop internally different audio samples, and improved duplicate functions and 16 stereo outputs.
The launch of iMaschine is another one of the novelties presented and is the first application developed by Native Instruments for Iphone or Ipod Touch. We can expect more applications of this type from the German manufacturer in the future. It is an intuitive software-based Maschine with which you can develop your ideas anywhere, and then upload and finish them. Using different windows and the integrated audio recorder, you can record or play percussion with the 16 pads, play melodies on the keyboard or singing on any of your loops. This is only a small dab of the possibilities of this new application will be available from 1 October at the Apple Store for a price of €3.99.
And now is Jeremy Lidell gettin on the new iMaschine.