Native Instruments have today released a public beta of version 1.6 of Maschine, their integrated hardware/software groove box. Maschine’s been rising in popularity over the past two years, as NI have consistently improved the workflow and featureset; the 1.6 update is the most radical update yet, as we finally see VST/AU plugin integration.
the 1.6 update is the most radical update yet, as we finally see VST/AU plugin integration
One of the most attractive things about Maschine is its ability to immerse you totally in the controller. Thankfully, NI have continued this with 1.6, as plugin browsing is as simple as sample loading. This is facilitated by a new way of approaching sound loading, as now there are four ‘modules’ per pad, which can be populated with either a sampler or plugin and up to three internal or plugin effects.
Other workflow improvements such as pad link, swing per sound, and further improvements to drag and drop between the application and the desktop/other applications are bolstered by doubling the outputs to 16 stereo outs. Maschine is starting to look seriously powerful, and touch wood, the beta hasn’t crashed on me yet so it shouldn’t be too long before we see it go gold. When it does, look forward to a new review…