Maschine is one of my favourite music production tools. It’s made waves of increasing magnitude with each point release it’s received over the past 18ish months, developing from a great idea to a slick realisation of the potential of the groove box/computer software hybrid; its freshly announced forthcoming ability to host VST/AU plugins takes it one step closer to becoming a total all in one power tool.
I can’t help but start to imagine that the things Native Instruments are learning along the way are trailblazing for their vision of the DAW of tomorrow
According to the forum post that announced this news, plugin hosting won’t be the only thing that the 1.6 update brings to the table. NI seem to be implementing features both large and small fairly steadily to Maschine, and I can’t help but start to imagine that the things they’re learning along the way are trailblazing for their vision of the DAW of tomorrow. An amalgamation of Maschine’s groove box mentality, Kore’s sound management, and track based audio and MIDI sequencing, combined with a a proprietary control surface to power it, could totally change the game. Is it just a matter of time?