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Review: NI Maschine 1.5

This is an extract from my full review, published on Skratchworx. Read on and catch the link to the full article at the bottom of the post.

Despite my relatively glowing review of Maschine 1.0, as time went by little niggles began to turn into big qualms. Compared to its only real competitors, hardware behemoths in the Akai and Roland stables, it was the basic ingredients rather than the icing on the proverbial cake that was lacking. A machine designed to sample, but lacking basic sample editing features, created a workflow encumbered at its very core by workarounds and jury rig solutions.

Thankfully, the sampling system has received a major overhaul in 1.5, and I’m pleased to report that the bods at NI have finally seen it fit to furnish their little groove box with a pair of scissors

Thankfully, the sampling system has received a major overhaul in 1.5, and I’m pleased to report that the bods at NI have finally seen it fit to furnish their little groove box with a pair of scissors. Yes, Maschine 1.5 can destructively edit samples, and it’s wonderful. Truncate, Normalise, Fix DC Offset, Cut, Copy, Paste, Silence… it’s all there (and made smooth by the introduction of waveform zooming and more sensitive value editing on the controller). At least, almost all there – a few features are still conspicuous by their absence, most notably a ‘mono’ feature for combining the channels of a stereo signal, a ‘Snap to Zero Crossing’, and a destructive slicing mode.

This is an extract of my full review, published on Skratchworx – click here to go to it, and gaze admiringly at the exclusive photography, from which this post borrows.

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