Aug 29

I had my suspicions a few weeks back when Native Instruments lowered the prices (until the end of August) of both their Maschine and their Mikro. I was very tempted to buy a Maschine which is such a great product at such a low price but at the same time was wondering if I would be instantly annoyed if they brought out a much better version 2. Well they have so have a look at Jeremy Ellis on this clip of the NI Maschine MKII and see what you think:-

Native Instruments Maschine MK2 acts as several things at once sequencer, sampler, effects generator and plug-in host. Offering you the ability to manipulate sounds and sequences both on screen and via the touch-sensitive pads, which in the new version are now freely assignable to different colours for easy recognition. MK2 is available in two colours Black or White and you can now buy new overlays and replacement knobs to totally change the colour of your MKII Maschine. These overlay sets cost about £55 and you can see the colours available below:-

Main Features of Maschine 2

Hardware and Software Integration
Multi-Colour touch sensitive pads
Professional sampler with pattern based sequencer
Simple parameter mapping for plug in and DAW control
Works as standalone unit or integrates seamlessly into a DAW studio set up
Comes with 6GB of sounds
Studio quality effects with 170 presets (with transient master and tape saturators included)
Vintage drum machine emulation 16 velocity levels, swing, pad-link, note repeat, step sequencer, MPC 60/SP 1200
Removable custom faceplates
Time-stretch and pitch shifting
High contrast display
Includes the full version of Massive synth

So it is a decision as to whether MKII is worth the extra money? I have just also found out that the Maschine Mikro has also undergone a redesign, complete with those new multi-colour pads.

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