Native Instruments release Maschine 2.6 Update

Leading software & hardware manufacturers Native Instruments have just released a new update to their hugely popular MASCHINE range. The MASCHINE 2.6 software update brings some exciting new features that expand the possibilities of your hardware and allow you to get your ideas out faster.

16 velocity levels for MASCHINE JAM

The newest addition to the range, the MASCHINE JAM, now has 16 fixed velocity levels for fast programming in step mode via a grid in the lower left hand corner.

Note Editing for MASCHINE JAM

With MASCHINE 2.6 software, MASCHINE JAM has the same note editing capabilities as your favorite MASCHINE. Now you can change a note’s pitch, velocity, length, swing, and position directly from the hardware via the step sequencer. You can also modulate parameters on each step.

Lock & Morph Snapshots

Snapshots are an exciting new way to experiment creatively without losing your original sound. Whether you want to experiment creatively or just want to add some improvisation during a live performance, Lock has you covered. Simply freeze your current settings, tweak a sound’s characters, change an envelope, open a filter, and when you’re ready, return back to your initial settings at the press of a button, for up to 64 snapshots. And with the new Morph function, MASCHINE blends seamlessly from one snapshot to the next, making it easy to discover new transitions.

The Variation Engine

The Variation Engine helps add variety and spontaneity to your tracks for all the MASCHINE 4 x 4 controllers. Humanize lets you shake off the shackles of quantization and loosen up a drum beat or melody. And Randomize kickstarts new tracks by creating new patterns with random velocities and positions–the perfect tool for spawning new ideas.

Control external gear with MIDI CC

With new MIDI CC capabilities, you can control your MIDI-capable external instruments, like your favorite Roland groovebox or Korg synth, as if they were plugins. Simply load the controller template for your device in your MASCHINE software, hookup an external MIDI interface, and play with any MIDI-enabled parameters, like tweaking a filter or adjusting a sound’s attack, directly from MASCHINE’s ultra-responsive pads and knobs.

This is a free update to registered Maschine users. You can download your update either through the Native Instruments Service Center or by using the new Native Access application. Check out the videos below for more information on the new features.

Posted by Jamie Farrington

After studying music for 12 years as a tuba and piano player, I was eventually introduced to the studio a few years ago and it opened my eyes to a whole new side of music. Since then I've been producing and recording all sorts of music, with my main interest being in ambient and experimental electronic music. Working at Time+Space has enabled me to work with some great musicians, composers, producers and above all, some amazing software!

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