Native Instruments has announced the release of version 1.6 of Maschine, a free update for the groove production studio.
With the addition of plug-in hosting for instruments and effects, Maschine 1.6 also includes a free download of the new Komplete Elements bundle, and adds new features for studio production and live performance.
Maschine 1.6 features support for VST and AU plug-ins. Both the whole range of Komplete Instruments as well as all third-party instruments and effects can now be used directly in Maschine, complementing its integrated sampler and FX features. Due to an "Auto-Mapping" function, plug-in parameters are pre-assigned to the knobs on the Maschine controller, allowing for sound tweaking directly from the hardware.
The 1.6 update also includes a free download of the new Komplete Elements instruments and effects collection. Based on the engines of Kontakt, Reaktor and Guitar Rig, it contains 1,000 sounds selected from the Komplete 7 bundle, including Abbey Road vintage drums, Vienna Symphonic Library orchestral sounds, an assortment of sampled band instruments, various Reaktor-based synthesizers, an assortment of amp emulations and effect pedals from Guitar Rig and more.
Further enhancements in Maschine 1.6 include an increased number of effect slots, a new "Pad Link" feature, individual swing per sound, clip and sample renaming, expanded Drag & Drop functionality, support for up to 32 audio I/O channels, and Mac OS X 64bit support.
The 1.6 update and the Komplete Elements bundle are available as free download for all owners of Maschine.
Additional information on Maschine is available at www.native-instruments.com/maschine.
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