Native Instruments unveils Maschine Studio
Native Instruments will launch on November 1st the new high-end version of its Maschine groovebox, along with Maschine 2 software.
Maschine Station will soon complete the high-end range of the Maschine Series, with a street price of 999€ / $999 (including Maschine 2 software). The groovebox has been largely modified, and hosts now two color displays for most of the sequencer, sampler and AU/VST plug-ins functions and settings (Komplete is supported).
The control panel was also reorganized, with 16 backlit multicolor pads sitting in the center, multiple control functions on the left and on the right, the biggest news, a jog wheel with LED ring that will be used for various functions, and a dedicated editing section located above the jog wheel with copy, paste, quantize buttons and more, and the transport section below the jog.
A switchable LED meter is also new on this Studio version, it can be used for group, master... monitoring and, on the rear, 2 MIDI outputs were added (1 input and 3 outputs now available). Unfortunately, there is still no sign of audio interface.
Maschine Studio will be equipped with its own retractable stand for surface tilting, so you won't need to purchase the extra stand anymore.
On the software side, Native Instruments will update Maschine to version 2 (upgrade from version 1 is 99€ / $99) for Mac and PC (standalone, VST, AU and AAX). The software was completely revamped with a new GUI, multi-core processors support and a lot of new features, including a dynamic control for the filter of an audio track in a scene, overlapping and zero crossing detection, a new Plate reverb, unlimited number of groups and effect slots, a Gate feature for note repeat, macros for all the sounds, multiple sound and groups select and edit, or the Program Change for VST and AU plug-in presets.
The sound library rises from 2GB to 8GB, with the addition of a 5-part drum synth with kick, snare, toms, cymbals and percussions, as well as Prism, Scarbee Mark I virtual electric piano and the Solid Bus Comp.
Maschine Studio will be available on November 1st along with the Maschine 2 software. Users of Maschine and Maschine Mikro will be able to purchase the upgrade for 99€ / $99, but if you buy a Maschine/Maschine Mikro in October, you'll get Maschine 1.8 and will receive the v2 for free when available. Maschine 2 will ship with all Maschine, Maschine Mikro and Studio grooveboxes starting November 1st.
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