updated 11:10 pm EDT, Tue April 20, 2010
New instruments, drum sounds, editing in v1.5
Native Instruments has launched Maschine 1.5, updating the music production software with increased functionality and 50 new or improved features. Maschine integrates software and MPC-style hardware. The MIDI-capable hardware has 8 stereo outputs and includes a sequencer with sampling and slicing capabilities, while the software provides access to 6GB of samples and loops.
Maschine 1.5 adds two vintage sampler modes that emulate the sonic signatures of the MP-60 and SP-1200. There is improved DAW integration, with new macro controls, MIDI pattern drag-and-drop export, direct DAW recording of Maschine events and MIDI pitch blend support. The update also adds new destructive audio editing functions for in-depth sample manipulation.
The latest version includes additional instrument and drum sounds with special versions of Abbey Road 60s and 70s DRUMs, authentic electric pianos and bass guitars from Scarbee, and resampled MPC-60 hip hop kits from sample expert Goldbaby. Also new are a Grain Stretch effect algorithm, 16 velocity levels in pad mode, MIDI file export, extended polyphony options and improved event editing and navigation on the controller.
MACHINE 1.5 requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher with an Intel 2GHz chip and 2GB of RAM. It supports VST, Audio Units, RTAS, ASIO, Core Audio, Direct Sound and WASAPI. The package costs $670.