A Maschine progress, without the computer addiction
Native Instruments introduces Machine+, a full standalone music making factory that doesn’t require a computer connection.
The Maschine+ keeps Native Instrument’s workflow and integrates it into one single unit. It comes with a couple of software features including Maschine+ Selection, 8 gigabytes of instrument packs, effects, and expansions.
The cool thing about it its that you can use it both ways, via computer with your DAW of choice, or just as a standalone. There’s also a lot of improvements that users are likely to appreciate. The main encoder now works like a joystick in four directions. Also, Maschine+ supports Ableton Link right out of the gate, and you can register, update, and download sounds entirely from the device.
Maschine+ has quite a few tech specs worth noting, including:
- Quad-core CPU processor with 4 GB RAM
- WiFi and Link enabled for product updates, syncing with other gear, and collaboration with others
- 44,1 kHz / 24-bit audio interface
- 2x 1/4″ TRS line outputs, 2 x 1/4″ TRS line inputs
- 1/4″ dynamic mic input & stereo headphone output
- 1x MIDI-in and 1x MIDI-out port
- 2x USB ports for MIDI controllers
- Heavy-duty aluminum design, built for years of usage
Included software :
Maschine+ Selection, a curated package of instruments, effects, and Expansions chosen for use in both standalone and controller mode:
Maschine Factory Library: 8GB library of high-quality sounds, drum kits, multi-sampled instruments, patterns, projects, and sliced loops, Bass Synth, and Drum Synths: 5 fully tweakable, automatable drum plug-ins.
Instruments: FM8, MASSIVE, MONARK, PRISM, REAKTOR Factory Selection R2, KONTAKT Factory Selection, RETRO MACHINES.
Effects: RAUM, PHASIS.
Expansions: DEEP MATTER, LILAC GLARE, SOLAR BREEZE, TRUE SCHOOL, VELVET LOUNGE (Plus voucher for two additional Expansions).
I think its safe to say that, Native Instruments brand is playing in a league of their own, since the original Maschine was first announced back in 2009.
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