Native Instruments' Maschine Studio flagship groove production studio ($999) offers expanded tactile control and two high-resolution color displays. It features the same highly-responsive, multi-color backlit pads as Maschine and Maschine Mikro, a new Edit Section with jog wheel, and a dedicated Level Section. The unit's displays enable producers to focus on Maschine tactile workflow. When editing, slicing, and composing, the displays show an overview of the full selection on the left screen while the right screen allows for detailed fine-tuning. Projects, groups, sounds, samples, effects, and instruments with Komplete Instruments and Effects product icons can be browsed directly from the hardware.
Maschine Studio's new Edit Section provides dedicated buttons and a jog wheel with LED indicators. The jog wheel allows quick adjustments to volume, tempo, and swing settings, and accelerates browsing and editing. The Level Section provides a convenient volume knob and a multi-purpose meter display for master, group, sound, and cue levels, plus monitoring for up to four selectable input sources when a multi-channel audio interface is connected. Maschine Studio's dedicated sampler, arranger, mixer, and browser buttons allow for rapid switching between different stages of production. A highly sturdy, built-in collapsible stand provides the optimal angle for working with Maschine Studio.
Maschine Version 2 software ($99) can be used as a stand-alone on either Mac or Windows systems, but also loads as a VST, Audio Units or AAX plug-in in all major DAWs. V. 2 is included with Maschine Studio and all Maschine and Maschine Mikro products shipped on or after November 1, 2013. It offers a new mixer page, new audio engine, dynamic drum synth plug-ins, and more for all three Maschine hardware versions.
A tag-based attribute browser makes samples and presets easy to find while a new plug-in strip displays M Maschine's internal plug-ins by their individual user interfaces. A new mixer page provides detailed level adjustment and flexible routing of Maschine V. 2's aux sends, plug-ins, and unlimited groups and insert effects. A new audio engine with multi-core technology adds sidechaining and allows for higher instrument, effect, and plug-in counts, faster load times, the latest advancements in professional sound quality, and more.
Maschine V. 2 comes with a sound library of more than 8 GB and can host any VST or Audio Units plug-in. Also included are full versions of Native Instrument's Massive synthesizer, Prism synthesizer, Solid Bus Comp compressor, and Scarbee Mark I sampled vintage electric piano.
Additional information on Maschine Studio is available at www.native-instruments.com/maschinestudio.