Native Instruments have updated Maschine to version 2.7.3, adding Logic Pro X control and a new Loop Recording mode, letting users sample and loop as soon as a certain number of bars have elapsed. It’s a much-requested feature, one that can be utilised both live and in the studio.
Deeper control for Logic Pro X has also been added, with mute, pan, solo, looping and mixing functions all available from the hardware. There’s also some smaller additions in the form of additional scales for Komplete Kontrol and minor bug fixes. You can download the update from the Native Access app.
Last year, NI added a long-awaited time-stretching feature to Maschine – with this new update they’re clearly listening to their user base.
Maschine is finally getting real-time timestretching of loops in a new update coming December. In a video posted on their YouTube channel, Native Instruments teased the new update and although real-time timestretching is the main event, other features like loop hot-swapping, allowing you to switch out the loop you’re playing and drop in another all without missing a beat.
A new Gate mode means that pressing a pad chromatically plays that part of the loop until the pad is lifted, and the loop continues to play ‘underneath’ similar to Slip mode on the CDJ. There’s even a MIDI note printed on top of the loop to show you were you are relative to the chromatic keyboard.
It means loops become instruments in themselves, and can be manipulated quickly and easily. Head to the NI blog for the full lowdown on the update and if you’re still eyeing up the new Maschine mk3 hardware, read our rundown on what’s new here. Alternatively if you’re holding out for Live 10, get in the know with our news piece here.