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Microphone Month 4

New MASCHINES Coming October 1

Native Instruments has announced MASCHINE MK2, MASCHINE MIKRO MK2, and MASCHINE software version 1.8, which will be launched on October 1, 2012. Here’s what’s new in the upcoming generation:

MASCHINE MK2

  • Available in black or white.
  • Assignable, color-coding for hardware pads and group buttons that light up.
  • NI’s MASSIVE legendary soft synth is now included.
  • New Master section, with major improvements over volume, tempo, swing, navigation, beat creation, and more, including 47 backlit buttons and colored transport controls.
  • Time stretch and pitch shift capability.
  • New effects, including Transient Master for drum and percussion mixing, as well as new Tube, Tape Saturator, and Tube Saturator effects.
  • Inverted displays for better visibility and contrast under all lighting conditions.
  • Slightly heavier hardware controller with rubber feet.
  • Reworked USB and MIDI connections.
  • Optional MASCHINE CUSTOM KITS with exchangeable magnetic faceplates and knobs in five color schemes.
  • Optional MASCHINE STAND (also compatible with original MASCHINE hardware).
  • Host DAW transport control (not compatible with Pro Tools).
  • New browser sample preview mode.
  • Revised select screen.
  • Auto-write pinning for automation recording.
  • New hardware shortcuts.
  • Panic button.
  • Improved missing sample handling.
  • Sampler play position indicator.
  • Save Group with samples.

MASCHINE MIKRO MK2

  • Available in black or white.
  • Assignable, color-coding for hardware pads and group buttons that light up.
  • NI’s MASSIVE legendary soft synth is now included.
  • Time stretch and pitch shift capability.
  • New effects, including Transient Master for drum and percussion mixing, as well as new Tube, Tape Saturator, and Tube Saturator effects.
  • Host DAW transport control (not compatible with Pro Tools).
  • New browser sample preview mode.
  • Auto-write for automation recording.
  • New hardware shortcuts.
  • Panic button.
  • Improved missing sample handling.
  • Sampler play position indicator.
  • Save Group with samples.

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