A new keyboard controller, the Komplete Kontrol Mk2 S49 / S61, is also on the way.
The Maschine is a widely-used tool for music production and performance, which integrates hardware and software into a system that functions as a sampler, sequencer, mixer, arranger and more. Now Native Instruments has added a 96 kHz / 24-bit audio interface with two 1/4-inch ins and outs to the package, allowing users to record and route audio directly into and out of the device. It comes with 8 GB of samples, loops, drums and presets as well as Komplete Select 11, which contains 25 GB of instruments and effects like Massive, Monark, Reaktor Prism and Drumlab. 25 effects, such as delay, compressors and EQ, are also included.
Two hi-res colour displays streamline the process of sample slicing, sound browsing and sound editing and a touch strip can be used for strumming notes and controlling effects. The 16 drum pads can handle 16 levels of velocity and can function as a step sequencer, while note repeat, swing and pad link are also available. Maschine can emulate the sampling engines of classic samplers like the SP1200 and the MPC 60 and can be powered by USB 2.0 or an included power supply. The total package will cost around $599.
Native Instruments has also updated the Komplete Kontrol series of keyboard controllers. 17 new buttons and two hi-res screens have been added to improve sound browsing and editing, while enhanced DAW integration allows you to mix and edit tracks directly from the hardware. The Light Guide and Fatar keybed are retained from the old models, and new pitch and mod wheels have been added. The new version is available in either a 49 or 61 key option, which retail for $599 and $699 respectively. Both the Maschine and the Kontrol keyboards will be available from October 5th.
Learn more about the new products in this demo video.
Native Instruments will release the Maschine Mk3 and the Komplete Kontrol Mk2 S49 / S61 on October 5th for $599, $599 and $699 respectively.