HelloSamples Raw Series returns with Roland CR-78 drum machine

HelloSamples Raw Series 5 Roland CR78

HelloSamples has announced the release of Raw Series 5: Roland CR-78, a punchy, organic and vintage drum sound pack that pays homage to a classic The CR-78 is our preferred drum-dedicated vintage machine, and this is our homage in form of a sound pack! We have obviously maintained our “raw” philosophy by carefully sampling the […]

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iZotope Launches Ozone 9 Audio Mastering Platform

Today, iZotope launched Ozone 9, the newest update to its audio mastering system. Ozone 9 “brings balance to music” with new processing for low end, new real-time instrument separation, and fast workflows powered by machine learning.

New Ozone 9 features include an expanded Master Assistant, Tonal Balance Control can now talk to more iZotope plug-ins in the session, and plug-in performance is improved for faster work, smoother metering, and resizable windows, among other features.… Read More iZotope Launches Ozone 9 Audio Mastering Platform

Niche Audio offers sounds of Chicago & Detroit with Grassroots House

Niche Audio Grassroots House

Niche Audio has released its new sample collection Grassroots House, featuring 15 Deep House kits inspired by the golden era House of Chicago and Detroit. Loaded with Shuffling House Beats, Lush Warm Chords, Deep Leads & Riffs, Bouncy Basslines & Sublime FX. All Kits are in complementary keys & tempos – allowing You to easily […]

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Native Instruments releases Chromatic Fire sound pack, free to Maschine users

Native Instruments Chromatic Fire

Native Instruments has announced the release of Chromatic Fire, a free collection of sounds, Maschine kits, and projects from some of the company’ss favorite artists and sound designers, including Torsten Fassbender, Snipe Young, and Sasha. The Expansion – a “thank you” to the users that have inspired and been inspired by Maschine so far – […]

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NI’s Pure Drip Expansion offers chart-topping modern Hip Hop from Snipe Young

Native Instruments Pure Drip

Native Instruments has launched its new Expansion series pack Pure Drip, featuring fluorescent and melodic chart-dominating beats for a diverse blend of atmospheric trap, anthemic hip hop, and forward-thinking pop. The pack by Snipe Young includes samples and loops, drum kits for Battery and Maschine, synth presets for Massive, Monark and Reaktor Prism, and more. […]

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Native Instruments celebrates ten years of MASCHINE

NI 10 years of Maschine

Native Instruments has kicked off its ten years of MASCHINE celebrations. 2019 marks a decade of Native’s flagship beat-making and pro-production instrument MASCHINE. Launched in 2009, MASCHINE’s first incarnation represented a breakthrough in hybrid hardware/software technology by uniting the intuitive workflow and immersive feel of classic sampler/grooveboxes with the power and flexibility of computers. Over […]

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Native Instruments releases Warped Symmetry melodic electronica Expansion

Native Instruments Warped Symmetry Expansion

Native Instruments has announced the release of Warped Symmetry, a new Expansion featuring timeless melodic electronica in collaboration with Berlin-based sound design and production company, IRRUPT. The collection aims to capture three decades of pioneering sound with head-nodding electronica that transcends the dancefloor. Create timeless, homespun, head-nodding electronic music that reaches far beyond the dancefloor. […]

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There’s evidence of standalone Maschine hardware in the latest update

What if you could get Maschine and its live performance and sound capabilities – without the computer? One inquisitive user on the Native Instruments forum has found some compelling evidence that that could be what’s next.

Maschine 2.8.3 dropped this week. A post by user moderator D-One points to materials in the scripts folder that seem to suggest standalone Maschine hardware – a device that could switch between a controller for your computer and hardware that works on its own.

This wouldn’t be the first time Native Instruments inadvertently revealed hardware before it was announced. The Maschine MK3 was also located by a user snooping around in the Lua scripts that connect the hardware and software.

The forum thread has been up since Thursday evening Berlin time, though I don’t know if eventually it will get deleted.

2.8.3 And the future of Maschine???

It’s fun reading the whole thread, but here’s the gist:

  • Maschine hardware, apparently designated MH (MH1071)
  • Shutdown, reboot, and recovery routines, suggesting it works on its own
  • Mention of an SD card, USB mode
  • Apparent references to controller and standalone modes

(1071 is a strange number to use as designation, so it seems likely that part is intended as a codename, unless there’s something we don’t know. 1071 buttons. No idea.)

D-One grabbed this image after loading the script on his/her existing hardware. Yeah, this is certainly suggestive.

The appeal of this is pretty clear. AKAI have already staked out hardware that doubles as standalone (without computer) and controller. But despite the storied “MPC” moniker being associated with that company, the overwhelming feedback I’ve seen from readers of this site is that many of you have moved on to workflows in either Maschine or Ableton Live. While the Akai Force was an interesting preview, I think we’re also waiting on a standalone device that has robust sync performance and handles complex sound production without choking its CPU. That is, these things need to be better than a computer when running on their own. So if Native Instruments are working on this, I’ll be keen to check it out.

You should take this with a grain of salt. Part of the reason manufacturers don’t announce gear ahead of time is not so much to keep secrets from competitors – many of whom know what they’re working on – as to manage our expectations. Hardware doesn’t always ship as planned, or when scheduled. So there’s no way to know for sure whether these Lua scripts mean anything about new Maschine hardware coming soon.

But… that is still very possibly what they mean. And that would be awfully nice. Stay tuned.

Because you know, what this all ultimately comes down to is getting to play these wonderful gadgets like instruments without having to worry about OS updates or drivers onstage. Ever again. Heck, it’s summer – grab a roving PA or mobile speaker and let’s head out for a techno picnic.

One reader also points us to this – it looks like the name of the product could be Maschine Plus. (You’ll see that buried in the symbols in the code.)

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Niche Audio releases Organic Hip Hop Grooves sample pack at Loopmasters

Niche Audio Organic Hip Hop Grooves

Niche Audio has launched its new sample collection Organic Hip Hop Grooves, a collection of 15 deep soulful Hip Hop kits massively influenced by the Neo Soul sound of Detroit and Classic Hip Hop. For anyone who is in need of an injection of inspiration, or want to start a track with a lush deep […]

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Waves launches Bass Fingers fingerstyle bass virtual instrument

Waves Bass Fingers

Waves Audio has announced the release of Bass Fingers, a detailed and nuanced fingerstyle bass virtual instrument that allows you to lay down authentic and realistic-sounding basslines with the personality of a seasoned bass player—intuitively on your keyboard. Bass Fingers comes with an extensive sample library with 15.5GB of hand-crafted bass samples. It ain’t easy […]

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