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Native Instruments Maschine Tutorial 1: Work Flow

Posted by Ms.Tris On June - 2 - 2010

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Unwrapping MASCHINE

I was talking with a “#teammaschine” user who frequents MsTrisMusic.Com. He sparked the fire for me to do my 1st Maschine Tutorial post. Shouts out to @MrIIXI for this one, and the term ” teammaschine” 🙂

If you haven’t had the chance to meet Native Instruments Maschine, the following video will give you the basic idea of what the fuss is about:
NI Maschine: Introduction

I got my Maschine in March. I have been really inspired to work on beats with it. I think I told you I heard about Maschine, then watched a few videos before making a decision to dip into my Roland Fantom money, and purchase one. You can read my introduction to Maschine here: MsTrisMusic NI Maschine.

Out of the box it was easy to get started. If you have used Fl Studio, Reason, Mpc, or other Daws to make beats, Maschine has all the basic features: There is a piano roll, pattern mode, pad mode, step sequencer, and more. The thing that’s a little different is Maschine uses “Scenes” to set up your song. For me, that was the only “uh-oh” moment.

The suggested work flow is to make several patterns, then place them in scenes arranging them how you wish. Sounds easy enough, but when I sat down to make a complete song it took a little thought.

I finally figured out the best and fasted way for me to get started. This tutorial will deal with Maschine Stand Alone installation.( I will do another post later this month with full Reaper routing). I will be using all Maschine included sounds for tutorial purposes. This is not a beat making tutorial, but one showing my way of beat creating, and arranging on Maschine using patterns and scenes

I load up Maschine, and load a drumkit into “Group A (808 Southern Kit)”, and a few sounds into “Group B”;

Next I’ll start with a 8 bar melody or drums in pattern “A1”. The cool thing about Maschine is each kit has some preset patterns to get you working quickly. I like this particular pattern for the 808 Southern kit so I’ll use it to keep rolling with the tutorial. This pattern will go in “Scene 1” :

808 drum pattern
This is 1/2 or 8 bars of verse 1.

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I’ll add a 8 bar chord progression or melody using sounds from Group B/instruments in pattern “A1”:
8 bar chord progression
This will go with the 8 bars of drums above for 1/2 of verse1

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The song now has a decent starting point. I’ll continue to make the second half of verse1 using patterns “A2” for both drums and instruments. I’ll either copy and paste patterns or make new patterns here. Since I’m doing a tutorial, I will keep it simple by copying the drums, and chord progression from pattern “A1” to “A2”, then making a few additions, and changes for a break down. My “A2” patterns will go in “Scene2” ( The break will take me to the next step, the hook)

Drums and Chord Progression 8 bars” A1″ + 8 bars “A2” = 16 bars for verse 1
You can see in the picture how I placed my patterns into two “scenes”

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I’ll bet you can guess the next step? I’ll copy the drum and instrument patterns from ” A2″ to “A3”, add some things, and begin working with an 8 bar hook. “A3” will be added in “Scene 3”. I’ll label my scenes : verse1 part1, verse 1 part 2, hook1

16 bars for verse1 and 8 bars for hook 1

This is a very basic way to start a complete song in Maschine. Always remember the tutorials are “suggestions”. This is a foundation for something bigger. Keep in mind that you can start using 4 bar patterns or any length. This helps me keep my drum patterns and instrument patterns matched up during the arrangement process. It also helps me keep my beat in a complete song format, while matching patterns with scenes.

From this point I can continue to build the track, making new patterns for the second verse and second hook etc. To give you a complete idea, I have copied verses and hook sections, and began to add melodies. To keep things in order, I work using the next available patterns “A4” and “A5” to start verse2 and “A6” for the hook 2, next “A7, A8, A9” for verse 3 and hook 3.

I know this looks and sounds like a lot. It’s really simple once you do a few beats this way. Let me do a brief review:

I use all 8 bar patterns:


A1 | A2 | A3
Scene1 | Scene2 | Scene3
8bar | 8bar Verse1 | 8bar Hook 1


A4 | A5 | A6
Scene4 | Scene5 | Scene6
(8bar | 8bar Verse2 | 8bar Hook 2)


A7 | A8 | A9 | A9
Scene7 | Scene8 | Scene9 | Repeat Scene 9
( 8bar | 8bar Verse3 | 8bar Hook 3 | Outro


If you need to make an intro you would start intro= A1, Verse starts at A2 and so on.
Here is a screen shot, and the beat idea I came up with while doing the tutorial:
Maschine Work Flow 1:


Maschine Work Flow (beat idea)

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Im gonna finish this one in a few minutes 🙂

Happy Beat Making To All
Pz Til Later!~

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4 Responses to “Native Instruments Maschine Tutorial 1: Work Flow”

  1. profa21 says:

    hey i was wondering if i could use my maschine with sonar studio v 20,,in other words,,can i finish a beat on the maschine,then load it on sonar

    thank you for your help………

  2. Hello @ Profa21.. I’m not sure about inserting Maschine in Sonar v20. You can complete the beat in Maschine and export each sound in each group as an audio file. Be sure to select all scenes. Next you will be able to load the wavs into Sonar, and continue to mix or add more… thanks for reading and I hope this helps..

  3. wigwam says:

    hey sis{star}
    Great blog by the way. Having a hard time trying to duplicate/copy/paste scenes or patterns. With your good explanation and all. I still can’t seem to figure it out.
    Maschine tutorial needs a password. Don’t know mine.!

    If you got more juice I would totally appreciate it!

  4. Hey Hey wigwam , you can” right” click on the patterns to copy and paste them on a pc. on a mac I think its alt copy and paste? Im not sure which Maschine tutorial needs a password?

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