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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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SoundsAndGear.Com Maschine W/ Reaper Setup by Saint Joe

Posted by Ms.Tris On March - 25 - 2010


Well the week is almost over. I am in here working hard as usual. I have the Maschine fired up. I am learning this thing quickly. I must try not to overload you with NI Maschine stuff..but honestly I am loving this a lot!

Anther reason I purchased it, is due to Saint Joe over at soundsandgear.com. He posted a video showing how to use Reaper as a VST Rack, controlling every thing from Maschine. Wow! This means I can rewire Fl Studio, Reason, and load plugins in Reaper while sequencing on Maschine. He explained the set up and included a template…

soundsandgear.com/native-instruments-maschine-sequencing-vst-instruments-in-standalone-mode/

Native Instruments Maschine sequence vsts in standalone mode

I went back to his site and found a follow up on how to track everything out using Reapers ReRoute and downloaded the 2nd template:

soundsandgear.com/native-instruments-maschine-streaming-audio-into-reaper/

NI Maschine tracking out beats like an MPC

When I had a day to go through Saint Joes site, I was impressed. He actually reviews all things we love about music production. He’s definitely a gear junkie like me :-). When I signed up for his site I started receiving free sounds the first day. I learned so much from him in just a couple weeks. He’s not only giving great reviews, but he responds to comments super fast.

I am sure every producer will find soundsandgear.com worth bookmarking. Head on over and remember to subscribe. Let him know MsTrisMusic sent you…

Happy Beat Making To All
Pz Til Later!~

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Native Instruments Maschine

Posted by Ms.Tris On March - 22 - 2010


I was really saving up for the Roland Fantom G Workstation. During the time my site was down, my trusty Asr-10 would not boot. I have had that keyboard for over 10 years 🙁 . When change comes sometimes you just have to go with the flow. I decided to dip into my Fantom money and buy an Edirol Midi Controller, a new KRK Rokit 5 monitor to replace a broken one, and a motu usb midi interface.

Before going to Guitar Center, I stumbled upon a few videos on NI Maschine. I was interested in this, but never looked into it further. After two days of researching and reading. I was completely sold.

I began to think of all the possibilities. For 1 third of the price of a Fantom, I could use Maschine, and as many sounds as I have on my hard drive. I took a look around my studio and thought long and hard about my set up. Where am I going to put another piece of large hardware?

I have mentioned how much I enjoy using hardware and software together. I finally understand midi connections etc. I found out that I could use Maschine to control vst instruments in Reaper through proper midi settings. This was the cherry on top for me!

I purchased Maschine and I love it. I’ve only been able to work on music a couple days in two weeks. I made 3 beats using Maschine within those 2 days. It was real easy to get started, something I was hoping to achieve with the Fantom. The greatest thing for me is no delay when playing melodies in real time. The software can be controlled from the hardware unit, with basically no latency.

There are a few things that could be improved. Another plus is Native Instruments can improve Maschine by updating the software. expect many tutorials on Maschine here once I really get started 🙂

Here are a few videos so you can see why I’m so excited:
Maschine Tutorial #1: Introduction


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