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Native Instruments Maschine Jam

Native Instruments has just announced Maschine Jam, which is their take on the Ableton Push style of controller... for a hell of a lot less! $400 gets you the controller and the Maschine 2 software. They're accepting pre-orders now, with an October 1st release date. This is a nice package, but the lack of displays might hamper you. I'm kind of surprised there's no displays at all on it. Even the original Maschine benefited from its old displays.

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MASCHINE JAM brings advanced step-sequencing, sound sculpting, and song sketching to the MASCHINE family. More on MASCHINE JAM: http://www.native-instruments.com/mas...

MASCHINE JAM is your shortest route from idea to reality: Spontaneously step-sequence and arrange in seconds. Play melodies in inspiring ways with eight dual-touch Smart Strips, or transform sounds with dynamic new Perform FX. And get creating from the start with an included arsenal of premium sound from MASCHINE 2.5 software and KOMPLETE 11 SELECT.

Reader Comments 5

Honestly, I might just trade in my Maschine Studio for this. It's a performance-based tool yes, but that makes for an ideal sketchpad IMO. I'll need to dig deeper to find out how much of a sacrifice it'll be to do that hardware swap (I mainly use Logic, so no big deal), but looks to me something that I might actually use more than Studio.

September 08, 2016  | person_outline Velanche

Does this work with Auria on the iPad Pro? That would be awesome as i was looking at the Soundcraft MTK 12 USB mixer to mix inside Auria on separate channels. If this is true then my dreams have come true!

September 08, 2016  | person_outline Psysword

If it had screens, what would they do for 'Maschine Jam 2' ?

September 08, 2016  | person_outline el-bo

I wish NI wasn't so restrictive with their controllers. Many of them do not function as standard midi without running NI software to create the translation. Most NI controllers have to be used on a standard computer (as in, won't do anything on tablets/phones)

September 08, 2016  | person_outline Yur2die4

Yur2Die4 - I don't want to be a jerk, but in my experience all the Traktor controllers that aren't decks + mixer, the Maschine stuff and their keyboards will do MIDI. The Kore controller will not, I don't think, without the parser you mentioned. Their might be some other stuff too.

What is def true is these devices need drivers - they aren't standard driverless MIDI, so my axoloti needs a bump from my MacBook to get comms from my F1. It's a bummer for sure. Ditto for Maschine - I don't need software open, but I do need my mk1 controller to get clearance to boot into midi from a driver on a computer. Then midi can come out the midi port...

The lack of screens is a bummer - my mk1 just died, and I miss the auto labeling plugin knobs so much.

September 08, 2016  | person_outline Ted

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