Maschine Tutorial Introduction
Today we kick off in a new series of tutorial, this time for Native Instrument’s Maschine.
This all in music production system is outstanding, if a little daunting at first.
Not to worry though, as we take you through everything you need to know about Maschine, step by step.
In the first episode of Maschine tutorials, let’s look at the interface and navigation using both the software and the hardware.
So when you open up Maschine you see this window over here and you can, you can click this little icon on the right and drag this
window. So on your hardware, this section on the bottom left is your Transport window, that’s your play, record and everything so here’s the
play, record, erase if you want to erase any sound on your pad, we have the restart, metronome, all these controls are here on the bottom
left and if you have the Maschine 2, or the Maschine Micro your transport window might look a little different but most of the rules
are pretty much the same, on the hardware. So, right above the transport we have the groups, so we have 8 groups and each group
gets 16 sounds of its own, so if, cause right now I’m in Group A so I can get 16 sounds for Group A, which ever one’s I want, and
then in Group B, I can have 16 different sounds and similarly there are 8 groups, so C D E F G H.
So that’s your group section right there, and each group gets 16 sounds of its own, and how you get these sounds is here in the
Browse option, so even in the software if you click on these icons on the left on the top left over here, and that’s what your Browse
will show up, so this is your Maschine sample library that comes with Maschine, and here I can select, from Projects, I can select
Groups, individual sounds, Samples, instruments and different kinds of sounds.
But for now we’ll just go on groups. So, and you can click on it with your mouse as well over here on the top left, so in Groups, I
can use the far right knob to scroll down and use these knobs to go through my categories, so I can either scroll down from my hardware,
or use the mouse and scroll down like that. And here on the right side on the second screen, is where you can select your Kits or Instruments
or loop packs, but for now I’m just going to go to the kits, in the kits I’m going to select sound different kind of kit with my
second knob, so let’s say, Digital Kit or I could even go Drum Synth, lets go to Urban Kit.
Urban Kits are more like Hip Hop, so with the last knob I’ll scroll down and select the kit, and hit the top right button on the top section, which is the Load button. So
when I load it, you can see that the kit has been loaded with 16 different sounds and there’s a midi pattern that they’ve made for you, so you can hear what these sounds will sound
like. And then you can click on this slider on the bottom and then click on the far right point and stretch that out so you can zoom out and get a full view. So you can select
all these notes and play them and here’s what it sounds like.
Alright and now if I go to Group B over here I have 16 more sounds that I can pick, so I’ll just go to groups again, and then maybe go to Digital Kit and pick any kind of different
kit and then I can hit this button, which is the Load button and then just load that, so here we have another pattern and this is what it sounds like.
So you can click these midi notes and move them around and edit this whole window or you can select the whole thing and delete it and then add your own Midi notes.
So that’s basically what our browse menu does, its the whole sample library that comes with Maschine or any other samples you have on your computer and you can go to, like, instruments, Effects, Sounds and Samples.
So that’s what you do in the Browse menu and now we have the Sampling options, so if you click on the sampling you can sample individual sounds on these pads, so if I have, this sound, or that sound and then if I hit Sampling, you can see the Waveform, so if I select a different sound, you can see those specific
So here on the left screen you have your Start and End point where you can start or end the sample, wherever you want.
Ok so you can also Edit your clip over here, Slice it, you have Zones. And over on the right side, you can Truncate it, Fade in, Fade Out, just a bunch of Effects that you
can even see on your software on the bottom section over here and all these buttons do a whole lot of different things, so if I select,
let’s say, Reverse, I can hit Apply and then it reverses my clip.
Alright, so I can Fade In, Fade Out, Cut, Copy, Paste, just do a whole bunch of different Sampling effects for individual sounds.
So now let’s focus on this menu over here, in the middle, so here we have our Mute button, which you can mute individual sounds, you hold the mute button and tap individual sounds
and it will mute it, then we have a Solo where you can solo one sound and everything else will get muted and then we have the select button where you can select the sample if
you’re in a different effect and you can Duplicate a sound, so, if I want that sound into this key, then I can hit the Duplicate key, select that, select the new key, and, now both the keys are the same thing.
And then we have Navigate, so the top 4 are for the top screen and the bottom four are for the bottom screen so up and down and left and right is Zoom in and Zoom Out and then
Slide Left and Slide Right. So the bottom four are for the bottom screen and the top four are for the top screen, so that’s going right, going left, and zooming out and the
Pad Mode is mostly used for instruments but its for placing a sound along the keyboard, so if I select a sound, and then I hit Shift and Pad Mode, then it will give me that specific
sound along a keyboard, so check it out. Alright and if I get out of Pad Mode then I’m back in the Kit.
Alright so then we have the Pattern and the Scene Selection and we’ll talk about all of this in a lot more depth later on, so here
in your software this is where all your sounds are, and that’s the most you need to know for now, there’s the Browse, and then there’s
the Sampling and then you have individual sounds you can select and do a bunch of different Sampling edits to, so explore all these options
and check out all these buttons and just fiddle around with your software and hardware and we will cover all these topics in a lot more