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Native Instruments Maschine MK2

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The Native Instruments MASCHINE MK2 Groove Production Studio is designed for both Mac and Windows. The hardware interface features USB 2.0 and MIDI I/O connections, 16 multi-color illuminated pads with velocity and aftertouch, 8 endless rotary potentiometers, 47 back-lit buttons, one endless encoder (30 steps) and two displays with 64 x 256 resolution. MASCHINE MK2 also supports several interfaces including stand-alone interfaces, VST, audio units, RTAS (Pro Tools 9 or higher), ASIO, CoreAudio and WASAPI.

With the ability to act as a sequencer, sampler, VST/AU plug-in host and multi-effect unit, the MASCHINE MK2 supports beat making, performance and more - all with the benefit of collaborative computer software. The software is stocked with a 6GB sample library that has drum kits, synth sounds, loops and more. The touch sensitive pads make it easy to sequence drum patterns, bass lines, loops, etc. Plus, with color-coding, you can assign certain colors to certain instruments so you'll always know what's what without having to test it. An external keyboard controller may be connected via the MIDI I/O connections on the rear as well.

The MASCHINE MK2 provides the flexibility of computer-based music production with straightforward, two-handed control for composing, performing, browsing, sampling, slicing, sound-shaping and tweaking effects. You can easily load your samples, effects and plug-ins through the software, and then control them with the pads and knobs - there's no need to touch the computer's mouse or keyboard. And, you can always expand your sound with MASCHINE EXPANSIONS (sold separately) or change the look of you controller with the MASCHINE CUSTOM KITS (sold separately).

Key Updated Features

Color Assignment
Simply assign colors to the groups, sounds, patterns and scenes, and see the pads and group buttons on the hardware light up in the same colors. Make your kick drums red, for example, and you'll always know which pads play your kicks
More Pads & Buttons
The 47 white, backlit click-buttons provide direct physical response. And with the colored transport controls, the MK2 hardware provides a wealth of physical and visual excitement for intuitive beat making
With MASCHINE 1.8, all MASCHINE you get the full version of MASSIVE. MASCHINE's eight control knobs offer direct access to MASSIVE's eight Macro controls, for perfect synergy between hardware and synthesizer, and a lightning-fast workflow
Improved Master Section
The Master section has been redesigned. Control volume, tempo and swing with a multi-function master push encoder - select modes with toggle buttons and accurately click through values without having to look at the screen or display. Navigating and scrubbing are much easier as well, and changing note pitch and detailed tweaking becomes extra-precise thanks to the encoder's superb physical response
Time Stretch & Pitch Shift
The MASCHINE 1.8 software has time stretch and pitch shift capability. Stretch smoothly from one BPM to another, aided by the automatic BPM detection. Or stretch your audio to a specific length - to fit one sample to the same length as another, for example. Plus, make your beats match harmonically, by tuning your samples with the pitch shift function
Updated Effects
The free software update has more effects, specially selected for beat production. TRANSIENT MASTER has been fully integrated in the MASCHINE 1.8 software as well. This is perfect for positioning drums and percussion; it lets you mix from front to back, giving each sample exactly the right amount of space. New Tube, Tape Saturator and Tube Saturator effects bring the secrets of analog warmth and natural, harmonic compression to MASCHINE, for even greater sound coloring potential
Design Improvements
The inverted displays provide higher contrast, a better viewing angle for performance or studio, and a sharper look in dark environments. Slightly heavier than before, the controller also works better in a studio set-up and on stage due to the re-worked layout of the controller's USB-connector and MIDI I/O - less risk of accidental unplugging. Plus, rubber feet provide increased grip on the desktop, keeping the hardware firmly in place
Customizable Hardware
The MASCHINE MK2 hardware has an exchangeable magnetic faceplate. The black edition has a black plate with black knobs. Plus, MASCHINE CUSTOM KITS are available in five color schemes. Each kit provides a faceplate and matching knobs

Load your samples, effects and plug-ins, then control them with the pads and knobs - there's no need to touch the computer's mouse or keyboard
16 highly-sensitive, back-lit, multi-color pads with velocity and after-touch (colors freely-assignable to Sounds, Patterns, Groups and Scenes)
Master push encoder plus eight rotary encoders with higher-than-MIDI-resolution for true analog feel and realtime multi-parameter tweaking
47 buttons with click-action for direct control of all software functions, with shift function for even more control possibilities
Two 64 x 256 pixel back-lit, high-contrast dual displays with wide viewing angles - quickly find the information you need, even in the darkest club situation
Bus powered hardware via USB 2.0, integrated MIDI I/O interface and a convenient Kensington lock slot
Full Integrated Concept

Fully integrated hardware device that allows you to control every function and parameter of the software running on your computer, making your workflow fast and smooth
Convenient integration as a plug-in into any VST, AU or RTAS supported DAW
Total recall of all parameters either in standalone mode or as a plug-in
Browse and load all instrument and effect presets from KOMPLETE 8 directly from the hardware - use the eight knobs to filter results quickly
Frequent software updates means MASCHINE MK2 continues to evolve to fit your production needs

Sequencer features two modes: XOX drum machine step sequencer and MPC-style live recording
Clip-based concept for intuitive arrangement of your project into scenes and songs, with assignable color-coding for instant overview
Classic groove box functions such as 16 velocity levels, swing (sounds, groups, global), pad-link and note repeat
Use one button and eight knobs to automate sampler, effects or plug-in parameters simultaneously in real time
Select and edit note events directly from the controller for efficient workflow
MIDI In and Out for sequencing external software or hardware, or connecting an external MIDI keyboard for playing complex melodic ideas

Sample-length and number of samples only limited by your computer's RAM capacity
Polyphony up to 32 voices for each sound, with choke, legato and glide options
Powerful slicing by transient detection, fixed grid or equal splits with automatic pad assignment
Offline time-stretch and pitch-shifting with automatic BPM detection
Destructive sample editing (e.g. truncate, normalize, reverse, etc.)
Convenient import of own samples, REX2 files and MPC programs
Vintage Sampling Modes emulating the sound of the MPC60 and SP1200
Optimized recovery of lost samples - point MASCHINE to the location and it will automatically update the location for all samples in that project
Supports up to 24-bit / 192 kHz audio when using a high-quality audio interface (like KOMPLETE AUDIO 6)
Plug-In Hosting / KOMPLETE 8 Integration

Native support for NIS NI sound format lets you browse and load the presets of all KOMPLETE 8 Instruments and Effects directly from MASCHINE's hardware browser
One instrument and up to four effect plug-ins can be opened in each sound slot - 16 sound slots are available in each of the eight groups
Real auto-map lets MASCHINE automatically maps the plug-in parameters to the controller knobs
Sample Library & Browser

Over 6GB of sounds including 18,000 samples, 7,000 one-shots, 400 loops, 300 drum kits with 1,400 patterns, 388 sampled instruments, 189 FX/multi-FX presets and 60 demo projects
Contains multi-sampled acoustic instruments of all genres such as pianos, organs, strings, brass and much more
Browse and load projects, patterns, kits, sounds and effects conveniently from the hardware, including all KOMPLETE 8 presets without touching your computer's keyboard or mouse
Swap kits while keeping patterns and try out your beat with different sounds

23 high-quality effects including TRANSIENT MASTER, Tape and Tube Saturators, reverbs, filters and EQs - plus creative tools such as Grain-Delay, Ice Verb and Freq Shifter
Convenient automation and editing of all parameters
Chain up to four effects at once, or select a sampler or VST/AU instrument, followed by three chainable effects
Use NI or 3rd party VST/AU effect plug-ins within MASCHINE (e.g Guitar Rig Player amps and effects)
Studio Integration

As a plug-in, MASCHINE retains all of its capabilities including total recall and routing up to 16 stereo outs to your host's mixer
Host Transport Control lets you run MASCHINE as a plug-in, and the transport controls on the hardware control transport in your DAW
Drag and drop audio or MIDI files directly to your DAW, or drag samples directly from your computer into MASCHINE's sound slots
Export note events as MIDI files and import iMASCHINE projects, REX files and MPC programs
Group Macro Controls let you assign any parameter of the dedicated group (i.e. filter, envelope, any effect parameter) to the eight knobs on the hardware or to your host sequencer for automation
Instant navigation lets you open several instances of MASCHINE in your host sequencer and easily switch between them using just one controller
Add MASCHINE MIKRO to your setup in parallel with MASCHINE for additional hands-on control of your DAW
Conveniently bounce songs or individual patterns as 8-, 16- and 24-bit WAV files, or drag and drop them directly to your DAW


Native Instruments warrants its products to be free from defects for 1 year from the date of purchase.

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