With the latest update (v. 2.7.3) to its Maschine production platform, Native Instruments has added integration with Logic Pro X to the Maschine MK3 hardware controller. The unit’s displays now showcase the Logic mixer (Volume, Pan, Mute, Solo states are visible) and basic control is offered over essentials such as Play, Stop, Record, Quantize, Undo / Redo, Automation Toggle, Tap Tempo, and Loop Toggle. Nice!
We wonder if that’s going to happen with other DAWs like Ableton Live, or it’s a one-off thing. Perhaps Apple liked the slick MK3 hardware so much, it extended an olive branch to NI for a partnership. It’s great stuff regardless, and that’s not all there is to the update, either.
The crafty Berliners have also added the ability to enable and disable Audio plug-in playback per Pattern when in LOOP mode. Double-clicking the waveform will toggle playback for the selected Pattern. Alternatively, the loops can be enabled or disabled via the STEP page on the hardware controllers.
Additionally, LOOP recording mode has been added to the Record tab, and the Record tab is now available for both Sampler and Audio plug-ins. When choosing the new LOOP mode, the start of recording will be quantized to the start of the Pattern. Furthermore, when the recording is complete, the loop will automatically be loaded into an Audio plug-in and will immediately begin playback. This is a long-requested feature that finally sees the light of day.
Another Maschine MK3-exclusive improvement is event editing on the hardware using its 4-directional encoder. You can select, nudge, pitch-shift, and change note lengths with the encoder in the events window right on the pair of displays: neat. Both MK3 and Maschine Studio controllers also receive Ideas View.
The Maschine 2.7.3 update is free for Maschine 2.0 users and can be installed via Native Access.