Tools We Use: Maschine
May 18, 2016
Like the desks of all the composer/sound designers at Centerline, Dan Schneider’s desk is surrounded by instruments. Studio-quality headphones rest next to a black box in the very middle of his desk, one that’s incredibly similar to Push, the instrument we introduced in last week’s Tools We Use.
This is Maschine, and it, too, is an instrument. Billed as a “classic groove production studio,” you can sample, arrange, mix, and create music with Maschine, all with just 16 pads.
The similarities with Push don’t end at appearance. Like Push, Maschine integrates with it’s own software to expedite the workflow and simplify the exporting process. The user also uses “super-responsive pads” to input beats.
“Maschine can be used in many different ways. I use the Maschine software as a plugin within Logic (Apple’s music production suite) primarily for sampling drums, percussion, and one shot sound effects,” explains Schneider. “It’s been my go-to for electronic drums and percussion for around 6 years.”
Two display screens allow you to find any project, group or sound quickly and easily, and you can edit directly from the display screen as well.
“Good drums are essential in any quality music production these days, and Maschine delivers. I love the way you can browse for sounds and quickly create a kit of your own, or change sounds from existing kits right from the controller.
“For example, I can pull up a drum kit and play the beat that’s been stuck in my head. Then I can go back and adjust the individual sounds, kick, snare, hi hat, etc., while it’s playing back to immediately hear how it’s working in the context of the whole beat. With our job speed is key, and Maschine lets me swiftly get out my ideas.”
- “Unmatched” sound quality
- New expansions released frequently
- Great sampling abilities
- Not compatible with other software – “It’s a five step process to get your beat out of Maschine and into Logic. This can be a pain, but it’s worth it.”
Want to hear the drum kit in action? Check out this video created for Innovate Raleigh that features drum beats created in Maschine.