Ghosting the Maschine
With Komplete Kontrol Mk2’s dual screens being the same as those of Maschines Mk3 and Studio, NI have been able to dramatically expand its capabilities as a companion controller for the Maschine software. The Mixer, Plug-in and Browser buttons parallel their Maschine equivalents, and a set of five dedicated buttons access various Maschine-specific views and modes.
The Scene and Pattern buttons switch between Maschine’s Scene and Pattern view modes (Komplete Kontrol’s displays actually mirroring the former more literally than Maschine’s!), while Track pops up a track selection overlay. The Key Mode button toggles between pitching the currently selected Sound up and down the keyboard (the original Komplete Kontrol behaviour) and mapping all 16 Sounds in the current Group to 16 keys, and the Clear button deletes the contents of the current clip.
Transport control, and browsing and mixing using the displays and their associated controls are identical to Maschine Mk3/Studio, and the ability to view different things on each and unit at the same time – eg, the mixer and plugin parameters – is every bit as cool as it sounds. For those who can afford both, Maschine Mk3 and Komplete Kontrol Mk2 make for a great combo.
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