Controlling external hardware with Maschine
With the addition of external CC control, Maschine is now a far more capable hub for a hardware-heavy setup
Maschine’s 2.6 update added the ability to send external CC messages to control external gear. This is a significant addition for hardware-centric producers; Maschine could always sync and trigger drum machines and hardware synths, but now it can fully integrate with them, sequencing and automating parameters within its Patterns. This is particularly good news for users of the Mk3 controller, since the built-in audio interface makes it much easier to pair it with a hardware instrument without the need for extra peripheries.
To make this easier, NI have created presets for a host of synths and drum machines. Head to bit.ly/maschineccpresets for downloads and instruction. For gear not covered by the presets, it’s easy to create custom setups for any hardware via Maschine’s Macros. Here’s how...
You can rename the Macro as you wish. Hit the ‘+’ to add another Macro to your sound. For multi-sound instruments such as drum machines, you’ll need to repeat these steps to assign each individual sound to a pad in Maschine.
Now jump to the Sound’s Macro page. Hit the down-pointing arrow to the left to enter assignment mode. In the dropdown beneath the Macro select MIDI, then the appropriate CC number for the parameter you want to assign (check your hardware’s MIDI implementation chart).
Start with an empty sound slot, head to the Channel menu and the Sound’s Output settings, then MIDI page. Route MIDI to the appropriate output and channel for your hardware device.