What’s next for Maschine?
While it might have begun life as an MPC-alike sampling beat maker, there’s little doubt that Maschine has now grown into an exceptionally deep tool for sound design, arrangement and even mixing. So where can we expect it to go next? Native Instruments have been pretty open on their forums in recent months about the fact that they’re looking to add audio into Maschine in some way. While there’s no confirmation on exactly how this would be implemented, it looks likely that it will first arrive in the form of a loop recording/playback system, that will allow Scenes of full audio to be added to the Arranger or Ideas View. This would seem like a sensible place to start – allowing simple audio recording to be added to the platform without having to alter the structure of the current application. NI have also mentioned the possibility of adding real-time timestretching to the sampler into a future update. All of which will bring Maschine closer than ever to being able to function as a standalone DAW.