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NI Maschine 2.6 Software Update

Native Instruments releases Maschine 2.6 update packed with some impressive new functions and improvements loyal users will appreciate. Learn more free update below.

Maschine 2.6

Native Instruments today released a feature- packed new software update for their acclaimed MASCHINE family of music- making tools. The MASCHINE 2.6 update, free to all registered owners of MASCHINE 2 software, brings several innovative features to MASCHINE STUDIO, MASCHINE MK1 and 2, and MASCHINE MIKRO that were previously only available for MASCHINE JAM customers. It includes a suite of features that help spark creativity, add variety to tracks, and add flair to live performances. It also extends MASCHINE’s powerful workflow to external synths by introducing MIDI CC capabilities.

MASCHINE 2.6 comes with a new tool to help music producers spice up their compositions. Variation Engine, now for MASCHINE STUDIO, MASCHINE MK1 and 2, and MASCHINE MIKRO, relies on two unique functions, Humanize and Randomize, to add variety and spontaneity to any programmed melody or drum pattern. First enabled on the MASCHINE JAM, Humanize shakes up the quantization on existing patterns and moves the notes to give programmed patterns the feeling of having been played naturally, loosen up a drum beat, or add swing to a melody. And to help spark new ideas or add texture, Randomize creates new patterns with random velocities and note positions.

The new MASCHINE 2.6 software update also includes tools to encourage experimentation and spontaneity. Lock, another feature previously implemented in MASCHINE JAM, makes it easy, for example, to tweak a sound’s characters, change an envelope, open a filter, or modulate any other parameter without worrying about losing their previous work. Musicians using the MASCHINE STUDIO or MASCHINE MK1 and 2 controllers can now take snapshots of the parameters and then push a button to return to their original settings. Users can create up to 64 snapshots, and with the help of Morph, blend seamlessly from one snapshot to any other snapshot, making it easy to discover new transitions.

With MASCHINE 2.6, producers will now be able to send MIDI CC messages to their favorite external MIDI-enabled synths and drum machines directly from all MASCHINE hardware. MIDI CC allows performance data, like attributes and parameters, to be transmitted to the external device. This means musicians can, for example, change the tone of the kick on their favorite Roland groovebox or sweep the LFO on their beloved Korg synth as if they were software instruments.

This update also brings classic features standard on MASCHINE STUDIO, MASCHINE MK1 and 2, and MASCHINE MIKRO to the MASCHINE JAM. Now producers can change a note’s pitch, velocity, length, swing, and position directly from the MASCHINE JAM via the step sequencer. It’s also possible to modulate parameters, like changing reverb depth, adjusting a favorite plugin, or tuning a drum, on each step. With MASCHINE 2.6, users can also quickly adjust the velocity levels on each note in step mode by pressing any of the 16 fixed velocity levels on a dedicated grid.


Variation Engine

New in MASCHINE 2.6, the Variation engine helps add variety and spontaneity to your tracks for all the MASCHINE 4 x 4 controllers. This video takes a closer look at how to bring the Randomizer into play. You can also see and hear how the Humanizer loosens up your beats and melodies. Using both together is a powerful new way to spark track ideas.


Snapshots for MASCHINE JAM

With the MASCHINE 2.6 update, MASCHINE JAM’s Snapshot feature comes to the MK1, MK2 and STUDIO hardware. Snapshots are an exciting new way to experiment creatively without losing your original sound. This video highlights how to freeze the settings of your current session with the Lock feature, and then return to them instantly after tweaking your sound’s parameters. Similarly, you can see how the Morph function seamlessly transition between different Snapshots.


Note Event Editing for MASCHINE JAM

With MASCHINE 2.6 software, MASCHINE JAM has the same note editing capabilities as your favorite MASCHINE. Start fine-tuning your patterns directly with the MASCHINE JAM controller – change a note’s pitch, velocity, length, or swing via the step sequencer.


16 Velocity Levels for MASCHINE JAM

With the MASCHINE 2.6 update, MASCHINE JAM now lets you use 16 fixed velocity levels for fast programming in step mode.


Additional Information

Additional information on the free MASCHINE 2.6 software update is available here.


Maschine Program

The future of production is here. Native Instruments’ Maschine redefines the intersection of hardware and software, performance and production. With Dubspot’s Maschine program for producers and performers, you’ll go from shaking hands with this cutting-edge music platform to making full tracks and performing your music live.

About This Program

At Dubspot, you’ll learn to produce and perform music with Maschine by becoming familiar with its hardware and software simultaneously. Maschine’s tactile controls map seamlessly to their software counterparts, unlocking an advanced production environment. The first level takes you step-by-step through producing an entire track, covering the essentials of sequencing, synthesis, and mixing along the way. We start making music from the beginning–even if you’re completely new to Maschine, you’ll be making your own beats and grooves within days.

You’ll learn sampling and recording techniques to add original material into your productions, use advanced automation features and cutting-edge effects for sound design, and explore Massive, a powerful synthesizer that’s included with Maschine. You’ll also discover how plug-in instruments and effects can expand your creative workflow, and how additional hardware instruments and controllers can be integrated into your setup. Finally, you will also learn how to integrate Maschine into a DAW as a plug-in effect or MIDI controller, with examples shown in Ableton Live and Logic Pro.

What’s Included

  • Maschine Level 1: Production Essentials
  • Maschine Level 2: Sampling, Recording, and Effects
  • Maschine Level 3: Advanced Techniques and DAW Integration

Additional Information

Visit the Maschine course page for detailed information on this program here.

If you have questions, please call 877.DUBSPOT or send us a message.


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Teenage Engineering OP-1 Operating System Update!

After a long wait the new Teenage Engineering OP-1 Operating System is here! This OS update brings a new voltage synth, arpeggiator sequencer, tape loop, sync for Pocket Operators, and much more. 


The much anticipated OS update for Teenage Engineering’s OP-1 has arrived! This free upgrade brings many user requests as well as introduces a number of completely new features and improvements. This all-in-one portable synthesizer, sampler, and controller just got a whole lot better, check out some of the new key features:

NEW Features

  • Arpeggio sequencer added.
  • Voltage synth added.
  • Tape Loops now automatically crossfaded.
  • Tape Effect Chop twice as short + also works at tape start/stop position and across loop wrap.
  • FM Radio press green encoder to autotune.
  • Endless sequencer extended to 128 steps.
  • Tremolo LFO updated with extra waveforms.
  • PO Sync Mode added.
  • Tempo nudge when running on external tempo.
  • All new user contributed presets, based on the previous updates throughout the years. thanks for the massive support from the global OP-1 community!

Voltage Synthesizer

The new voltage synthesizer engine is capable of producing some electrifying results with multiple interconnected oscillators. It can create a wide range of sounds, from basses to organs to pads and more.


OP-1 has also been updated with arpeggio, a new arpeggiator sequencer that you can use both with drums, synths, and samples. It works great for generating basslines and lead sounds!

OP-1Pocket Operator Sync

Teenage Engineering has also expanded the sync capabilities of OP-1, adding flexibility for syncing Pocket Operators and connecting other gear.

OP-1 FREE Download

Grab the OP-1 OS Update at the Teenage Engineering website here.


Kontour Tutorial

Sound Design Komplete Program

Finding the right sound can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. Learn the fundamentals of synthesis and sampling and gain the depth of knowledge to shape sounds the way you want them or make your own sounds from scratch.

About This Program

Become fluent in the language of sound design and synthesis with this comprehensive program. This six-level Sound Design program uses Native Instruments’ Komplete as a platform for learning synthesis and sampling techniques. Starting with an introduction to the properties of sound, this comprehensive series of courses covers the major techniques used for contemporary sound design.

You will learn to create your own sounds with a variety of techniques and add a personal sonic signature to your tracks. We introduce you to the latest synthesis and sampling technologies and show you how to use the world’s largest and most diverse sound library. In the advanced levels, you will acquire total control over all aspects of the Komplete instruments while practicing genre-based sound design.

What’s Included

  • Sound Design Level 1: Introduction to Komplete
  • Sound Design Level 2: Synthesis with Massive, FM8 and Absynth
  • Sound Design Level 3: Sampling with Kontakt and Battery
  • Sound Design Level 4: Advanced Sound Design
  • Sound Design Level 5: Reaktor Ensembles and Production Techniques
  • Sound Design Level 6: Reaktor Programming and Instrument Building

Additional Information

Visit the Music Foundations course page for detailed information on this program here.

If you have questions, please call 877.DUBSPOT or send us a message.


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