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Journal: 29 March 2011 – Getting control with Maschine, iPad and a new tune

New Music: With one old rock MIDI file, sliced by Synfire and dragged into place with sounds by Reason we have Tuesday on the Levee:

Maschine: Version 1.6 of the software is released and it is working really well. The big item is the ability to include AU/VST plugins and what is really good is that the controls of the plug in are mapped to Maschine knobs. This makes Maschine a great controller as well as being an excellent drum machine.

This works really well with “The Finger” since all the controls are mapped and you can twist the night away. Some really interesting effects chains can be created with plug ins and internal effects with inserts and sends.

There are also workflow improvements and with the ability to rename more items handy.

Native Instruments also added Komplete Elements which I have most of the things with Komplete but now I am evem more complete with added ensembles and Kore things.

Congratulations to Native Instruments who have shown a real ongoing commitment to Maschine.

iPad MIDI controllers These are a mixed bag:

Hexachrome is my favourite way for some quick harmonic note and chord entry.
StepPolyArp is a handy arpeggiator.
Amos cannot establish a connection so does not work at all
Koushion is like the Tonori-on but has timing issues. It requires a DAW to start and stop.

What is also a bit messy is there is no standard WIFI midi connection software used on the Mac. Hexachrome uses OScullator, StepPolyArp and Amos use DSMIDIWIFI and Koushan has its own piece of software. There should be a standard.

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