Native Instruments has released a new update to the Maschine software that includes some dope new tools. The Maschine 2.6.8 update now comes with a monophonic bass synth and an isomorphic keyboard.
With the new instruments you can design, shape and automate bass tones right from the Maschine hardware. You can also use the new keyboard to easily play harmonies and melodies using Maschine JAM’s 8×8 grid – the notes will only be the notes in the scale you’re working in, similar to Komplete Kontrol’s scale/chord mode.
According to Synthtopia:
…each chord has its own hand shape – regardless of key – so that users need not know musical theory in order to play with perfect pitch. A chord guide is available as a free, downloadable PDF to help kick-start users’ learning process.
The bass synth does not replace extant NI products like Massive and Monark. Rather, the new bass synth decreases the barrier to entry, allowing users with limited knowledge of synthesis to create attractive bass tones using the workflow they know with Native Instruments’ “acclaimed DSP expertise.”