NI’s latest Maschine controller has elevated the device to whole new levels, transforming it into one of the most incredible platforms for making music. Whether producing or performing, the powerful hardware/software combo provides all the tools you need to create original beats or complete arrangements with ease. On this comprehensive course by certified trainer Rob Jones, you’ll learn every aspect of both the MK3 controller and Maschine software, as well as learn a multitude of techniques for creating many different styles of music with them.
The tutorials begin with a detailed look at how to make patterns with the pads, working in the default pad mode as well as keyboard, chord and 16-velocity modes, explaining the various benefits of each one. Rob then teaches the ins and outs of soundslots in Maschine, by building a kit from scratch, before getting more advanced with Maschine’s Sampler, showing how to record and edit your own samples, slice up loops and lots more.
There is also a thorough exploration of Maschine’s instruments and effects, with lessons on both Drum and Bass Synths, as well as the entire range of built-in effects. Additionally, the course includes tutorials covering more advanced signal routing and effects usage, teaching how to modulate parameters and set up send effects, and also how to use Maschine within DAWs like Ableton Live and Logic Pro.
Signing up to the course provides immediate access to over 4 hours of tutorials, written notes, Maschine projects and 250MB of bonus samples. Before signing up, check out the free sample modules for an example of the tutorial content, which will have you mastering NI’s legendary music-making tool in no time!
Module 1 - Intro to Maschine
This module provides an overview of the Maschine software and hardware, to demonstrate the extent of its capabilities, showing both completed projects with arrangements and brand new projects for setting up and getting going with pattern creation.
Module 2 - Pattern Creation Part 1
This module starts to teach how patterns can be created, predominantly by playing in events with the hardware pads, as well as some important event parameters like velocity and timing.
Lesson 1 - Pad Mode Pattern Creation 1
Lesson 2 - Pad Mode Pattern Creation 2
Lesson 3 - Software Pattern Editor
Module 3 - Soundslots
This module teaches some soundslot fundamentals, by showing how to build up your own kit in a group, consisting of various drum and bass samples, which are edited and sequenced into a groove.
Lesson 1 - Adding Drums and Creating a Break
Lesson 2 - Editing Soundslots in Sampler
Lesson 3 - Adding Bass and Finishing the Kit
Module 4 - Pattern Creation Part 2
This module continues looking at pattern creation, focussing this time on the additional pad modes, including step, keyboard and chord, as well as 16-velocity mode.
Lesson 1 - Step Mode
Lesson 2 - Keyboard and Chord Mode
Lesson 3 - 16-Velocity Mode
Module 5 - Scenes and Sections
This module shows how scenes and sections can be used to create different fixed combinations of patterns, either for jamming with different loops or laying out an arrangement of a song along a timeline.
Lesson 1 - Scene Mode
Lesson 2 - Section Mode
Lesson 3 - Unique and Auto-Length
Module 6 - Sampling
This module teaches how to record and edit your own samples, including single hits and loops, either from external sources or internally within your project.
Lesson 1 - Recording Oneshot Samples
Lesson 2 - Recording Loops
Lesson 3 - Slicing Samples
Lesson 4 - Stretching Samples
Module 7 - Effects
This module runs you through how to apply effects processing to sounds within Maschine, be they individual soundslots in a group, whole groups or the master output, so all groups simultaneously. As well as providing a guide to the range of effects on offer and how to use them, this should also help to further develop your understanding of the Plugins section of the software.
Lesson 1 - Guide to Machine’s Effects
Lesson 2 - Adding and Editing Effects with MK3
Module 8 - Drum Synth and Bass Synth
This module is a guide to using Maschine’s two synths, for designing and creating your own drums and bass. There is also a demonstration of using the step editor to create a 303 bassline, to accompany the drum break, which is embellished in the next module.
Lesson 1 - Drum Synth
Lesson 2 - Bass Synth
Module 9 - Advanced Effects and Routing
This module teaches some more advanced effects techniques, including modulation, meaning both automating of effect parameters into patterns and also onboard effects themselves, as well as setting up send effects and using sidechains.
Lesson 1 - Modulating Parameters with MK3
Lesson 2 - Envelope and LFO Modulation
Lesson 3 - Step Mode Modulation
Lesson 4 - Send Effects
Lesson 5 - Sidechaining
Module 10 - Macros and Performance Features
This module shows how the various performance-related controls on Maschine can be used to add expressive elements to your music.
Lesson 1 - Macros
Lesson 2 - Lock Snapshots
Lesson 3 - Smart Strip
Lesson 4 - Perform FX
Module 11 - Using Maschine in the DAW
This module shows how Maschine works running as a plugin in the DAW, to highlight the differences and ways it can be used.