Native Instruments has updated Maschine’s software to version 2.2. New features include Smart Play, adding new melodic capabilities, unified sound browsing, full Komplete Kontrol S-Series keyboard integration, Light Guide synchronization, and more to the workflow. The Maschine 2.2 update is free for all Maschine 2 software owners. Maschine owners not currently using Maschine 2 can upgrade for 50% off the regular retail price until December 12th, 2014.
The Maschine 2.2 update adds a new melodic dimension to the Maschine workflow. The Smart Play features include a new scale and chord engine, as well as a fully-functional arpeggiator. Producers can select from a range of popular musical scales and chords, and perform them into their productions directly on Maschine’s 16 high-sensitivity pads. The arpeggiator allows precise control of direction, octave span, and subdivision – its output is also recorded directly into Maschine’s Pattern Editor, providing easy post-performance editing of the note sequences. The update also unlocks Maschine Studio’s touch-sensitive knobs.
Maschine 2.2 also brings full Komplete Kontrol S-Series integration to Maschine. Producers can browse instruments and effects in the Maschine software directly from an S-Series keyboard. Once an instrument or effect is loaded key parameters automatically map to the display knobs on both pieces of hardware. The Fatar keybeds add a new level of fluid expression. Light Guide also synchronizes perfectly with Maschine’s pads, giving producers the same level of feedback on both pieces of hardware when switching from beats to melodic playing.
The Maschine 2.2 update, as well as all future Maschine 2 updates, is free for all current Maschine 2 owners. As part of the release, Maschine users who have not yet updated to the Maschine 2 software receive special discounted pricing – $49.50 / €49.50 / ¥5,900 / £44.50 / AU$64.50 until December 12th, 2014.