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iMaschine is an intuitive groove creation app for iPhone and iPod touch. With four flexible tracks, real-time sampling and loop recording, a range of classic drum machine features, high-quality effects and an expandable arsenal of studio-grade drum and instrument sounds, iMaschine allows users to conveniently sketch out distinctive, hard-hitting grooves on the go. Grooves can be easily exported to a computer, uploaded to SoundCloud, or even transferred into the full-featured Maschine groove production system for detailed editing and arrangement.
iMaschine complements the computer-based Maschine range with a mobile component, and distils Native Instruments' expertise in sequencing, sampling, audio processing and sound design into the company's first app for iPhone and iPod touch. iMaschine takes an especially musical and seamless approach to groove creation, with all areas of the interface carefully designed and optimized for intuitive and efficient touch-screen operation. Each of the four tracks can be switched between a 16-pad matrix for drums, a highly playable dual octave keyboard for instruments, and a loop sampler that can record audio from the built-in microphone in sync with the beat. The live-mode sequencer in iMaschine automatically detects and adjusts the loop length of any recording, allowing all four tracks to come together seamlessly and naturally into one cohesive groove.
iMaschine comes with a versatile range of distinctive drum kits that cater to a wide range of electronic music styles, complemented with studio-quality lead, bass and keyboard sounds, all derived from the professional Maschine sound library. The sonic arsenal can be easily extended by sampling sounds directly through the microphone on iPhone or iPod touch, by importing individual samples from a computer, and through in-app purchase of dedicated iMaschine sound expansions available through In-App Purchase on the App Store.
Let me start this off by saying this:
My ipad is a hell of a lot of fun. But since i bought it i have been wishing it could also be productive.
Nearly every app that i have tried or kept has not been much more than a toy, or a tool that goes nowhere beyond what a small laptop could do..
This was the first exception.
It's a sampler.. so it really sounds as good as whatever you play. The bundled sounds are decent, enough to muck about with, the included keys (rhodes particularly) are pretty good, and some of the "urban" kits (blech) sound nice, and with some tweaking, very usable. I also purchased the true-school pack, when it was on sale, and the drums included in that are fantastic!
It has what you expect, and what you need. The fx is logical, and there are some nice units to choose from.
The pads work well for the interface, I noticed no lag whatsoever! the keys are decent for simple melodies and such (for a non-keyboardist, i like them).
It's finally a serious ipad music app. Once i found my way around (which was FAST), i was able to build the basis for a song in about 7 minutes... WOW, i then multitracked it into ableton and went about redoing some parts with drum racks/ keeping some parts as audio.
If you import your own sounds it's a whole new world of usabillity. This for me is a great tool, whenever i am at a coffee shop, on a train, taking a studio break etc. it offers me a sketchpad (although that's what everyone says about all apps really..), but this sketchpad is intuitive, and very usable. I see this being used live very soon!
I would definitely like more fx, i know ios devices are limited power-wise, but we could have more than two i'm sure. Other than that I know NI will continue to tweak this, with regular updates as planned. I'm looking forward to seeing how much better my already good purchase will get!Read Review