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Berlin, August 29, 2012 – Native Instruments today announced the new
generation of MASCHINE, its critically acclaimed groove production
studio. From October 1, 2012, both MASCHINE and MASCHINE MIKRO will
receive a major overhaul with new updates to hardware and software, and
the addition of the MASCHINE STAND and colored CUSTOM KITS.

The new MASCHINE hardware is now available in a choice of black or
white. New backlit multicolored pads provide advanced visual
orientation, and the pads have also been updated for increased
sensitivity. Re-designed displays provide a wider viewing angle for
increased clarity, and the surface layout has been refined with the
addition of a master push-encoder and new buttons with a click action.
The forthcoming, free MASCHINE 1.8 software update introduces the new
color-coding system. Sounds, groups, patterns and projects can be
assigned specific color schemes, which are reflected in the colors of
the pads and buttons on the hardware, providing instant visual feedback
and improved workflow. Furthermore, the new software also includes
offline time stretching and pitch shifting capabilities as well as a
range of new effects, including NI's hugely popular dynamic mixing
effect TRANSIENT MASTER. Numerous workflow improvements such as Host
Transport Control, Browser Sample Preview Mode, Auto-Write Pinning and
more plus a number of new hardware shortcuts allow for faster and even
more intuitive control of the software via the MASCHINE hardware.

Another major new addition to the 1.8 update is the inclusion of NI's
perennial synthesizer MASSIVE – an extremely popular instrument,
renowned for its bass and lead sounds. The full version of the
synthesizer is included, adding 1,300 additional sounds to the MASCHINE
library. Anyone updating to 1.8 update will receive MASSIVE, existing
MASCHINE users included. The instrument will be available as a download
after software registration.

The more compact MASCHINE MIKRO hardware will also be available in black
or white versions, and includes the same increased-sensitivity,
multicolored pads and clickable buttons. MASCHINE MIKRO runs on the same
software as the larger MASCHINE, so MASCHINE MIKRO owners also get
MASSIVE, color-coding, new effects and all workflow improvements.

The new MASCHINE generation introduces optional accessories. Owners of
the new flagship MASCHINE can customize their hardware with a choice of
CUSTOM KITS– interchangeable faceplates and knobs in five color schemes.
Applying the new magnetic faceplate is easy and takes only a few seconds
– no additional tools are required. Note that CUSTOM KITS are not
compatible with any version of MASCHINE MIKRO.

The second accessory, the MASCHINE STAND, delivers an optimized viewing
angle and improved production ergonomics. Designed for both studio and
stage use, the stand has a rugged aluminum construction with a black
anodized finish. Used on a desktop, the stand provides a secure,
non-slip hold thanks to a system of rubber holding pins and rubber feet.
Particularly useful on stage, the included Mounting Adapter connects the
unit to standard snare drum stands, for neat integration into drum
setups. The MASCHINE STAND is compatible with the new black/white MK2
hardware or first generation MASCHINE, but not MASCHINE MIKRO.

A new video with finger-drumming virtuoso Jeremy Ellis filmed at the
abandoned former US listening station at Berlin's Teufelsberg showcases
the new MASCHINE generation. The video is available at YouTube under:


The new MASCHINE generation, including the accessories, will be
available from October 1, 2012. All items can be pre-ordered immediately.

MASCHINE $669/ 599 EUR / 62.800 ¥
MASCHINE MIKRO $399 / 349 EUR / 36.800 ¥
MASCHINE CUSTOM KITS $79 / 69 EUR / 7.800 ¥
MASCHINE STAND  $79 / 69 EUR / 7.800 ¥

Additional information on the new MASCHINE generation is available at:

A digital press kit including picture material is available at:

About Native Instruments:
Native Instruments is a leading manufacturer of software and hardware
for computer-based music production and DJing. The company's mission is
to develop innovative, fully integrated solutions for all professions,
styles and genres. The resulting products regularly push technological
boundaries and open up new creative horizons for professionals and
amateurs alike.

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