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Berlin, October 1, 2012 – Native Instruments today announced that the
new generation of its critically acclaimed groove production studio is
now available in stores worldwide and at the NI Online Shop. As of
October 1, 2012, the MASCHINE range of products have received a major
overhaul with new updates to hardware and software, the addition of
colored CUSTOM KITS and the MASCHINE STAND, and a free separate download
for MASSIVE, available to all new and existing MASCHINE users.


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 by exchanging
the three previously separate controls for volume, tempo and swing with
one master push-encoder and 6 new buttons. The buttons now also feature
multicolored backlighting and a new click action.

The free MASCHINE 1.8 software update introduces the new color-coding
system to the software. Sounds, groups, patterns and projects can be
assigned specific color schemes, which are reflected in the colors of
the pads and buttons on the new hardware, providing instant visual
feedback and improved workflow. Furthermore, the new software also
includes advanced offline time stretching and pitch shifting capability
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.
These features are available for users of both the first and the new
generation of MASCHINE hardware.

Another major new addition to the 1.8 update is the inclusion of NI's
critically-acclaimed synthesizer MASSIVE – an instrument renowned for
its genre-defining bass and lead sounds. The full version of the
synthesizer is included, adding 1,300 additional sounds to the MASCHINE
library. Anyone updating to the 1.8 software will receive MASSIVE as a
separate download after software registration. Previous users of
MASCHINE will receive an email containing serial number and download link.

The more compact MASCHINE MIKRO hardware is now also available in black
or white versions, and includes the same increased-sensitivity,
multicolored pads and multicolored buttons. MASCHINE MIKRO runs on the
same software as the larger MASCHINE controller, so both existing and
new MASCHINE MIKRO owners also get the new features of the 1.8 software.

The new MASCHINE generation includes optional accessories. Owners of the
new 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. The MASCHINE CUSTOM KITS are compatible
with the new MASCHINE hardware, but not the first generation MASCHINE or

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
hardware or first generation MASCHINE, but not MASCHINE MIKRO.

The new MASCHINE generation, including the accessories, is available now
from the NI Online Shop and resellers.

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:

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