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Native Instruments iMaschine

Native Instruments iMaschine

4.15 4.15 out of 5, based on 2 Reviews

This is a sweet little MPC style beatmaker for iOS devices.


16th February 2012

Native Instruments iMaschine by ProfessorNick

  • Sound Quality 4 out of 5
  • Ease of use 4 out of 5
  • Features 4 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 4 out of 5
  • Overall: 4
Native Instruments iMaschine

This is probably the best $5 I’ve spent in a long time. Portable drum machine, sampler, sequencer, 4 track recorder. Granted it won’t replace many pro applications, but it is a great supplemental app.
I have used this app on my Verizon iPhone 4 ever since it came out without any problems. It packs a 4 track sequencer inside. Each track can be a 16 pad Mpc style instrument, a keyboard instrument, or a live microphone track. Thus you can make a 3 track beat and put a single track of vocals on top. While this has it’s aim at hip hop or electronic music production, I use the app for other purposes.
Either the pads or the keyboard instrument can use a user created sample as a sound source. Enter the sample editor of this program. While it is modest it is powerful, allowing you pitch change, volume adjustments, Pan, a one-shot mode (to play sample beginning to end regardless of if you hold the key/pad) and choke (makes any sound with “choke” on part of a monophonic group. Most notably used for hihats so that open and closed hats don’t sound at the same time). the main beauty is that it has a sample capture section which allows you to use the iPhone microphone to capture a sound. This sound capture works like other samplers, allowing you to set a threshold and start recording. Then when the sound source gets above the threshold the capture actually takes place. This has allowed me on occasion to start recording, set down my phone, then start making sound and everything works great, no 2 seconds of dead air before the sound. I have captured some really cool found sounds this way. They can then be set to play on certain pads, or along a keyboard which instantly transposes them making a pitched instrument. The surprising thing is that the mic isn’t too bad, and it is extremely sensitive. You can also export the samples to your computer. I have captured little scratches on fabric, clicking my fingernails, and other small sounds then used the sample editing in it to make cool percussion effects.

Overall this is a highly usable app with the ability to export you track, the individual samples and project ( for import to maschine) and soundcloud export.
One thing that I would have like to see in the app is a couple more effects. There is no distortion ( there is lo-fi which at times can get you close) and no compression. It would also be nice if it were possible to play more than one note at a time with velocity sensitivity. As it is, you first select the note/pad you want to play then enter the velocity playing mode and you get a screen where topmost notes are loudest and bottom most areas play quietly.
Great app, highly recommended! Like I said, best $5 I’ve spent in a while.

16th March 2012

Native Instruments iMaschine by orangeoctane

  • Sound Quality 4 out of 5
  • Ease of use 4 out of 5
  • Features 4 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 4 out of 5
  • Overall: 4
Native Instruments iMaschine

Designed specifically for the iPhone (but of course works on an iPad as well), this app is very easy to use, comes with some great sounds to get you started and gives you the ability to load and play samples as well as sample on the fly with the iPhone's built-in mic.

16 efficiently sized pads, and a small virtual keyboard let you get grooving right away. Set the tempo manually or tap away to detect the BPM you want, hit record and the metronome counts you in to record up to 32 bars. There's a scaled-down mixer that lets you set levels between 4 different groups and lets you apply up to 2 different FX on each channel.

Samples can be manipulated with level, pitch and pan and you can even do a lo-fi re-sample using the iPhone's speakers and mic.

All-in-all, this is useful app to get some ideas down and above all it's a great amount of fun!

Highly recommended!

22nd March 2012

Native Instruments iMaschine by orangeoctane

  • Sound Quality 4 out of 5
  • Ease of use 4 out of 5
  • Features 4 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 4 out of 5
  • Overall: 4
Native Instruments iMaschine

Designed specifically for the iPhone (but of course it works on an iPad as well), this app is very easy to use, comes with some great sounds to get you started and gives you the ability to load and play samples as well as sample on the fly with the iPhone's built-in mic.

16 efficiently sized pads, and a small virtual keyboard let you get grooving right away. Set the tempo manually or tap away to detect the BPM you want, hit record and the metronome counts you in to record up to 32 bars. There's a scaled-down mixer that lets you set levels between 4 different groups and lets you apply up to 2 different FX on each channel.

Samples can be manipulated with level, pitch and pan and you can even do a lo-fi re-sample using the iPhone's speakers and mic.

All-in-all, this is useful app to get some ideas down and above all it's a great amount of fun!

Highly recommended!

 
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