Native Instruments have today introduced iMaschine 2 – the follow up to their acclaimed beat making sketchpad for iOS. iMaschine 2 expands on the original with a new set of powerful features, including the Arranger, Step Mode, and Smart Play functionality. It is also the first music production app to include optimizations for the new 3D Touch features on iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. The app is aimed at users of the original iMaschine, as well as iOS users who want to start making music at an affordable price. It is also an ideal mobile complement to the full home studio setups of Maschine hardware owners. iMaschine 2 normally costs $9.99, but is available at the Apple App Store for a special introductory price of $4.99 until December 1, 2015.
iMaschine 2 is available on iPad too and makes use of a full colour palette like the Maschine hardware.iMaschine 2 adds powerful new features to the acclaimed simple workflow of the original. The Arranger allows producers to turn loops and scenes into full tracks by creating different patterns per group, and then adding, moving, and deleting song sections. Step Mode facilitates drum programming with no finger drumming skills required – users can use the 4×4 pad grid as a step sequencer to produce loops. The new Smart Play keyboard introduces Scale, Chord and arpeggiator functionality to iMaschine 2, allowing users to play chords, melodies, and basslines that are always in-key. Scale mode offers users to select from a variety of traditional and non-traditional scales, while Chord mode will turn a single key stroke into a full chord, which is especially useful when working on a mobile device. Within Chord Mode, the new Chord Sets present ready-to-play progressions to inspire and augment compositions. Furthermore, an arpeggiator makes it easy to add dynamic motion to a track. Projects created with the original iMaschine open in iMaschine 2, allowing producers to use these new features on all their tracks.