This article explains how to arrange MASCHINE scenes in real-time using the MASCHINE controller and then record the scene changes within a sequencer project.
Scenes can be triggered in MASCHINE via standard MIDI Program Change messages, so it is possible to arrange a MASCHINE song in real-time and record the program change messages in your sequencer at the same time, allowing to play back the desired scenes along with your sequencer project.
- Open Controller Editor. The application is found here:
- OS X : Macintosh HD: > Applications > Native Instruments > Controller Editor
- Windows: C: > Program Files > Native Instruments > Controller Editor
- Attached to this article you will find a MASCHINE Controller template called "Program Changes". Download the attached ZIP file, extract it and load the template into Controller Editor software under File > Open Template...
- Select the Program Changes template in Controller Editor to make it the active template. The Program Changes template has all pads assigned to program change numbers using 8 pages. You can control all 64 scenes with the first four pages. The first page, for example, gives you access to the scenes 1-16 (program change numbers 0-15).
- Create the scenes you want to use for your project in MASCHINE.
- Make sure that the MIDI port MASCHINE Controller In is enabled in your sequencer's MIDI preferences and that this MIDI port is received on the MIDI track you use for the recording.
- In the MASCHINE Arranger, set the desired grid value under SYNC. For example, when set to 1/1, a program change which has been recorded a bit too early will be quantized so the selected scene in MASCHINE will start exactly on the 1st beat of the next bar. If you select any grid except for Off you should rather send program changes a bit too early than too late because otherwise it might happen that a scene change is occurring a whole bar too late.
Starting the Recording
- If the MASCHINE Controller is currently connected to the MASCHINE software, press SHIFT + CONTROL on the hardware to switch to MIDI Mode.
- Record-enable the MIDI track connected to the MASCHINE plug-in in your sequencer.
- Start the recording in your sequencer.
- Press the pads while playing back the sequencer project to switch to the corresponding scenes.
Now when you play back the song you should hear the scene changes since the MASCHINE arrangement is following your song. Make sure to add a Program Change on the first beat of the song so it reverts to the first scene when playing back from the start.
Note: If you are using Logic Pro, it is important to know that Program Change messages sent on MIDI channel 1 are reserved for Logic's internal functions. All Program Change messages sent on other MIDI channels are forwarded to Audio Units instruments if applicable. For this reason there is a also a Logic-compatible template attached to this article which allows to send the program changes on MIDI channel 2.