Native Instruments have announced a brand new addition to the Maschine family – The Maschine Jam. This 8x8 multicolour click-pad matrix is focused on sequencing, arrangement and performance MPC-style beat making. It connects to a desktop computer and the touch pads can be loaded with drum samples and played by tapping out a rhythm. Alongside this is can be loaded with synth plug-ins and It is compatible with the Maschine software and other Native Instruments. It doubles up as a controller for Ableton Live.

The Maschine Jam is a powerful multi-track step-sequencer for one, four or eight sounds simultaneously. In pad mode, sounds are entered in real time, while piano roll mode makes step-sequencing melodies in a variety of available scales.

The unique multi-purpose controls have included eight dual-touch smart strips and the all-new perform FX map can connect to one of the effects to the JAM’s touch strips, letting you simultaneously grab and automate a parameter with each finger. The smart strips feature multi-colour LED meters to monitor the level of the assigned function, and can be used to later macros, key instrument parameters and even play melodies and chords with the unique notes function.

The Maschine Jam can integrate seamless within any DAWs as a plug-in and it also provides DAW control as a controller in MIDI mode. Alongside this is can be custom-mapped to control any other MIDI capable software.

It also features an efficient lock function that stores parameter snapshots and that can revert back to their original settings. Alongside this a variation of engine beats and melodies are randomly generated based on the user’s customisations and then modified on the unit. A built-in humaniser can add natural rhythmic fluctuations to programmed sequencers.  

The Maschine Jam is designed to work as either the sole controller for Maschine 2.5 software or as a compliment to other Maschine hardware. The 2.5 software features a revised 9GB library updated with all-new sounds and macro controls.

The Maschine Jam enables users to experiment with effects using patterns and scenes. This versatile matrix is easy to use and allows users to develop their skills and creative ideas using touch sensitive controls and tactile step sequencing.