Today, Native Instruments released their first iOS app called iMASCHINE. Spelling aside, iMASCHINE lets you create impressive loops and beats in real-time. iMASCHINE also includes an audio recorder so you can sing over loops as you’re working. The App Store has no shortage of great music making apps, but few can lay claim to Native Instruments distinguished pedigree.
According to Native Instruments, “iMASCHINE is a professional instrument designed for beat producers of all levels - you don’t need to have experience with MASCHINE to create spontaneous beats.” The interface is deceptively simple, but don’t let that fool you. This is a powerful little app that is sure to be an asset in any musician’s toolbox.
Once you’re done creating a few beats, you can then take your tracks over the full desktop version of MASCHINE or MASCHINE MIKRO. You can also upload loops to SoundCloud and share them with your friends.
iMASCHINE is currently available for $4.99 and requires an iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch or iPad running iOS 4.3. Unfortunately, iMASCHINE has not yet been optimized for the iPad. If you have a Verizon iPhone, you’ll have to wait until iOS 5 is released next week to use iMASCHINE.
• 16 pads for playing the included drums and one-shot samples
• Library includes 10 projects, 25 kits and over 400 individual samples (100 MB of WAV sounds)
• Pad sampling mode: record your own one-shot sample through your iOS device's built-in microphone
• Keyboard mode with two manuals for playing chords, bass and melodies
• Note repeat function with 4th, 8th, 16th, 16th triplets, 32th for keyboard and drum pad mode
• Audio recorder mode lets you record an audio (e.g. vocal) track through your iOS device's built-in microphone
• Assign any of the 4 groups to pad, keyboard or audio recorder mode (e.g. use it as pocket 4-track recorder)
• Mixer page includes two send effects with Delay, Flanger, Chorus, LoFi, HP, BP and LP filters
• The live-mode sequencer automatically detects the recorded loop length
• Finished loop can be exported with one touch as an audio file or uploaded to SoundCloud
• Project (including samples) can be exported to MASCHINE for finalizing in your studio environment
• Import your own 44.1 kHz 16-bit WAV samples
• Additional drum kits and instrument sounds can be easily purchased through the in-app store
If you’re the least bit interested in making beats on your iPhone, then you might want to download iMASCHINE. At five bucks, it’s a total steal. Check out the video below if you’d like to see what iMASCHINE can do in the hands of a professional. Producer Jamie Lidell doesn’t even have to get out of bed to make great sounding beats. Looks like a fun way to spend a morning.