The Machiniste is a software simulation of a sample based drum machine. It provides nine simultaneously playable channels that hold one sample each. You can selectively mute channels and make them exclusive to avoid specific simultaneous hits. You can edit the samples assigned to channels extensively, adjusting their start and end points, pitch, filtering, amplitude envelope, pan and volume. These edits can be further modulated globally, at the parameter and step level. You can program the Machiniste through note tracks or internal patterns. Each of its four pattern banks can store up to eight patterns. Each pattern can store up to 128 steps for each channel. You can define the step duration to equal a 16th, 32nd, 8th triplet or 16th triplet note. Hits can have individual parameter modulation values. Patterns are always programmed in step mode. Unlike the Beatbox 8 and Beatbox 9, you can edit the step sequences of all channels simultaneously due to the grid design of its step sequencer. You can play the Machiniste through pattern and note tracks, even simultaneously. The Machiniste provides the most efficient way to rhythmically sequence and tailor the sound of samples and sample loops in your arrangement.

Figure 7.5: The Machiniste.

The interface of the Machiniste is divided in four sections: the pattern section, the master section, the step sequencer section and the sample editor section.


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