First Song with MASCHINE

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    First up we’ll go over a basic intro to MASCHINE. Let's create a session and get it ready to capture ideas.

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    Looking for Sounds

    Now we can start looking for sounds to use. MASCHINE's browser make this very easy. We can drill down to very specific types of sounds to find just the right one.

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    First Beat

    Next let's capture our first idea. We will use our first group for a drum set, record a performance, and then quantize it to make it a little more perfect. We will follow up that performance with note repeat for the hats and finish the video with a couple different variations.

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    Step Sequence

    Now let’s talk about individual samples. We can use any sample that both come with MASCHINE or that we might have in our sound library. Then, we can use a step sequencer to capture our idea.

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    Adding Chords

    In this video let’s talk about melodic instruments. MASCHINE makes it easy for anyone to add ideas. We will dive into keyboard mode to get the different steps in the scale. Then, using chord mode, we can play chords that work well together. Using these tools we will add a chord idea.

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    More Melodic Ideas

    Let's add to what we already have and create some more melodic ideas to round out the song. We will take advantage of the arpeggiator and its powerful features.

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    Adding a Bass Line

    Using what we learning in the previous video, let’s add a bass line.

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    Next let’s talk about sampling. We can capture any instrument or sound to use in our song. After selecting some samples that ship with MASCHINE lets edit them by changing the speed, pitch, and start and end points to make them work better within our song.

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    Adding Effects

    Now we can start modifying and enhancing our ideas. We can add utility style effects such as EQ, Compression, and Transient Shaper. We can also add creative style effects like Reverb, Delay and Bit Crusher. These effects can go on individual sounds, Groups or the master bus. To finish the video we will go over creating a send so multiple instruments can share an effect.

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    We have all our ideas, let’s start creating a song. We will use Scenes to make the different sections of the song. We can use both the software and he hardware controller.

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    Getting a Mix

    Next we can start to make all these ideas work together. We will using the mixer to balance our parts with volume and also panning. MASCHINE allows us to mix individual sounds in a group and then mix the groups together. We will also take a look at automation to create variation and interest.

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    Finally, we will get our ideas out of MASCHINE so we can share them or mix in a separate DAW. We will make sure clipping and distorting isn’t an issue. Then we will start the export process. We can do individual ideas and sounds or the entire song as a finished product.

Product Overview

Ready to make your first song with Native Instrument MASCHINE? Let Maschine guru Mic Thomas show you step by step, how you can use it to create an entire song from start to finish.

Mic starts you off at the beginning with a basic intro to MASCHINE and how to get it ready to capture your ideas. Mic then reveals how to Find Sounds, Make Your First Beat, and use the Step Sequencer.

Once you have your beat laid down, Mic explores how to Add Chords, Melody, a Bass Line, and use MASCHINE's powerful Sampler. With your parts now created, Mic demonstrates how to Arrange, Mix, and Export your song, for all to hear.

If you just picked up MASCHINE and are ready to make your first production, or if you're a MASCHINE user looking for new song writing techniques, watch "First Song with MASCHINE" today!

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First Song with MASCHINE is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 32 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from great tutorial! I learned a lot in how to make songs with Maschine Studio
Date published: 2020-07-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful!!! This tutorial is wonderful!!!!! I’ve learned so much!!! Thank you????????
Date published: 2020-04-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Tutorial! Mike is really good and concisely conveys what is needed.
Date published: 2019-02-03
Date published: 2018-12-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very good I really like using this service
Date published: 2018-08-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful! For someone getting his foot on maschine is one of the best video/tutorials...
Date published: 2018-06-09
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Helpful to get you going I enjoyed this series and think its good for a beginner. One thing to note is that he demos everything on a Maschine Studio, so if you are using a different controller your workflow could be slightly different.
Date published: 2018-01-13
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Newbie to Maschine. Just made my first new song No longer a complete novice will be working through ALL the Maschine courses
Date published: 2017-10-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Clear and Comprehensive. Great way to get going with Maschine! This video series saved hours of time trying to get somewhere in Maschine 2. At the same time, all important areas are covered in a clear and concise manner.
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Very Helpful Helped my go from start to finish on some of my projects
Date published: 2017-09-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Teacher Tha Man
Date published: 2017-08-08
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Perfect for a beginner! For a long time now I've been trying to find someone and/or a tutorial to show me how to build a song. This course provided exactly what I was looking for. I'll watch it a few more times for practice before trying to make one on my own. Good stuff!
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Extremely helpful to get you up and running in no time. I've been working with different DAW's throughout my career but Maschine was a new toy I really wanted to try. I knew it would take some time but with the videos from Groove3, a few hours were more than enough to understand everything I needed to know. Great stuff.
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Breat intro to maschine Good way to get started
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from The easiest tutorial ever! This tutorial is so good I just purchase and annual All access pass! This tutorial is so good I just purchased and annual All access pass! I've struggled for 5 months trying to wrap my head around Maschines work flow and process and now I can do it! Great job to the instructor! Thank you!
Date published: 2017-06-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from just what I needed! This tutorial is great for getting started with a GOOD WORKFLOW for Maschine! I´ve been building beats in Logic the "traditional way" before, and wanted to get over to Maschine, to get an "instrument" so to speak. I started out by myself with the manual etc, and quickly realized the huge potential of Maschine, and its fast workflow, but also how it depended on doing things "the right way", and keeping sort of a "tidy" flow. You can easily get lost in all its functions, and end up with groups and patterns all over the place, and a huge mess of a project where its hard to put it all together. This tutorial got me started in a more systematic workflow, growing good habits for building my beats. I also got some new tips on things you can do, which was great inspiration for me as an semi-beginner. I watched the entire series in quick succession first, then worked myself through it following each step. Worked wonders!
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great! Right to the point, thanks for make this course, fast and objective.
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful! A useful instruction on how the Machine hardware and software works together.
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Outstanding! Fantastic Course. I find myself referring back to this tutorial time and time again. An absolute MUST HAVE for anyone taking their first steps with the Machine
Date published: 2017-04-09
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from very good great
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from A bit fast, but very helpful Since I was trying to do it at the same time, it was a bit too fast. The way he is using Maschine clicking on different buttons, which are not always visible lost me few time, but overall good. Thanks
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from One Of The BEST one of the best Maschine tutorials i have ever seen, it goes INTO the POINT
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent tutorial! I've been using Maschine for a while and I thought I wouldn't get anything new from an intro video but, I was wrong. I picked some great tips and tricks that are sure to help with work flow. Great job!
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Quick Start Great way to get started using Maschine. I really enjoyed the Arrangement(Song Mode) review. It changed from Maschine 1. Thumbs Up!!!
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great breakdown of the basics!!! I am a complete beginner with the Maschine. So far I have viewed the first three vids and already I am feeling way more confident in getting around all of the features. Keep up the great tutorials!
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from F***ing Awesome! Great video. Just bought Maschine Studio and I absolutely feel the learning curve has dropped significantly Thanks.
Date published: 2016-10-24
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Awesome - Straight forward hardware focused, clear and concise! Thank you!
Date published: 2016-09-21
Date published: 2016-07-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful Just got my Machine a month or so back. I've gone through this tutorial twice just to hammer these things into my head. I feel very good about my ability to put together a song now. The only thing I think it's missing is that it doesn't go into putting patterns together into scenes.
Date published: 2016-04-18
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Finally Un-Maschined !! Bought my Maschine years ago ( 'cause NI product demo video made it look like anyone can create a hit song in minutes). I got totally turned off after realizing ... it was far from the truth ;(. Too many buttons, hidden menus, complicated steps made it worse. The manual didn't help that much either. Finally, Groove3's Mic Thomas brought my faith back. His easy to follow, step by step instructions made it really simple to understand Maschine as I never thought be possible. Now, I can go 'head and make music as I always wanted. Honestly, his 'Guru' title is definitely well deserved. Cheers !!!
Date published: 2016-04-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from An excellent tutorial This is a fantastic tutorial on making music via Maschine. It's very well structured, and easy to follow.
Date published: 2016-03-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent! This is subperb. This is perfect for fresh beginners. Could there be more series exactly like this one with different beats, in the future? This would be a tremendous help if different video series were made showcasing different styles of beats and different techniques. Excellent, thanks again.
Date published: 2016-03-30
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