I am an avid fan of the Native Instruments Maschine. I just love it. What strikes me the most is how it can be used in so many different ways. I’ve picked up a lot by watching videos on Youtube and observing how other people are using it. There are tons of Maschine tutorial videos out there. HOWEVER… That’s the problem.
Youtube has become infested with poorly produced crap “tutorials” that don’t really offer anything of interest to most people.
“Dubstep for 12-year olds.”
“Idiot’s guide to chopping the funky drummer.”
“Homie got a trap kit.”
Okay – yes we need entry level videos too. And it’s not hard to find good ones (check NI’s own Maschine tutorial channel to get started).
…But it gets harder when you wanna go deeper and find something that is well made and goes beyond showing the basic features.
Well I’ve been on the lookout of course, and I figured I’d share some good ones.
These are the best, more in depth Maschine tutorial videos that I’ve discovered. All of these videos I’ve personally found very useful or just downright inspiring.
Watch, learn and apply!
Let this collection of videos be a testimonial of the creativity that this magnificent instrument boasts.
Maschine In Underworld’s Live Setup
Very interesting insight from Darren Price of Underworld on how they use Maschine. You even get to see him performing a song live with it.
Maschine In Depth – Step Sequencing and Effects
I don’t really know what to say about this guy. He’s on a proper mad professor flex. Great stuff. Make sure to watch this one without any skipping.
How to sample off the Internet using Soundflower
Sample anything from Youtube straight into Maschine? Yup, with some help from the free Soundflower app you can. Don’t think I need to say more. This is very powerful stuff.
Using Guitar Rig With Maschine Tutorial
In this video we learn some very creative techniques that involve using Native Instruments Guitar Rig as an effect host for Maschine. A lot of fun to be had there! I particularly love the tip about convoluting beats with impulse responses made from, well, themselves. The techniques seen in this video can be applied outside Maschine as well, of course.
Multi-FX in Maschine Tutorial
In this tutorial we learn how to create intergalatic multi-effect chains using the internal routing options in Maschine. The possibilities are endless.
Using Maschine to Generate Ideas (with Mike Huckaby)
Mike Huckaby shows how he uses Maschine to quickly sketch out ideas and variations. I wish I had thought of that (on the other hand, now I don’t have to).
Maschine Live Performance Techniques (with Bass Kleph)
Bass Kleph shares a lot of good info on his finger drumming and other Maschine tricks he does in his hybrid DJ/live performance show.
Tha Bizness: Making Kendrick Lamar’s “Sherane” with Maschine
This video doesn’t really classify as a tutorial. In fact it’s propaganda, but I found it quite inspiring and fun to watch in any case.
Using Saturator on 808 Kick Drum Bassline
A very neat Maschine tutorial on the saturation section of Maschine. Since the making of this video, Native Instruments have added tape and valve modes to the saturation unit. That makes the techniques described in this video even more useful.
Richie Hawtin on Performing With Maschine
Last but not least… Mr. Hawtin shares some great insight on his live performance and other related things.
So there you have it! 10 really powerful Maschine tutorials for you to study. Now go step up your game.
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