MAKING A BEAT
The best way to get started is by exploring MASCHINE’s drum kits: Hit some pads and get a feel for how the MASCHINE+ behaves. But first, you need to start a new project and load a kit.
STARTING A NEW PROJECT
To start a new project press FILE, then Button 2 (NEW).
LOADING A KIT
To load a drum kit, press BROWSER, and select the GROUPS filter. In the results list on the right you now only see a list of Groups, select the name of the kit you want to load.
Once you have loaded a kit, hitting any pad should produce a sound. If you can't hear anything, head over to the Support section to solve your problem.
SETTING YOURSELF UP FOR RECORDING
To record a pattern live, you must first enter Pad Mode by pressing PAD MODE: the button on the controller should be fully lit.
SETTING THE TEMPOTo adjust the tempo, press TEMPO and turn the encoder.
CHANGING THE PATTERN LENGTHTo set a specific pattern length, press PATTERN and select any pattern (1–16) with the pads, then simply turn Knob 4.
ACTIVATING THE METRONOMEPress SHIFT + TAP (Metro) to activate the Metronome.
RECORDING A PATTERN
When you’re ready to record, press PAD MODE, REC, then PLAY and perform your rhythm on the pads. If you want a count-in, press SHIFT + REC to activate count-in. If you set a specific pattern length, the recording is played back in a loop when the pattern reaches the end. The LEDs on the Smart Strip provide a great overview where you are in the pattern. To end recording, press STOP.
UNDOING STEPSIf you made a mistake while recording and want to undo your last step, press SHIFT + Pad 3 (Step Undo).
CLEARING A PATTERNIf you want to start over, press SHIFT + Pad 9 (Clear) to clear the whole pattern.
QUANTIZING YOUR PATTERNIf any of your drum hits are out of time, you can quantize your pattern to fix them. To do this, press SHIFT + Pad 5 (Quantize).
USING NOTE REPEAT
Note Repeat is a fun way to instantly create rhythms and drum rolls. Hold NOTE REPEAT, then press and hold any pad to hear it in action.
That’s the basics sorted. Now let’s dive a little deeper by creating new patterns and variations.