MASCHINE is not only about drums and percussion, and those pads aren’t just for rhythms. This section demonstrates how you can bring your tracks to life by adding instruments and creating melodies in Keyboard mode.
CREATING A NEW GROUP
Press Group B (or any unlit Group button) to create and select a new Group. Now you have another sixteen Sound slots to fill up, starting with Pad 1 in the bottom left corner.
LOADING AN INSTRUMENT
To load an Instrument, press BROWSER and then Button 2 to select INSTRUMENTS. Now you see all available instrument presets. To refine the list, turn Knobs 5 to 7 to select tags from the Types and Character lists. To load a preset, simply press Button 8.
SWITCHING TO KEYBOARD MODE
In Keyboard mode, the pads represent sixteen pitches of the selected scale. To switch to Keyboard mode, press the KEYBOARD button. You can now play the pads like a keyboard.
SELECTING A SCALE
To set a scale in Keyboard mode, turn Knob 1 to select a bank of scales. Then turn Knob 2 to select the type of scale. Note that the root notes for the selected scale are highlighted.
Now, you’re ready to play and record your melodies. Continue on to learn how to easily add some chords.