Native Instruments, the maker of KOMPLETE 8 and MASCHINE has just released their first ever iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad app and be forewarned it can be addictive. Based on their full blown product MASCHINE, iMASCHINE is a groove sketchpad that you can use to develop song ideas, play with beats, and even record and create your own audio samples.
iMASCHINE gives you the ability to play and record drums, create a melody on the keyboards, bass guitars, and more. Then when you are done, you can export and upload to the full version of MASCHINE or MASCHINE MIKRO. You can even upload your loop to SoundCloud and share with others.
iMASCHINE is an instrument that is made for users of all levels and styles so as to create spontaneous beats. It contains four groups that you can use as pads, keyboards or audio recorders making it effectively a 4-track recorder. You have a mixer page that provides the ability to adjust the levels and add two send effects to each track.
When you assign pads to a group, you get 16 pads that can be used for playing drums and one shot samples. In the pad sampling mode, you can record you own one-shot samples through the iOS devices built-in microphone.
The keyboard comes with two manuals for playing chords, bass, and melodies. It can go from –C2 to C6 and so provides you with a lot of range in tones. There is a note repeat function that lets you assign 4th, 8th, 16th, 16th triplets and 32nd notes for both keyboard and drum pad mode. The final mode is the audio record mode which lets you record vocal, or any other sound that you want to use as a sample.