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Machiniste

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Machiniste

The Machiniste is a Drum computer that eats samples rather than having in-built internal sounds like the Beatbox 8 or the Beatbox 9 drum machines. The Machiniste allows for samples to be dragged from the sample browser into 9 different possible channels. Once a sample has been loaded to one of the channels it is then possible to set where you want the hits to occur by plotting steps onto the sequencing grid. Each of the 9 channels has its own output so that the signal from each channel can be routed out of the device separately. The Machiniste includes a range of parameters which can be used to shape the sound of each sample individually, these parameters each have their own set of modulation controls which allow for different parameter setting to be applied to each step in the sequence.

Sequencer Controls

The sequencer controls across the top of the device allow for you to change the specifications of your sequence, how long it is, which pattern you have selected, how much modulation is applied and the device's master volume control.

  1. Pattern banks There are 4 pattern banks A, B, C and D
  2. Pattern Use these buttons to toggle through the pattern bank's different patterns. Each pattern bank contains 8 possible patterns
  3. Clear Clears the selected pattern
  4. Pattern +/- The + and - buttons allow you to change the length of your pattern. The Machiniste has a maximum pattern length of 128 steps. TIP! Holding shift while selecting these buttons will allow you to double or half the number of steps in your sequence, from 2-4, from 16-32 etc.etc.)
  5. Range Use these buttons to toggle through the different segments of your pattern (only needed if your pattern is longer than 16 steps)
  6. Scale Use these buttons to select what scale you want to be working in (default setting is 4/4)
  7. Shuffle Using the shuffle option will shuffle your pattern. Audiotool does this by selecting keynotes in your sequence and then moving or shuffling all of the notes in-between the keynotes either forwards or backwards
  8. Modulation Depth The modulation depth functions in the same way as each parameters modulation controls, the difference being that the modulation depth is global. The modulation depth affects all modulation on all channels
  9. Volume Master volume control
  10. Output Master output

Sequencer

The sequencer is where you can plot where you want each hit to occur. The sequencer includes the channel list on the left of the device, this is where samples can be dragged from the sample browser and dropped into one of the channels in the list. It is important to note that the Machiniste only works with one-shot samples so it is important to make sure you are browsing in the one-shot category of the sample browser before dragging a sample into the channel list. Each step that is added to the sequence is given a modulation value. The modulation value is a percentage which refers to how much that step will be affected by the the Machiniste's step modulation. Upon adding a step it is possible to drag up or down (before releasing the mouse) to raise or lower that steps modulation value.

  1. Channel list The channel list includes all loaded samples. Samples are dragged from the sample browser into empty spaces in the channel list. The Machiniste has 9 channels making it possible for 9 different samples to be loaded at one time. Dropping a sample on top of an already loaded sample will replace the already existing sample.
  2. Selected sample The selected sample is denoted by the edit button on the left side of the channel. Both clicking on the samples name and by clicking on the channels edit button will set that channel as selected.
  3. Exclusive Channels grouped as exclusive will not allow hits from those channels to occur in the same positions in the sequence, only the highest channel in the list that is grouped as exclusive will be audible.
  4. Step(0%) This step has 0% modulation applied. NOTE: A step that has 0% modulation will not be affected by any modulation, regardless of any of the parameter's modulation settings.
  5. Step(100%) This step has 100% modulation applied.
  6. Mute Mute each channel individually. The Mute controls are specific to each pattern and can not be automated from the timeline.
  7. Output Separate outputs for each channel make it possible to send each channel's signal to be sent on its own little processing adventure. Using a channel's individual output will mean that it will no longer be going through the Machiniste's master output.
  8. sequencer Select a sample from the Machiniste's channel list and draw steps onto the sequencing grid to plot where you want the hits to occur.

Parameter Controls

The parameter controls are where each sample's signal can be shaped and edited individually. Although the Machiniste only includes one set of parameter controls the controls are shared by each channel and will change when a different channel is selected, it is for this reason that it is important to select which channel you want to edit before making any changes to the parameter controls. The parameters include start and end controls, pitch control, a built-in filter for each channel, panning and volume controls as well as controls to shape the envelope of each channel. Each parameter control includes its own corresponding modulation control that lives just beneath it. Although the below image only highlights the start and level modulation controls, all of the parameter's modulation controls work in the same way.

  1. Start Sample start position.
  2. Start mod. The start's modulation is set to -50% while the start parameter is set to 20%, this means that steps that have a modulation value of 100% will play the sample with the start at 10% (-50% of the range between the start of the parameters range and the parameters current setting).
  3. End Sample end position. TIP!: Put the end before the start to make the sample play in reverse.
  4. Pitch Pitch control (+/- 2 octaves).
  5. Filter mode Use this to toggle through the filter's two modes, high-pass and low-pass.
  6. Cutoff Filter cut-off frequency.
  7. Resonance Filter resonance control.
  8. Env. ratio The envelope ratio allows control over where in the sample the amplitude is highest. The default setting for this parameter is 0% meaning that the start of the sample will have the highest amplitude.
  9. Env. slope The envelope slope makes it possible to specify the steepness of the envelope's curve. How fast the signal will come down from or go up the amplitude's highest point.
  10. Pan Panorama control for each channel.
  11. Level Volume control for each channel.
  12. Level mod The Level's modulation is at +100% whilst the Level parameter is at 0%, this means that steps that have a modulation value of 100% will play the sample at full volume (+100% of the range between the parameters current setting and the end of the parameters range).

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    Lorelei_Sweetiepie

    1 week ago

    How do you edit the playback for the drums? Like how do you make it so it doesn't always consistently play, it just plays in certain areas of the song?

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      Jordi Moragues

      1 week ago

      Right-click on the device, choose Create Pattern Track and double click inside the pattern track on the timeline to create pattern regions. The patterns only play during the regions.

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    coaltin

    2 weeks ago

    for me if u want like the short ones that are not a entire song in sampples u see the little button next to all that looks like a arrow press it it will show short sample things that are not a song just sounds u need

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    Mike Graham

    about 1 month ago

    Am I missing an entire sample library? I started a track over a year ago and I'm sure I didn't use my own external samples, but when I go to browse a sample for one of the channels in Machinste, it only shows me loops, and can't even find the other samples I already have in my other channels.

    I can't find any isolated drum samples in the sample library - drum, kick, hi-hat etc..

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      Jordi Moragues

      about 1 month ago

      You might have the Loop icon active on the sample panel (below the text search field, next to All). Try clicking the All text or the One Shot icon and see if that works.

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    Musical-Guy

    about 1 month ago

    how to i copy a note track

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      Jordi Moragues

      about 1 month ago

      Hold Ctrl while you click and drag a note region to copy it.

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    ch$lly

    about 1 month ago

    where can i get the note track?

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      Jordi Moragues

      about 1 month ago

      Right-click on the Machiniste outside of a control and choose Create Note Track.

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    ps16112006_gmail_com

    about 2 months ago

    Can we have one addition to this? I want different samples to stay in different patterns of a machiniste, not the same samples to stay in every pattern and secondly, there are only a limited number of sample boxes..............HOPE YOU UNDERSTAND!

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      Jordi Moragues

      about 1 month ago

      You can trigger different samples in each pattern. It depends on where you place your hits. But if you need a completely new set of samples for different sections, the best solution is a second Machiniste. Same if you need more than 9 samples.

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    Trap-A-Zoid

    about 2 months ago

    I can't get the pitch to work. Doesn't matter if I turn the knob manually, automate it, use pattern track or note track. Nothing changes. What should I do?

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      Trap-A-Zoid

      about 2 months ago

      It works! Thank you so much!

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      Jordi Moragues

      about 2 months ago

      Make sure that the Pitch Modulation knob (the small one below the main Pitch knob) is at 0% (right-click it and choose Reset Parameter). Also, make sure that the right sample slot is selected (Edit orange LED on the left is lit). Turning the Pitch knob then should give you different pitches.

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    julianoliauw_gmail_com

    about 2 months ago

    why does it stay in a loop? i just want thet sound one time can somebody help me please

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      Martin Below

      about 2 months ago

      The Machiniste is designed for creating patterns and loops. If you just want to play a sample, drop the sample on the desktop to create an audio track.

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    NAUTICAL✨

    about 3 months ago

    how do i get the pitch onto the timeline i cant find a pattern

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      NAUTICAL✨

      about 3 months ago

      oh ok than you so much you are much appreciated :D

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      Jordi Moragues

      about 3 months ago

      If you mean how to automate the pitch, you can do that (or automate any other parameter) by right-clicking the relevant control and choosing Automate Parameter on the context menu. An automation track will appear on the timeline.

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      NAUTICAL✨

      about 3 months ago

      a option*

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    -Seismic-

    about 3 months ago

    For some reason the parameter controls aren't working for me. I am pretty new tho so I might be doing something wrong.

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      -Seismic-

      about 3 months ago

      Thanks it works.

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      Jordi Moragues

      about 3 months ago

      Click inside a control and drag up or down to rotate it and change the value. Buttons work with a single click. Text fields need a double click to be edited. Hope this helps.

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    dingledanger

    about 3 months ago

    Why is the shuffle acting weird? I try to make it so it's 1 2 3 4, and it keeps going 2 4 3 1. Is there anything that causes this?

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      Jordi Moragues

      about 3 months ago

      I'm not sure what your numbers mean, but take into account that Shuffle (at least the global one) shifts only every other sixteenth note backwards (Shuffle < 50%) or forwards (Shuffle > 50%).

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    tobyx

    about 3 months ago

    why is the machiniste still playing the beat even after the pattern thats supposed to be playing on ends. sorry if it is a dumb question im new.

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      Jordi Moragues

      about 3 months ago

      Unless you control the Machiniste with a pattern track in the timeline, patterns will loop for as long as playback is active.

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    domiklutz_gmail_com

    about 3 months ago

    how do you change the bpm

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      Jordi Moragues

      about 3 months ago

      You don't change the tempo (bpm) on the Machiniste. You do it on the transport at the top of the UI and it's for the entire arrangement. Just double-click and enter the new tempo.

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