Join JK Swopes for an in-depth discussion in this video Starting a new pattern and setting length and grid resolution from the Studio hardware controller, part of Learning Maschine 2.
- Since patterns are the main building block we use to create our ideas in Maschine, and the hands-on aspect of the controller is such a major part of the workflow, I like to show you how to create new patterns directly from the studio hardware controller. The process will be the same on the Maschine as well. To get into the Pattern Manager from the controller, press the Pattern button. If you want to lock this page, hold it and press button one. Each pad represents a pattern. If I want to create a new one, I simply hit a pad.
Want to create more (tapping) now I have four patterns. You can still adjust a patten length directly from the controller and which pattern you're gonna adjust depends on which pad is highlighted. We have pattern one in focus so I can change the length just by turning knob one. I can change the grid options from quick to maybe one bar depending on how I want to increase the size of my patterns.
I can also remove a specific pattern by clicking remove. I can insert a new pattern by clicking insert. I can also double a pattern. So let's say I have a pattern that's one bar. I want to quickly make it two bars. I can double it. If I want to double it again, I can make it four bars. If I actually had any data inside of my pattern, and I wanted to duplicate the pattern, I can use button number four. It will make an exact copy, which will be it's own entity of the previous pattern.
We'll get into that later. Let's go back to pattern number one. We also have our Grid settings, so we'll get out of Pattern mode and now I want to look at the Grid. I'll press the Grid button. Again, if I want to stay in this mode, I depress button number one. So now I press button number four to get to the Step Grid. Right now it's on 16ths but I can change it to 32ths 64ths, 128ths, or I can turn it all the way off. Now your grid is gonna determine where your notes fall as you're playing them into your pattern.
If you have it set to 16, you have 16 different spots that your notes can fall. If it's larger, say 8ths, then you have fewer spaces for your notes to fall. If it's lower, like 32ths, then you have a little bit more flexibility or you can turn it completely off and have full range of the entire pattern. You can also adjust your pattern grid from here, just like we could on the Pattern page by pressing button number three. We can see one bar or we can send it to Quick and if you really want to be flexible, you can turn the pattern grid off and now your pattern length will adjust in very fine increments.
I suggest leaving it on Quick or one bar as those are the most common uses for creating a pattern. And that's a quick overview of how to create and manage patterns directly from the Maschine hardware controller.
- Configuring Maschine's preferences and settings
- Loading sounds
- Recording and editing samples
- Recording patterns
- Adding effects
- Recording automation
- Building a song with scenes
- Saving a Maschine project
- Exporting to WAV files