Maschine Video Tutorial: Step Automation, Autowrite, Live Sequencing

In this video, I wanted to talk briefly about automation, one of the best functions in Native Instruments Maschine. Automation is handled a little differently in Maschine compared to working with automation inside of a DAW. What I really love about it is how “hands-on” writing automation is – you just crank some knobs and go! Sure there are other controllers on the market that will allow you to map automation parameters to knobs/faders and write this information to your track, but more often than not, we are stuck using our mouse to draw in automation lanes and double click breakpoints all over our tracks, ultimately resulting in a tedious task. Maschine is different in how quickly you can create multiple patterns with recorded automation modulations while never having to use that stupid mouse.

This video shows off the more obvious autowrite feature, where we simply record the knob movements, but also the less obvious step automation method. Just like step sequencing drums, we can step automate modulation changes via the hardware controller at specific beats in the sequence. I have a feeling this is a bit of a hidden gem for some Maschine users. The great part about step automation is that it allows you to dial in your automation much more precisely than you could with autowrite. This also can be a creative trick to force you to think differently about approaching how you sequence your automation, and I often find myself modulating parameters much differently than I would while recording knob movements.

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