Understanding the Maschine Transient Master Effect
We welcome back Matt as he sheds some light on one of the often misunderstood and highly underrated additions of the 1.8 software update, the Maschine Transient Master effect. He begins by explaining one of the biggest differences between this effect and any other traditional dynamic processing effect, which is the fact that the Maschine Transient Master effect is not dependent upon the decible level of your audio signals to work its magic. Now that may sound a bit confusing to some, and trivial to others, but really this means that in some ways it becomes much more powerful than most would expect. Let’s take a closer look at the features and potential uses of this new tool.
The most obvious application of the Maschine Transient Master effect is probably with processing drum samples. It allows you to instantaneously provide more general slack or snap to your drums with the twist of a knob or two. Of course, the more you use this tool, the more skilled you will become in identifying elements in samples that you can exploit and knowing when to use more extreme settings to achieve a desired sound.
Another common use is, of course, using it with a synth to change the delivery of your sound. But what about using it a little later in the signal flow? How about using it to affect an effect that has been assigned to task of altering your original sound somehow? The example given in the video is a synth that has a delay effect on it. Using the Maschine Transient Master effect here can actually attenuate, or accentuate, the delay effect in a subtle way that does not interfere with the rest of the sound at all.
A gated synth pad is another great opportunity for you to work with the Maschine Transient Master effect. The example is the video is a NI Massive synth pad (Massive ships free with Maschine) and the gated effect is quickly tightened up in the mix with barely any tweaking with this versatile tool. The same goes for bass synths, and just about any kind of sound for that matter. We cannot go into every use, best practice or things to avoid here in this lesson, but we will be revisiting this effect, and many others, as we bring you more Maschine tutorials in future posts!
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