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Complete Guide to Maschine Jam

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Maschine has fast become one of the most desirable bits of kit, not just for creating beats like its MPC predecessor, but in fact entire arrangements, for performing or in the studio. In this comprehensive set of tutorials, senior tutor Rob Jones takes you through every detail of the Jam hardware, explaining the many techniques and different approaches to creating music.

As well as over 3 hours of streamed tutorials, the course comes with the Maschine projects made in the lessons and 4 free Maschine kits from Niche Audio. Before signing up, check out the sample modules for an example of the course content and delivery.

Sample Module

Course Modules

Module 1

Course Introduction and Jam Overview.

Module 2 - Maschine Software Introduction

A guide to some of the main software functionality, for those who are new to Maschine.

Module 3 - The Browser

Some tutorials that explain how Jam's dedicated Browser works, including a way of quickly stepping through instrument presets, swapping out sounds and browsing internal effects:

  • Lesson 1: Loading Kits with or without Patterns
  • Lesson 2: Stepping through Filtered Presets
  • Lesson 3: Browsing for Instruments
  • Lesson 4: Swapping an Individual Sound in a Kit
  • Lesson 5: Browsing for Internal Effects

Module 4 - Creating Drums in Step Mode

An introduction to the various Step Modes, showing how to construct beats and edit step parameters from the hardware:

  • Lesson 1: Creating Beats in Single Sound Step Mode
  • Lesson 2: Editing Step Velocity, Timing and Pitch
  • Lesson 3: 4- and 8- Sound Step Modes

Module 5 - Creating Melodies and Basslines in Step Mode

Melodic Parts are added to the beats, including an arpeggiated-style lead hook and bassline, using Jam's buttons in Piano Roll/Melodic Step Sequence Mode:

  • Lesson 1: Creating a Hook in the Piano Roll
  • Lesson 2: Humanising and Re-pitching the Hook
  • Lesson 3: Creating a Bassline in the Piano Roll

Module 6 Lesson 1 - Playing in Drums

Shows how to play in drum parts, using different degrees of quantisation and completely freely, as well as various techniques for working with Note Repeat:

  • Lesson 1: Playing in Drums
  • Lesson 2: Note Repeat Techniques

Module 7 - Mixing with the Touchstrips

An introduction to the main Touchstrip modes, including Level and Control, showing how to balance the mix and tweak instruments and effects:

  • Lesson 1: Mixing Levels and Controlling Plugins
  • Lesson 2: Adding and Editing FX to Sounds and Groups
  • Lesson 3: Automating Parameters

Module 8

Playing in an Arpeggiated Bassline in Pad Mode.

Module 9 Lesson 1 - Creating Arpeggiated Chords

A guide to creating an arpeggiated sequence of chords, and some different techniques for adding variation in level and timing:

  • Lesson 1: Creating Arpeggiated Chords
  • Lesson 2: Adjusting Velocities

Module 10 - Creating Strummed Parts with the Touchstrips in Notes Mode

A series of lessons that focus on Notes Mode for the Touchstrips, which allows MIDI notes to be played for numerous cool and unique ways of making melodic parts:

  • Lesson 1: Making a Hip Hop Beat
  • Lesson 2: Creating Strummed Chords
  • Lesson 3: Customising the Touchstrips in Notes Mode
  • Lesson 4: Creating Gliding Melodies

Module 11 - Playing with Scenes

Techniques for jamming or performing, showing how to make and trigger scenes and Lock mode, which allows morphing between different project states:

  • Lesson 1: Creating and Launching Scenes
  • Lesson 2: Guide to Lock Mode
  • Lesson 3: Target Morphing in Lock Mode

Module 12 - Performance FX

An explanation of how Jam's Performance FX plugin works, showing the different modes and how to control them from Jam.

Module 13 - Using Maschine in a DAW

Some examples of working with Jam inside a DAW, including Ableton Live and Logic Pro:

  • Lesson 1: Standalone vs Plugin Usage
  • Lesson 2: Working with Ableton Live
  • Lesson 3: Working with Logic Pro

Bonus Module 1 - Ableton Live Controller Editor Template

Controlling Ableton Live with Maschine Jam

Course Outro


  • Master NI's Maschine Jam
  • Nearly 4 hours of specialist tutorials
  • Access 24/7/365
  • Includes Maschine projects
  • 4 Bonus Maschine kits from Niche Audio

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