Who doesn’t love Native Instruments Maschine? I mean, the versatile features it offers makes it simply one of the best gadgets and piece of software you can have as a music producer. While it makes a very good ecosystem of its own, you may encounter moments where you may have to drag and drop the MIDI files into your DAW for easy editing and syncing with your project.
Here, I show you how to import the MIDI data recorded on Maschine into your Logic Pro X session and edit it instantly without having to juggle around between the two.
Note: You can look at the screenshots for every step to make the whole process easier to understand for you.
- First and foremost, you will have to create a multi-output software instrument track.
- Now, go ahead. Do the finger magic, and record the beat you’ve been planning for.
- Click on the ‘Mixer’ icon and choose separate channels from EXT 1 to 16 for each track.
- Here’s how it should look like.
- Go to the mixer view in Logic Pro X and click on the ‘Plus’ button on the instrument track 15 times to make sure all 15 auxiliary tracks are visible on the mixer.
- Select the main track and 15 aux tracks, click ‘Options’, and select ‘Create Tracks for Selected Channel strips. This will create tracks in the main window for all your auxiliary tracks.
- Select the ‘knob’ icon (in the top left corner of the highlighted area) as shown in the image below, and click on ‘Input’. Then click on MIDI and select all the 16 sounds below and choose Host. For easy reference, please make sure that your settings are similar to the ones in the highlighted area of the image given below.
- Select different channels for each of the 16 sounds as shown in the image given below.
- Select the MIDI option as shown in the image, and drag-and-drop to the main window of your Logic Pro X. Make sure you drag the entire MIDI instance and drop it on the top most track of Logic Pro X. If you drop elsewhere, the DAW freaks out a little!
- Click ‘No’ as shown in the image below. However, if you would want to import tempo information you can go ahead and click ‘Import Tempo’. This depends on use cases.
- Select all the 16 tracks (including the instrument and 15 aux), right click on one of them, and select ‘Create Track Stack’.
- Choose ‘Summing Stack’ in the dialogue box that appears on screen. You may also choose ‘Folder Stack’ but ‘Summing Stack’ is my favorite choice!
Once you follow all the steps carefully, you will have the MIDI data imported from Maschine into your Logic Pro X session.
Please do note that I used Logic Pro X v10.3.0 and Maschine v2.8.0 for the purpose of this tutorial. I hope this has cleared all your doubts regarding the workflow. Do drop in your comments if you know any easier way to achieve this.