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Straight-line automation

Vicio Member Posts: 3 Sine

Is it possible to implement the function for an automation in a straight line instead of forming a saw and also avoid the manual writing of the automation?



  • Flexi
    Flexi Member Posts: 289 Saw

    No, automation updates have been requested for a long long time, it is what it is ;)

  • D-One
    D-One Moderator Posts: 1,204 mod
    edited September 2022

    It has that jagged shape because you have Grid On and are drawing with either the mouse or thru step editing. You can get it smoother by using a Knob to record the modulation or turn off Grid and use the mouse, like so:

    But there's no way to draw perfectly straight lines in Maschine, or curves, or anything really, you can only freehand it or use a knob. 🤷‍♂️

    Like others mentioned people have been asking for this for many, many years, repeatedly... oldest request I've seen is from 2009; there's a ton of threads about it in the old forum. https://www.native-instruments.com/forum/threads/drawing-tools-in-automation.94181/

    Some folks use hacky workarounds like using software that controls your mouse so it can perform straight lines from 2 points.

  • enz0
    enz0 Member Posts: 12 Sine

    You could create a lock state and have it change gradually over a set period of time (1 bar, 1/2, 1/4, etc.). Unfortunately lock state changes can’t be recorded to a pattern or clip without some sort of midi looping hack

    Ive settled on just using the knobs to manually write them in.

    The most frustrating part is that the functionality is there, just a slight tweak away from being ideal. Seems like a common theme with Maschine tho 🤷‍♂️

  • Vicio
    Vicio Member Posts: 3 Sine

    I understand, but it is really frustrating and inaccurate I will try with the grid off and I hope they implement this function thank you very much

  • strg+v
    strg+v Member Posts: 58 Sine

    I hope in V3 they will implement such STANDARD functions for grid-independent-mod/automation-area and a piano roll with vertically zoom.

    Further some other (advanced) standards like saw/pulse/sine-draw-tools / velocity-increase/decrease draw tool cut and things like Bitwig-operators (split/slice long notes into separate pieces... harp/strum chords... ) would be really nice.

    Please NI - such (rudimentary) things are more than over-current!

  • Acidizer
    Acidizer Member Posts: 16 Sine

    Would love for lock states to be recordable on the grid. Please do this feature NI.

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