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Loop Sequencer from Native Instruments belonging to the Maschine series.

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  • Maschine MK or Studio?

    Native Instruments Maschine MKIPublished on 05/07/15 at 09:59
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  • weird screens

    Native Instruments Maschine MKIPublished on 12/07/11 at 11:42
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    screens on both the left is clearer than the right one
    is this normal ???
    the maschine is still under warranty
    thank you

    ADQUATION / PERFORMANCE

    mac pro

    NOTICE GLOBAL

    good
  • Fast and inspiring production workflow

    Native Instruments Maschine MKIPublished on 10/08/14 at 03:26
    Native Instruments has made sure that learning how to use Maschine is as easy as possible. The software and driver installation is the same as all other Native Instruments products, very standard fare. The manual has pictures and diagrams for each of Maschine’s functions and they’ve uploaded a wealth of videos walking you through using Maschine step-by-step.

    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    I haven't had any performance issues or instability. The software doesn't seem bloated but I can't say that it feels exceptionally light, either. That said, there's no lag and I've had no problems even with projects with many sounds and patterns.

    OVERALL OPINION

    Once you start the software, you’re......
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    Native Instruments has made sure that learning how to use Maschine is as easy as possible. The software and driver installation is the same as all other Native Instruments products, very standard fare. The manual has pictures and diagrams for each of Maschine’s functions and they’ve uploaded a wealth of videos walking you through using Maschine step-by-step.

    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    I haven't had any performance issues or instability. The software doesn't seem bloated but I can't say that it feels exceptionally light, either. That said, there's no lag and I've had no problems even with projects with many sounds and patterns.

    OVERALL OPINION

    Once you start the software, you’re greeted with the biggest selling point of Maschine--The Interface. Every function related to using Maschine is accessible on the hardware with no need to look at your computer monitor. Since it’s marketed as a marriage of software with a dedicated hardware controller, the quality of the hardware is paramount. The endless encoders are smooth and the velocity-sensitive pads have a fantastic feel and are responsive to all levels of pressure. The layout is well designed, with every control placed in an intuitive location and there are enough buttons and knobs to keep page and menu diving to a minimum. I find this tactile workflow to be very engaging and there’s just a kind of connection with pressing pads and tweaking knobs to produce and arrange your songs that you just don’t get with a traditional mouse-driven DAW interface.

    However, the groovebox-style design isn’t without shortcomings. Maschine simply can’t handle multi-track recording. It doesn’t even have the concept of “audio tracks.” It’s designed to use patterns of midi notes, software synthesizers, and short samples which isn’t ideal for many styles of music. The capability to cut, copy, paste, and other standard audio editing functions aren’t there. When I have a desire to write and record a guitar and vocal based song, it’s just not feasible to produce that in Maschine and I must use a different program.

    Though, I call that a shortcoming, I hesitate to call it a flaw. Native Instruments deliberately avoided those features and instead opted for a hardware-software combination with a very narrow focus on features that lent themselves to immediacy and inspiration, which I personally enjoy.

    The included library is solid. A decent quality assortment of various drum hits, synth stabs, live instruments, and sound effect samples. As of version 2.0 they’ve created and included a great drum synth that’s capable of recreating both classic drum synth sounds as well as some more realistic percussion. Native Instruments also gives Maschine owners a free copy of Massive which means that you can really have everything you need to start producing with a single purchase.

    The sampling capabilities are a bit of mixed bag. The knob based interface for trimming and chopping samples is extremely fast, but without some of the more advanced audio editing features and the baffling lack of timestretch, you may find Maschine’s sampling a bit lacking for your needs.

    Maschine is a fast and creative production environment. The groovebox design places an emphasis on tactile control and pattern based song arrangement which doesn’t work for every genre of music, but is extremely fun for the ones it does work for.


    Pros:

    +Fast, Fun User Interface
    +Good Sound Library including Massive
    +Well-built hardware


    Cons:
    -Does not have the functions or interface necessary for certain kinds of music
    -Sampler missing some key options
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  • Really good!

    Native Instruments Maschine MKIPublished on 01/17/14 at 14:21
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    The installation is done without much problem on Windows, but Maschine 1.5 is difficult to install on my Mac Pro, a bone problem simply, if it's Native Instruments is very serious, very reliable.

    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    I have a windows 2008, vista, it works
    I have a Mac Pro 8core, everything works too!

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for 1 week. I had an MPC 500, MPC 2000 XL and one I just tested the MPC 3000 MPC is really cool, but it became obsolete in my opinion. Maschine uses the MPC style but it is much more modern, and compatibility is huge, it can be full of things with Maschine, the controller is perfectly designed, you can do everything from lasurfac control. Maschine is......
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    The installation is done without much problem on Windows, but Maschine 1.5 is difficult to install on my Mac Pro, a bone problem simply, if it's Native Instruments is very serious, very reliable.

    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    I have a windows 2008, vista, it works
    I have a Mac Pro 8core, everything works too!

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for 1 week. I had an MPC 500, MPC 2000 XL and one I just tested the MPC 3000 MPC is really cool, but it became obsolete in my opinion. Maschine uses the MPC style but it is much more modern, and compatibility is huge, it can be full of things with Maschine, the controller is perfectly designed, you can do everything from lasurfac control. Maschine is intere perfectly Logic or Pro Tools. THE TEST, I preferred rather than the MKI MKII. This is my opinion, but it's blah blah, test maschine, you will see that it's heavy
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  • My tool work! Great!

    Native Instruments Maschine MKIPublished on 12/05/13 at 16:01
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    Maschine gave me the eye for a long time. I wanted an MPC to start, and then I changed my mind, so I tried it side Native Instruments.

    -Installation takes about thirty minutes to install the software and its banks provided, it is a bit long but hey, no choice. Once registered on the Maschine Service Center in NI, it's gone!
    ==> Internet is full of tutorials, the manual has not been useful to me.

    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    Better to have a powerful computer to run Maschine.
    It may very well turn the app on a small standalone processor (and again, not too loaded VST instruments in the soft Maschine) but to be able to enjoy as route Maschine in Ableton Live or Logic Pro, open......
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    Maschine gave me the eye for a long time. I wanted an MPC to start, and then I changed my mind, so I tried it side Native Instruments.

    -Installation takes about thirty minutes to install the software and its banks provided, it is a bit long but hey, no choice. Once registered on the Maschine Service Center in NI, it's gone!
    ==> Internet is full of tutorials, the manual has not been useful to me.

    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    Better to have a powerful computer to run Maschine.
    It may very well turn the app on a small standalone processor (and again, not too loaded VST instruments in the soft Maschine) but to be able to enjoy as route Maschine in Ableton Live or Logic Pro, open multiple instances so a powerful computer is better!

    Soft demand still okay resource for my part I'm on a MacBook Pro I7 2012, and it runs itself. The app crashed a few times because I had not done some updates on VST which opened with Reaktor but nothing too bad. See however in the long term, based on the advice of other users who may have encountered other problems, for example.

    The app is a bit confusing at first, but within a few hours we made it, and within days you can actually control it well.
    Additionally, NI offers a library of 6gigas of sound, which is quite big, and if you do not like, you can buy other banks or sounds then make yours ;)

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for the month of October, so almost three months.
    I never had a product of such a kind hands, and I must say that I can not separate myself! Sampler, Slicer, Composer, you can insert his VST ... it's just enjoyable! the first grooves come quickly and it's addictive limit for me!
    The hybrid combination Hardware + Software is really a good idea, you can enjoy the flexibility and ease of software while being able to compose on the Hardware, you can actually detach his eyes and attention of the computer to focus on the Hardware !
    I did everything on Ableton Live Maschine before but since I'm doing it, and I export my patterns in Ableton Live, I reorder etc ... it's endless!

    At the time of this writing, Maschine Studio is released and given size it does not want me, unlike soft Maschine Drum Synth 2.0 and I intend to buy soon! The upgrade is against pay 99 euros, it's a shame ...

    I remake this choice without hesitation!
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  • Can not do without

    Native Instruments Maschine MKIPublished on 12/04/13 at 10:49
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    Level installation, configuration, that is all that there is more simple.
    Just follow the instructions and be a little patient for the scan of the library at first launch.

    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    I used maschine on a PC with an i5, 8GB of RAM and an SSD. It runs perfectly, really no crash in more than 2 years of use, either in stand-alone mode or plugin mode in Live.

    The best performance boost has occurred thanks to the 2.0 version of Maschine. The app is finally supports multi-core and I saw the CPU load down tremendously. Although I have never exploded CPU with version 1.8, it's always nice to reduce the cpu consolidated, especially when using Maschine with other software.

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    Level installation, configuration, that is all that there is more simple.
    Just follow the instructions and be a little patient for the scan of the library at first launch.

    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    I used maschine on a PC with an i5, 8GB of RAM and an SSD. It runs perfectly, really no crash in more than 2 years of use, either in stand-alone mode or plugin mode in Live.

    The best performance boost has occurred thanks to the 2.0 version of Maschine. The app is finally supports multi-core and I saw the CPU load down tremendously. Although I have never exploded CPU with version 1.8, it's always nice to reduce the cpu consolidated, especially when using Maschine with other software.

    I will not étaller me on the fact that the controller is super well built, it is the best in the world equipment and software in a single product, it has been said 1000 times.

    OVERALL OPINION

    Moreover, I recommend everyone to update the v2.0. Additions to this version are well worth the $ 99. The Drums Synth them only fill the $ 99. I considered buying a Volca Beats to be able to adjust my drum sounds. Once I discovered the potential and versatility of synth drums v2.0, I realized that it was not necessary to spend $ 150 more. So, yes, but this is not a true analog sound, it's not comparable, blah. All I can say is that in a full mix, we see that fire, analog emulation of kick and snare are just bluffing. Not to mention the physical modeling are also excellent. I do a lot of finger drumming, and it is a pleasure to feel much subtlety in his fingers.
    And about the update, I have not spoken emulation Rohdes, which is also fabulous, limits on the number of group effect have been removed and so on ...
    I am less a fan of the new Prism synth, but hey it is a matter of taste. And I think the idea of ​​a mixer view is good, but against what is unfortunate is that there is no particular method to mix the material interface. So ultimately not very useful.

    The biggest reproaches I can do a maschine is that it is impossible to use a mono input of the sound card and bring it out in stereo. Let me explain, for example, if I want to play a bass line with a hardware synth that is connected to the left input of my sound card, the sound will just left. And I have not really found a solution, the better it is to use a plugin to refocus its ... But hey I'm not a fan of this kind solution a little patch ... It is usually at this point that I decided to release Live :)

    In any case, I do it again this choice without any hesitation. The egonomie, quality banks of sounds, synths (Massive foremost) make maschine is the centerpiece of all my productions.

    I advice everyone who is looking for a box sampler pace. Besides, I think the other versions (and MKII Studio) does not bring much more compared to this version. And as the beast is solid, it's worth it to look to the occasion and keep her in for something else, like packs of sounds, synths ... We are all the same, we still lack something then keep all of what to invest for the next box blip :)
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  • Full intuitive and addictive ...

    Native Instruments Maschine MKIPublished on 12/18/12 at 18:40
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    Simple and efficient software samples and very complete.
    You asked what we can do with it?

    https://soundcloud.com/clementprader/welcome-in-paris

    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    Mac that's all just perfect never a latency
    PS: I have an SSD

    OVERALL OPINION

    Almost 2 years and I do not use voids again my mouse to produce a piece of music ...
  • Very good investment!

    Native Instruments Maschine MKIPublished on 10/09/12 at 12:42
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    The installation is no problem, it installs the software and the driver for the controller. You connect the maschine, the OS recognizes it and it's done!
    Then you activate the app via the NI Service Center.

    No conflict for me.

    No problem for configuration (audio driver, controller, MIDI, etc ...)

    The manual is clear and fairly comprehensive.

    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    My config. : Laptop, core i5, 8G RAM, M-Audio Profire 2626

    I said that I have the first version of Maschine (MK1)

    No problem on my config., The app runs very well. To get an idea: I have sessions with several large banks Kontakt, some synths and FX, all with very low latency, and it runs smoothly. I would......
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    The installation is no problem, it installs the software and the driver for the controller. You connect the maschine, the OS recognizes it and it's done!
    Then you activate the app via the NI Service Center.

    No conflict for me.

    No problem for configuration (audio driver, controller, MIDI, etc ...)

    The manual is clear and fairly comprehensive.

    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    My config. : Laptop, core i5, 8G RAM, M-Audio Profire 2626

    I said that I have the first version of Maschine (MK1)

    No problem on my config., The app runs very well. To get an idea: I have sessions with several large banks Kontakt, some synths and FX, all with very low latency, and it runs smoothly. I would add that the number of crashes for 3 years can be counted on the fingers of one hand (and I think they were rather due to my old PC)

    The controller responds well, the pads are excellent, with some cons buttons might have earned a little less "soft", ie it is sometimes necessary to press hard on the buttons above for certain key combination.

    In any case I think this is well thought maschine small, we can do almost everything via the controller and also use it as a MIDI controller simple (once I use it for other samplers or to control ableton live).

    Small flat against by the sequencer for I sometimes find ..... "Binding" when it was used in sequencers "classic" (cubase, pro tools, etc ...) I think it still needs some time to adapt, think phase components a bit differently but in the end we made it. Also, not being able to only 3 per FX "sound" is a bit simplistic, but hey you get there anyway.

    On the sounds included in the software: Most kits drums sound good, and some are very "original", but I will say that the sound quality "instruments" is a little below the rest, understand: they are friendly, quite useful but they do not break bricks. For my part I generally use other sound banks. The sampler is a bit "basic" what he expect him ie: cut, truncate, edit, trim, slice, etc ...

    Note that different Upd improved several things: the sampling becomes more complete with the addition of time-stretch, his bank was subsequently expanded + Komplete Elements being offered, and you can load VST directly from the controller .

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for 3 years.

    To know that I also have the MPD32 and MPC100, so I could test all that long, and the Maschine pads are really the best. The controller is solid, and the feel is excellent.
    In addition, the workflow is unique, having a controller + an app is really more more accessible, more options more better what.

    What I love most: the controller, the workflow, the spirit
    What I like least: spinach

    Good value for money although it would often be cheaper than that!

    With experience, I would even want to buy the new version (MK2) ... soon I hope ...
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  • A rustic sampler, sequencer slightly edited, a proper VST host

    Native Instruments Maschine MKIPublished on 08/10/12 at 03:24
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    RAS on the installation, shuffle on my 11 inch with Lion. In 10 minutes everything was settled.

    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    Flush with the side stability. But hey, I'm running Maschine in standalone, nothing goes next.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I used Maschine for a month. Note that I am the sampler since 1997, I thoroughly mastering a lot of samplers / sequencers material (notably the MPC4000 Akai and Yamaha RS7000, which are far from basic instruments) and I am very very very squarely disappointed with the party sampler and sequencer part of MASCHINE.
    My main disappointment is that I expected to find a sampler / sequencer with lots of advanced features, when in fact everything is......
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    RAS on the installation, shuffle on my 11 inch with Lion. In 10 minutes everything was settled.

    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    Flush with the side stability. But hey, I'm running Maschine in standalone, nothing goes next.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I used Maschine for a month. Note that I am the sampler since 1997, I thoroughly mastering a lot of samplers / sequencers material (notably the MPC4000 Akai and Yamaha RS7000, which are far from basic instruments) and I am very very very squarely disappointed with the party sampler and sequencer part of MASCHINE.
    My main disappointment is that I expected to find a sampler / sequencer with lots of advanced features, when in fact everything is archibasique, and very short of what I could atendre a sampler in 2012 .... especially to run on a computer. I MASCHINE with the painful sensation of stepping back rather than leap forward. Amazing is not it?

    Sampler:
    It lacks basic functions like time stretch and pitch shift.
    Looping samples is totally unintuitive
    We lack MATERIAL CONTROLS for sample editing (the PLAY FROM, TO PLAY, PLAY LOOP MBM particular are absent).
    The slice mode is OK, provided you have short samples. If you must cut the sample in more than 16 slices we retroucve with slices unusable because not mapped on the pads. It's like twelve years ago with the MPC2000XL.
    No Reverse loop: the loop is still playing in the same direction, you can not read the buckles 'ping / pong' as the MPC4000.
    No editing of the pan of a sample (stereo to mono for example).
    The extraction of a slice from a sample slice is impossible (to map the keyboard for example). Must duplicate the sample for that.

    Sequencer:
    Pattern editing: Choose and edit the events with the mouse is painful and nearly impossible with the hardware. It's disappointing.
    No pattern stretch.
    No playback of MIDI files (that's ridiculous, frankly)

    Compatibility with MPC programs:
    Do not believe them, only some programs are properly imported, tired layers, the mute groups, etc. are recognized aps. Programs with more than one bank (over 16 pads) are imported from several GROUPS maschine els which makes difficult to use ...

    My advice: buy one rather than MASCHINE hardware controller of your choice (cheaper) and give you a license REAPER (60euro) which is 1000 times the MASCHINE software in the sense that it offers the same features (and more) and more and more (such as audio editing, multitrack tracking etc.).

    The only real plus point of MASCHINE (compared to my hardware samplers) is the host and chaining VST effects: three effects available at the GROUP, then 4 still possible at the MASTER it allows to make really sound level. It happens that I do not work like that of the blow for me is not really a plus.
    The quality of PADS is also noteworthy, very responsive and pleasant to use. However in play live I do not see what use my stuff, other than for sets archisimples because the PAD MODE with its three functions available on each PAD is a bit messy.
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  • Native Instruments Maschine MKIPublished on 02/27/12 at 06:49
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    I give this a 9 rating mikro maschine simple and friendly
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