Native Instruments Maschine MKI
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Native Instruments Maschine MKI

Maschine MKI, Loop Sequencer from Native Instruments in the Maschine series.

Mr Dub 10/09/2012

Native Instruments Maschine MKI : Mr Dub's user review

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Value For Money : Excellent
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 ...