Native Instruments Maschine MKII

Native Instruments Maschine MKII

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

9 user reviews

Native Instruments Maschine MKII tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Native Instruments
  • Model: Maschine MKII
  • Series: Maschine
  • Category: Loop Sequencers
  • Added in our database on: 08/29/2012

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Native Instruments Maschine MKII user reviews

Average Score:4.3( 4.3/5 based on 9 reviews )
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Native Instruments Maschine MKII
I am extremely unhappy with Maschine. It's impossible to get a good workflow when using it as a vst in a DAW because of a wrong software design.

let me explain it quickly:

To map the 16 sounds to the 16 audios outputs you need to make 32 mouse clicks

EVERYTIME you will load a new sounds group you will have to do these 32 clicks with you mouse to ask sound1 to go on output1 etc..

THERE IS NO WORKAROUND to correct that.

If you want to work with midi mapping it's EVEN WORST (about 15 difficult clicks needed in different non intuitive menus and sub menus)

SO What? Should we use MASCHINE as a Standalone to mix a full track? Problem: MASCHINE Sequencer is 10 years behind any serious DAW on the market. They are just THINKING now about adding audio tracks to the sequencer!

Where it's getting even more disapointing it's that the software maschine 2.0 is out since 3 years and half now and people are complaining about this issue since the very first day! So NI people know that issue and request since years but they act as they are actually refusing to correct this.

Seriously is it hard to add a button to automatize settings like sounds 1-16 go to output 1-16? Is it harder than transforming Maschine into ABLETON?

They just released maschine 2.6 and all the added features concerned adding some unasked feature to the standalone maschine sequencer and other features to promote their s****y Maschine JAM hardware.

The guys are able to release something like 100 expansions pack (50$ each!) but not to add a setting automation...that everybody is asking for! It's just disrespect.

So that's it: I spent 600$ for a sampler software and its dedicated hardware, and everytime i want to use it in my CUBASE or ABLETON, i have to make 32 clicks for each group, knowing that i'll maybe want to use 5 different groups, it's almost 150 clicks.

A very inspiring workflow.

If they don'correct this this year I will sell my maschine (and loose about 400$ music gear investment) to get an Ableton PUSH.


PaulyPaul's review"10,000 plus sounds and samples"

Native Instruments Maschine MKII
The Native Instruments Maschine MK2 is the newest piece of gear that I own. I just purchased this last week. So far I am in love with it, it works perfect with my current set up. You can use the Maschine to load sounds, change your patterns and automate your parameters. You can also use it through MIDI to control anything else you might want it to control through your DAW. The MK2 comes with some new effects and they sound amazing, I really like the Tube Saturators on the MK2. It is a major upgrade from the first Maschine that came out. Native Instruments also has kits available online that you can purchase for a good price, but they don’t come with the MK2.


The Maschine MK2 comes with Massive VST/Synth (which I already owned before I purchased this) and it comes with Elements. Elements has over 1,000 different sounds that will spark a lot of creativity because all of the sounds are new and unheard. Sometimes when using different programs and plug-ins it seems that most of them will recycle the same set of sounds from time to time especially when those plug-ins come from the same developer. But the Elements sounds are completely different from previous sound banks that Native Instruments have come out with in the past.


Setting the Native Instruments Maschine MK2 up was not difficult, but it did take a little while for everything to install. Depending on what you use MK2 with will depend on how long it will take to install on your system and be ready to use. The MK2 comes with over 10,000 sounds and sample packs and all of the MIDI features that you need to have like slicing, auto mapping, and step sequencing. The manual will help with anything you have questions with or it can help with installing if you need it. I am happy that I purchased this and I look forward to using it more and more in the near future. You can now even purchase the MK2 in white.

crazymilk57's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Magic maschine"

Native Instruments Maschine MKII
easy installation, no worries (I tested on windows and osx)
very clear manual, while nickel


macbook pro model 8gig mid-2012, i5 2.5 GHz (and audio card scarlett 8i6)

the software runs well, my original hard drive makes changing vst when browse sounds a bit slow but as I prefer to create my own synth I do not parcour as ca the library provided.

configuration is super stable.


I use it for 6 months. I tested many machine before but this is my first type daw software.

I was looking to replace my Octatrack (as by clear to me at file transfers, etc. of set)

I wanted a sort of daw actually a friend and wanted to separate from his maschine so I could test my own way and try to take him before.

I love:

bank samples, ease of use (very simple), the ability to customize everything, his title track groups, pattern, audio routgaes while remaining very ergonomic.

the controller, a near perfect integration with the app. is not looking at the screen if not to, the knobs are well although I would ptetre loved one or two assignable faders and more.

the drumsynth.
I loved my machinedrum, I love these synths as much battery super simple practice to understand and very versatile. I love it.

macro control assignable to each hierarchy levels (sounds, groups and projects)

a criticism I could make is that it is not so simple to program lengths of notes with the step sequencer. (It is possible but there submenu), only downside

Another gripe that maschine does not communicate perfectly noon. sending cc remains impossible for the moment it seems.

last flat, unable to disable some windows and resize everything has its convenience. a lil screen (13 inch macbook) is a bit boring.

here is to be honest if you have a pc that runs well. ca rolls alone, ergonomics hard with the possibility and ease of soft. and above the price at which it is found used, nothing to complain about a lot of possibilities with the original maschine bundle and then we can always add our own vst so no complaints.
dr mabourse01/09/2014

dr mabourse's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Native Instruments Maschine MKII
No problems install under OS X 10.8.4


Imac 2010 Core 2 Duo 3.6 GHz, 16 GB of Ram. At the moment it runs well, but I do not really support the mule.


This is three weeks I have this wonder. The first thing I said to myself after 48 hours of use, it is "But why did not I bought this before!"!

I have long galley with Live to find a workflow that suits me. Since I dropped the MPC I did not feel comfortable, I want to do less pieces were missing that "little magic trick." It's stupid to say, but with this bike, bah I finally found the missing link. And most importantly, I make music, I have big ears open at all times, I do not have eyes on the screen Ableton or another, I work my textures finesse, I take the time for the use is very nice. I sample in Maschine, I play in Maschine, I assemble in Maschine. And all this autonomy with the controller. Goodbye mouse.

In short, the guys hat NI!

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