Review: Native Instruments Maschine

Audio production software has come a long way. Where as in the past one would typically use a number of traditional instruments, synthesizers, drum machines, mixing panels, etc., software has opened the door for many home studio musicians to produce music on a budget.

Although you could easily get along using software exclusively, you may still want to use a controller when recording music, so you can actually “play it” instead of programming everything.

Native Instruments Maschine

Native Instruments has recently introduced Maschine, a powerful combination of software and hardware, or as they put it, a complete Groove Production Studio.

MASCHINE combines the flexibility of computer-based music production with the ease of a groove box into one powerful creative tool. Utilizing onboard samples or your own audio files, MASCHINE’s symbiosis of hardware and software not only ensures a fast and fun workflow, but lets you easily turn your ideas into professional productions.

So let’s take a looks at what this Maschine is all about!

Where’s the installation disk?

I generally don’t read manuals anyway, but Native Instruments doesn’t encourage me much either. I open the box and the first thing I see is this lovely control surface. All I can think is “hook it up man, let’s get going!”

I am a long time Windows user though, so I know better than to just hook up anything USB without checking for drivers first. The installation disc was all the way in the bottom of the box, so I almost missed it.

The installation of the drivers and Maschine software was a breeze; it just takes a while to copy all the content from the DVD. After authorizing Maschine in the Service Center, I figured it was a good idea to download the latest update as well. All set to go, let’s see what we have here!

The Hardware

16 pads, transport controls, LCD displays… The Maschine controller does a convincing MPC impersonation, doesn’t it?

Maschine Controller

The controller is quite compact and has a sturdy, high quality feel to it, even though it is only partly metal. Hooking it up to your computer with a USB cable, the Maschine controller powers up with its lovely backlit LEDs. Groovy! I know design is a matter of taste, but I feel NI did a smashing job with the looks of this thing.

The illuminated pads feel nice and responsive (velocity and aftertouch can be configured to your liking) and all of the 41 buttons are backlit. Great for working in a setup with little light, e.g. a live performance.

The controller features 11 endless rotary encoders, which have a smooth feel to them. The two LCD displays are clear and easy to read (as long as the angle is steep enough; the contrast can be adjusted) and have plenty of space to display the parameter pages.

Besides using the controller with the Maschine software, you can also control external MIDI hardware (via MIDI in/out on the back panel) and other software. The pads, knobs and buttons can all be customized with the included controller editor application.

The cool thing is that pretty much everything in Maschine can be done from this dedicated controller. You would almost forget that there is a piece of software doing all the actual work.

The Software

The Maschine software is basically an advanced pattern-based sequencer application which allows you to create patterns, group them, and arrange them in “scenes”. It can be used standalone or as a plug-in, so you can integrate it into your current setup.

Maschine software
Maschine software, a complete music production environment

Some key features of the Maschine software:

  • Browser – the browser provides an interface to all your projects, scenes, instruments, samples, effects, etc. Searching is easy with tag-based searches, key words, and attributes, quite much like KORE.
  • Sequencer & Arranger – the advanced sequencer, or pattern editor, features both step programming and real-time recording. 8 groups of 64 patterns each can be arranged in up to 64 scenes in the arranger section. The sequencer supports live automation for effects, sampler and mixer parameters.
  • Effects – there are 21 effects (or FX) which can be used as insert effects to each group, sound, or the master (in 2 FX slots). You can also create send effects and multi-effects, or route an effect to external gear.
  • Sampler (engine) – records both internal and external audio, audio editing & slicing, resampling, extensive playback features including various envelope and modulation options, and 8 individual stereo outputs (16 mono outs).

Maschine comes with a sound library featuring 5 GB content in 15,000 samples.
It includes 300 drum kits, 280 multi-sampled instruments, 400 sliced loops, 6,500 one shot samples, 100 FX presets and 55 FX chains. You’ll also get 50 projects which are a good way to explore what Maschine can do.

The included sounds were provided by numerous sound designers and artists, including Matthew Herbert, Montana B, Amon Tobin, Goldbaby, Denaun Porter, Sonic Specialists and many others.

The library features a good variety of sounds, mostly suitable for electronic music, i.e. urban, hip hop, R&B, techno, house, dubstep, etc.

Reader question: Torley wanted to know how much of the sample content is new material.

I asked Native Instruments and they told me that even though a few kits were taken from the Battery library, those were remastered through a special mastering setup of high-quality analog outboard gear. The vast majority of the library is brand spanking new material.

Besides using the sound library, you can also use your own samples in Maschine (currently only wav/aiff, but I think REX support will follow). In order to have them available for selection on the hardware controller you will need to import the samples into Maschine’s library (it will create a reference to the sample, not a local copy/move).

It is probably a good idea to tag your imported samples as well. It may take some time to do, but you will be able to find your samples much faster in future projects. If you are familiar with Kore, you will know the power of this type of browser system.

The Magic

However cool the controller might be, without the software you would only be able to use it as a regular MIDI controller. And although the sequencer works fine without the controller, it is when using the complete package that the magic happens.

Reader question: Benebomber wondered if working with Maschine is intuitive, more specifically when digging a bit deeper (e.g. recording your own samples or tweaking them).

I would definitely say it is. When I got the Maschine I opened the box, installed the software, hooked up the controller and a few minutes later I was creating beats. For more advanced things — like recording and editing your own samples — you might want to work on the screen, but you could also do it on the controller itself. Whatever fits your workflow best.
I personally prefer to use the menus on the controller and leave my computer keyboard and mouse alone as much as I can. Maschine is perfect for this.

Native Instruments has a number of excellent Maschine videos showcasing its features, including live recording, sampling, automation, and how to control Ableton Live. Here’s the Maschine introduction video.

An even better way to understand what Maschine is all about though is to actually get some hands-on experience with it. Maschine is just a lot more fun to work with than it is to write about it, so I would advise you to go check it out at your local music shop. You need to tap those pads, browse the sound library and play with some of the demo arrangements to see how you like it.

Maschine retails for an MSRP of $669 USD / 599 EUR, and is available from the NI Online Shop and dealers worldwide.

So what do I think?

From the moment I held it in my hands I loved Maschine’s control surface. I really like the black finish and backlit pads & buttons, and overall it feels like a quality piece of hardware. I’m a bit of a compulsive tapper — tapping beats on my desk all day long — so I am not surprised that I enjoy using these pads to record my beats a lot more than having to construct them with my computer mouse.

Working with the controller is a delight. Incidentally I would have to look something up, but most of the time I could find everything right away, which is telling of Maschine’s intuitiveness. I like the Maschine controller so much that I find myself using it in MIDI mode with other virtual instruments and effects as well.

Maschine’s software is deep, offering much more than the simple pattern-based sequencer it might appear to be. You have detailed control over your sequences, and a vast amount of quality effects and modulations are available, as well as a quality sound library and extensive editing features.

In standalone mode it basically provides you with all you need to create your music from scratch.

Of course, there is still room for improvement as well. I personally did not encounter any real problems, but it is good to know that Native Instruments is working on some important changes for the version 1.1 update, which should make a lot of people happy (e.g. MIDI in/out, REX support, better slicing options).

In short, Maschine is a powerful piece of software bundled with a superb controller. The two work together seamlessly and it truly feels like a proper instrument. Plus, it is tons of fun to work with!

Visit Native Instruments for more information.

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  • Cheddar Man

    This was a good review. I may end up making a purchase after it’s been out a good while. By that time, it should be well seasoned with updates and improvements.

    I’m about to purchase NI’s Komplete5. It’s on sale at Sam-Ash, for $399 man! I hope it’s not an error in the sale book.

  • http://rekkerd.org ronnie

    I think the v1.1 update is what many are waiting for. It’s just going to get better.

    Great price on the Komplete package, hope it’s not a mistake indeed!

  • karen

    So where the review? All I saw was 99% marketing copy and 1% gushing about the hardware.

    The software sucks. You don’t have the guts to say it because you’re taking money from them. But you don’t have any qualms for passing off an advert as a review. Shame on you.

  • chromatic

    very interesting and Hands on review :)
    strangely, even you dont go deep into details your review is more useful than many magazine review…. very cool :)

    chromatic

  • http://rekkerd.org ronnie

    @Karen, why do you say the software sucks?

    I certainly don’t agree with you, and it’s not because I am getting paid by NI (which obviously I’m not).

    It looks like you have already made up your mind about Maschine, but if there’s anything you’d like to know about it, just let me know.

    @Chromatic, any specific details you would like to know about?

    Btw, my wife would like to comment that fresh out of the box, the controller has a bit of a chemical smell coming from it (probably the paint finish, it’s manufactured in China).

    I didn’t mind it, but if you’re sensitive to that type of thing it could be a problem.

  • Cheddar Man

    I really don’t know what people expect from the review. It’s simply one persons opinion. You may feel differently about the package than Ronnie does.

    Software is like food….Taste varies. I may like a burger from a certain restaurant that you feel sucks. NI’s site, has videos about every aspect of Maschine. Have you checked them? Have you tried one at a music dealer?

  • chromatic

    so many gear, computer etc etc smell chemical when you first open the box… :)

    The software seem ok to make loops, then maybe it lack some things as its very new… but Ni usually follow their software and update them well…

    I think if the HARDWARE PART was really lacking that would be a bigger problem… but i saw the Maschine control surface and its very good quality, 2 screens, many knobs, buttons feels ok etc etc…. with that they just have to update the software well and they have a winner….

  • chromatic

    By the way i have kore2 controler and i feel the rotary encoder feel fragile….
    Maschine seemed better quality…

  • http://torley.com Torley

    @Karen That was rude and useless.

    @Ronnie Thanks a lot for doing this review and answering my question! I’m sure if you felt disappointed about anything, you’d share with us (as you have in the past).

    Maschine looks nifty and altho I’m not sure where it’d go in my current workflow, I look forward to seeing where it grows.

  • derrick

    The review WAS insightful.
    I have outdated stuff so I am in the market to update. or rather replace.

    I think the unit looks quite interesting, so the “marketing” in the comment above does pay.

    Has there been any mention of specific module units for Maschine?
    Since it uses MIDI and USB, I figured this could be accomplished with my pc.

    Karen, buy one and post YOUR review.
    If you have VALID objections about it, I’ll buy your unit.

    badflavor1056@yahoo.com

  • Nikolaj S

    I’m very interested in this combo. However, my old 12″ powerbook doesn’t meet the system requirements:

    Mac OS® X 10.4, Intel® Core™ Duo 2 GHz, 2 GB RAM , USB 2.0 Port, DVD drive, 5 GB free disk space for full installation

    My old PB is only a 1.5 GHz G4 with 1.25 GB Ram. Has anyone tried to run the Maschine on a similar setup?

    (I know this sounds like a stupid question, but I’ve often had success running software on my old mac even if it didn’t meet the minimum system requirements…)

    Thanks,

  • MATT B

    Owned the Mashine for 2 months now and couldnt be happier. Besided the over 15,000 samples it comes with i’ve loaded it with a tons more storing and labeling with ease. Tracks flow to easily….if you think it you can make it with Mashine. The only downsides is theres no way to multi-track record within the software…but a seperate recorder will take care of that. Also theres SO many samples sometimes its tedious to preview so many till you find one that sounds good. Also make sure you have alot of ram…..the more the better…trust me.
    Overall a true powerhouse production tool that replaced over 6 pieces of sequencers,recorders & keybords.
    I love my Mashine.

    MATT B

  • nevermind

    This product could be amazing but only if NI delivers on the 1.1 update. If they fail to do this I think the maschine will really take a blow.

    I really want them to get this right as I will definitely buy one if they do.

  • http://myspace.com/fluxbeats flux302

    I can sort of see where karen came from as I didn’t see any of the down sides of maschine on here. I’m a long time mpc user (about 8 years now) and recently picked up maschine about 2 months ago. I can say I love it. to the point that i actually haven’t been touching my mpc! however there are draw backs at the moment (the updates will be greatly appreciated.)
    here are the draw backs
    1) sample editing is very limited, non destructed meaning NO truncating, NO timestretching, auto slicing is only 16th notes or transients which often times don’t slice properly, no search zero crossing no dc offset, no normalize. (i was very surprised to find out you couldn’t truncate as i had assumed no one would ever leave out such a basic feature)
    2)the midi is very crippled at the moment. controlling external gear and vst’s from maschine is really a no go at this point.
    supposedly the new updates are going to fix all this and i do have every bit of faith in that they will update this product (current version is 1.0.3) the upcomming 1.1 includes New and improved features:

    * MIDI Out Mode for sounds
    * MIDI In for sounds and groups
    * Drag-and-Drop audio export for scenes and patterns in host
    * Record and trigger scenes switches via MIDI notes in host
    * Scene retrigger option in plugin mode
    * Loading groups without patterns
    * Additional slicing sizes (1/8th etc.)
    * REX file import
    * Scene naming
    * Adjustable metronome volume
    * Record Count-In option
    * Quick adjustment of group and sound volumes on controller

    Fixes:

    * Several fixes and stability improvements
    —————————————————–
    we are all waiting like kids on christmass eve for it. p.s. there is a public beta in the works as well.

  • http://rekkerd.org ronnie
  • novem

    So…can you load samples in this thing
    and gig it or do I need my laptop also?

  • http://rekkerd.org ronnie

    The Maschine hardware is a controller which doesn’t store any samples, so you will still need a laptop as well.

  • novem

    If they would have put 1/4 inputs/outs, a power supply and a hard drive, so you could load samples (your own and stock) this would
    have been the best thing out there.

    N.I. please do this in the next version.

    N

  • big kuzz

    ok, first let me start out by saying ive never even put a beat together at all. ive always loved music and had dreams of producing but always thought it would be too expensive for me. i went to the guitar center today for some basic q and a about starter equipment and the sales rep said the maschine was the future of music producing. he also gave me a demo on how easy it was to use, although the beat sucked i wanted to buy the maschine right there on the spot. im just looking for some advice. is this the right piece to start out with and whats the major differnce between the maschine and mpc’s?????thanks in advance people….

  • flux302

    I’m typing from my phone so Bare with me. First off maschine doesn’t need inputs because that’s what ur sound cars is for. As far as starting equipment… First u need to consider 1do u have a computer and sound card capable of running it. 2 do u have a seperate harddrive to store year samples and projects (highly recommended). 3 are u willing to take the time to learn the software . If u say yes to those than yeah I would buy it over an mpc if not then get an mpc as all u need is an mpc and a turntable + preamp and ur set.

  • big kuzz

    i hear a mac is the only way to go as far as compurters are concerned. how tru is that? whats a good computer besides that..and whats a sound card? i know i sound stupid but bare with me.. thanks flux

  • Cheddar Man

    Everyone has their POV about computers, so… you may want to do your own research on the matter to draw your own conclusions.

    I don’t know much about MAC’S… but bear in mind they still use components made by other companies like intel, INVIDIA, ATI, etc…

    My ignorant guess is the OS is what the big deal is all about. I’ve read as well as seen comments by professional producers that Mac’s will crash or have frozen during paid studio sessions. It may be lower instances as compared to PC perhaps…

    Another thing to consider is that PC has nearly endless offerings in terms of software than what’s available for Mac. A lot which is Freeware/ donationware.

  • http://rekkerd.org ronnie

    Windows PC doesn’t have the best track record for stability, but my current PC rig running XP is really stable and has been for years now. And I throw more plug-ins at it than I can handle myself.

    I happen to follow someone (a Mac user) on Twitter and he regularly shares about problems he experiences with his Mac. I chuckle every time. At the same time I feel sad for all those Mac users who are missing out on tons of terrific PC-only freeware.

    People who say that Mac is the only way to go are either uninformed or misguided.

  • jeshl

    I am wondering if anyone uses it in connection with Traktor and how well that works exactly. Especially with 4 decks. also to a lesser degree how it works as compared to FL9 or with FL9.

  • jody

    I thought the whole deal with these was that you could ‘prepare’ your maschine with samples & stuff, from your computer, then just take out the hardware to a gig? is that wrong?
    maybe i haven’t found what i’m looking for then….yet.

  • http://rekkerd.org ronnie

    @Jody, sorry for the late reply but you’re right. Maschine doesn’t actually store samples. Perhaps you’re looking for an MPC instead… http://www.akaipro.com/mpc

  • Mack Beats

    I’d like to know how well This product works with FL9 Producer Version. Thanks!

  • http://rekkerd.org ronnie

    @Mack Beats, it works fine with FL Studio. I use both FL Studio 9 Producer Edition and Ableton Live 7, and I haven’t had any problem with either software.

    You can use the controller with the Maschine software as a plug-in in FL Studio, or use it to control FL Studio and other plug-ins in the MIDI controller mode.

    The newly released version 1.5 update has improved host integration and a bunch of other new features and improvements: http://www.native-instruments.com/#/en/products/producer/maschine/?page=1440

  • TR

    Can You Use NI Maschine standalone without the hardware mean just using the pc/laptop keyboard cuz i damged mi MIDI Controllers, reply asap

  • http://rekkerd.org ronnie

    Yes, the Maschine software (standalone and as a plug-in) works just fine without a controller.

  • pdidt

    so what exactly is the difference between this and an mpc? the vids and turtorals make this thing look easy and it seems like it could be used without the computer but that, apparently, is not the case. So is that the main diff? an MPC ( say mpc1000) can be used stand alone and NI m can’t.? Is the mpc1000 just as easy to use otherwise?

  • http://rekkerd.org ronnie

    The MPC can be used as standalone, it’s a Music Production Center which includes memory to store samples, a sequencer, etc. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_Production_Center

    Maschine is a combination of hardware and software, very similar to an MPC, but the controller itself doesn’t have any sample memory or a sequencer of its own. Of course you can also use the Maschine controller with other hardware instruments like synthesizers, but for the “Groove Production Studio” as Native Instruments intended it you will need to use it with a computer.

  • flux302

    As easy is a speculative term. And really applies more to how well u learn. Imho maschine is easier to learn than an mpc but then again I already knew how to use an mpc before getting maschine… I can day that those I’ve taught how to use an mpc and those tthat I have taught how to use maschine. The maschine seems to be picked up a bit quicker. As far as the differences I suggets you go on NI forum do to the fact this has been discussed to death.

  • Seany Mac

    1) Can I sync Maschine with Logic 9?

    – will I be able to record MIDI notes into an individual Logic track using Maschine pads?

    – can Maschine act as a MIDI controller, can I load sounds from my Logic library to play/record from Maschine into Logic?

    – does it have Control Surface functionality?

    – can you use Maschine software like any other plug-in such as Kontakt or Absynth? can I use Battery or Kontakt drums with Maschine?

    2) Can you sample directly from a turntable?

    – I know it only has USB and MIDI inputs but in essence wouldn’t you just convert a vinyl to an MP3 and then just drag it into Maschine?

    I greatly appreciate any insight on my questions

  • http://rekkerd.org ronnie

    The answer to your first question(s) is “yes”.

    The Maschine hardware does not have an audio interface. It’s a dedicated controller for the Maschine software, and it can be used as a regular MIDI controller as well.

    The Maschine software has the sampler functionality, so you can sample anything from your audio interface. Of course you’ll need to have inputs for your turntable, or use a mixing panel and hook that up to your audio interface.

  • http://spirit-design.net Free1

    Can machine controller be connected to my Tascam Digital Recorder to record tracks? The Tascam has a usb port.

    Free1

  • profa21

    i have a laptop with no internet,but the new windows and a m-audio with pro tools,will it work,,and do got to register online to use this,,and you said the maschine dosent store samples,or save them,,,so what does mean,i can use a sample and tharts it,so how do i save my work,,

  • http://rekkerd.org ronnie

    Maschine will work with Pro Tools (and standalone) on the laptop.

    You can register both online and offline (you use a computer with internet connection and import the file for activation on your offline laptop).

    Read the FAQ on Maschine for your question on sampling: http://www.native-instruments.com/#/en/products/producer/maschine/?page=1447

    Maschine (the software) does sample and samples are stored on the host computer, Maschine (the hardware) does not sample, it is a controller.

  • profa21

    first off .thank you for getting back,now how do import to my laptop,i have no internet,,inless i get a laptop with wi-fi,cuz my wii im on picks up wi-fi,,but do i really need to register online,just to use the maschine,,cant i just hook it up and get down,,i have been making music for years,from reason,to acid,my zoom mrs 1608.and the akai xr20,but this maschine is off the charts,,and how long is the sample span,on a pad,and they say you can use your i pod to sample,,but does it take mp3,or just wave,and once again thank you for your help,,,,

  • http://rekkerd.org ronnie

    You have to use a USB stick or something to get the authentication data from the PC with internet to your laptop. You do not need an internet connection on the laptop itself.

    You can assign any sample to a pad, the sample length and number of samples is only limited by harddrive capacity.

    Remember the controller holds no samples, it’s all on the laptop and you trigger the samples with the Maschine software, either on the screen or with the controller.

    The Maschine sampler engine can record internal and external audio, so you could record audio from your iPod. Maschine currently does NOT support mp3, so you’d have to convert to wav/aiff first to use mp3s in Maschine.

  • profa21

    thank you,,but what im saying,,is do i really got to register it online to even use the maschine,,can i just use it,,
    and can pro tools change mp3’s to wave,,or just stick to windows med player,and i wanted to know the length of a pad for a sample,,my old mrs only 12 seconds,,i know pethetic,,but i heard the maschine can do a whole track on one pad,,
    thank you for your time…..

  • Flux302

    pretty sure you can contact NI over the phone to get it registered. but it’s not the best way considering there are constant updates and improvements coming that u need the internet to download….

  • http://rekkerd.org ronnie

    You will need to register it, else it will only run for a limited time as a demo. Flux302 is right about the updates but then again Maschine doesn’t get updates all that much.

    For more information on product activation check here: http://www.native-instruments.com/en/support/product-activation/

    If you can’t find what you’re looking for I suggest you contact NI at http://www.native-instruments.com/en/company/contact-ni/

    I don’t use Pro Tools, but converting mp3 to wav is easily done with one or another utility. The pads can trigger any sample, of any length.

  • flux302

    @Ronnie. I very much dissagree in the short time it has been out it has received numerous updates and intact just received another today. Also there MANY more updates planned.

  • profa21

    thank you,and i have wi-fi,,so i can prob register,if not you say i can do it over the phone,if so how does that work,,and what do you think is better the akai mpc 1000,the maschine,or roland mv8800,,

  • http://rekkerd.org ronnie

    @Flux302, I guess it’s what you call many.

    Since February 2009 it was updated a few times with most significantly the 1.1 and 1.5 updates. Sure there are more betas and minor updates, like the 1.5.1 that was just released, but those are mainly bug fixes that you don’t really need if you’re not experiencing problems. They’re not essential anyway.

    @profa21, you can still download updates on another computer and update Maschine on your offline laptop, or use the wifi (if you have it just use that, it makes everything so much easier).

    You’ll have to make up your own mind on what you think is better. I’d go for the Maschine but if you want a standalone production machine that doesn’t need a computer I could see how the MPC might make sense.

  • flux302

    I would say those small updaates have been pretty important especially if u use maschine live as this update has made a. Big improvement on CPU strain. Either way who in this age is not going to wanna dl updates right?

  • flux302

    I have those machines i now only use maschine

  • profa21

    o.k so have a compaq presario 250 gb,its a nice laptop,,can i run the maschine on this,and how many gigs is it gonna take up.
    and its got wi-fi,,
    would this laptop rock with the maschine,,

  • flux302

    Probably. Not sure how fast that computer is but I would say any laptop that has a core 2 duo could run it very well. I have a friend running it on a 1.8 ghz Pentium and it runs fine.

  • profa21

    now when register the maschine,it will work proper”right”and give me updates..but when im done regisering it,say i have it off line,,for a while,,
    cuz my wifi dont get the basement,,only upper,
    but i sill registerd it,can i use it for while,without it being a demo”cuz you told if i did not register,it would yurn to a demo,so when i register,go down to the lab,,am i all good,,

  • flux302

    Registration is a one time thing. Once registered u can use it with out any internet connection. Though I would watch the native instruments forum as updates are always in the works. The next update will be a feature update. U can get hints of what will be in it by reading the ‘ on the record’s section of the forum. ;)

  • profa21

    thank you flux,,now how would i run a turntable,with the maschine,,and before i get this maschine,what do you think is better,, a akai 500,akai 1000,roland sp 608 or the maschine,,cuz man im really trying to up my studio,,can you tell me what you think,,

  • profa21

    o.k i got the maschine,and its worth every penny,,now how can i burn a finished track;i know about the modes,but when im done with smaking the beat,what do i do next,,im clueless,,help please

  • flux302

    Easy man once u have built up a bunch of scenes so u have a full track just go to export audio all scenes. It will bounce down a .wav file. Throw that to iTunes and burn it.

  • profa21

    i dont have i tunes,cant i just throw it my reg media player when its done,,and man thanks,you guys really made me get this,,theres alot to learn

  • http://rekkerd.org ronnie

    @profa21, sure just bounce the project to a .wav and you can use it in your regular media player, it’s all good.

    Glad to see you got the Maschine and you’re enjoying it. Like Flux302 said, it just keep getting better!

  • profa21

    now heres the problem,i love it,but with my old akai,and zoom,i could just do a beat,and drop a sample with out it over lapping,
    now how can i just make a simple 4 bar or 8,and just add a long sample with out it sounding off..
    cuz man,its like the scene’s dont mesh,
    its getting me frustrated,, on acid pro,i could just drag a beat,and a sample,it was all good
    ,can you please help me to understand this,
    cuz i wanna do some quick sample for the reg beat,then a long sample for the chourse,,
    but it dosent seem to be working for me,,its like the beat double hits its self,or overlaps,,
    thanks guys,

  • flux302

    @profa21 that’s is a true limitation with the current build. Currently u would have to drag those long audio bits into the daw however they have mentioned that deeper sequencing Is on the roadmap in the future.

  • profa21

    what do you mean,,and cant i just drop a beat,and get the sample to sound nice with it,,o.k how lets start like this,how can i start nice drum track,with out it overlapping,and a couple little samples too.and when i day long i mean like 6 or 8 bar sample…

  • flux302

    Then set ur pattern legnth to be 6 or 8 bars. I get the impression u don’t know how to extend the length of your patterns. I would first suggest reading the manual. Because this is one of the most basic features. (So no telling how much in depth stuff ur missing out on) also YouTube soundsandgear.com St. Joe put up a nice video explaining how patterns and scenes work.

  • jon

    is it compatable with ableton?

  • Murray

    What’s a good midi keyboard to use with the Maschine?

  • mpcrocks

    Buy yourself an Akai MPD Midi controller with 16 Pads (ca. 100-200 Euro) and a software like Fruity Loops 9 (100 Euro) and then save 50 % of your money while you have nearly the same product from the guys who really invented the 16 pads concept. To me the Maschine concept ist just a clone of the Akai MPD controller including software but its price is 50% more or double.

    The NI maschine costs today nearly 500 Euros – but an Akai MPD Midi controller and a good Software like Fruity Loops costs together 200-300 Euro, so you see the cloned or copied concept costs 50% more.

    NI has very high prices with concepts they just cloned / copied from others. Period. Make the math and save hundreds of dollars or euros.

    Or buy yourself a MPC500, it is standalone unit – sampler, sequencer, WAV recorder (yes you can do recording with a mic or line-in (L,R) in CD quality for samples with this unit) and “MPD” midi controller – all in one hardware piece, it has also Midi IN/Out, USB, Line Out( L,R ), and headphones out of course – costs ca. 500 Euro.

    Get MPD+Fruity L. and save 50% money and more for the same (cloned) concept – get an MPC500 and have both Midi Controller and Hardware-StandAlone Unit (sampler, Sequencer, Recorder) for 500 Euro. Be wise (-; but sure it is your decision.

  • http://rekkerd.org ronnie

    @mpcrocks, while the MPD+FL Studio and MPC500 are valid alternatives, I personally favor the Maschine. It might not be a new concept, but the tight integration of the hard- and software in Maschine is just great.

  • mpcrocks

    I have to correct something: today you can get a NEW mpc500 for 420 on ebay – so you can add fruity loops and you are at 500 Euro, for a midi controller, software and a standalone unit ( sampler, sequencer, recorder etc. ) for the same price the maschine costs – so much more for the same price – it is really much cheaper for people who like to save hundreds of euros while getting not only a midi controller and software, no, you have a real MPC(500) included.

    And that is the point, the maschine is probably a nice tool butcosts too much i would say – and you can just use it as a controller , and that is sad for me, you cant use it as a standalone unit without computer, this kind of hardware is always the slave of software while wih the mpc you can just turn off your computer and make music _whereever you want_ because the mpc500 is a special design: it can run with batteries and you can make music with it at school, in your garden, in the train, in the car, in the park and so on. (-;

    The mpc500 is the portable mpc – that it is designed for and you can also use it in the studio.

  • mpcrocks

    PS: the mpc500 has only 12 pads instead of 16 – and that is for a reason: it became portable now …

    The size of the mpc500 is: 15x25x4cm – so you see it is very handy – and Akai really made it that way that you can use it with batteries whereever you want too ( sure it also includes a power supply unit ) – it is a really clever idea and is really light weight too.

    And by the way: you can add 2GB Flash cards to your mpc500 with 1000s of samples which is enough. And if you own a mic and you want to records something you can just use the mpc500 line_in and record it in 16 bit WAV – or you wanna record a sample from the, just plug in some audio cables from TV into the mpc500 and you make a live recording of whatever you want and save it as a wav sample directly on your flash card.

  • Profa21

    Dude I have had mpc.mpd.xr20..they all suck compared to maschine.the workflo alone blows away akai.flssh cards.take it to the park.i can take my.maschine with laptop everywhere to.and with out batteries.lol.thr mschine is the best.

  • weiser

    I love my maschine. The maschine is all about work flow. All I use fl 10 and reason for is making loops.

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  • Julian Taylor

    now, if n.i. can stop pissing fits and concentrate on reselling the hardware because of user wear and not corporate nerdiness we’d all be fine………google: the kore 2 fiasco.

  • MicahDavis24

    I Need an Expert to answer this:

    First I have a problem. I think I moved around the sound library and need some clarification on what folder it goes on. I know the sound library is there though. This is what I do: I go to Hd then Library, application support, native instruments, Maschine, and the library’s there. When I open maschine it says, Lost file. “Locate, ignore etc.”

    2nd thing is I was wondering if you’re able to have scenes with different length loops like a 4 bar loop one scene 1 and a 2 bar loop on scene to and if you’re able to cue them from the maschine or a midi controller.

    And 3rd question: How do I assign my knobs on my midi keyboard. I have 8 knobs and want to have some sound design control when Im playing the instruments on there.

    If you can answer any or all you’re the best.

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