If you could have an ideal drum machine and sample-slicing workstation, taking the physical control of hardware but the flexibility of software, what would it look like? We talk a lot about hardware control of software, but hardware usually comes second – software gets designed first, and then either you have to figure out how to map hardware to it, or someone else comes along and designs gear. That means there’s usually a disconnect in the design and workflow of the two, and most of the time, you have to reach for the mouse to make up the difference.

Maschine (pronounced as the German, mah-SCHEE-neh) was developed at Native Instruments with the goal to design the hardware and software simultaneously, not separately. That’s not an easy goal, and I don’t expect Maschine to be perfect or please everyone. But I got to visit the prototype at NI while I was in Berlin in October and see it in action, and I can say at the very least, the folks who created feel the way many of us do – they love software, they love hardware drum machines like the Elektron, and this is an attempt to be a real hybrid.

So, while contrary to rumors, NI does not have a box that does any audio generation in the hardware, this is a real attempt to fuse the controller and software in terms of design and workflow. The idea is to use the screen for visual feedback (you do have this big, pretty monitor on your desk or notebook), but to be able to work without a mouse.

Maschine can also work as a plug-in as well as a standalone app, depending on how you like to work (or how you want to play live). That means if you’re already in love with something like Ableton Live, you ought to theoretically be able to put the two together. Unfortunately, you can’t yet use it as a sequencer to drive other software, which would be an ideal next step; sequencing is as big a part of what Maschine does as sampling and sample manipulation. (No official statement on MIDI output has been made yet.)

Maschine’s hardware also works as a controller. So, for those keeping score, you could put Maschine next to the just-announced Akai APC40 and use them both to control Live – or Maschine could compete with the APC for your Live-controlling dollar – even before you touch the Maschine drum machine software.

Here’s NI’s intro video, which gives you a sense of how this stuff ties together (and we are officially the first to post it).

We’ll naturally be looking more closely at Maschine soon (I’m going to buy a new espresso maker and not sleep for the next few months). Here’s a quick overview:

  • 16 pressure-sensitive pads, which light up for visual feedback
  • Step sequencing
  • Polyphonic recording (so it is a real sequencer, too)
  • All software features are available quickly “on the surface,” so not only do you not need the mouse, but unlike a lot of hardware and even controllers, you don’t have a bunch of submenus and buttons to press to do stuff. That includes tasks like automation editing and even sound editing
  • Automatic sample mapping, beat slicing, note repeat
  • Real-time audio recording and resampling – so you can not only record, but resample what you’re working on, MPC style
  • Effects sends “from conventional to experimental” (basically, you can enjoy the kind of sound mangling goodness we’ve had on Kore and Reaktor lately)
  • Kore-style sound browsing, with a multi-gig library to get you started

Availability: April 1

Pricing: US$669 list (EUR 599)

The hardware has a top-notch feel and metal casing; at least from what I could judge from the prototype, this should look and feel absolutely fantastic. My only real disappointment was that there’s no synth engine, but that’s just because I love drum synths. Then again, I love the simplicity of Maschine, so perhaps the best fix would be to add the ability to either host plug-ins, as Kore does, or to provide MIDI output capability to other software, so that you could drive synths and other creations. (Heck, you could even sequence visuals in that case.)

What’s unique to me about Maschine is that it isn’t simply an emulation of an MPC; it still takes a software approach to sequencing, it still supports plug-ins and the things you like about software, and it still has NI-style effects. By virtue of being software, in fact, you can really change how you use it relative to hardware. You can drop it in Live or even in a tracker like Renoise. You can use it not as a drum machine but a pattern-based effects unit and insert it after your voice or an instrument. Then you can switch to a VJ set, ignore the Maschine software, and use it as an intelligent plug-in for running live visuals for your friend’s band. None of this is nearly as practical with a conventional hardware drum machine – and this is a whole lot cheaper.

Also, unlike some attempts to unify hardware and software in the past, the visual relationship isn’t slavish. You see something that looks like it makes sense on a screen when you’re editing; it looks like software, but you can easily control it with hardware and not the mouse. (Nothing against the mouse – it’s fantastic for many jobs; sample slicing and music editing just happens not to be one of them.) When you’re ready to perform, the displays on the device mean you don’t have to look at the screen at all.

It’s also worth noting that this is very different from today’s Akai APC announcement. The Akai is clearly better suited to mixing and clip triggering, but the Maschine has velocity-sensitive pads the Akai lacks, and is better suited to hardware control of beat slicing and editing operations. (That said, someone may decide to use Max for Live to turn Maschine into a hybrid machine that also controls and edits Live itself, so everything is suddenly wide open.) And the APC is all about a host (Live), whereas Maschine is all about adding a drum machine / workstation to a host (which could be Live, or Renoise, or Pro Tools, or something else altogether).

In fact, to me, the real competition is Ableton Live’s Drum Racks, groove extract, and slice to rack features. It’s mouse-based, but it also integrates with a host and can host plug-ins itself. I’m personally excited about using both, so it’ll be interested to see which I wind up preferring for which tasks. And you can meanwhile bend your brain around the idea of Maschine instances running inside Ableton Live Drum Racks and other odd combinations.

If there’s any criticism of Maschine, my guess it that it’s likely to be criticized for over-simplicity: as opposed to the first release of Kore, the approach here is really minimalism; NI did less in the hopes that you’d get more out of hardware integration, and the rest you can make up by working with your favorite existing tools and plug-ins. That’s not to say it’s dumbed-down, from what I can see, though I just have to use it.

Whether NI has nailed this one is another question, of course, and one I’ll want to test vigorously. But I love the idea. Mainly, I just want to get my hands on one so we can try this out. You’ll definitely want to stay tuned.

http://www.native-instruments.com/maschine.info

Corrections: In the first draft of this story, I suggested that Maschine could output MIDI to other software instruments or host plug-ins; at least as of version 1.0, the software can’t. You can use it as a controller, though, and output MIDI to other hardware (so you could sequence hardware synths or even other drum machines). The thing I’d like to see there is MIDI output to other software; we certainly have enough hosts (NI’s Kore being one of those hosts). I also overstated the connection to Kore (which is why I was confused about plug-ins). Like Kore, Maschine is integrated hardware and software, it shares the Kore browser, and it shares some of the other design features of the current generation of NI software. But Maschine is its own creature – and honestly, that’s a good thing. Stay tuned for more details.

  • http://xfader.com regend

    The drooling over the MOTU

  • bliss

    I swear these companies are being subsidized by Seagate and Western Digital.

  • http://mateomurphy.com Mateo

    What does this mean for battery, then? Hardware aside, it would seem that there's a lot of overlap between the two products.

  • http://mateomurphy.com Mateo

    Incidentally, the features page seems to contradict your correction, stating that "it is also a powerful universal hardware controller for use with any MIDI-compatible hardware or software."

  • RAWCOCO

    all these new controllers/grooveboxes are great, but i'm still waiting for the Linn Drum II :-)

  • vinayk

    Given the price and the fact that a lot of ppl have laptops/desktops – i'm assuming that this is going to eat into the MPC market???

  • http://www.33tetragammon.com wasili

    this is fantastic to say the least.

    at last there is a MAJOR shift happening in software-land in tems of total hardware integration(the missing link to me until now):ableton live 8&max for live with the akai apc 40,native instruments Maschine.man,this is going to be an amazing year in the evolution of computerbased music in my eyes.thank The Universe it's all coming out when i have the money.all of this combined with kore 2 and a macbook is my perfect live setup.THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!!!!!

  • http://www.createdigitalmusic.com Peter Kirn

    @Mateo: Yes, there's indeed some considerable overlap with Battery, though I suspect if you were doing sample design for acoustic kits you'd still want Battery. Personally, though, with this and Kontakt, I don't have a whole lot of use left over for Battery in between them.

    I've clarified my correction. The hardware device is a controller, and it does output MIDI to other hardware. What it lacks is MIDI output in the Maschine software.

  • http://www.loopyc.com Loopy C

    On it's own I see the reasoning and minor innovation of such a product BUT given these are the people that gave us Reaktor (10 years ago?) I think the innovation is paled in light of the Live/Max combination possibilities. I would have myself liked and expected to see the combination to include all the suggested vision/power of their Reaktor modular technology and Kontakt scripting to have informed the next leap in custom rigs that combine hardware/software interaction and personal design (not to mention the powerful user library paradigm).

    But maybe I am in the minority given (supposedly) the average DJ/Beat Box buyer is the 'new' beginning garage guitarist and I was hoping for a dual necked Chapman Stick with Ethernet! from this particular company who should? needs?? to be keeping up with Max/MSP (their main competitor in this area) as to new applications of a long product development history (Reaktor).

    Battery with beat box features just doesn't shine to me given the technological and GUI creativity that regularly appears here on CDM but then again all my own bills are covered (for now) so I hope them success in a market that apparently does not include me but then again I was kinda bored with beat boxes as a way of life a couple of years after they were invented so maybe it's just me (still have a nostalgic sentimentality for them of course) :)

    Thanks for all the great coverage! I won't get there until Saturday it look like now.

  • http://www.createdigitalmusic.com Peter Kirn

    @Loopy C: I hear you, absolutely, but then sometimes to do really good design you have to do less. I'm all for scriptability and configurability and the sort of deep design you talk about, but these days, for that end of the spectrum, wouldn't you want something open source? You might still need some conventional slicing capabilities, etc. – but then when it's time to go beyond it, you might actually want a non-commercial solution. (And, honestly, it might pay your bills, too.)

    NI did try taking on a whole lot at once with Kore 1, and I think the results were less than stellar. Kore 2 did less, but did it better, and users benefited from that. So I appreciate the do less but do it right approach here.

    Now, if it could output MIDI to other software, it could easily interface with, say, a sampler patch in Kontakt with scripting, or a Reaktor patch, or a Max patch, or any number of things.

    I love the idea of scriptable, open controllers, too, but I think the goal here is to have something work out of the box. For something really wild and different, I'd look to the DIY community and not to NAMM. At the end of the day, I find – and a lot of folks that I know – that in an ideal world, you put the open and commercial tools together and have a lot of fun.

  • Actual MPC user

    I can't believe the IDIOCY of NI, MOTU, and AKAI

    Why do people buy MPC's?

    Because they want to SEQUENCE!!

    My soundcard has a 10ms latency no matter how many controllers and software i get.

    That 10ms makes it IMPOSSIBLE to accurately have midi and prerecorded tracks work together from a computer in a live situation.

    Latency using the MPC2000 by itself? less than 1ms.

    People whine whine whine about how they can't do mixes that sound tight. Well guess what? Your midi sucks.

  • http://www.loopyc.com Loopy C

    Yeah Peter, your reasoning is both sound and realistic, mostly my inner 'child' sounding off about not getting a real jaw dropping announcement from NI from the perspective of an every day Reaktor junkie! Then again, I am still an every day HAPPY Reaktor user so it's not like I actually NEEDED something today ;-)

    Based on what i am seeing around the forums this could be a well-embraced product by it's target market AND hopefully sells well in order to continue funding area 51-like research into the next version of Reaktor (like hoping Madonna sells well so King Crimson can make an album too?)

  • http://www.myspace.com/k1ru k1ru

    wow…nice nice nice!!

    if only it came with enough memory and processing power to not have to use it with a laptop…

    seems like it's getting closer to that everytime…

    that'd be cool..edit sounds and patterns on the laptop, transfer them over 2 the hardware…and..unplug??

    does anybody know of anything like that already out??
    :D this is good nonetheless!!

  • http://www.loopyc.com Loopy C

    Actual MPC user, good point! Interactivity at the 'groove' level relies on zero latency and I would add the MPC's magic has been a synergy of quantizing 'quirks', convertor and summing out characteristics, and of course 'feel'.

    So we will see how this 'hybrid' stacks up against the 'personality' of the above synergistic legend (synergy here especially being 'greater than the sum of it's parts' )

  • http://www.loopyc.com Loopy C

    You know one other thing that seems to lack a holistic vision to the NI line is now you have a completely separate box from Kore? Seems like a future looking plan would have made Kore and Maschine somehow interlinkable (which would would have happened back in the design brief of a few years or more ago?)

    Does the Kore (hardware) user now buy this and have two separate set-ups to manage just to have some pads? Or is there more than I see to this angle??

    Again, I like the idea of modular and building up of a interconnected synergistic system as opposed to a continuance of separate devices that can't talk to or work WITH each other especially from the same manufacturer.

    It's like the difference in learning/implementing interior design vs. an IKEA shopping spree on drugs (which wear off and you wonder how these two things are supposed to occupy the same space? Sure IKEA has separate designers with degrees but someone needs to see the 'creative space' as a whole when metal and electronics are getting dedicated to such inflexible realizations if there is to be a cooperation beyond what we ALREADY have buying from different manufacturers (thus this IS a marketing consideration as to appeal in whole product lines and that possible synergy beyond competition).

    But once again, I am probably not the target market so am just arm chair quarterbacking the designers/markting people to amuse myself.

    Curious what a Kore owner thinks of this and how it 'integrates' into their ever-growing real estate needs?

  • http://www.loopyc.com Loopy C

    And most importantly, what would Steve Jobs have done? (when he was feeling better)

  • http://www.loopyc.com Loopy C

    Oh and Peter, STAY OUT OF THE HUDSON!!!

  • werewr

    K1ru you are talking about a smpler/sequencer/drum machine all in one and yes It's called an MPC Akai made them over a decade ago, also other companies made stuff even before the MPC.

  • http://www.condraonline.com Condra

    Loopy C if you think NI lack inspiration and innovation, what about Roland and Kurzweil?!!

    Now THEY, really are out of touch.

  • Thomas Cermak

    Love all these software/hardware beat boxes coming out but I have to agree with Loopy C. I use Live, have used Reaktor and use Massive, which are all great, but I simply don't get near the satisfaction producing and performing music as I do with my MPC.

    So I'll wait for the LinnDrum II as a true replacement for my MPC.

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  • http://www.loopyc.com Loopy C

    Hey Condra, well Roland gets a pass since they invented the paradigm (at least in the House/Techno sense) ;-)

    And Kurzweil, well Ray's books are awesome and surpass marketing and any normal (and virtual) reality :) and make up for VAST not becoming the every synth we dreamed (yet?)

    Actually, I shouldn't be so judgmental, commenting on an instrument without playing it is like…dancing about architecture?

    Just desiring to have my mind blown daily I guess (why I visit CDM everyday :) )

  • http://www.granularmatter.com George P. Macklin

    This product would have been really cool if it also had an audio interface built in. Fewer things to carry out.

  • poorsod

    and there was me hoping the "creativity inspiring innovation" was going to be Reaktor 6. This really just isn't exciting me in the way Ableton 8 and the APC are.

  • poorsod

    (Although I suppose that does mean less money for me to spend!)

  • http://www.qbical.net Qbical

    I was kinda hoping it would be a bit more then a sample player, if it included a good set of drum synth blocks, a bit like the Machinedrum but with the advantage of the on screen GUI, it would be a no brainer for me.

    To bad, but I guess it has something to do with the fact that the size of the library a program is shipping with these day's ends up at the top of the features list…

  • http://www.qbical.net Qbical

    Oh and I'm with you all on the Linndrum II, better save my marbles for that beauty :)

    Any word from Dave Smith or Roger Linn at this years NAMM?

  • leo cavallo

    Wow… Incredibly innovative… And only after 21 years from the MPC60's launch on the market…

    If you want an MPC with added latency, this is definitely your product!

  • http://www.createdigitalmusic.com Peter Kirn

    Well, whether this blows your mind or not is out of my hands; I didn't invent it, and I'm not inside your head! :)

    Okay, it has pads, but it's not an MPC. If you're happy with your MPC, be happy with your MPC. I don't think the target market here is MPC owners.

    The actual editing and sequencing, the ability to use your actual computer display, the ability to combine this with a host and (hopefully eventually) drive other software with MIDI sequencing – not MPC features. And this thing is also packed with NI-style effects, which don't sound anything like an MPC (for those of us who enjoy those sounds).

    The latency argument is an interesting one, but it's not as though we haven't figured out how to sequence on computers with soft synths. It is possible in some situations to drive latency down to 3ms (not record latency, but the audio output buffer). It's also a good argument for a dedicated Linux box that has some control over variables. The MUSE Receptor already supports a bunch of NI software; Receptor with Maschine support would be quite nice.

    Back to Maschine (and I think these are legitimate criticisms and even possible features in revisions)…

    I would certainly love synthesis in Maschine, or just the ability to drive MIDI to other soft synths.

    I don't think the target market was Kore users necessarily, but you can bet I'm interested in how this could combine with Kore. Then again — if this had MIDI output in the software, we would be able to use it as a Kore sequencing module, which it really needs.

    Control is less of an issue. Kore will use any MIDI controller for input now, even on the morph parameters (by popular demand — and requests from yours truly). So you could use Maschine to control Kore, absolutely. I'll be very interested to make those interact, even if there's some hacking involved. :)

    Incidentally, if you're really unhappy with the latency, this has MIDI output. You could sequence onscreen and drive hardware exclusively. So since it doesn't have synthesis, I'm interested to even hook up some DIY synths to the thing.

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  • James Y

    @Condra; ever play with a Roland V-Synth?

    as far as the synth market has gone, Roland has started so many trends. Just recently have they gone into a mode of staying with what already works. But even in those modes they create this lovely hardware that is my main sound creation tool.

    and Kurzweil's VAST synthesis is pretty unique – when pushed beyond its stated purposes.

    And, the Latency is a fun topic (and really annoying when you play so mething and it comes out completely different), but somehow, artists every day perform using software synths, from the likes of BT, the Prodigy, STS9, NIN, etc. And their live shows seem pretty tight to me…

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  • mar

    Ah latency!

    you already have 10ms latency if

    you're 3 Metres away from the speaker.

  • Beken One

    I owned A MPC-2000, MV-8000 but now use MPC-2500 with (JJOS2).

    for me its been about the work flow and the speed I can drop a completed beat without having to do weird funky sub menus, stopping the sequencer or ever touching a mouse.

    the MV-8000 failed at that…I traded it.

    the older MPC's lacked features and features BUT dropping a beat and midi timing ruled!

    my new MPC-2500.. does the same as the older MPC's.

    but like ALL the MPC's they lack vision and features.

    I still use my MPC-2500, only for Hip Hop thou?

    Song Mode in the MPC series is ONLY good for hip hop

    sad.

  • Mike

    Maschine looks very nice but I feel it should cost the same as Kore 2. I bought my Kore 2 controller when they were $499 at most online stores and, while I felt a little screwed when the price dropped to $399 a few months later, I also felt that the $399 was a better price point for the product. I predict that Maschine will follow the same course and be $499 at most stores until it drops to $399 after the buzz dies down. I also appreciate that NI is making quality hardware for their software and not crappy plastic controllers like most companies. I have a Lemur and a Korg Zero 8 mixer so I definitely prefer the feel of real hardware. The Maschine does have a metal casing right? The pictures appear to show that it does but pictures can be deceiving. There is no way I'd pick this up for $499 if it was plastic like all the rest. I will most likely be buying a Maschine after the AKAI APC40 launches and I pick that up. I was debating purchasing another Lemur but the APC40 will definitely lighten my controller load a little until I break into needing another one. Now if AKAI would just follow NI's lead and start making their products feel like HARDWARE instead of PLASTIC TOYS!!!! It disappoints me that the AKAI APC40 is plastic and would pay $200 more (even though there hasn't been pricing announced yet) if it was made out of metal. Another shortcoming of the AKAI APC40 is that the faders aren't motorized. Motorized faders would bring it to the next level considering the bank switching capabilities. Then again, what do I know…. I'm only the musician and not the financial guy looking at how to cut costs! Rant over.

  • Jahmal

    I had typed a great response yesterday, but my iPhone logged out of the not so trusty Starbucks network, and I lost it all.

    I will try to summarize.

    I'm 25 years old. I have no desire to play an MPC.

    I was NINE! When the Chronic came out for goodness sakes! The MPC doesn't enslave me with it's almighty heritage like many of the other guys here.

    And I also don't come from a time of soft synths having the entire kitchen sink and more. I come from a time of Reason and hardware CD multitrack recorders. That's how I did it at 17. So my workflow still resembles that.

    This Maschine is PERFECT. There could be nothing better. With my Akai MPD24, playing Battery and BFD2 at times feels so disconnected. I don't feel like I'm playing an instrument sometimes. It often feels like writing code. And that's totally wrong. I really think Maschine will help bring my spontaneity back.

    As a Kore user, (Kore 1 was a garbled mess to me) I still think Kore can benefit from another round of dumbing down. I love the idea of stacking my Jupiter8v and TAL bassline and playing them at once. And routing things through filters etc. Kore2 has expanded on the way I make electronic music. So I do worry that Maschine & Kore won't play nice. Because I use BFD2 inside of Kore at the moment, and to have all of the great features of Maschine mostly unusable will be a bummer.

  • http://www.Diggitimedia.com Diggiti

    I Love N.I products but this .. MASCHINE and the New AKAI thing seem like tools for DJs, NOT producers

    And for MPC Users . THE ANSWER IS …

    1.Record your Drum sequence into the MPC

    2.Copy the Midi file (From MPC) into software

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  • http://www.33tetragammon.com wasili

    i'm into two minds about it:instead of creating the Maschine software,why didn't native just upgrade battery 3 to version 4 with realtime sampling,beatslicing,and a fully featured sequencer with rocksolid timing(with the ability to sequence other plugins as well), and use the Maschine hardware to control THAT?how about that for being AWESOME?

    i could certainly use it then to trigger one-shots/loops from Maschine,and use the amazing Kore 2 to kontrol Absynth 4,Reaktor 5,and Alchemy

    and record everything on separate tracks in ableton.ahhhh,instant heaven!!!!!!

  • http://www.createdigitalmusic.com Peter Kirn

    @wasili: That's an easy answer. Battery doesn't have a sequencer, and it has an interface built around the mouse. I do believe that starting from the ground up and building the software around the hardware instead of the other way around was the right decision. Then it's a matter of whether the software functions are what you want, but at least as far as making it something that uses the controller as the interface, the app grew organically out of that.

  • http://www.createdigitalmusic.com Peter Kirn

    Also…

    * LinnDrum II is expected third quarter; Roger apparently decided not to show anything at NAMM. I will absolutely make sure you're the first to know about that. :)

    * I imagine Maschine should run quite nicely in Kore as the host. I'm sure NI is testing that. As to whether they nail it or not, well, I'll test it!

    * Maschine does have a metal case, yes. Plastic actually can be quite durable, but the main thing to me is that the controller quality and feel are right, and I did get that sense. What I saw was a prototype, but it should be close to the finished result; I do expect to have a hands-on with that finished product once it's available. As for long-term durability, of course, you really just have to wait and see what happens and get as much feedback as possible.

  • http://www.33tetragammon.com wasili

    @Peter Kirn:thanks for the feedback.

    well,i guess you're right about Maschine and N.I building new software for it

    let's just hope it CAN sequence other software as well when they release it.

    also,Peter,do you know anything about the PADS on Maschine( how they feel:like Akai or like Korg pads)

    combined with Kore 2 this would be AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!……..(uh…right…..i said it already)

    final point:i would love to see someone producing and showcasing OTHER stuff with it than Urban,like i saw on all those videos until now.i mean,come on,not everyone is interested in "INSANT TIMBALAND".

    Maschine is more than that,MUCH more!!!!

  • http://www.33tetragammon.com wasili

    i meant "INSTANT TIMBALAND".my bad,now i'm zzzayyyin"

    pardon me bro,is still too early

  • Mezzurias

    I'm extremely excited about this product. I didn't grow up using an MPC I started with software from the get go so something that marries the two in an intuitive way is a must buy. Which is why I bought Kore when it first came out.

    Knowing NI the quality of the hardware is going to be superb and I'm pretty sure the metal casing will stick around (which may explain the price) since they had metal casing on the Kore 1 hardware. I do wish they would have included an audio interface in the product (I know some people complained about it on the Kore1 and so it got removed for Kore2), in this case its a huge oversight and forces users to walk around with a laptop, Maschine AND an audio interface. Its not really an issue for me since I have an apogee Duet which is small enough to carry around, but it would be nice.

    I can;t wait untl this comes out and pending reviews, I am getting this thing.

  • speedghost

    I'm pretty much sold on the hardware/software design. After all what is an MPC but an integrated computer with a tiny lcd ( and near zero latency) granted you get the nice ability to just turn an MPC on and jam ( I've owned a few myself, great boxes ). This simplicity is something I actually enjoy with iDrum, instead of having to fire up logic and load a track with plugins, just fire up iDrum standalone and do beats straight away. So the standalone Maschine will work well here. create your beats, build up a library, chuck the plugin in for when you want to mix etc.

    What concerns me is the sound quality, we all know Akais, Emus etc can sound better ( or worse depending on what music you write) going through a bit of DA/AD firsthand. But seen as Im in the market for one of NI's samplers, having used the demo's before and already have several of their synth products, they all seem to have a certain sound quality that sometimes takes a bit to mix. Now, don't tell me because its all digital it should sound the same because it don't ;) They all use different algorithms for filters, cutting down cpu usage on bussing, playback etc. I would gladly sacrifice say 64 voices of Maschine power for instance for 8 voices of truly nice boom box like output and a bit of ultra fat analog filter modeling, in fact I'd gladly lose all the effects also if they could make it pump out the REAL bass like my old Fairlight!

    Otherwise it looks like a mighty fine product heh :) and I totally agree, I would love midi output to trigger some reaktor or external synths, or just hosting in Maschine itself would be useful.

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  • ZANE

    I have to say, I think this will be a great addition to their line. It's not meant to be everything to everone….

    If your an MPC lover…make love to it!!

    I have a fully loaded MPC1000, and use it once in a while. I have KORE 1&2 and use them all the time!

    I have almost every single piece of SW NI has made, and love hate them all.

    I think for my purposes, I will be picking this up, as I love the fact it will be as rugged as the KORE Controller, the fact it has the extruded Aluminum case is a farking no brainer.

    I like many things so far, but I really like the fact of BUSS Power baby!!

    Heard a couple of people speaking quite load in terms of latency???

    Hmmm….Not an issue based on the demo @ Namm?

    I use LOGIC, TRACTION & REASON ON MAC

    And everything else on PC, just depends on where the hell I am in the world.

    My biggest concern is the fact that NI has their PAWS out at every turn for updates, such as KORE 2…I mean hell, the fricken cochroaches were not even Ironed out of 1 before they had 2 into our hands?

    But this is life, I know and I am sure we all know this to be true!

    Many toys out there in Z market kiddies, just depends on your needs, budget & your angst level for trying to get it to work in your studio!!!

    I've been doing this for 35 yrs, and trust me…..it's just starting to get fun!!

  • ZANE

    I DO AGREEEE WITH MOST ON THIS BLOGGY!!

    I think it's being priced too high at thiis juncture.

    Although I want it, will have it, I will just wait a bit and see what happens for a few months.

    I got KORE for $300.00 including V2.0 so it was another no brainer!!

    Wishing you all success in all you do!

  • http://syncretism.net Niall

    Das Lied schlaeft in der Maschine, in der Maschine schlaeft das Lied!

  • blund

    PC system req. 2Ghz CPU and 2GB RAM? There goes the idea of using it with my Lenovo S10 netbook… Could've been such a wonderful friendship.

  • AcaDmKz

    Really interested in this…. but does it have the same sampling possibilities as an MPC. I can plug any sound source into my MPC and sample it strait. NI say it samples internally and externally. Any help here people? I would happily sacrifice my MPC for maschine if i can sample in the same way… internet/vinyl/DVD etc.

  • http://www.minutefalling.com Tristen

    I was wondering. Since Machine can be used as a drum machine, etc and have a midi keyboard to play the parts… is is also possible to use Kore 2 (for effects, etc) a midi keyboard to play synth parts AND maschine for sequencing/drums?

  • http://www.createdigitalmusic.com Peter Kirn

    That's an easier question, actually — yes. :)

  • http://www.minutefalling.com Tristen

    Thank you Peter. I didn't want to buy both to find out it wouldn't work.

  • http://www.minutefalling.com Tristen

    Does anyone know that midi keyboard was used in the Kore 2 & Maschine tutorials, and if its available? It would be perfect… fits the Kore 2 on top perfectly. Thanks.

  • http://www.myspace.com/treesreachingdown Mike DoubleD

    I make music with only a Nord Modular and an MPC1000 as my tools.

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  • werkerholic

    I laughed when I saw this advertised….

    If you own a MPC and Battery just use the MIDI Settings for the tracks and use "Learn" for Battery's individual samples, done. I have some funky 808's mapped to my 1000. My computer background always makes me search for analog/digital integration. One more thing, if your MPC has a USB port invest in the M-Audio USB to MIDI or a similar product. If you do your DAW will free you of some of your channel assignment responsibilities. So to round things up……… Battery or similar proggie + MPC "X" = quick sample search and fluid workflow! BTW I love Kore 2

  • tony

    CORRECTION the maschine can not sequence other hardware or drum machines. The midi is sync set up only right now and as of yet can not host vst plugins only be used as a vst plugin. But is sick sampling, chopping, creating tight grooves. Is better intergrated for computer sequencing than a mpc. And can be used as a midi controler. I have mine set to control my vst synths in fl studio. Plus I get label of what the knobs are on the display screen. Pull maschine up as a plugin lay down a groove pull up a plugin synth control it all hands on. Best of both worlds. It could be better but its the best we have right now. Note the groove is in the maschine sequencer and the vst are in fl studio sequencer.

  • tony

    the sequencer is slaved to the host.

  • http://de me

    Well i have both and i can say that the maschine doesnt feel like is better built than the apc, the apc looks better and the materials are also better, the maschine is not aluminium as stated above i got one i should know!

  • http://www.leolibros.com/ Annok

    Incidentally, the features page seems to contradict your correction, stating that “it is also a powerful universal hardware controller for use with any MIDI-compatible hardware or software.”

  • not so common

    Hmmm…. had never heard of a Linn drumm until reading the reviews on this page, the new one looks pretty interesting. But my only thing is why would you pay triple the price for such little differences? Yall are str8 tripping, you can load any sample except .rex into Maschine and play it with your midi keyboard, you can use it as a VST plugin in just about any DAW, but i guess its just about preference, i can't justify paying triple just because of a name if i dont like the sounds the Maschine comes with i just load more samples in and resample on top of that and then throw it into Ableton or any other DAW tweak it some more and keep moving, yall need to watch the videos and quit hating, Maschine will further evolve into something that will have you all pissed that you dont have one!!! mine is on its way! Deuces.