Native Instruments MASCHINE Groove Production Studio  

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Create tight rhythms, harmonies, and melodies in moments with MASCHINE - the highly enjoyable instrument that combines a pattern-based sequencer, professional sampler, multi-effect unit, and VST/AU plug-in host. Everything is intuitively controllable via the fully integrated hardware - once you touch the tactile controller the fun and intuitive workflow takes over, allowing you to stay focused on what matters - the music.

MASCHINE is constantly evolving; the latest 1.8 free update makes it possible to do offline time stretching and pitch shifting, host transport control, pre-listen to samples from hardware browser, and muc more. There are even new effects like Transient Master and Tape/Tube Saturators all for a free update.

Studio Powerhouse
MASCHINE integrates easily into your computer-based studio setup. Use the hardware controller to find, load, and play sounds, automate parameters, and arrange patterns on the fly. Combine this with the ability to control and sequence all of your external hardware instruments, or switch to MIDI mode to control other software.

After quickly and intuitively developing your ideas, drag and drop your patterns as MIDI or audio files directly into your DAW to finalize and mix your production. You™ll soon realize MASCHINE is a powerhouse capable of revolutionizing the way you make music.

Creative Performance Tool
MASCHINE is fast becoming the ultimate performance tool for creative musicians. The MASCHINE controller is super-sturdy, yet easily portable. The highly responsive pads and endless rotary knobs are addictively playable, while the two backlit displays keep you informed of what's going on - perfect for any club or stage.

Use MASCHINE as an instrument for performing your own tracks, or sync it with other gear like TRAKTOR PRO 2 (sold separately) to add more dynamics to your live set.

Supreme Sounds Mode
MASCHINE comes with over 6GB of ready-to-use, professional and inspiring sounds. Create rhythms and melodies right away with the included drum kits, one-shot samples, basses, synths, and acoustic instruments - all fully tagged for easy browsing.

MASCHINE now also includes KOMPLETE ELEMENTS (worth $59 / 49 ), providing more than 1,000 stunning sounds drawn from the flagship KOMPLETE 7, opening a world of styles and flavors ready for use in your productions. And now, you can add extra fuel to your MASCHINE with the new range of MASCHINE EXPANSIONS - premium sample kits created by renowned sound designers and artists.

What's New in MASCHINE 1.6
Plug-In Hosting
Use any Native Instruments or 3rd-party VST or Audio Units plug-ins directly inside MASCHINE. You can even hook up combinations: e.g. load MASSIVE (sold separately) to Slot 1 and GUITAR RIG (sold separately) to Slot 2 “ and tweak them both from the hardware controller - the parameters are automatically mapped to the knobs on the MASCHINE hardware.

To get you started using plug-ins inside MASCHINE a free copy of KOMPLETE ELEMENTS is included with this update. KOMPLETE ELEMENTS comprises over 1,000 stunning sounds drawn from the flagship KOMPLETE software bundle, including KONTAKT' vintage ABBEY ROAD drum kit and Vienna Symphonic orchestral instruments, six REAKTOR synthesizers and 35 GUITAR RIG amps and effects.
Workflow Enhancements

In addition to plug-in hosting, many other new improvements have been made. These include pad-link, swing per sound, internal drag-and-drop of audio, renaming of clips, duplication improvements, and 16 stereo outputs.

Any pads in the same link group can trigger each other “ play multiple sounds such as two snares and a clap by hitting just one pad. Select one or more pads to be the master, and others in the group to follow as the slaves - perfect for musicians using MASCHINE in a live context.

Swing Per Sound
Swing allows for rhythmic shifting of a pattern, creating a shuffled, live feel. Swing can now also be applied to individual sounds in MASCHINE 1.6, rather than just at the Group or Master level.

Module Slots

The architecture of MASCHINE' module slots have been modified to allow great freedom and flexibility, with instrument and effect plug-ins now selectable in the first module position - select either Sampler, Input, MIDI Out or Plug-ins for the first module slot and use the remaining slots to host any combination of effects, external or internal.

Enhanced Drag-and-Drop
Now you can drag-and-drop single or multiple files into MASCHINE directly from your operating system, and build up your own customized library of samples. Plus it's now easy to move audio within MASCHINE from one location to another - great for converting a Group to audio to free up resources in MASCHINE.

Compatibility Notice: OS X 10.11 El Capitan (release date 9/30/15)
As with all major operating system updates, it is vital to check the compatibility of your hardware and software before upgrading your system. For new computer owners, it' highly advised to check with manufacturers on when they expect their products to be fully compatible with the latest operating system.

  • New features in MASCHINE 1.8
  • Offline time stretching and pitch shifting
  • New effect: Transient Master
  • New effect: Tape and Tube Saturators
  • Save group with samples feature
  • Host Transport Control: Maschine hardware transport controls can be used with host
  • Sample play position indicator on the waveform (hardware and software)
  • AutoWrite pinning
  • AutoWrite on Maschine Mikro
  • Improved handling of missing samples
  • Pre-hear samples from the hardware browser before loading them
  • Choke all playing sampler voices feature ("panic button": Shift + Mute)
  • Revised select page (hardware) with access to note length
  • Quick select events of a sound in a pattern (Shift + Select + Pad)
  • Quick erase events of a sound in a pattern (Erase + Select + Pad)
  • MASCHINE Features
  • Combines intuitive sequencer, sampler, and over 20 high-quality effects with realtime control and flexible routing into an inspiring Groove Production Studio
  • Dedicated controller with 16 high-quality pads, 41 buttons, and 11 rotary encoders for playing, recording, sequencing, automation, and arrangement
  • Fast workflow with pattern-based arrangement and smooth hardware, software, and host environment integration
  • Features step sequencing, real-time recording, note repeat, slicing, and auto-mapping for intuitive jamming
  • Over 5GB of inspiring, studio-quality sounds with over 10,000 samples and hundreds of patterns perfectly suited for electronic, urban, and indietronic genres
  • Extensive MIDI-mapping capabilities to control other hardware and software
  • Easy-to-use browser with tagging of kits, instruments, samples, and effects
  • Intuitive automation recording and step automation editing
  • Sampling from external and internal sources with threshold detection
  • Works as a plug-in for any software sequencer supporting VST, AU, or RTAS
  • New features
  • Classic Drum MACHINE Features
  • Program import from Akai MPC 500/ 1000 /2000(XL)/ 2500/ 3000/ 4000
  • 2 vintage sampling modes emulating the sound of MPC60 / SP-1200 (with 5 filter settings)
  • Individual swing for each group
  • 16 Velocity Levels, Map one sound to the 16 pads for dynamic grooves
  • Improved polyphony with choke and legato options on Sound level
  • MIDI pitch bend and CC (i.e. mod wheel) support
  • Sampling, Slicing and Audio Editing Features
  • More than 10 new destructive audio editing tools such as normalize, truncate, reverse, fade in & out, silence, cut, copy. and paste
  • Revised slicing: preview slices, new "Split" mode for adjusting slices
  • REX 2 file support
  • Direct monitoring
  • Improved waveform zooming, scrolling from hardware
  • Sampling page: Ability to remember settings with project
  • Improved Workflow and Studio Integration
  • Save project with samples: Easily share projects
  • New selection features: Select events from hardware
  • Quiet sound selection: Select a sound without causing it to play”important when performing live
  • Extensive MIDI I/O: sequence your external MIDI gear with MASCHINE and vice versa
  • Improved GUI navigation from hardware
  • Over 10 new hardware shortcuts for mouse-free editing
  • Load kits without patterns: Hot swap through drum kits without changing the pattern
  • New step mode: Adjust note pitch, velocity, and position
  • Custom defaults: including pattern length and input quantize
  • Increased performance: Reduced CPU load of many FX
  • Improved Host Integration
  • Export MIDI files or drag-and-drop of MIDI files directly into DAW: Layout a beat in MASCHINE in standalone mode then finalize the song in any host using MASCHINE as a plug-in sampler
  • Drag-and-drop of audio: Export pattern as an audio file by dragging and dropping directly to DAW
  • DAW recording of MASCHINE events: Bypass MASCHINE's internal sequencer and directly record into your host
  • Group Macro Controls: Assign any parameter of the dedicated group (filter, pitch, any effect parameter) to the 8 knobs on the hardware
  • Macro Controls can be assigned to MIDI channels and controlled from external MIDI-controllers or a DAW
  • Extended Sample Library and New Effect
  • Over 1GB of all-new drum kits and multi-sampled instruments”now over 6GB of content with more than 18,000 samples in total
  • MASCHINE versions of ABBEY ROAD: 60s & 70s Drums
  • MASCHINE versions of SCARBEE basses & e-pianos
  • MASCHINE version of upcoming new KONTAKT Instrument "SESSION STRINGS"
  • Vintage MPC60 kits sampled by Goldbaby
  • Vintage synth samples (SE-1, Moog Voyager, Korg MS 20, Juno 60) from URBAN ARSENAL 2
  • System Requirements
    Windows XP (latest Service Pack, 32-bit), Windows Vista/Windows 7 (latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit), Intel Pentium 4 2.4GHz or Intel Core Duo or AMD Athlon 64, 2GB RAM

    Mac OS X 10.5 or 10.6 (latest update), Intel Core Duo, 2GB RAM
    Native 64-bit support for stand-alone and plug-in versions

    USB 2.0 Port, 11GB free disk space for complete installation

    Additional Information
    This product runs in demo mode after installation and must be activated before full functionality is available.

    Supported Interfaces
    Audio Units
    RTAS (Pro Tools 8 and higher)
    Core Audio
  • Customer Reviews

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Most Liked Positive Review


Pretty dope!

Ok, so I sold my MPC on ebay and although I got my asking price, I immediately felt naked. That MPC had been with me through the good and bad times. So now...Read complete review

Ok, so I sold my MPC on ebay and although I got my asking price, I immediately felt naked. That MPC had been with me through the good and bad times. So now what? I had always wanted an Axiom so I copped a 49 2nd gen. The ability to control Logic was cool but it wasn't enough. The pads were so far from Akai pads, I couldn't bare using them and the semi weighted keys weren't that nice either. Although some people swear the axiom pads are nice, I beg to differ (most mpc users would too). So back it went to the store. Then I stumbled upon the Maschine, for which I had been ignoring since it dropped because I thought it was just a gimmick. What could compare the MPC? The youtube vids were enough to sway me + I got a good deal, so I copped it. Daaam, this thing is nice! Now for you MPC heads that don't know there aren't any ins, no inputs just usb and midi. If you can get over that, you will more than likely love making the switch to maschine oh and the pads are dope! I don't recommend buying gear without first testing it, like I did, but this was a pleasant surprise. I only give it 4 stars due to the lack of ins/outs, but I have gotten over that. You will need a digital interface, but nowadays everybody has one anyway.


Most Liked Negative Review


Save your Money till V 2 Comes out or something

I bought the Maschine thinking its gonna improve my work flow, when i opened it, it looked great and the feel to it was decent. Well Everything went well until it was time...Read complete review

I bought the Maschine thinking its gonna improve my work flow, when i opened it, it looked great and the feel to it was decent. Well Everything went well until it was time to sequence it wasn't all what the advertisements made it up to be. There is no song mode everything has to be in pattern and "scenes". When sampling there is no time stretch nor truncate no vst support for other soft synths, when in vst mode it doesn't act as a midi channel. i mean this Maschine has a ways to go. i'd save my money because you can't return it.. do some research before considering.

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what i wanted

By Steve Pastore

from Philadelphia, pa

The maschine is everything I wanted plus a lot more...I got it for ez sampling but now I use it for everything else music creation related....the maschine was a factory restock but it was just like brand new...I would recommend It for anyone who is looking for a great beat,sampling and synth Software,hardware combo....

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Fast and Awesome

By WhatWhat21

from St. Louis, MO

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer


  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound


  • None

Best Uses

  • Backup
  • Concerts
  • Practicing

I bought this as a one year anniversay gift for my boyfriend and he loves it! Granted, he is an experienced musician who wanted it for shows that he and his band. He picked it out, the price was wonderful, and it arrived here within 3 days. I bought it on a Monday evening and it was here on Wednesday afternoon. He loves all the choices for sounds and still can't pick out which one he wants! I totally recomended this to a friend as well.


MPC Killer

By Matt Shockley

from Chicago, IL

Previously I had a MPC1000 for my beat production and hardware sequencing/sampling/triggers/etc. I like having hardware for this it tends to make me more creative than doing it in software. My MPC worked well in that role. Sure, the interface is a bit tedious and clunky at times. Sure, it's pretty ancient. I figured 'if it isn't broke why fix it?' Then I got my hands on a Maschine and saw what it can do. And how easy it is. And how well it integrates with my DAW (Ableton Live 8). And how much it sped up my workflow, encouraged creativity, centralized my process. It really is a beautiful device. The craftsmanship is good - it is lightweight but is still solid and metal. I will warn that my first (used) Maschine's USB port broke off within the case due to overzealous cable plugging. No problems yet with my new one from GC. It's also worth noting that you will not be able to download the software legally if you do not buy new. If you lose your disks you are out of luck, as that is the only place to get the initial install program. Other than that, the pads feel great and show no sign of degrading despite some pretty good pounding. The knobs have a satisfying amount of resistance. All of the LEDs are very bright which I love because I usually leave the lights off in my studio. As good as the hardware is the software is better. Which makes sense because Maschine is not standalone, it must be connected to your PC/Mac to function. Anything you can do on the Maschine you can do in the software for those more tedious tasks. Also, 'it just works'. I don't need to tell you how nice that is when your computer has become a densely thicketed driver-jungle. I am still surprised by how much I like just sitting back and controlling everything from my Maschine. I highly recommend it to anyone who would rather have the hands-on experience of hardware and still keep the flexibility of software all in one sexy orange-and-black package.

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)


Maschine 1.7

By David Wall

from Denver

Native Instruments has made a very compelling product in Maschine 1.7. In one package you get a well built piece of hardware, robust software, and a sound library. People new to computer based music will be able to use this system to build music quickly and grow into complex arangement's. People who have significant investment into computer based music will find a system that can easily integrate into thier workflow and provide a unique hardware/software interface for thier music.

One of the biggest benefits of Maschine is the robust user community. Search Youtube and you will find many tutorials and examples of how to use Maschine. Questions and answers about Maschine are easily found in forums.
Maschine Pros:
- Excellent Hardware/Software integration
- Large sound library included
- Easy to add 3rd party plug-ins and sounds
- Can be used as a Live performance instrument, or a studio tool
- Hardware can control 90%+ of the software without using keyboard or mouse.

Maschine Cons:
- Extensive features can be overwhelming to a new user
Maschine Hardware:
-Excellent build quality, you can tell the pads and hardware will last.

Maschine Software:
- Well designed, and integrates the Native Instruments library smoothly.
- Intuitive visualization of the music
- I have experienced some stability issues on Mac OS for the software.
I think it would be difficult to put together a hardware, software and sound library package of this quality for less money then the Maschine costs. Users without a dedicated DAW will be able to easily start making and organizing their music inside Maschine, those users who already have DAW and audio software will find Maschine integrates with other tools well.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Better than I Thought... Don't Sleep on MASCHINE.

By Alandres Thompson Jr

from Jackson, MI.

1st of all, MPC has some competition threatening it's position in the game. Fresh out of the box MASCHINE is small and compact; very easy to install and love the fact that it's only ONE CORD! I just got everything installed and started to play around, OMG this little baby has some serious PO-WER!!! Lots and Lots of GREAT sounds. The sampler is amazing; it's straight to the point with no gimmicks. It does take some getting use to as far as where everything is but I mean that's how all gear is right??? After an hour, I've learned a lot about MASCHINE and I can tell you is once you buy it, YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT. A true Plug and Play device and recognizes everything in my studio (Software/Hardware). I have spent thousands on gear over the years; let me say this... MASCHINE is the BEST $499 (with coupon) I have spent HANDS DOWN. The FREE 1.7 update is awesome as well; OMG, I will just let you buy it and you'll know what everyone is talking about. BUY IT...


what would i be without you?

By wuan jeffers

from mpls, mn

wow.. what an amazing product right? native instruments seem to hit everything on all cylinders with this device. its like someone took the bits and pieces of all the things i was looking for and liked and combined it into one beast. sampling is the way its supposed to be on here.. no extra programs to slice samples its all under the hood of one OS. coupled with the iphone app this beaut is a gem.. man i cant tell you enough how much i enjoy this puppy. i wish they made it a tad bit easier to add more of your stuff to their library.. but you can do it it just takes a bit of time. im even thinking about getting the mikro so i can have something to go over my boys crib with so i dont have to try to hit the pads on his atrocious mpk50.. ahahahhahahaha. i highly recommend this product for the hiphop/electronic inclined!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Pretty sweet

By Phillip Baggett

from Mississippi

In my eyes the maschine is awesome. It is only my second every production tool, but I know a good product. I owned a roland sp 404 sx, and that thing doesnt even compare. It's just so much easier making a track. It's simple to arange track sequences and it lets you upload new sounds and what not while your music continually plays. Whatever you plan on using it for, it will automatically make you better at because ease of use and controll.

PS: Like I said, it's only my second groove station but I don't see how MPC's new renaissance even stands a chance against the maschine. Maschine is near flawless and has been updated a number of times. Just a thought!
The Maschine has tons of features. So many I don't even know all of them (only had it a month). It's capable of producing ANY type of music. The stock sound library is HUGE and is full of useable sounds. But after awhile (trust-me), you'll want to upgrade to the full version of komplete (around 299-399 can't remember).
Feels solid. Love the feel of the knobs, and the buttons are solid. I would give the plastic shell a B (but no one with butterfingers will be handling it). The software is awesome and is not complicated
Here is what you get:

-midi controller
-about 25% of a true studio production sound library (Komplete)
-a controller with production software that integrate by connection

to me the value lies in the software. This thing has been around for awhile, and NI have added quite a few updates. You can learn all sorts of tricks online. I was sold after seeing this video

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Maschine is great!

By Sergio Serrano

from Queens, NY

This product is great! The features it has creates a smooth work flow. Tons of sounds. One feature that would help is a time stretching feature similar to pro tools elastic audio and tce trimmer. Doing everything from the hardware and rarely to never using the mouse and keyboard, make it great when I need to just zone out and focus. Somethings I really dont see the need for the computer, would be great to see a stand alone maschine, no computer needed in the future. At first it seemed very overwhelming with all the features and shortcuts but after a few days, its pretty easy to use. Theres a ton of videos on line for those that arent too technically saavy. Overall I think if you have the money to invest, its a great buy. It also comes equipped with 1000's of sounds right out the box, and the newest update 1.7 comes with even more sounds. The maschine truely is a beast!
Has many features, major one missing is a time stretching feature...Other than that would get a 10, but im sure NI will release an update fixing that soon.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Absolutely awesome product...quality isn't as great....

By Sucio

from Lake Mary, FL

Unless the thing fails on me....I will never use anything else to make my music. I'm having issues with one of the knobs...causing the levels to jump around like crazy. NI sent a return label so I could get it serviced... It's been over a week....(they take a while for it to ship). Everything else seems to work pretty well...and the new 1.6 software is a huge improvement from the earlier versions. It comes with Komplete Essentials, as well.. VST support is unbelievable and for such a powerful program, it uses very little resources. I highly recommend this to people who use MPCs and FL Studio....basically this thing marries the two...

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Why didn't I get this before??

By Sucio Beats

from Lake Mary, FL

This was definitely the best thing I've ever purchased in terms of music....ever......

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