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Native Instruments MASCHINE Groove Production Studio

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Powerful music production, now with downloadable updates, 50 new features, and 1GB of new samples.

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)
  • 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
    • New Grain Stretch effect: stretch out the break, until you're ready to dramatically drop the beat

    Get the latest and greatest version of this incredible music production tool. Order today!

    System Requirements
    • Windows
    • 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
    • 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
    • Stand-alone
    • VST
    • Audio Units
    • RTAS (Pro Tools 8 and higher)
    • ASIO
    • Core Audio
    • DirectSound
    • WASAPI

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    (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)


    Maschine 1.7

    By David Wall

    from Denver

    Comments about Native Instruments MASCHINE Groove Production Studio:

    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.

    (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


    A god send for the home studio

    By Badboy Studios, Inc

    from Ocean City, MD

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    Comments about Native Instruments MASCHINE Groove Production Studio:

    Like many musicians, I was frustrated in recording music, due to the technicalities behind getting the sound I want(commercial CD). To the point of stopping writing for years at a time. From mastering... to getting the right patch for the song, it was all bringing my creativity to a halt.Enter the Maschine. I have been eying this unit for years. I bought a Fantom G a couple years ago and love it as a workstation, but the patch quality was lacking... which again, put a halt to writing. Not only did I want new patches, I also wanted an easier way to get my rhythm down on the go... besides heading up to my studio and playing my 18 Piece Roland TD-20 set. Not only does Maschine allow you to get your drums and bass down, it does it in a way that is so easy... it actually brings back the fun in writing. You can have an entire songs worth of drum beat and bass down in minutes. That isnt an exaggeration, it is that easy.It comes with 18,000 patches on board(6GB's worth) and another 3500 free for registering the unit. The Achilles heel of my music production is Piano sounds. On the Fantom G, they are thin and very fake sounding. The first piano patch I tried on the Maschine, sounded as good as... or better than any piano I have ever heard. Clear, but warm with crisp grab and bite. I was amazed at how good it sounded. It was my holy grail for my studio.Now, not only am I writing quicker... I have fun writing again. Something I havent in 20 years. The Maschines ease of use is what sets it apart from any other unit like it on the market. The creative minds at NI, really thought every aspect of this unit out and maximized its potential.So, why the 4.5 in the Overall category? The unit is flawless, except for one oversight that would have made this perfect... Headphones out and the ability to use it without a PC nearby. Had it been a standalone unit, I would have been in heaven... as it would have been the ultimate portable instrument.As is, though... There is nothing else like it on the market and you would be hard pressed to find even the highest end keyboard with sounds anywhere near as good as the Maschine. It is portable, if you have a laptop or a Slate Tablet PC, as I do... and that means a lot for the creative musician on the go.I cant recommend it enough!

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


    Pretty sweet

    By Phillip Baggett

    from Mississippi

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    Comments about Native Instruments MASCHINE Groove Production Studio:

    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

    Comments about Native Instruments MASCHINE Groove Production Studio:

    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.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


    Great Bang for the dollar!

    By K Beatz

    from Atlanta, GA

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    Comments about Native Instruments MASCHINE Groove Production Studio:

    This unit will make you want to put down the MPC. The layout was well put together. I like the idea of being able to have my entire sample library at hands reach. Works well with DAW software. Im very old school when it comes to giving up my hardware units but this unit will make you feel right at home for all you MPC fans. Takes about a two week learning curve which is not bad. Sampling is fairly easy and direct. The drum kits are clean and crisp and synth sounds are not bad. Good value for the costs.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


    Surprisingly deep and versatile

    By Rdekoch

    from San Francisco

    Comments about Native Instruments MASCHINE Groove Production Studio:

    To be honest, I regretted buying Maschine since I own a Monome and also have designs on the new APC40. I have since completely changed my mind. The hardware interface is excellent and now that I've taught myself how to use it, I love it. It's surprisingly deep and rewards experimentatiion.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


    This little guy is a BEAST!!!!!


    from Winters, CA

    Comments about Native Instruments MASCHINE Groove Production Studio:

    Went to GC and played with it and within a couple of minutes i realized i wanted it and now. Right away i wanted to say that YES it is alot more easier than the mpc, so if you already own an mpc it will make your studio life so much easier. The program has thousands of sounds so it takes a little while to install but as soon as it is, you'll be making beats in minutes. Read the instrumental manual, its simple and quick and it made me understand alot more quickly than just hands on trial and error. You will NOT regret this purchase, in fact as soon as i got it home i posted some of my other studio equipment for sale. BEST BUY ALL YEAR!

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


    One bad piece of equipment

    By Free hat

    from Tulsa, OK

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    Comments about Native Instruments MASCHINE Groove Production Studio:

    This thing is incredible. Granted, it is my first groovebox, and I have never used an MPC, but honestly I don't see why you'd want to use anything else. I think that a lot of the stock sounds are very usable, especially the drum sounds and the preset kits.The ONLY problem I have with Maschine (and it isn't a huge problem for me because I don't sample very much at all) is that there is no time stretching. This means that when I sample something that doesn't match the tempo I want to use, my only option is to adjust the pitch of the sample up or down and hope that this speeds the sample up or slows it down enough to match the desired tempo. I don't know if this is something that they plan on addressing in a future software update or not.Oh, and I rated quality a 4.5 because the little rubber feet on mine are uneven and my unit has a little wobble to it which is very frustrating. Slide a few pieces of paper under it and the problem is solved, but that is something that I shouldn't even have to worry about.Overall, I have no regrets about this purchase and I doubt you will either.

    (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


    maschine, it's ok

    By warren1814-afwIy

    from Ok

    Comments about Native Instruments MASCHINE Groove Production Studio:

    Ok, where to begain. if your lookin for a groove station then maschine is the tool for you. Although, i must say it works fine for my windows xp home pre computer but it didn't do all that it said it will do for my windows vista 32bit pc. windows xp = sampled and play all the sounds and demos for the most part. for windows vista 32bit pc. it just played the sounds. No sampling. due to the waspi driver that windows vista 32bit comes with. but, that is just the problem i was having doesn't mean you will have the same problem. Also, keep in mind that maschine depends on your pc for everything. the software will not work without the controller and the controller will not work with out the software!!!! and it doesn't work well with all daw programs either. so do your home work before buying a computer based instrument. even though it works great for me. i wouldn't buy a computer based instrument again. Maschine it's ok but if the drivers that come with maschine doesn't work with your version of windows xp or windows vista then your gonna have a very bad day. I know, because i am a member of Maschine's user forums and people are reporting all kinds of software bugs when working with different types of DAW programs.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


    Brings back the fun!

    By Lil' Ish

    from D.C.

    Comments about Native Instruments MASCHINE Groove Production Studio:

    Think you don't need another groovebox? Think again. The machine is incredible, you get thousands of drum and other samples, and hundreds of kits already put together. Step sequencing with this is super easy, and incredibly fun! You can do so much with this, it would take me hours to explain everything. Check out the videos on native instruments website to see why you need to add Maschine to your studio! Beside being a sweet integrate groovebox, Maschine is also an impressive midi controller for controlling your other software and programs, and comes with a very easy to use control editor. If you use Ableton, they've got a control template for it that will allow you to have the pads light up, and give you full hands on control of Ableton's grid! just like you can with the APC40! Native Instruments is known for making products of extreme quality from hardware to software. They have some of the best sounding SoftSynths their are, and Maschine is no exception. Don't let this pass you by!

    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


    Better than you think it's going to be.

    By alseger

    from Brampton, ON, Canada

    Comments about Native Instruments MASCHINE Groove Production Studio:

    I've had this thing for a week now. Just buy it. It is very refreshing to have found such an incredibly powerful tool that is so easy to operate. I have been recording since the late 70's and have spent way too many thousands of dollars on equipment over the years. This thing takes the chore out of recording music and makes it fun again. It looks good, feels good, and inspires creativity. This is by far the most useful addition to my studio in years.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    Fast and Awesome

    By WhatWhat21

    from St. Louis, MO

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


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    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Native Instruments MASCHINE Groove Production Studio:

    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.

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