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Native Instruments MASCHINE MK2   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

Here it is! A refreshing design, multi-colored pads, timestretching capabilities, and Maschine 2.2 software.

MASCHINE MK2 is the second edition of Native Instruments' highly respected groove production system and it comes stacked with numerous enhanced workflow improvements for an even more intuitive experience and faster performance. All 16 of MASCHINE's touch-pads have been upgraded with a heightened sensitivity response, and each pad can now be individually assigned a unique color to easily identify and separate sounds, patterns, groups, and scenes. You now also have the ability to time stretch samples directly from the MASCHINE MK2 hardware, eliminating the need to jump back and forth from host systems.

The hardware design has also been improved. One notable addition is the new master push encoder with grid, and the 47 all-new click-buttons that help to speed up the workflow. After all, who wants to waste valuable time digging through menus when the inspiration is running? The displays on MASCHINE MK2 have also been refreshed, now featuring high contrast screens with a higher viewing angle that will help keep your work visible both in the studio and on stage. More hardware and less software, MASCHINE allows for Host Transport Control, meaning that the hardware's transport controls can be used to control the host DAW when the unit is being used as a VST, Audio Unit or RTAS plug-in.

There are also some new effects such as Transient Master, Tape and Tube Saturators that will further help to sculpt performances, and a full version of the MASSIVE synthesizer is included with 1,300 earth-shattering sounds to play with. Additional design features include a fully customizable look; magnetic faceplates and removable knobs let you incorporate your own style with optional MASCHINE CUSTOM KITS that can be purchased separately.

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. MASCHINE controller is super-sturdy, yet easily portable. The highly responsive pads now have heightend sensitivity and can easily be assigned different colors to keep your kits organize. The new Master Push Encoder and endless rotary knobs are addictively playable, while the two improved high-resolution 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 INSIDE
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. It also includes KOMPLETE ELEMENTS, providing more than 1,000 stunning sounds drawn from the flagship KOMPLETE 7, and a full version of the MASSIVE synthesizer with 1,300 earth-shattering sounds used widely in all styles of music today. 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.

MASCHINE 2.2 SOFTWARE INCLUDED
MASCHINE 2.2 features a host of new power features including perfect integration with KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards. Current MASCHINE 2 software owners can update free. Owners of MASCHINE 1.x who register KOMPLETE 10, KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE or a KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series also get a free MASCHINE 2.2 download. Your workflow is about to get even smoother...

MASCHINE 2.2 Software updates include:

TOUCH-SENSITIVE KNOBS
MASCHINE 2.2 unlocks MASCHINE STUDIO's touch-sensitive knobs. For example, when browsing, touching a knob automatically takes you to the tag cloud on the hardware display. Depending on which control knob you touch, you'll see all available options and functions in a pop-up list. For instance, routing options for sounds and groups. Absolutely no menu diving - a turbocharged workflow.

SCALES AND CHORDS
MASCHINE 2.2 extends Keyboard Mode with a new scale and chord engine - fully integrated into the MASCHINE workflow. Simply select your scale and start playing melodies on MASCHINE's 16 ultra-sensitive pads that are always in key. Engage Chord Mode and play chords directly into your compositions.

ARPEGGIATOR
MASCHINE 2.2 extends Note Repeat into a fully-functional arpeggiator. Play any number of notes and let MASCHINE turn them into a melodic pattern. Use the arpeggiator in combination with Scale and Chord Modes and get polyphonic performances from just one key - always in tune. What's more, the output of the arpeggiator is recorded into the Pattern Editor - perfect for post-performance editing.

KEYBOARD INTEGRATION
MASCHINE 2.2 gives you full keyboard functionality within the MASCHINE environment. Press browse on your KOMPLETE KONTROL keyboard and the KOMPLETE Browser pops up on your computer screen, letting you select and load a sound directly into a sound slot in MASCHINE. Watch scales, chords, and arpeggios light up across KOMPLETE KONTROL's Light Guide, see the color of your sounds in MASCHINE directly on the keyboards, and get perfectly-mapped parameters instantly with Native Map.


*Effective May 1st 2015, purchase any Maschine groove production (Studio, MK2, or Mikro) workstation and get a free software download of Komplete Select bundle, featuring 10 top Native Instruments software titles. This offer is valid upon product registration withNative Instruments and is fulfilled through the Native Instruments website as a software download.

FEATURES
  • Industry-standard groove box workflow
  • Sampler, arranger, mixer, effects, and more
  • 16 highly sensitive, multi-color performance pads
  • Two high-contrast displays with 64x256 resolution
  • Eight display knobs to tweak parameters and browse presets
  • Browse, scrub, and adjust tempo, volume, and more with intuitive push encoder
  • 23 high-quality effects for instant sound enhancement
  • Step sequencing, real-time recording, note repeat, slicing, and auto-mapping
  • 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

Speed-up your workflow for both studio and stage, order the next-generation MASCHINE today.

SPECIFICATIONS

MASCHINE MK2

  • WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • Integrated bus-powered hardware controller
  • Full version of MASCHINE software
  • Customizable hardware
  • Compatible with MASCHINE STAND
  • Full 6+ GB sample content
  • Full version of MASSIVE synthesizer
  • KOMPLETE ELEMENTS with over 1,000 sounds
  • $30 e-voucher for additional KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects or MASCHINE Expansions
  • GENERAL
  • Number of displays: 2 (256 x 64 pixel) inverted
  • Number of endless rotary knobs for direct parameter access: 8 + 1 master push encoder (30 steps)
  • Number of back-lit buttons for direct parameter access: 47 click buttons (+16 multi-color pads)
  • Direct access to groups from hardware: YES (with 8 multi-color group buttons)
  • Browse and load sounds, effects, patterns and projects from the hardware: YES (With straight-forward filtering directly from the controller)
  • Load KOMPLETE 8 plug-in sounds directly from within the browser: YES (With straight-forward filtering directly from the controller)
  • Tweak software parameters from the hardware: YES
  • Record parameter automation directly from the hardware: YES
  • Tweak multiple parameters simultaneously from the hardware (i.e. filter cutoff and resonance): YES
  • No of groups: 8
  • Number of Scenes per Project: 64
  • Number of patterns per Scene: 16
  • Direct control over Patterns and Scenes from hardware: YES
  • Number of samples that can be loaded: Unlimited
  • Built in MIDI interface: YES
  • Kensington Lock: YES
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4.4

(based on 11 reviews)

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    (3)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Functional (8)
  • Good quality (8)
  • Easy to use (7)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (3)

Best Uses

  • Concerts (3)
  • Practicing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

NOT WHITE - SILVER!

Compared to my old Mk1 this thing is a dream - all the buttons (not pads) now click, which I don't like (sometimes they get double responsive, and sometimes it feels like...Read complete review

Compared to my old Mk1 this thing is a dream - all the buttons (not pads) now click, which I don't like (sometimes they get double responsive, and sometimes it feels like they don't respond the first time, latest 1.8) - and the 8 rotaries are a bit easier to turn, and I like more resistance, but baring these personal qualms and the regular selling price, this is a great piece of kit. If you already have/had a Maschine, and can find a new Mk1 for half the price, well, this isn't worth double. But if you never had one, it's the same price as the original always was.

The pads are WAY more sensitive on the new one, but sometimes you can feel the pad pulling away from the sensor almost like MPC pads, which the MK1 didn't have, it felt solid and almost magically sensed your hits. But for live performance this will be fantastic. I'm used to it already in less than a week, and can play a full kit style drum part live with one hand, these are so sensitive that your pinky doesn't suffer. More sensitive than the Korg PadKontrol which used to be the best.

The software is the same for either unit, but I suppose that is one of the reasons I took a star off, not because it's bad, but because I don't think that it's worth 3 hundo (I can't imagine this unit being worth much more than 3, and bundles always bring the total down...) and the software does seem to sell second hand on auction and classified sites for around a c note.

That said, the software is not available as a 64 bit AU plugin, only 32, though it is a 64 bit VST (not helpful if you're a Logic user). and the Transport controls don't easily control the DAW transport while in plugin mode (for me so far, anyway.)

Lastly, the removable faceplates - the White is not a while face - it is brushed silver/aluminum. Just be aware. I removed the face to see if it was white underneath, but it is filled with magnets underneath. THIS SAID - WHY ISN'T THERE A FACEPLATE WITH OTHER WRITING? Like for Traktor? For Makie? These maps are built in, but it would be nice to have other labels - I know what they do in Maschine, so when I use it with Traktor on occasion, I would like to have labels without using masking tape.

All in all, if you don't have a pad controller, nothing comes close, regardless of price. This is by far the best, so I feel like NI is treating us well for a change - the LEDs are nice and bright but not obnoxious, and the different colors can be useful when playing live (so you know your kicks are always red, snares always yellow, etc, or however you want to lay it out, by banks, by individual sounds, etc).

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Expensive software(or controller)

It has a nice software interface. There are far too many drum kits and lots sound a like.(only found 4-5 that I like out of 300 +) My style is more...Read complete review

It has a nice software interface. There are far too many drum kits and lots sound a like.(only found 4-5 that I like out of 300 +) My style is more techno/noise than any type of dance music. Everything can be done on the software vs the hardware controller (micro may be a better purchase).Find myself using the software for programming and the controller for listening to sounds and getting a beat down. Personally I like the old Mc-505 better (more usuable drum kits). Installation was tiresome and frustrating. Lots of free software(maschine synth(good). For me the sequencer works better as a point click mouse than a midi controller. I think it depends if your a total software VST person or a hardware person. For me it is an addition and not a replacement. Probably really good fro making dance music. Bottom line is that thing is good/useful but probably over hyped.

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4.0

Great if you are willing to spend a lot of time learning

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from USA

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Pros

  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

  • Difficult To Use

Best Uses

    Comments about Native Instruments MASCHINE MK2:

    This is not a drum machine. It is an electronic device with great software to match all of the manual hardware functions. To use it effectively I had to not only spend a lot of time learning how to use it but needed to take an instructional course on its use. Without the course it was an expensive gadget that wasn't being used. Check out the courses at producer tech dot com.

    The drum kits in the library are a good starting point for creating a beat-rhythm. However, each drum in any kit can have its sound shaped using ADSR controls as well as let you apply FX like EQ, filters, delay, reverb, etc.

    The software is truly a DAW in itself, allowing you to create complete songs with several patterns for verse, chorus, bridge, etc. It also has the ability to add musical instrument parts like bass and keyboards. I don't use these features because I play bass and keyboard and don't need a to simulate them.

    You can incorporate the software interface with LogicPro or Ableton as well.

    Another important point is that you need to have real studio monitors to appreciate the sounds it creates. I purchased monitors with 8" woofers to actually distinguish the changes you an make to a kick drum, for example, applying ADSR controls to the standard sample for that drum.

    If you are willing to spend the time to learn how to use it to its full potential I'd say the price is worth it. If not, save the expense and buy a drum machine.

    If you are a DJ who wants to create dance beats and songs with a lot of effects, this will do it for you. However, this is not what I will ever be doing.

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    5.0

    A great tool for anyone looking to make beats

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    from Telluride, CO

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Native Instruments MASCHINE MK2:

      This is an extremely versatile groove-making controller that has about as many possibilities to explore and customize as there a moves in chess. The unit is well built with very responsive rubber trigger pads, smooth rubber knobs, and two LCD displays for easy browsing and sampling. The included Maschine 2 software has a massive library of kits, samples, and effects but you can also sample any wav file to customize even further. For the price you'd be hard pressed to find as capable and reliable a Maschine out there. Save yourself the time of watching YouTube comparison videos and reading a bunch of reviews and just make the buy. Treat yo self.

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      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Expensive software(or controller)

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      from Earth ( I think)

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Functional

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Native Instruments MASCHINE MK2:

          It has a nice software interface. There are far too many drum kits and lots sound a like.(only found 4-5 that I like out of 300 +) My style is more techno/noise than any type of dance music. Everything can be done on the software vs the hardware controller (micro may be a better purchase).Find myself using the software for programming and the controller for listening to sounds and getting a beat down. Personally I like the old Mc-505 better (more usuable drum kits). Installation was tiresome and frustrating. Lots of free software(maschine synth(good). For me the sequencer works better as a point click mouse than a midi controller. I think it depends if your a total software VST person or a hardware person. For me it is an addition and not a replacement. Probably really good fro making dance music. Bottom line is that thing is good/useful but probably over hyped.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Like McDonald's, I'm lovin it

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          from Wenatchee WA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Can Use In A Live Setting
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

          • Difficult To Use

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Native Instruments MASCHINE MK2:

          It takes a little bit to get used to and to learn, but once you get the hang of it, it's really useful and fun. I had to go to YouTube for a lot of tutorials which were helpful, check out ADSR sound design & synth tutorials, those were my life savers and they also helped me learn to use it in logic. Excellent for making beats and grooves, I write mostly industrial music. In my opinion, it's a fine piece of hardware for an electronic musician.

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          3.0

          MKII LCD Display Malfunctions!

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          from Los Angels, California

          About Me Professional Musician

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                Comments about Native Instruments MASCHINE MK2:

                I just bought one and the LCD displays went out after 20 minutes of total usage. It is very upsetting that so many other customers are experiencing the same problems, even with brand new units! Its very sad thing indeed. :( I cannot see anything on my screens, so I must look at the computer DAW GUI and use the mouse. This has been infuriatingly inconvenient and defeats the purpose of using a Maschine over any other MIDI Controller with some other DAW.
                If anyone knows a way to reset the firmware on one of these bad boys I would geatly appreciate it.

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                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                mascgine MK2 for me and you?

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                from Arizona

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                Pros

                • Functional
                • Good Quality

                Cons

                • Difficult To Use

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about Native Instruments MASCHINE MK2:

                I am impressed by the sound. The drum selections are interesting. The pads are very responsive and lend themselves to finger drumming. The Maschine has a lot of potential, but I have not yet figured out how to fully integrate the device with Logic Pro in real time after two weeks of attempted use. As with all newer equipment the learning curve is steep.

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                (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Incredible.

                By 

                from Seattle, WA

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Amazing Functionality
                • Easy To Use
                • Good Quality
                • Intuitive
                • Limitless

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Native Instruments MASCHINE MK2:

                    I'm in love. I seriously can't put this thing down or stop reading tutorials. It can do so much and it's not difficult to learn quickly. You can do anything with this!

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                    (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Well Worth It

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                    from New York. NY

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Workflow

                    Cons

                    • Cost

                    Best Uses

                    • Concerts
                    • Studio

                    Comments about Native Instruments MASCHINE MK2:

                    I was skeptical about Maschine at first but I decided to go for it to get the cheaper Komplete crossgrade and after I learned about hosting AU and VST plugs within the Maschine application.

                    Maschine has totally blown me away. I previously used an MPC1000 that had been operating JJOS2XL. The difference in workflow and integration is night and day.

                    Maschine is super easy to learn and the menus are very quick and easy to navigate. Not having used MKi I cant comment on having two displays or buttons that click and all that but it seems that they have done even more things right with this version.

                    One of my favorite aspects of the device/software is the ability to start and stop record mode at the drop of a hat. Its so seamless to be practicing a rhythmic phrase than just hit a button and without having to go back to metronome lay it down. In fact everything operates this way! The kits and effects are solid and there are lots of new ones being added online so even if you aren't a beat slicer this won't get dull anytime soon.

                    In short, NI have nailed the future of the well integrated MIDI controller although to call this is a MIDI controller is a bit of an understatement.

                    Only qualm, the pricetag is a bit much but on the whole I think its well worth it.

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    JUST BUY IT

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Functional
                    • Good Quality
                    • Improves Sworkflow
                    • Improves Workflow

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Beatmaking
                      • Producing
                      • Sampling
                      • Sequencing
                      • Songwriting

                      Comments about Native Instruments MASCHINE MK2:

                      The Maschine is one of the best pieces of gear I've ever purchased. Simply put, it puts your workflow on steroids and allows you to focus on the creative end of producing. Making EVERYTHING controllable straight from the unit leads to increased creativity for your tracks. Maschine combined with a small MIDI controller (Arturia Minilab is perfect) makes for an indestructible production force.

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                      (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Excellent

                      By 

                      from atlanta, ga

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                      Pros

                      • Ease of use
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Functional
                      • Good Quality

                      Cons

                      • None

                      Best Uses

                      • Ideas And Composition

                      Comments about Native Instruments MASCHINE MK2:

                      excellent tool for speeding up ideas / workflow with a hands on approach... pretty good sound library.

                      Minor issues (like easier audio routing into a DAW like Logic ) would be preferred and i would like the patterns to have a 'hot' signal without overloading the cpu but that may be my lack of familiarity with the unit.

                      Overall, you'll be pleased if making the transition from the legacy sampler / grooveboxes (emu, akai, roland).

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