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MOTU MachFive 3 Competitive Upgrade

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Competitive upgrade for MachFive 3. If you are an owner of GigaStudio, Kontakt, Structure, HALion, SampleTank or other eligible virtual sampler product, you can upgrade to MachFive 3 for $200 off list price.

To qualify for this MachFive competitive upgrade offer, you must confirm ownership of a competing product listed below by enclosing the original page 1 from the user manual with your MachFive registration.

See H78502 for details on MOTU MachFive 3 software.

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MOTUMachFive 3 Competitive Upgrade

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


A solid sound bank for your arsenal

By David Hoffman

from Royersford, PA

About Me Hobby Musician

Verified Buyer



    • Freezes or Crashes
    • Some Slow Load Times

    Best Uses

      Comments about MOTU MachFive 3 Competitive Upgrade:

      MachFive 3 overall is a decent enough VST/sampler to add to your arsenal.

      The sounds quality is a bit thicker and more analog sounding than most of the VSTs I run.

      Most of the instruments MachFive 3 ships with are BIG, averaging 6-7 GB. They tend to take a minute or two to load on my machine. The wait time is more than I'm accustomed to with other VSTs. I'm running an Alienware i7, 8 GB RAM, (2) 1 Terabyte 7,200 drives, M-Audio Fast Track Ultra 8R, Cakewalk Sonar X1 latest patch.

      An interesting take on a virtual guitar. It has a mode where it will remap the piano chord voicing to a guitar chord voicing.

      J Bass
      A decent all around bass.

      The Upright
      A very nice upright bass.

      F Grand 278 (piano)
      As a piano player I find this to be a decent piano.

      Mark 79 (rhodes)
      This rhodes sounds amazing, but is extremely buggy on my system. The sound engine tends to go nuts whenever I load this instrument.

      Star Drums
      A nice decent drum kit.

      Latin/world percussion set.

      That rounds out all the BIG instruments. Next are 3 libraries that are smaller and tend to be the utility box of sounds that you grab everyday.

      There are some great synths in here. This is probably what I'll end up using the most out of the libraries that MachFive ships with.

      Universal Loops and Instruments
      This is the utility library of pianos, bass, synths, guitars and drums. Overall, pretty good. There are certain sounds in this library that will always crash my system when I try to load them. MachFive 3 and Sonar will both crash and burn when I try to load these sounds.

      This is a great 2 DVD set of sound effects. Really cool stuff in here if you need sound FX.

      So overall, MachFive 3 comes with a set of BIG instruments and a few smaller utility libraries that tend to be the grab bag that I find myself more accustomed to going to when composing. There are some stability issues, but overall it runs very well. Some slow load times can be expected on the larger instruments.

      It should also be noted that it you like to build or tweak sounds it looks like MachFive 3 is your candy store. I only play out-of-the-box sounds so that isn't my thing.

      I'm a Kontakt user/owner as well and when researching whether or not to purchase MachFive 3 the big question that people were asking is whether to buy MachFive 3 or Kontakt. If you can only purchase one or the other I would without question purchase Kontakt. Native Instruments has a flagship product with Kontakt and plenty of additional libaries that plug into Kontakt. Kontakt is a solid performer and MachFive 3 just isn't quite in the same class. HOWEVER, if you can afford both, then MachFive 3 is a WORTHY additional to your sonic arsenal of synths/samplers.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


      Love MOTU

      By Jodac

      from Logan utah

      About Me Composer Engineer

      Verified Buyer


      • Fabulous Core System


      • A Little Challenging

      Best Uses

      • All Sample Based Projects

      Comments about MOTU MachFive 3 Competitive Upgrade:

      A bit challenging to get to the heart of synth programming, but very powerful in the end.

      • Primary use:
      • Business
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac

      Amazing so far!


      • Easy to Navigate
      • Versatile


        Best Uses

          Comments about MOTU MachFive 3 Competitive Upgrade:

          Very happy with Mach 5. Easy to use. Sounds really good.

          • Primary use:
          • Business
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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