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Native Instruments Maschine MK2 - Black

Native Instruments Maschine MK2 - Black

1.6 1.6 out of 5, based on 3 Reviews


27th February 2017

Native Instruments Maschine MK2 - Black by Kristyan

  • Sound Quality N/A
  • Ease of use 1 out of 5
  • Features 1 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 1 out of 5
  • Overall: 0.75
Native Instruments Maschine MK2 - Black

I am extremely unhappy with Maschine. It's impossible to get a good workflow when using it as a vst in a DAW because of a wrong software design.

let me explain it quickly:

To map the 16 sounds to the 16 audios outputs you need to make 32 mouse clicks

EVERYTIME you will load a new sounds group you will have to do these 32 clicks with you mouse to ask sound1 to go on output1 etc..

THERE IS NO WORKAROUND to correct that.

If you want to work with midi mapping it's EVEN WORST (about 15 difficult clicks needed in different non intuitive menus and sub menus)

SO What? Should we use MASCHINE as a Standalone to mix a full track? Problem: MASCHINE Sequencer is 10 years behind any serious DAW on the market. They are just THINKING now about adding audio tracks to the sequencer!

Where it's getting even more disapointing it's that the software maschine 2.0 is out since 3 years and half now and people are complaining about this issue since the very first day! So NI people know that issue and request since years but they act as they are actually refusing to correct this.

Seriously is it hard to add a button to automatize settings like sounds 1-16 go to output 1-16? Is it harder than transforming Maschine into ABLETON?

They just released maschine 2.6 and all the added features concerned adding some unasked feature to the standalone maschine sequencer and other features to promote their s***ty Maschine JAM hardware.

The guys are able to release something like 100 expansions pack (50$ each!) but not to add a setting automation...that everybody is asking for! It's just disrespect.

So that's it: I spent 600$ for a sampler software and its dedicated hardware, and everytime i want to use it in my CUBASE or ABLETON, i have to make 32 clicks for each group, knowing that i'll maybe want to use 5 different groups, it's almost 150 clicks.

A very inspiring workflow.

If they don'correct this this year I will sell my maschine (and loose something like 400$ music gear investment) to get an Ableton PUSH.

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27th February 2017

Native Instruments Maschine MK2 - Black by Dysanfel

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 2 out of 5
  • Features 1 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 1 out of 5
  • Overall: 2.25
Native Instruments Maschine MK2 - Black

Kristyan review about the problems with the Maschine 2 software are spot on. But, there is a work around for saving Maschine groups. Put Machine into a effects rack in Ableton Live for every kit after setting its 16 outputs. That means doing it once, saving the kit into the rack and name it the name of the kit in a folder. You'll never have to do it again. Not optimal but at least it works.

UPDATE (May 2017): Maschine 2.6.5 allows the ability to preserve your audio and MIDI routings when loading new Groups/Kits from the Browser.

If it weren't for the sound quality, and the fact I would lose my Komplete cross grade (I love Kontakt and Massive) I would sell. The way it is now all I can do is hold on to it and just not invest any more money into Maschine ecosystem until they fix it or until they abandon it.

  • 2
14th April 2017

Native Instruments Maschine MK2 - Black by jay_phoenix

  • Sound Quality 1 out of 5
  • Ease of use 1 out of 5
  • Features 1 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 1 out of 5
  • Overall: 1
Native Instruments Maschine MK2 - Black

I've had machine MKII since it first came out.Since I've had maschine ive owned 3 different sound cards the latest being an apollo first gen.Ive also owned 3 different computers the latest being a mac pro trash can. No matter what i do, no matter what settings i use the latency in logic is horrendous.Yes I know theres are work arounds i.e.. go into control mode and press a key then go back to machine mode etc etc..i shouldn't have to do this crap.Update 1.1 this should have been fixed.

The GUI is horrible.Flat out it isn't very intuitive.I find it difficult to believe that the company that makes such iconic software couldn't have come up with something better.
I bought Push 2 and literally haven't looked back. Machine literally collects dust and really i'm not sure why i haven't sold it.Push 2's workflow runs circles around machine's. I know its much more expensive but the build quality and integration are well worth it. If you already use ableton its a no brainer---get push instead-save up take on an extra paper route and do it. regret you will not

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