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Native Instruments Maschine Groove Production Studio (OLD MODEL)

4.1 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews
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  • Create tight rhythms, harmonies and melodies in moments
  • Combines a pattern-based sequencer, professional sampler, multi-effect unit and VST/AU plug-in host
  • Intuitively controllable via the fully integrated hardware
  • Find, load and play sounds, automate parameters, and arrange patterns on the fly
  • Control and sequence all of your external hardware instruments, or switch to MIDI mode to control other software
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Product Description

Native Instruments' MASCHINE combines the power and convenience of computer-based production with the hands-on, "instant results" you get from a hardware groove box! MASCHINE lets you use its 5GB of built-in samples or your own files to unleash your creativity in real time! It works as both an instrument and a controller, giving you 16 pads, 11 rotary encoders, and 41 buttons. You can build songs intuitively by layering, sample and re-sample in concert with your computer, and even use the MASCHINE as a plug-in in your computer's sequencer!

Product Information

Item Weight 4.4 pounds
Product Dimensions 15 x 5 x 15 inches
Shipping Weight 6 pounds
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ASIN B001RNZQH6
Item model number 17927
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4.1 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #34,012 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#13 in Musical Instruments > Recording Equipment > Computer Recording > Sound Editing & Recording > Virtual Instruments
#17 in Musical Instruments > Drums & Percussion > Electronic Drums > Drum Machines
#109 in Musical Instruments > DJ, Electronic Music & Karaoke > Electronic Music
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Date first available at Amazon.com July 16, 2004

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By Dkmafia on November 10, 2010
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This is pretty much the coolest thing ever invented. Does more then stated on the box or the advertising material and is fairly easy to use. At the moment I have this and Traktor (NI's vinyl reproduction software) run through my studio. I create a beat or hook on Maschine upload to Traktor and I have custom vinyl. Seriously, a basic layout could take you 5-10 minutes with Maschine, and a full production could be done in as little as an hour or two (of course that is if you knew exactly what you wanted).

I did a tremendous amount of homework before I bought every piece in my studio and have been doing music (DJ, producing etc..) as a hobby for over twenty years (god I feel old saying that) and this is by far the best purchase I ever made next to my 1200s of course :p

The only "problem" I currently have with Maschine is that recording outside sources doesn't work. I have also never bothered to troubleshoot this, so it might be user error.
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This is the piece of gear I have been waiting to find for decades now. It's essentially an MPC (1000, 2000 etc) that connects and integrates directly with your computer (your computer is doing the work, the Maschine interface is just a USB controller that has custom functions for Maschine.) You can run Maschine in Stand Alone mode - which is my preferred method - which allows you to use Maschine as the center of your studio - connect audio ins/outs, samples, external midi gear, effects.. then it's got internal effects, sounds, beats, kits, a SICK sequencer, note repeat and one of the easiest workflows to learn of all music gear on the market. Maschine also runs as a plug-in (for Ableton, Logic, Cubase, etc.) and comes with stock templates to use your Maschine controller as (for instance) an Ableton LIve master controller with transport control, clip control, levels, mutes, etc. (This feature has kept me from craving a launchpad or apc40.)

Maschine comes with an incredible sound library, it's dead simple to make beats, simple to sequence (anything), simple to sample (anything), easy to chop samples (by transients/sensitivity, by time, by tempo and by rhythm (1/6th notes for instance). Its got enough (solid) sounds and effects that you could make an album with nothing but this piece of kit. As of version 1.6 Maschine allows you to use VST plug ins inside the program. With VST integration you can use effects or instruments and they can be applied to individual sounds, to groups, or to the master. Flexibility of routing and the number of VSTs really depends on your computer's power but I haven't had very many crashes. Because your computer runs as the processor your limit of samples and sequences is almost limitless with today's computer hardware.
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I am unable to use the maschine I purchased because the seller sold me one where it's previous used failed to deactivate their maschine account .therefore I cannot activate the disk it came with and use the program. Native instruments will not help assist me in anyway I called several times and left emails. I have had it for 5 months or so and it is a paperweight I can use it in other programs as a midi controller but that's it. Make sure you contact the seller and confirm the program is deactivated from the previous user before purchasing
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One of the most complete tools for producing and playing live. It comes with the Komplete Elements bundle. Its so versatile and complete that it can be used for music production, djing, vjing and playing live. A must product for producers. Tough build, easy to carry around. Excellent product.
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This Macshine is amazing. I write my entire electronics tracks with it and touch them up in ableton seamlessly. I have used it heavily for over a year without any issues. The software does require some serious CPU power; it demands about 50% of my quad core processor to operate smoothly.
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Very nice machine could be a handful to learn if you are new to this, it does have a high learning curve initially and takes a lot of practice but you will find your self immersed for hours on this thing, 5/5 stars, well deserved.
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If you cannot be 100% certain that you have a Maschine that has been deactivated and COMES WITH THE SOFTWARE LICENSE... you can be almost certain that you will have a 95% useless midi controller. You will only be able to use it the way you would use a MIDI keyboard, by assigning sounds to pads in your DAW. And the pads are not that great either... Just sayzin.
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Maschine is a work of art. The quality is nothing short of fantastic. You can use it as a standalone music creation tool (it comes with tons of synths and samples out of the box!) or even use it as a midi controller for your DAW. Maschine is also an easy to use, high quality sampler with tons of options for manipulating samples and creating new sounds.

The seamless integration of this hardware controller with Native Instruments' other products is outstanding. For example you can dial up any of the patches in any of the included synths and immediately you'll see virtually every control of that synth displayed in the easy-to-read displays of the Maschine. Not only that but you can actually record and automate every filter, envelope or oscillator within Maschine itself.

It's been years since I've seen a product that so deserves the hype surrounding it. If you are looking for a music creation tool that is fun to use and infinitely expandable, this is your choice. Maschine is in a category of its own. There is simply no comparison.
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