MASCHINE is the tactile control center for your productions. Use it in your production or performance environment, and get the most out of both worlds: hardware playability and cutting-edge digital technology.
With the fully integrated hardware you control every function and parameter of the software running on your computer, making your workflow super fast and smooth
Convenient integration as a plug-in into any VST, AU or RTAS supported DAW
Total recall of all parameters either in standalone mode or as a plug-in
Browse and load all instrument and effect presets from KOMPLETE 8 directly from the hardware – use the 8 knobs to filter results to quickly get you to the sound you want
Frequent software updates means MASCHINE continues to evolve to fit your production needs
The controller channels your creative impulses into total interaction with the software, offering an ultra-fast workflow, instant portability and a very high fun factor.
Load your samples, effects and plug-ins and control them with the pads and knobs - there’s no need to touch the computer’s mouse or keyboard
16 highly-sensitive, back-lit, multi-color pads with velocity and after-touch, colors freely-assignable to Sounds, Patterns, Groups, and Scenes
Master push encoder plus 8 rotary encoders with higher-than-MIDI-resolution for true analog feel and realtime multi-parameter tweaking
47 buttons with click-action for direct control of all software functions, with shift function for even more control possibilities
Two 64 x 256 pixel back-lit, high-contrast displays with wide viewing angle – instantly find the information you need, even in the darkest club situation
Bus powered hardware via USB 2.0, integrated MIDI I/O interface, plus Kensington lock
Dimensions: 320 x 295 x 60 mm / 12.6 x 11.6 x 2.4"
Weight: 1811 Grams / 4 lbs
Create rhythms, bass lines, chords and melodies easily, and then arrange them into complete tracks as you go via the sequencer controlled directly from dedicated buttons and knobs on the hardware.
Two modes: XOX drum machine step sequencer and MPC®-style live recording
Clip-based concept for intuitive arrangement of your project into scenes and songs, with assignable color-coding for instant overview
Classic groove box functions such as 16 velocity levels, swing (sounds, groups, global), pad-link, and note repeat
Use one button and 8 knobs to automate sampler, effects or plug-in parameters simultaneously in real time
Select and edit note events directly from the controller for efficient workflow
MIDI In and Out for sequencing external soft- or hardware, or connecting an external MIDI keyboard for playing complex melodic ideas
MASCHINE is based on a high-performance sampler with tactile editing, allowing audio recording of internal or external sources, and precise sample playback.
Sample-length and number of samples only limited by your computer's RAM capacity
Polyphony up to 32 voices for each sound, with choke, legato and glide options
Powerful slicing by transient detection, fixed grid or equal splits with automatic pad assignment
Offline timestretch and pitchshifting with automatic BPM detection
Convenient import of own samples, REX2 files and MPC® programs
Vintage Sampling Modes emulating the sound of the MPC60* and SP1200*
Optimized recovery of lost samples – point MASCHINE to the new location and it will automatically update the location for all samples in that project
Supports up to 24-bit/192kHz audio when using a high-quality audio interface like KOMPLETE AUDIO 6
MASCHINE hosts any VST or Audio Units plug-ins from Native Instruments or any other manufacturer. Try it out with MASSIVE** – the renowned bass and lead synthesizer included with MASCHINE. Integration is seamless with all instruments and effects in KOMPLETE 8, KOMPLETE 8 ULTIMATE, and KOMPLETE ELEMENTS.
Native support for the new 'NIS' NI sound format - browse and load the presets of all KOMPLETE 8 Instruments and Effects directly from MASCHINE's hardware browser
One instrument and up to 4 effect plug-ins can be opened in each sound slot – 16 sound slots are available in each of the 8 groups
Real auto-map: MASCHINE automatically maps the plug-in parameters to the controller knobs
A sophisticated and easy–to-use browser lets you tag your own imported samples and gives you instant access to any sound from the extensive MASCHINE library. Assign color coding throughout the library for ‘visual tagging’ which is also displayed on the pads.
Over 6 GB of sounds including 18,000 samples, 7,000 one-shots, 400 loops, 300 drum kits with 1,400 patterns, 388 sampled instruments, 189 FX/multi-FX presets, and 60 demo projects
Contains multi-sampled acoustic instruments of all genres such as pianos, organs, strings, brass and much more
Browse and load projects, patterns, kits, sounds and effects conveniently from the hardware, including all KOMPLETE 8 presets without touching your computer’s keyboard or mouse
Swap kits while keeping patterns: try out your beat with new sounds
MASCHINE's built-in effects section contains a powerful arsenal of studio-quality effects to shape and supercharge your sound.
23 high-quality effects – including TRANSIENT MASTER, Tape and Tube Saturators, reverbs, filters and EQs plus creative tools such as Grain-Delay, Ice Verb, Freq Shifter
Convenient automation and editing of all parameters
Chain up to four effects at once, or select a sampler or VST /AU instrument, followed by three chainable effects
Easily use NI or 3rd party VST /AU effect plug-ins within MASCHINE, e.g GUITAR RIG PLAYER amps and effects
Produce the whole instrumental track in MASCHINE and then move it in seconds to your DAW for final arranging and mixing.
As a plug-in, MASCHINE retains all of its capabilities including total recall and routing up to 16 stereo outs to your host's mixer
Host Transport Control – run MASCHINE as a plug-in, and the transport controls on the hardware control transport in your DAW
Drag and drop audio or MIDI files directly to your DAW, or drag samples directly from your computer into MASCHINE’s sound slots
Export note events as MIDI files
Import iMASCHINE projects, REX files and MPC programs
Group Macro Controls: Assign any parameter of the dedicated group (i.e. filter, envelope, any effect parameter) to the 8 knobs on the hardware or to your host sequencer for automation
Instant navigation: Open several instances of MASCHINE in your host sequencer and easily switch between them using just one controller
Add MASCHINE MIKRO to your setup in parallel with MASCHINE – for additional hands-on control of your DAW
Conveniently bounce songs or individual patterns as 8-, 16- and 24-bit WAV files, or drag and drop them directly to your DAW
The new color-coding lets you ‘see’ your sounds, and it will turbo-charge your workflow.
Simply assign colors to the groups, sounds, patterns, and scenes, and see the pads and group buttons on the hardware light up in the same colors. Make your kick drums red, for example, and you’ll always know which pads play your kicks. Add some color to your performances!
MASCHINE’s renowned pads are now even better, with unparalleled response, dynamics and sensitivity. A new level of precision at your fingertips, for optimized playability and expression – set the velocity scale to suit your own personal playing style.
The 47 white, backlit click-buttons provide direct physical response. And with the new colored transport controls, the Mk2 hardware provides a wealth of physical and visual excitement for intuitive beat making.
With MASCHINE 1.8, all MASCHINE users get the full version of the modern legend MASSIVE – the synth that gave birth to the earth-shuddering bass tones and speaker-troubling leads that have defined the bass music genre. This monster synth contains 1,300 ready-to-go sounds, all instantly browseable via the MASCHINE hardware.
MASCHINE’s eight control knobs offer direct access to MASSIVE’s eight Macro controls, for perfect synergy between hardware and synthesizer, and a lightning-fast workflow.
The Master section has been redesigned. Control volume, tempo and swing with the new multifunction master push encoder – select modes with the new toggle buttons and accurately click through values without having to look at the screen or display.
Navigating and scrubbing are much easier, and changing note pitch and detailed tweaking becomes extra-precise thanks to the encoder’s superb physical response.
The MASCHINE 1.8 software includes time stretch and pitch shift capability. Stretch smoothly from one BPM to another, aided by the automatic BPM detection. Or stretch your audio to a specific length – to fit one sample to the same length as another, for example.
What’s more, make your beats match harmonically, by tuning your samples with the pitch shift function.
The latest free software update includes new effects, specially selected for beat production. TRANSIENT MASTER, NI’s hugely popular dynamics and mixing effect, has now been fully integrated in the MASCHINE 1.8 software.
Ideal for positioning drums and percussion, it lets you mix from front to back, giving each sample exactly the right amount of space. New Tube, Tape Saturator and Tube Saturator effects bring the secrets of analog warmth and natural, harmonic compression to MASCHINE, for even greater sound coloring potential.
The new hardware is a leap forward in usability, reliability and aesthetics. The inverted displays provide higher contrast, a better viewing angle for performance or studio, and a sharper look in dark environments.
Slightly heavier than before, the controller also works better in a studio set-up and on stage due to the re-worked layout of the controller’s USB-connector and MIDI I/O – less risk of accidental unplugging. Plus, new rubber feet mean increased grip on the desktop, keeping the hardware firmly in place during even the most aggressive beat routines.
Experienced and new MASCHINE producers alike will appreciate the big time savings from these workflow improvements in the free MASCHINE 1.8 software update:
Host transport control: Running the MASCHINE software as a plug-in in your DAW*, use the transport buttons on the MASCHINE hardware to control transport in the host software. Important: Requires the latest version of the NI Controller Editor.
New Browser sample preview mode: Easily scroll through the browser list and pre-hear samples without loading them.
Revised select screen: Now includes individual note length and velocity editing.
Auto-write pinning: Pin the Auto-Write button for improved automation recording – tweak with two hands!
New hardware shortcuts: Select and erase events quickly and easily.
Panic button: Immediately cuts off all sound from MASCHINE.
Improved missing sample handling: Now locates files per project – point the MASCHINE software to the location for one missing file, and it automatically resolves other related missing files.
Sampler play position indicator: See the play marker in the sampler wave display – also shown in the hardware display.
Save Group with samples: Now you have the option to save Group with samples.
MASCHINE comes loaded with a 6.2 GB sound library, created by a wide range of international sound designers and artists.
Over 18,000 samples, including 326 full drum kits, 388 multi-sampled instruments, over 400 sliced loops and almost 7,000 one-shots for producing any urban or electronic style.
The star of the MASCHINE library is MASSIVE* – the legendary synthesizer for bass and leads. This unique synthesizer has its own uncompromising character distinctive sound.
On top of 600 production-ready factory presets and multi-sounds, MASSIVE also contains the full libraries from former products 'Massive Expansion' 1 and 2, 'Urban Arsenal' 1 and 2, and 'Massive Threat', giving you a total of over 1,300 sounds, all crafted by leading artists and sound designers.
KOMPLETE ELEMENTS contains over 3 GB of material with over 1,000 sounds – all carefully compiled to provide a strong toolkit for the widest-possible range of production tasks. There are acoustic drums, electronic beats, orchestral strings, and a wide range of synthesizers. Plus guitar amp simulation and an array of creative studio effects – a fully equipped and ready-to-roll production suite.
The only limit to your MASCHINE library is the capacity of the computer you use. Here’s how to expand your sonic range even further:
Check out the new range of MASCHINE Expansions – ready-to-rumble sample kits, multi-sampled instruments and pre-programmed patterns for instant and exclusive use within MASCHINE. Each expansion is created by a renowned sound designer or artist and is specifically tailored to provide a distinct sound character
Utilize your existing plug-ins (from Native Instruments or any other manufacturer) and control them directly from your MASCHINE controller
Explore the world of KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects and build up your library with premium sounds that fit your style perfectly
Windows 7 (latest Service Pack, 32/64 Bit), Intel Core Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2 GB RAM
Mac OS X 10.6 or 10.7 (latest update), Intel Core Duo, 2 GB RAM
Native 64-bit support for stand-alone and plug-in versions
USB 2.0 Port, 11 GB free disk space for complete installation
This product runs in demo mode after installation and must be activated before full functionality is available.
RTAS (Pro Tools 9 or higher)
Width: 320 mm / 12.6"
Length: 295 mm / 11.6"
Height: 65 mm / 2.6"
1.8 kg / 4 lbs
2 displays with 64x256 pixels (inverted)
16 multi-color, high-quality, illuminated pads with velocity and aftertouch