Underworld's Darren Price talks about Maschine by Native Instruments: "We've had bits of equipment over the last years coming into the studio - it's blown us away - but Maschine is one that's stood out over them all. So this is what we normally do in a live situation. Say we probably write some beats in Maschine in a hotel room somewhere in the world and think 'Oh, I want to play that tonight.' So I'm upping Maschine, I'm on top of the DJ kit, and then I'm ready to rumble. I can either jam it straight from Maschine or put some parts into the main desk. From hotel room mode to live gig on the spur of the moment we normally just run Maschine in sync and... rocking. Since 1.6 I've been running it standalone because of all of the new features. Floating external instruments, plugins, all of my core audio units, whether they're Native Instruments, third party, whatever, I can kind of do the whole track in Maschine and it's great. That's why we've kind of being using it, trying to reinvent some of the old Underworld records to perform live in 2011. They sound a little bit old drum-wise and you put Maschine on and it kind of gives it a new edge, it gives it this new kind of sound. So that's how we've been finding it and it's been very successful. Over the last few weeks us trying different things Everybody Jack...I wrote that in one day. And now it's going to be in the Underworld live set so it's like, you now, [I've] not written a track in one day, on the computer, in any program, in quite a long time. You've got so hands on with each note, holding pads down, tuning, length, position. Don't even touch a mouse - there's no mouse involved. If I'm looking at arranging a track on the screen I'd probably let the section go for probably less time... but if I'm in front of a console or Maschine, you go with your feeling. If your feeling isn't to go 16 bars an hour then you leave it for 32 or 64. it's just a different way to arrange and mix the track. If I spent three weeks in the studio I could translate all the Underworld stuff into Maschine and I could turn up like that and we could do an Underworld gig out of it. We could do it without taking all of that backline and all of the live stuff. It's just a great, great piece of kit, and I love it."more
“I use Native Instruments’ Traktor with my MacBook Pro. To control all of this I use a piece of kit called Maschine, which is also from Native Instruments and can be used in two ways - as a sequencer to access drums samples to use live when DJing or as a Midi controller, which is how I use it." “I can control all four decks on Traktor using Maschine. And when I use this set-up I have the ability to control whatever effects I want to use - delays, filters, flange, whatever, it’s all available to mess around with.” “I use Maschine to manipulate everything that is inside Traktor - the tunes, the effects, etc. With Maschine I can make a two-bar loop on track A, move on to track B, play the actual record, then add a bassline over it on track C. I can introduce another element on track D, adding delays, effects, changing the whole sound using the controller. Before you know it, you’re creating a whole new remix of a track. It really pushes you to be more creative and there’s a lot more performance involved.”more
At 4:50, Trent Reznor says "On the new record Hesitation Marks, about, if not every song ...almost every song was me with headphones on working in Maschine as a compositional environment. And I just found that to be fun. And I like the limitation of everything that's in there, and I like the fact that it can be easily automated with fingers and knobs and that you don't have to spend time assigning stuff, and I like the fact that it felt pattern based, and my Maschine consists of whatever soundbanks they have along with SoundToys native bundle and a couple softsynths outside of the Native Instruments thing. But just that was a kind of template to work from that ... I didn't feel exhausted when the record was finished and I could have kept going and probably will do the next thing I do in the same capacity, cause it just felt right. And the combination of Maschine as a kind of compositional tool on top of the effects I added ...became something I didn't ...I didn't miss being in the full studio. And sometimes having a limited work environment makes me work in a way that pushes me to something I wouldn't do if I'm sitting in the studio and I can reach for my favorite things".more
This photo from Dave Gahan's New York City studio shows his Native Instruments Maschine. Kurt Uenala, Dave Gahan's technician, uses Maschine for drum programming. He says: "Maschine is very intuitive. If you want to tune it down there’s no submenu, you just turn down the pitch knob. It’s very rewarding in that way, like a [Jupiter synth](http://equipboard.com/items/roland-jupiter-8-synthesizer). I love that." Original article [here](http://www.sonicscoop.com/2012/07/01/david-gahan-of-depeche-mode-an-inside-look-at-his-very-personal-studio/#sthash.eDA7Xk1G.dpbs).more
At 3:55 in this stage tour video, Martin mentions how the Maschine MK1 is a key element in this setup. He says, "This little thing's been rock solid. We don't really use the drum library. We just use it as a conduit for the vocal samples that we've brought from the record to the live realm."more
In this video the legendary No I.D. talks about his love for the Native Instruments Maschine. The Maschine can first be spotted at :19s, with No I.D. saying "this is one of my favorite programs that I have in this workstation. And I really love just the way the clock from my programming in drums is probably the tightest thing since I was on a physical drum machine."more
«I mainly use MASCHINE from Native Instruments for drum loops, even though you can create whole songs in there. I love the 50 per cent quantisation function that allows you to play a rhythm and quantise it just half way to the spot – really useful! I use my own drum samples from Riemann Kollektion as well as the factory library, but I tend to layer sounds to shape their characteristics»more
I used to own one (i think its borowed from one of my dad's friends because he is a artist) but i took an arrow to the knee and returned it. I am trying to keep the Maschine if i get permission OR i must buy one. >:(
I bought an MK2 on labor day over a year ago thinking I could pick it up and learn to produce my own loops and maybe even songs. sigh Yeah I still can't work anything out on that front. However, the device itself is solid and has been a great addition to my DJ rig. Can't wait to fully integrate it.
Solid piece of gear. Doesn't give you the complete intuitive workflow like the push, but there are many options to incorporate the Maschine in your productions. That is either stand alone, or as a VST in your DAW. I prefer to use the latter and it does the trick each and every time. Great piece of gear, but not sure which one to choose if you have to pick between Push and Maschine. Luckily I have both and don't have to choose ;)
The summary says it all. I came from the MPC 2000XL and have always loved using outboard gear. When Maschine came out, it was the first of it's kind to merge the best of both worlds. I would love the same 16-Levels system like the MPC (multiple samples without changing tempo of the sample) but...that's for a perfect world.
This joint literally laid Akai to rest!.I did not give a flying fuxx how popular or unpopular this joint was at 1st, I saw the future and jumped all over it. I was one of the 1st wave to bang heat on this!
Maschine is more than a drum machine. It is more than a sampler or performance controller. I use it not only for creating rhythm sections for my sings, but many times almost as a DAW with the capability the software included has come to. The workflow is very streamline and intuititve. I find myself starting with it as a drum machine and ending with almost a complete song before I move over to my main DAW. Fantastic unit.