Native Instruments Maschine MKII Reviews
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Trusted musician and artist reviews for Native Instruments Maschine MKII
Based on 42 Reviews and 186 Ratings
Seemingly endless potential
I've owned the MK2 for about a month now, and every time I think I'm starting to get the hang of it all I find new functions and features that make it seem like a brand new toy again. There's a preset for just about anything you could ever want, or you can get lost shaping sounds in Massive & Prism. I use mine with an M-Audio Oxygen 25 midi keyboard, which gives me all the pads and keys, tempos and pitches , all together & built from a single sound. I love it!
Intuitive as hell
Damn good beat making system. pair it with a Komplete keyboard and you could create any sound imaginable with much more ease & precision.
edited over 3 years ago
My go to Maschine
Ive used a bunch of other drum machines. At first, Maschine MKII was difficult to learn how to use. I even ignored it at times because it frustrated me. But as time went on, I found myself turning to it more and more. Relying on it because it was capable of doing what I wanted to do musically. Its QUALITY. Its not perfect but its fairly close. Get past the learning curve and theres not a better drum machine on the market- Maschine is my go to for evoking beats.
A smart and safe buy for a drum controller that has other goodies
It's great. But not perfect. It's the safest and practical buy for a pad. I do a lot of vinyl sampled hip hop beats, and this is great for that. I lay down drums and samples, then send it to Ableton to add more. It needs a computer with NI software to utilize it to it's fullest. But I already knew that, so that's not a big deal. All drum pads now are gonna be controllers with computer software. Good thing is it has more to it than just a plain old drum pad controller.
Pros: -Comes with software and a plethora of popular instrument plugins. Not just only a pad -Easy to learn and makes workflow more efficient - I personally like the sampler and drum rack feature on the Maschine better than Ableton's. -It's popular, in which case it'll be easy to find tutorials to help troubleshooting -Less screen looking and mouse clicking. A heads down controller. -sleek -Awesome pads -Can work great as a live performance tool, with other DAWs like Ableton. -Crisp Sound -If you registered your Maschine, but didn't like it, then you're not screwed. You can unregister it and take it back.
Cons -Not stand alone, for you hardware people. If you wanna bring it with you, you need your laptop as well. Sadly for people like me I have a desktop computer. -NI Maschine software is meh. I use it mostly as a plugin for drums and sampling, and for other instrument plugins as well. But keep in mind that it's not quite a DAW like FL, Reason or Ableton. -Musical notes or chords on the pads is limiting. Can't do complex stuff, so you may want a keyboard controller around. -Some automation restrictions -A lot of computer space is taken up. Can also raise hell on CPU load if used as a plugin. -Kinda big for those with small desk space. (Look into the Mikro) -Eeeevvvveerrryyooonnneee has one. (But that's just me...don't listen if you don't care about that.)
In sum, it's overall a great buy with a little bit of petty cons. But face it. Everything you buy is gonna have it's downsides. It's efficient and easy to use. So for you starting producers, I recommend getting this. But remember, it's not a DAW. If you have a DAW, then this will be great to combine it with. So for you newbies, I really consider having a DAW with this or getting one later on if you want to fully produce tracks. A cheap set of keys will help to.
Can't Live Without It
My Maschine revolutionized my workflow, taking it from 0 to 100 in a matter of minutes. The intuitiveness of the software combined with the versatility of the hardware is unparalleled. The Maschine is a must for beatmakers-- if you're serious about your drums, this rig is for you.
As someone who never learned how to properly play instruments, the Maschine is just amazing. The software is incredibly easy to use. It integrates beautifully with Ableton Live. Before I got a Maschine I was lucky if I could complete a song at all. Ever since my purchase two years ago I've been using it nearly every week. The pads feel great and are upgradable, the entire controller can be used as a MIDI controller for pretty much anything. The screens are great if you want to keep your eyes off the computer.
my baby !!!
I came from the sp 12 to the sp 1200 to the mpc 60 to the mpc 3000 and then the mpc 2000xl.. it was very hard to sell me on this one but when i got it .I got it !!!..its the mpc only 100 times easier and faster..and with limitless capabilities ..most of my music is sample driven even my EDM tracks i sample drums and old syths on so it works perfect...
Sounds great, as much fun as it is challenging.
The preset sounds are fantastic. But, it's the user interface that is the crowning jewel here. The array of instrument grouping, patters, scenes, etc. introduces many possibilities in terms of workflow. Sampling audio, chopping it down and assigning to pads is easy and awesomely fast. In the beginning, it was seemed enough rope to hang myself with. A couple months later, I'm loving it.