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Olympia Valley Native Instruments Maschine MKII w/ Stand

Olympia Valley Native Instruments Maschine MKII w/ Stand

BY OLYMPIA VALLEY

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Olympia Valley Native Instruments Maschine MKII w/ Stand
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Adolfo F.
Debary, FL
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This is simply not a good product. I can only conclude that for NI, the purpose of Maschine is to drive sales of sample (expansion) packs and Komplete, as for sure the capabilities of Maschine in its own right are sub standard.

The Sequencer
The sequencer is VERY weak, lacking features found on pretty much every hardware sequencer the last 15 years, and its capabilities as software are easily surpassed by free/donationware midi sequencers. As a sequencer it would be a joke, but its not funny. Any MPC, MC, MV, SY and synth workstation has sequencing abilities that FAR surpass this.

The Sampler
1. You cannot record audio tracks. period. Any linear recording must be done as a sample. This means you need a sequenced event to start sample playback to initiate your recorded "track"
2. The sampler is just OK. It is not flexible.. for example, if you are desiring a fluid workflow, it would be nice if you can (as it allows you to) set up the sample playback mode prior to recording. It then of course, changes to its default mode as soon as you hit record. You cannot change the default mode, and this mode has changed over software versions.

As VST host
Good luck using non NI VST plugins. most will load, but good luck finding presets, or saving presets.

Inadequate routing, poor/frustrating integration with a DAW environment (Maschine as a VST), and a clear focus on sound packs vs functionality means this is not a good purchase.. used prices reflect this.

On the + side, you do get a lot of kits and content, and Maschine is a decent midi controller so has dual use.

Summary
Its like hanging out with an 8 year old... its fun for a while, but sooner or later you want adult company.

BUY if
a) You are new to music production, and want ONE entire ITB item.
b) You have simple needs of groove/rhythm production
c) If you are seeking a lot of drum content and need inspiration on grooves/rhythms.

DON'T BUY if
a) You think that Maschine will short circuit the need for a DAW. It wont. You will still need to learn Live, Logic, Sonar etc.
b) You have any hardware gear .. its painful.
c) You have a DAW and think that using Maschine standalone will be quicker and easier. It wont. Learn your DAW instead.
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