Native Instruments Maschine ReviewBy BeatMatters On August 17, 2010 Under Drum Machines
I recently got a chance to play around with a Maschine from Native Instruments–and I was impressed! As a keyboard player, I’ve never really been much of a drum pad/MPC kind of producer. But I’ve been getting more into sampling recently and this thing is making me seriously reconsider my process. It’s also getting some serious usage by the big guns. This is a video with producer Needlz talking about how he’s ditched his MPC and a lot of his analog gear in favor of Maschine.
Bridging Hardware and Software
When you open the box, you’ll find not only your new Maschine controller but also some accompanying software and now over 6 GB of sounds from the Native Instruments library. And if you don’t know about Native Instruments, I’d say they have some of the best sounds on the market. You can read more about this in my Komplete 6 Review
Sampling with Maschine
It’s almost too easy to sample with this piece of gear. Maschine allows you to load up a sample, then go through and find your chop spots and test them without chopping first. Then if you need to nudge your chop a little bit, this is easy to do as well. It also features destructive audio editing which means no more loading your chops into an external sample editor and then loading them back into your drum machine. It can all be done inside the box. You can:
- Fade in and out
- Cut, Copy, and Paste
Great included sounds, better functionality than MPCs, and easy of use make Maschine a must-have for anybody that interested in sampling.