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MOTU MachFive 3 Reviews

4.5 stars based on 6 customer reviews
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  • from San Jose, CA USA July 29, 2015Music Background:
    Las Vegas style duo pro for five years.

    Pretty interesting.

    In all fairness, the updates have made the CPU quite a bit happier. This product has a great upright bass, a great Fender Telecaster model, a great Fender bass model, a great electric piano model, a great acoustic piano model, and a straight forward control section. The updates (3.2) seem to be aimed at vastly improving each of these models. The synth sounds are very crisp.
    The time stretch (that is visible on the graphic yellow) is awesome quality, so you can
    change pitch (like Alvin and the Chipmunks) while maintaining speed or otherwise. Being able to drag and drop a hit classic song into the window and then play bits and pieces of it at different pitch or speed is great for DJ people. I am completely enjoying going to Youtube and watching Machfive 3 tutorials recently. I hope MOTU lives long and flies high because their product support is REALLY good.

  • from Santa Barbara, CA June 19, 2013Music Background:
    Soundscapist and Composer

    Sampling + Sound Library + Loops = Cool Sounding Tools!

    Been doing a lot of Sound design and Scoring for a feature documentary and MachFive 3 is my new go-to. Using DP as the host, MachFive 3 effortlessly integrates into my existing workflows. The sounds from the library are stellar, the sound bite manipulation is high quality and the interface is top notch MOTU!

  • from Seattle, WA December 20, 2011Music Background:
    Recording engineer & Artist

    Best on the market

    After years of being frustrated with multi-featured soft samplers & synths that are impossible to use beyond just loading and playing sounds, along comes one that is full featured and fairly easy to use. This is NOT an upgrade from MachFive2... this is a suite of tools that blows me away. Just the analog stacks & unlimited oscillators alone are worth the price of admission. Granular synthesis makes you view a samples differently. I LOVE THIS PACKAGE!!!!

  • from Motown, Mi USA April 15, 2013Music Background:
    Live, writer/arranger


    Machfive 3 delivers big time!

  • from May 18, 2015

    Great product, but...

    All in all MachFive 3 is a great product and I am happy the quality and the features. The only thing that keeps this from getting 5 stars is this: MachFive 3 is built on the UVI Engine so my expectation was full compatibility with my UVI libraries; not so. For example, I own UVI's Orchestral Suite and was disappointed when I received the error message in M5 informing me that the library was developed with a later version of the UVI scripting engine. As such, many of the samples do not play correctly in MachFive and are unusable (e.g. release samples cut out early). What this means is that I must now load an instance of UVI Workstation along with MachFive rather than have an all-in-one solution.

    I contacted MOTU to inquire about any expected updates and was told there were no plans to do so. I guess this means they're planning to sell me MachFive 4 instead. To me this is unacceptable and as such I will probably look elsewhere if/when the time come to update my sampling software.

    Still, if this does not concern you, then there is plenty to like about MachFive 3. Just take the "universal sample support" with a grain of salt.

  • from April 23, 2012

    An excellent sounds but!

    The sound library is really great and unique (different from others) , however the Plugins consume too much CPU power and the sound library available is limited

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