MOTU MachFive 3 Competitive Upgrade

Sampler Plug-in with 45GB Sound Library, Universal Sample Support, 47 Built-in Effects, IRCAM Time and Pitch Technology, and Scripting - Mac/PC Standalone, AAX, RTAS, VST, AU
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MOTU MachFive 3 Competitive Upgrade
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NOTE: This product requires an iLok (not included) for authorization. Please call your Sweetwater Sales Engineer if you have questions.

Note: This is a special opportunity for registered users of qualifying software samplers to crossgrade to a full version of MOTU's MachFive 3 for a reduced price. For a list of qualifying products, go to the bottom of this page or call your Sales Engineer. Also, this product requires an iLok for authorization.

MOTU's MachFive 3 sampling software is any music maker's dream come true. Are you ready for the next generation of MOTU sampling and synthesis technology? MachFive 3 covers all of the bases, from looping and sampling to synthesis and effects. Whether you're tapping into the massive library of included content, the countless MachFive-compatible sound libraries out there, or the powerful engines that let you craft your own original instruments, MachFive 3 has the tools you need. Whether you're running it as a plug-in in your favorite DAW or using it in standalone mode at the heart of your virtual instrument rig, you're going to love MOTU MachFive 3's rock-solid stability!

MOTU MachFive 3 Software Sampler at a Glance:
  • 45GB of incredible content
  • 11 sound engines, powerful tools, infinite possibilities
  • 47 real-time effects to spice up your sounds
45GB of incredible content

When you get MOTU's MachFive 3, you don't just get an amazing sampler, you get seven DVDs' worth of fantastic sample content. From acoustic instruments, including Star Drums, J-Bass, and the staggeringly realistic F Grand 278 Fazioli concert grand piano, to the collection of synth sounds in Universal Instruments & Loops and Biosphere, MachFive 3's included content covers all genres of music. And with the third-generation UVI Engine behind it, playing sounds with MachFive 3 couldn't be easier.

11 sound engines, powerful tools, infinite possibilities

Under the hood, MachFive 3 gets even more sophisticated. Modular synthesis architecture with 11 different sound engines form the core of MachFive 3's sound generation, with sound-shaping tools such as unlimited multi point envelopes and tempo sync allowing sounds to interact, with clockwork precision. There's even a time-stretching and pitch-shifting tool (licensed by MOTU from the IRCAM research institute), capable of producing extreme time-bending effects.

47 real-time effects to spice up your sounds

Speaking of effects, MOTU gave MachFive 3 a massive selection of 47 real-time effects, including convolution reverb. These effects tie into the fully functional graphic mixer, giving you easy access to amazing sound-creation possibilities. Also within the core of MachFive 3 is the amazing LoopLab engine for beat slicing, as well as a scripting engine with unlimited layers, so there's no limit to the sounds you can create.

MOTU MachFive 3 Software Sampler Features:
  • Powerful sampling software/plug-in that's perfect for any kind of music creation and sound design
  • Massive 45GB sound library (7 DVDs) features loops, phrases, sounds, and advanced multi-sample instruments with dynamic performance powered by state-of-the-art scripting technology
  • Unique, unified design provides instruments, loops, phrases, synthesis, and FX in one easy-to-use window
  • Scripting engine with unlimited layers delivers ultra-realistic multi-sample instruments, dynamic performance, and unlimited possibilities for programmers and sound designers
  • Cutting-edge time stretching, pitch shifting, and granular synthesis licensed from the IRCAM research institute
  • Universal support for all major third-party hardware/software sample formats allows for consolidated sound library management
  • Internal graphic mixer with faders, FX inserts, and unlimited channels
  • Flexible effects architecture with 47 different effects, including convolution reverb, applied at any level you determine
  • Advanced, yet accessible modular synthesis architecture with 11 sound engines and a flexible modulation matrix
  • Full-screen editing lets you dive into a rich sound-design environment with comprehensive automation and modulation
  • Combine instruments and tempo-synced loops
  • Layer synths and sample-based parts
  • Third-generation UVI Engine interface
  • Submix to 17 stereo output pairs
  • Disk streaming conserves RAM and shortens load times
  • Unlimited polyphony with ultra-low software latency
Unlock the full potential of your sounds with MOTU's MachFive 3 software sampler! To qualify for this reduced price crossgrade, you must be able to provide proof-of-registration for one of the following products:
  • Ableton Live
  • Akai MPC Studio
  • EastWest Play
  • E-MU Emulator X2
  • Apple Logic (any version with the EXS24)
  • GigaStudio (any version)
  • Steinberg HALion
  • KVR Yellow Tools Independence
  • Native Instruments Kontakt (any version)
  • Quantum Leap Goliath
  • Propellorhead Reason
  • IK Multimedia SampleTank
  • Avid Structure

Additional Media

Virtual Instrument Buying Guide
MOTU Releases Pro Tools 11-compatible MachFive

Tech Specs

Software Type Synth
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Crossgrade
Download/Boxed Boxed
iLok Required Yes
Format Standalone, AAX, RTAS, VST, AU
Hardware Requirements - Mac Intel Core Duo 1.83GHz, 2GB RAM
Hardware Requirements - PC Intel Core Duo 1.83GHz, 2GB RAM
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7, Windows 8, Vista
Manufacturer Part Number 5961

Customer Reviews

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P.S. to Stan Stewart

I personally have found it to me extremely stable. I have had nothing but good experiences with MOTU support. Maybe they could help out. Just a thought. Good luck!Peace,Brian
Music background: as before...

MOTU sets the bar and the sound of the century with MachFive3

Absolutely amazing. I was a bit, well, annoyed at first with the GUI and the workflow as it was so different than anything else I had used and I have 100's of plugins. I use Sonar X3 Producer on a 32 core PC with tons of very fast disk space and RAM. I only mention that to show that my system can handle the demands of the program with ease. That being said, the fact that I had to actually read the book and do the tutorials. This small annoyance did do one wonderful thing, it taught me how the program works and how to utilize it effectively. The depth of this program is staggering. Paired with the right computer and Midi interface it is up to the task of going head to head with the like of the "Super Jupiter" or the latest "KORG Kronos" in every way. No it doesn't have some of the capabilities of those, but it has some they don't as well. It's abilities as a "ROMLER" is right up there with the Kronos and as a modeled multi engine synth as well. In regards to the J80 it can do so many things the 80 can't and so many that it can I personally see two different Instruments in two very different classes. One being much higher than the other. MOTU is generally thought of as an Apple Focused company, it may be that, however it has bi-focals and plays exceedingly well with my PC. I also use MOTU 424-PCIE based In/Out and Midi. It cannot read encrypted wav forms, but without paying huge royalties, it I an unrealistic wish, unless Companies that own these samples are happy just to sell them as samples to be used by the owner as he/she sees fit. I guess I will wait and see. Same Camel can be read as well as Sonar. I an still discovering what can and can't be accessed. Bottom line is that on the other side of the GUI/workflow is a Monster ready to be unleashed...a tame and vastly intelligent one that is empathetic as well as eager to please. If you buy this software, hold off on the judgment until you get to know it like you would a best friend or a lover before saying yes to marriage. Yes, I really believe it is that good, and UVI has some awesome sound packs. So far I only have one that was 70% off, the vintage synth one. $80 downloaded. I have my eye on the Fairlight Soundpack. UVI sampling is second to none in my opinion. The piano it comes with in outstanding. Different than Ivory by a huge degree, but incredibly useful in a mix or solo. I have heard so many C7's and Steinway's and Bosendorfer samples it is refreshing to hear something else, something different and good at the same time. The Rhodes is spot on, but so are others, nice to have it in the same interface/footprint though. The upright bass and the Guitar are indescribably good. Get it, give it a chance, and enjoy making music with an exiting piece of software. I don't believe I have ever thought of software in those terms!Peace,Brian
Music background: Keys, writing, production, electronics, semi-pro to hobbiest(i get paid on occasion, but do it for the joy)

sounds that have no bounds

I've been creating music for over a decade and I started to feel like a lot of my stone started to sound the same so I went in search for some new sounds I found it in Mach 5 version 3 the competitive upgrade was a nice way to not hurt my pocket and I am still finding sounds after months of digging through the 45 gigabyte sound library everything sounds real true in a very high fidelity I'm totally blown away I do not regret this purchase at all
Music background: recording engineer live sound engineer keyboard player

Better Than Komplete Ultimate

I just received this. I was severely disappointing in Komplete Ultimate except for Guitar Rig and Studio Drummer. This blows it away. The strings sound like real strings. The brass sounds like real brass. The solo strings where phenomenal. A tie with the ones in Goliath. Guitars are outstanding. Pianos are better than most. Blows the Komplete Ultimate ones away. Not as good as Ivory Grand but still usable. If your on the fence get this with Guitar Rig and Studio Drummer and save yourself some cash.

Mach v3

I was looking for something that would give me synth and sample sounds and this does it for me, i use it solo or in combination with several other plug ins. It's really awesome for the synth sound s
Music background: Pro musician, guitar and midi guitar
See also: Software Samplers, MOTU, MOTU Virtual Instruments: Samplers