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Native Instruments Maschine Mikro - Black Reviews

4.5 stars based on 11 customer reviews
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  • from United States February 14, 2015Music Background:
    hobbyist

    Freakin Best Glockenspiel Ever !!!

    so as i was saying, the factory sample library is way better than i have ever had...beyond adequate as i am concerned....
    like take my old JV-90 controller board and entire ESI-32 stock floppy stack combined couldn't hold a candle to this...
    why anyone pay for more sample wave instruments i have no idea..

    so the NI Maschine Mikro has it's physical instrument bases covered, as i am concerned.

    Course, given appropriate, the synths are all, and each, going to be my go to's if i have the CPU headroom hands down...very nice...

    for tones, as the 16 pad layout goes, running chromatic is really confining.

    the patterns against a chromatic backdrop are however vary "guitar brain" and i find myself taking to it like a fish to water...running scales and chords in different keys has been just a matter of minutes in settling in...

    but yeah...the chromatic 16 gives only a minor 3rd over an octave range.

    where tuned scale layouts could range from two, to over four octaves.
    or in shot, you get rid of the unused notes and it's like a 25 to 59 key keyboard... depending on the scale.

    anyway...i am going to be in the wood shed for awhile with Pism FX

    i am just really glad i have a direction i can go to get my baritone into a third dimension of sorts...

    after so many years of messing around with all kinds of stuff,....multitudes of analog partials, first fail, then the more expensive single units .....all of which , in the goal of " emulating syntisis " , lost the point to the applied term of " syntisis " of a unique offering, getting washed out into cliche to generic implementation of the term....

    i did have one or two " 3-d sounds" in my old VG-8 that were guitar-ish, but marginally versatile, and just a bit shy of elbow room...

    we have all suffered....n the broad sense of the electronic musician.

    so finally for me...after all that. a heartfelt cheer to Stephan Schmitt and the crew at NI....ErrrrrrrooooOO !!! , thank you...

    rulgert

  • from Fremont, IN July 9, 2014Music Background:
    Pro Producer, Recording Engineer, Artist

    The ultimate beat ma(s)chine

    Awesome value, I can see how the bigger models (the MkII and Studio) could add a little to the speed of the workflow, but only after a couple days I was zooming around this thing like nobodies business. Great integration with Komplete 9, and the sounds from the additional Maschine expansions out there are top notch. I've previously used and owned the MPC1000, MPC2500, and Roland MV-8000, and this is the future of that lineage. No looking back now!

  • from Cedar City, UT June 4, 2014Music Background:
    Hobbyist/Student

    Ultimate Functionality and Beat Production in a smaller package!

    I own all the Maschines except the MK2. was happy with the MK1, im blown away by the Maschine Studio, and this lil guy, Gets the job done!!! Not all the functions as other models but same features through the software as all the other ones. If you are really WORRIED about looking up from the controller to the screen, then DONT get this. SO DJ's that'd be you. Otherwise BUY THIS!!! workflow is fine, look back and forth back and forth, within 2 hours of messing around and learning the buttons and functions of the new nav screen on it you will be fine. If you want the capabilities of the MK1 and Studio in a travel size package, minues the big LCD's on the Studio model then get this thing. YOUTUBE videos are a godsend with learning the nav screen. save yourself a couple hundred bucks and put it toward plug ins or whatever. Hope this review helps. As always shout out to my sales engineer Paul Rowan. Never pushes a sale, simply educates me on products and makes recommendations. Thanks!

  • from Pittsburgh, PA April 17, 2014Music Background:
    Sound Engineer, Electronic Recording Artist

    A Powerful Tool to have in your studio

    I have many keyboards and midi devices, multiple DAW's, and I have to say, I should have gotten this when I bought Komplete 9. The Maschine software itself is very powerful and I've been using it to create songs lately. It won't replace your DAW, but it is certainly fun to use and very clean. Also, the hardware alone is great as a midi input device, drum machine, or whatever you'd want to use it for. When combined with the software, it is incredibly powerful. If you have Komplete or if you have a large number of NI synth products, you definitely should grab this as soon as possible. It is really that nice. It is worth more than the price, in my opinion. Also, it can do nearly everything that the higher end versions of Maschine can do, for a fraction of the price... and comes with Massive and several other NI products! I can't stress enough how much you will enjoy it, especially if you record mostly electronic music. It is a great tool for the studio or live performance. Now at some point, I'll have to get Maschine Studio...

  • from United States February 10, 2014Music Background:
    Drummer, Dj, Producer

    Small but not limiting

    This tiny controller is not only a beast to play live but also amazing to produce. Now with the new maschine 2.0 software this little guy really packs a punch. From the versatile pads to the replaceable encoder, i really love this little beast.

  • from PA August 7, 2013Music Background:
    Pro Musician

    Just what the Doctor ordered

    I always loved computer based drum machines but hated using a mouse to control the software. The Maschine has solved that problem. I can build a drum kit, add effects, record a drum track, edit the track and even chop or export it all right from the controller. Maschine also comes with a ton of great sounding very useful samples & instruments. With the controller editor software I can use Maschine to trigger other samplers like Battery ,Addictive drums, EZ Drummer right in my Cubase DAW software. You can even set it up to control Cubase. Maschine fit right into my studio without a hiccup. This one is a winner.

  • from Atlanta, Ga May 23, 2013Music Background:
    Hip-Hop Producer, Recording Engineer, Life Student

    Hip-Hop Heads UNITE!!!

    I've been producing, recording, mixing hip-hop/r&b since 1997. I started with an Akai MPC 60. Then the 2000. I thought I'd never part ways with it. Unitl now. This "machine" has truly and completely converted me into the software production platform. It's insanely easy to use. Navigating via hardware or software is quite simple. Chopping up samples, editing sounds, arranging songs is soooo easy with this baby. NI's drums (buy true school, and Constant Gardens) are CRAY!!! I wish I'd bought one sooner!!!

  • from Brandon, MS May 13, 2013Music Background:
    Recording Engineer, Producer, live musician, vocalist and clinician

    Comparable!!!

    One thing that worries me about getting new gear is the ability the ability to integrate into my existing system. When I took it out of the box and hooked it up, it SEEMLESSLY communicated with my DAW (Live). NO PROBLEMS!!!

  • from November 21, 2012Music Background:
    DJ, Producer

    AWESOME PERFORMANCE

    Awesome performance, very good response from the pads, awesome lights, Huge amount of sound selection!

  • from Milwaukee, WI January 24, 2013Music Background:
    musician

    Maschine Mikro 2

    The Maschine is fantastic. I love everything about the software. The pads are very sensitive, which is good and obviously the colorful arrangement is always a plus... However, when it comes to the Mikro as a controller, I'd say if you have the spare change get the full sized. This is coming from a guy who has used both. The full sized is much more navigable, automation is much easier and requires less going back and forth between the computer and the controller itself. PLUS, not having the group buttons is huge to me. You can still switch between groups on the mikro but you need to hold multiple buttons which makes it difficult to do "on-the-go" (for any live producers).

  • from Los Angeles March 27, 2014Music Background:
    Composer

    nice sounds

    Well, most of the tutorials you'll find on operation are on Maschine pre-2.0 and the operation and layout is different. Therefore the tutorials are not really helpful. You can get 1/2 way thru a tutorial (after lots of searching) and realize you are missing an original feature. Integrating DAW tutorials are very limited (they leave out MOTU!) - but you can subscribe for $20 a month to some tutorial sites, and you will need to in order to find any help. (It's just not very intuitive.) The manual lacks pictures and gives very brief, unfinished explanations, with no examples. I would cut NI a break just for coming out with an interesting product with some cool sounds if I did not have their original useless Machine in a box somewhere (called Kore.)

    Categorization of sounds this time is very useful and is laid out pretty well. No keyswitching scenes like the original Maschine. (See old youtube tutorials.) In other words, you can assign colors to buttons, but not MIDI to scenes. (really?) Patterns start in the middle of themselves when synced to your DAW's sequence and have to be carefully laid out in order in Machine to sync properly. I thought MOTU's BPM was very cryptic - Machine is doubly so. And any tech support takes days to get an e-mail response. As an elaborate stand alone beat machine (requiring a computer add on) it is very cool. (The flashing colored lights are pretty cool.) But it is still worth buying, for the sounds alone. But how many libraries of 808 and 909 sounds do I really need?

    I want something that I can throw great beats onto a sequence without having to do Algebra.

    Tech support sounded promising on getting 2.0 up to spec with the old version.

    I would like to see a workflow tutorial of someone using Maschine 2.0 to put great patterns into a song sequenced in a DAW, as the DAW is looping.

    Seeing everything created in Maschine only is of limited help.

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