Native Instruments Maschine - Black

Groove Production Control Surface and Groove Production Software, with 8GB of Samples, and Komplete Select Plug-in Bundle - Black
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The Hybrid Groove Production Rig You Need!

Native Instruments Maschine combines the power and convenience of computer-based production with the hands-on workflow you get from a hardware groove box! Now loaded with over 8GB of killer sample content, plus four Native Instruments Komplete instruments, Maschine lets you unleash your creativity like never before! It works as both an instrument and a controller, giving you 16 multicolor pads, 9 rotary encoders, and 47 buttons. You can build songs intuitively by layering, sample and re-sample in concert with your computer, and thanks to all new workflow and DAW integration, Maschine is the ultimate groove production plug-in too!

A smart combination of hardware and software

The Maschine hardware is both an instrument and a controller in one. Sixteen color-coded, velocity-sensitive pads let you intuitively make beats, tweak sounds, create patterns and sequence whole songs with the powerful Maschine software. Two large, high-resolution displays with eight corresponding rotary encoders, buttons, and transport controls integrate perfectly with the Maschine software. Advanced AU and VST plug-in hosting capabilities give you unheard-of music-making power, and an integrated NIS sound browser provides complete integration with Komplete 8. With this advanced categorical browser, you can find the perfect sound in seconds — even if you have the entire Komplete 8 Ultimate library loaded.

Over 8GB of production-ready drums, instruments, and loops

Maschine comes loaded with over over 8GB of production-ready sounds and patterns. You get fat drum kits and state-of-the-art synthesizer sounds, including vintage MPC 60 kits and classic synth samples from the Moog Voyager, Korg MS 20, and Juno 60. You also get pristine acoustic instrument loops that have been sliced and tagged for your convenience. Maschine features studio-quality effects too, ranging from dynamics processors to beat-mashers, plus mastering tools and a Grain Stretch effect. And to top it all off, Maschine includes the Native Instruments Komplete Selection plug-in bundle, which comes complete with four excellent Komplete titles.

Easy song creation, remixing, and performance capabilities

Maschine's pattern-oriented concept frees you from the limits of linear arrangement. Build song s by layering patterns into scenes you can rearrange on the fly. Maschine offers external sampling through your computer's audio interface as well as internal re-sampling, precise editing and slicing, auto-mapping, effects and an ultra-convenient browser — all perfectly attuned to the hardware controller. Powerful sample editing tools let you go beyond groove arrangement, turning Maschine into a full sample editing workstation as well as groove production tool. And the amazing slicing tools let Maschine do everything classic groove production samplers could do and much, much more!

Includes Komplete Select software bundle

Maschine controllers include Komplete Select - a premium instrument and effect package worth $1,000 when purchased separately. Includes Massive, Prism, Monark, Retro Machines, The Gentleman, Vintage Organs, Scarbee Mark I, West Africa, Drumlab, and Solid Bus Comp. Komplete Select is provided as a download after hardware registration.

Ableton Link integration for reliable synchronization

As of Maschine 2.5.5, you can experience the collaborative freedom of Ableton Link. Lock multiple systems to a common timeline. Change tempo globally across systems. Enjoy spontaneous jamming, collaborative creation, and synchronized performances. This is a free update for Maschine 2.x owners.

Native Instruments Maschine Hybrid Groove Production System Features:

  • Innovative software/hardware hybrid groove production and performance system
  • Combines intuitive sequencer, sampler and high-quality effects with comprehensive hands-on control
  • Dedicated controller with 16 multicolor pads, 47 buttons, and 9 rotary encoders for playing, recording, sequencing, automation and arrangement lets you keep your eyes off your monitor
  • Includes all basic groove-production features such as step sequencing, real-time recording, note repeat, slicing, and auto-mapping
  • VST and AU plug-in support lets you add even more production power to your rig
  • Easily find kits, instruments, samples, and effects with the tag-based browser
  • Intuitive automation recording and step automation editing lets you create complex sounds
  • Sample compatibility includes Akai MPC 500, 1000, 2000(XL), 2500, 3000, and 4000 program import
  • Threshold detection makes sampling from external and internal sources easy
  • Works as a plug-in in virtually any application that supports AAX, VST, AU, or RTAS formats
  • Extensive MIDI I/O allows you to sequence your external MIDI gear with Maschine and vice versa
  • Easy drag-and-drop pattern export lets you easily transfer MIDI and audio directly to your DAW's timeline
  • Group Macro Controls let you assign any parameter of the dedicated group to the controller's 8 knobs
  • Dedicated MIDI-mapping software makes using the Maschine controller with other applications and instruments easy

Maschine 2.x Software Features:

  • Multicore processor support lets you get the most from your Mac or Windows PC
  • Sidechaining lets you set up advanced effects routing schemes
  • Included drum synth make defining your drums easier than ever
  • Professional mixer window gives you full DAW style mixing control
  • Next-level Komplete integration provides complete browser compatibility with Native Instruments plug-ins
  • Ableton Link integration offers reliable synchronization

Komplete Selection Bundle Includes Full Versions Of:

  • Massive
  • Solid Bus Comp
  • Reaktor Prism
  • Scarbee Mark I

Additional Media

Virtual Instrument Buying Guide
Maschine Compatibility
Maschine Reborn!
M.I.P.A. Winners Announced
Maschine 2: Hardware + Software Groove Production
Cool Tool: Native Instruments Maschine Stand

Tech Specs

Internal Sound Engine Hardware/software hybrid
Sequencer Unlimited tracks, step sequencing
Manufacturer Presets 8GB sound library - 8,627 samples, 445 drum kits, 388 multi-sampled instruments
Sampling Yes
Looper Yes
Pads 16 x velocity and aftertouch
USB 1 x Type B 3.0
OS Requirements - Mac Intel Core 2 Duo or higher, 4GB RAM or more recommended, OS X 10.9 or later
OS Requirements - PC Intel Core 2 Duo or higher, 4GB RAM or more recommended, Windows 7 or later
Power Supply USB Bus Powered
Depth 11.6"
Width 12.6"
Height 2.4"
Manufacturer Part Number 21949

Customer Reviews

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Awesome Maschine!

i bought this wanted something i could tap away portably on my lap while watching tv or on a long trip and i love it. ♥ i then got a ni Komplete Kontroller they work together beautifully and Sweetwater is great ☆☆☆☆☆
Music background: Producer//Musician

Simply Amazing!

The workflow between the controller and software are seem less. And with over 6GB of sounds the possibilities are absolutely endless. The effects are amazing as is the guitar rig. I have begun working on some projects that I can already see myself and colleague playing live. I am seriously impressed. Again, Sweetwater will keep getting my biz, they are consummate professionals.
Music background: Producer, Musician, Designer and DJ


Ive been using hardware since 1983 and have owned some killer synths, drum machines, and samplers. I have always questioned the use of softsynths due to the confusing hardware requirements, longevity of the computer and just dumping a whole bunch of money into software which will be useless once the computer breaks.Well, here I am at the recommendation of my Sweetwater salesman, (Greg Savino), with the Maschine MK II. The loading of the software was so easy that a dumb a_s like me loaded and was playing in approx. 10 minutes.The Maschine hardware is very well built and it is like using a workstation rather than software. I'm basically doing everything from choosing sounds, sampling, and sequencing write out of the box using the Maschine itself, "not the mouse".The sounds and drum patterns are awesome and very eassy to manipulate. The layout of the software is very easy to understand. By the way, I should tell you that I no longer use Cubase as my sequencer, I am currently using the Maschine Software as my DAW and understanding the parameters so much better than Cubase or Acid Pro 7.In conclusion I would like to thank Greg Savino for recommending the Maschine MKII and just go out and buy the product to see for yourself. I can not say enough good about the Maschine..Buy one now.
Music background: 15 years

Not just for beat makers

I picked this up just because I could and I thought it would be good to explore alternative writing methods. I am a studio only guy at this point so I hesitated to pick up a tool that appeared to be a performance oriented tool. Little did I know what a workflow changer this was.I have always worked in pretty standard DAWs, particularly Sonar. My problem was that I really had a difficult time separating the exercise of writing from the exercise of mixing. It wasn't that I couldn't. I was just that I didn't because I was using the same tool for both.Enter Maschine. With this beast, I can completely concentrate on the writing activity. Having an "instrument" really gets me immersed in writing. When I get the track to a place where I am done with the writing, I export the audio at the sound level, pull it into Sonar and mix away. If I need to make a change a part, I just load up Maschine 2, make the change, export again, and just replace the audio in the corresponding track in Sonar. Quick and easy.I am even writing cinematic orchestral tracks with Maschine. I like it so much that I ordered a Mikro for the road. (Some will tell you that this is fine in a backpack but I travel internationally and the Mikro makes more sense after lugging this a couple of times.Highly recommended bit of kit.
Music background: Semi-Professional

Best Production Station I've Owned

I've had a lot of equipment over the past 15 years. I started making music when I was 20(ish) and this is by far the best thing I've come across for making beats. I was in limbo beween this and the new Ableton Push that was coming out but decided to go this route because the price was good, and the software was included. It's really easy to get into your groove with this device. That's probably the most important thing for me. I hate having to stop/start, click tracks, add new track, trigger the midi controller, then trigger the software controller. This control surface does both, controls the software and the music so doing those things i mentioned above happens on the fly. The sounds that come with it are really good too, very punchy. You can make custom drum kits of course, but the stock kits are awesome. So far they've been more than enough. Another cool thing is you can use the program as a VST plugin. So you can go into GarageBand and load the Maschine software and do whatever you need to do in GarageBand (adding basslines or guitar riffs or whatever). I just started playing with that feature but so far it's really cool. I don't wanna be one of those people that write crazy long reviews but just know this device will get you into your zone, it's easy to learn (quick start guide and youtube NI tutorials). You won't be disappointed with this device.
Music background: Hobbyist

Sweetwater Advice

Brian Dillon

I've been a producer for the better part of a decade, and I'm always looking out for better hands-on ways to chop samples and make beats. Native Instruments Maschine was exactly what I was missing. I mostly use it to create sounds in standalone mode, but it's also great as a plug-in in Pro Tools. The Komplete Select bundle comes with a lot of great sounds, and I use the included Massive synth on virtually all of my productions.

Dan Overstreet

Native Instruments Maschine is my go-to piece of gear for quickly sketching and developing ideas. This thing is just plain FUN!
See also: Drum Software, Native Instruments, Native Instruments Virtual Instruments: Drum & Rhythm, Native Instruments Drum Machines & Samplers, Native Instruments Sequencers