Review: Maschine Studio: Bigger is Better

Since the first Maschine, Native Instruments have captured the hearts and minds of musicians, producers & finger drummers! So what does Maschine Studio bring to the table? Hollin Jones taps into it.  

In the last couple of years, Native Instruments has gone from being a largely software-focused operation to making some of the best integrated hardware and software products around. I was recently invited to a secret demonstration in London by the guys at NI who revealed to me the brand new Maschine Studio. As well as being beefed up in almost every conceivable way, it also comes with the new Maschine 2.0 software which as we will see is a huge step up from the previous generation. There's much to talk about, so let's start at the beginning'

Hollin Jones was classically trained as a piano player but found the lure of blues and jazz too much to resist. Graduating from bands to composition then production, he relishes the chance to play anything with keys. A sometime lecturer in videographics, music production and photography post production, Hollin has been a freelance w... Read More

Discussion

Mike Von Thomas
Good review. I'm just wondering about one thing:
The author is very impressed with the new displays and rocommend owners of the previous Maschine hardware to upgrade the software. I have the Maschine MK I with black and white displays and no coloured pads. The coloured pads aren't a problem as long as the software upgrade is free, as it has been previously. But will the author please try the new software on the first version of the hardware to see if the black and white displays are working as beautifully as the large displays, before rocommending me to spend 99$ on a software upgrade and not complain?
Hollin
I don't have a MKI Maschine controller but I do have a MKII, which I tested with the 2.0 software. Obviously the MKII has multi coloured backlights and these respond to communication with the software just like they did in Maschine 1.0. The screens are still LCD so there are some compromises with space and abbreviation just as there were before.

The old screens will never look as good as the new ones because they are completely different. The new ones are much bigger and of a different design. But the Maschine MKII controller works just fine with the 2.0 software. NI says that it has worked hard to ensure that owners of any Maschine hardware, however old, can use the 2.0 software. Any compromises regarding the way you interact with the hardware will be much the same as they were with version 1.

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