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maschineLast week the APC40, now the Maschine! It seems that the big pro audio companies are starting to realize what musicians need. The Maschine is the combination of a groove box and a controller. You can use it as a controller, a sequencer and a sampler. The APC40 is good stuff because it has Akai hardware and it works with Live. The Maschine is better stuff because you can actually build sequences in a live session. You can control any DAW with it and the price is $699. A little too much considering the unit comes without any bundled NI software.

Specs:

  • Width: 320 mm / 12.6″
  • Length: 295 mm / 11.6″
  • Height: 60 mm / 2.4″
  • 1811 Grams / 4 lbs
  • 2 displays with 64×256 pixels
  • 16 high-quality, illuminated pads with velocity and aftertouch
  • 11 endless rotary encoders
  • 41 backlit buttons
  • Midi-In/Out
  • USB 2.0
  • Kensington® Lock
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