Native Instruments on track with the Maschine

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.


  • 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
  • KensingtonĀ® Lock