Native Instruments Maschine+
Since its release, a number of Maschine users have been crying out for a standalone version. Finally it’s here and it’s more or less exactly what we hoped for. The hardware looks and feels great, and the collection of software instruments includes most of the classics. That said, there’s still a lot that isn’t here, and some of the library collections are a little sparse (Kontakt in particular).
Ultimately, Maschine+ is a great alternative for those who make more beat and sample-based music looking for something that doesn’t need to be tethered to a PC. It’s a little on the pricey side, but as Native Instruments updates the sounds and synths available, the investment should get better with time.
- High quality hardware
- Decent range of synth options
- Standalone mode as well as MIDI mode
- Selection of instruments is good but dated
- Workflow has a learning curve
- Input/output options are limited