Welcome to the MASCHINE+ Quickstart Guide

In this guide you will learn the essential workflows for making music with MASCHINE+. If you have some experience already, feel free to jump straight into any section using the navigation above. For beginners, we recommend spending some time reading through this guide.


Before you begin, make sure everything is set up and ready to go.
  • Connect power and audio cables to your MASCHINE+.
  • Remove the protective strip from the SD card found inserted on the left side of MASCHINE+, and then reinsert the SD card.
  • Switch on MASCHINE+ and follow the onscreen instructions. This one-time process helps you to set up the following:
    • Connect to WiFi (you’ll need your WiFi password)
    • Register your MASCHINE+ (you’ll need your Native ID log-in credentials)
    • Connect to your Native Instruments account and download your plug-ins.
  • Make sure you're running the latest software. Once you’re connected to Wi-Fi go to SETTINGS, select Update and hit UPDATE.


MASCHINE+ includes a Welcome+ project which gives you a great starting point for learning. Watch the following video for an overview of the demo project and the basic workflows.

Now you are ready to start exploring MASCHINE+ by yourself.


The basic elements of any MASCHINE project are Sounds. They represent a single instrument, such as a kick, a snare, or a synth, but also a sample or an audio loop. A set of 16 Sounds is called a Group – and one example of a Group is a drum kit. Each of the 16 Sounds within a Group can be triggered live using the pads or sequenced from a Pattern or Clip. For each Group, the notes you record and program are stored in Patterns and Clips: They are the building blocks of your MASCHINE project.