No. MASCHINE works with the new MASCHINE 2 software as an integrated system. This gives you the best of both worlds, making use of the latest computer technology while offering the intuitive tactile control hardware has to offer.
No. Most users already own an audio interface or want to choose the one that fits their individual needs. KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 – Native Instruments’ high quality audio interface – is available separately.
Yes. You can record internal and external audio samples via your computer’s audio interface input in real time (e.g. sample a drum loop or bass line), then slice and automap the audio to the pads for further arranging and remixing.
Yes, all KOMPLETE KONTROL features are directly integrated in MASCHINE 2.2's workflow. The KOMPLETE KONTROL software plugin is not required. MASCHINE 2.2 is free update for all existing MASCHINE 2 software users. All MASCHINE 1.x users who register KOMPLETE 10, KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE or a KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboard will get a free MASCHINE 2 download – coming in November.
Yes. You can only activate the update if you already activated the MASCHINE 1.x software via the Service Center.
A MASCHINE project in MASCHINE 2 offers unlimited groups and unlimited sounds. The only restriction on the amount of loaded samples is your computer’s RAM.
Yes. You can stretch samples to a specific BPM and shift to a specific pitch. The BPM auto detection makes it easy to change tempo without losing the beat. It can also time stretch the sample to a specific length (e.g. one bar).
Yes. MASCHINE’s sequencer supports full polyphonic tracks and arrangements. Each sound can be monophonic (with or without glide) or polyphonic. In the sequencer, every sound can be played harmonically in the piano roll view using the hardware pads.
Each group in MASCHINE 2 can hold an unlimited amount of patterns. All patterns can be accessed in real time from the hardware using the pads and bank selectors.
Yes. All KOMPLETE 9 and 10 plug-ins are perfectly integrated within the MASCHINE software. MASCHINE MIKRO also hosts all 3rd party VST and AU plug-ins.
You can play external MIDI instruments from the MASCHINE 2 sequencer by using an additional MIDI-capable interface like KOMPLETE AUDIO 6.
The MASCHINE 2 software provides 16 stereo outputs. These can be routed within a host sequencer when using MASCHINE as a plug-in, or through your computer's audio interface if it has a sufficient number of physical outputs. Every individual sound and group in MASCHINE 2 has one main bus and two aux busses, allowing you to also make efficient use of outboard equipment.

To route audio to individual channels in your DAW, please watch the following Knowledge Base Videos:

Ableton Live
Pro Tools
Logic Pro
You can import MIDI files, iMaschine projects, AIFF and WAV audio files, and REX 2 files including their slicing information. MASCHINE also offers import for MPC* 500/1000/2000(XL)/2500/3000/4000 programs.
You can export audio files in 16-, 24- and 32-bit depth, as well as MIDI files.
BATTERY is a dedicated percussion sampler mainly used within your DAW. It does not have a built-in sequencer.

MASCHINE is an integrated hardware and software solution for advanced groove production. It can be used as standalone software with its own sequencer as your main music creation workstation. It also features real-time audio sampling and sound manipulation functions. MASCHINE 2 also has its own integrated Drum Synth, allowing you to create your own drum sounds from scratch.
No. The biggest advantage of MASCHINE compared to standalone hardware products is the extremely tight integration of hardware and computer software. While you can run the MASCHINE software without the hardware connected, it was designed as an integrated system. We currently have no plans to offer the software separately.
Yes, all 1.x MASCHINE EXPANSIONS are fully compatible with MASCHINE 2 software after an update via the Service Center. MASCHINE EXPANSIONS released after the MASCHINE 2 release won´t be compatible with MASCHINE 1.x. They take advantage of the powerful new features in MASCHINE 2 such as the new Drum Synths, sidechaining, and unlimited groups.

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Yes. No matter what MASCHINE hardware you own, it will perfectly integrate with MASCHINE 2 software. Please check the MASCHINE 2 User Guide for details.
Yes. KOMPLETE Selection gives you more content than KOMPLETE Elements. It now comes with full versions of MASSIVE, REAKTOR PRISM, SCARBEE MARK I, and SOLID BUS COMP.
Yes. All instruments are fully integrated after you update your KONTAKT and REAKTOR player.
No. This license can’t be sold separately – it's effectively part of your MASCHINE purchase.
No, all elements of the KOMPLETE Selection are already included with KOMPLETE 10 or KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE.
No. The Drum Synth plug-ins are exclusive to MASCHINE 2. They are perfectly integrated into MASCHINE’s workflow, letting you intuitively design your own drum sounds.
To see your KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects in the Plug-In Strip, you need to update them via the NI Service Center. Service Center was installed automatically with your NI product.

Start the NI Service Center. Open the ‘Update’ tab, make sure the checkbox for all your KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects are checked, and click the ‘Download’ button. When the download is finished, unzip the files, and run the installer.
Yes. All KOMPLETE products perfectly integrate with MASCHINE 2 after you update them via the Service Center. This also includes individual products that were current with the KOMPLETE 9 release. Discontinued products are not fully integrated, but still load as VST or AU plug-ins.

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