Like many, I'd like to be able to use Maschine within Ableton Live, and be able to decide when I want to use internal sounds, or other instruments in Live. As others have pointed out, the problem with this is Live cant access different midi channels from a plugin. All channels get summed together. So far, it seems there are at least a couple of different workarounds, but with serious drawbacks. I'd like to see if there are others I'm not aware of? 1. You can use Maschine inside Bidule running as a VST in Live, routing the midi out to a virtual midi port (Midi Yoke, etc) inside Bidule. Then you can select channels 1-16 from that port on a Live midi track. The big catch here is plugin delay compensation doesnt work. Once you start adding plugins in Live, your midi-outs from Maschine will be seriously out of time. (If you turn delay compensation off, then you can more easily play Machine but then every other track with plugins will be somewhat out of time.) 2. Using Maschine inside Bidule again, you can just route midi to other VSTi's right inside Bidule. Then their audio can be routed to Live's audio tracks via the multiple Bidule outs. Plugin delay compensation will work properly. The drawback here is you cant really use Instrument Racks, Ableton Instruments, or automate the VSTi's parameters in Live. Nor can you just easily record the midi notes from Machine onto a Live track. (You can use a midi channel filter plugin in Bidule to at least route a single midi channel to Bidule's midi out - since, again, Ableton will treat plugins like they only have one channel output anyway.) This seems to be the only workable thing for me at the moment, since at least the timing is tight. Any better ways of doing this that I've missed?