Friday, March 08, 2013
Big beats from a small Maschine!
Big-B is the newest member of the agiprodj family, but has been a DJ, Rap Artist, vocalist and producer for over two decades. His love of music, sound, and performance makes him a perfect fit to our team bringing knowledge of studio and live gear along with mobile DJ systems.
Earlier this week we took a walk around the shop and asked some of the team to share some personal thoughts about a new piece of gear they have added to their set ups recently. Here is Big B’s take on the Native Instruments Maschine Mikro.
I just picked up the new Maschine Mikro for my studio production. This is the smaller more compact controller that comes with the N.I. Maschine software. If you have ever done studio production work with an AKAI MPC this software/hardware combo may look familiar. The MIKRO is just like the name suggest because it’s literally half the size but still with the full capabilities and resources of the software. It does everything the bigger version has to offer except in the hardware area where you have less pads, buttons, and no direct old school midi output. No problem, midi has all turned to USB anyways and I have another compact controller for that.
To be honest I am not a “PADS” person nor was I a huge MPC fan but that’s not what drew me to the Maschine, the first thing about the Maschine that caught my ear were the sounds that the software comes with. Every drum kit and synth patch has extremely high quality output and sounds great. When a loop is playing you can really hear the bass drum and the snare crack along with the crisp sounding hi hats. If you are familiar with Native Instruments you know they offer a variety of awesome synth sounds and instruments and in this package the Maschine is one big production studio with drums, synths and samples. The other really cool thing that makes it more like an MPC is the sampling capabilities. You can take any wave form and edit it then trigger it right from your controller as well as drop it in to your sequence song. The bottom line here is that the Maschine either the Mikro or the full size controller is definitely built for the DJ, Musician, or producer.
See the Maschine Mikro in action!
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