NI Maschine+

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Maschine+: Studying in your backpack

NI Maschine+

Maschine+ is the new iteration of Native Instruments’ flagship MIDI controller. But, this time, there is a very interesting twist.

In the end, see that your mode of creation has the pottery What you have, depends on a computer, it can be frustrating on many occasions. It gives creative flexibility, yes, but it takes away immediacy. In any case, I do not intend to enter into the usual debate (hard vs soft), but to present you this new device, which is going to be a real best-seller.

In this fourth version (we presented the third just three years ago), Maschine+ is no longer tied to a computer, so you can create your tracks without needing more than a power outlet. Do you miss the days of the MPC2000? Well hold on.

This Maschine+, as a concept, does not present anything new. Recently we have even had new versions from the inventors of the MPC, with the Akai MPC Live (and Live II), MPC X, and MPC One. Excellent devices too, but more difficult to integrate into a setup than this Maschine+. Because, in fact, Maschine+ can continue to function like previous versions, as a MIDI controller, but it is when you disconnect it from the USB port where you can see its full potential.

Its integrated 24-bit interface has line inputs, microphone (dynamic) inputs and two output jacks, in addition to the headphone jack. MIDI input and output (both 5-pin and USB) complete the wired connectivity. For the most modernit has WIFI and integration with Link, so you can hook it to your favorite app.

It provides plenty of quality for any situation, and its aluminum chassis will withstand the rigors of the dirtiest of the slums where you operate. Of course, you have 32 GB of internal storage, and NI includes a 64 GB SD in case you fall short. You can use one up to 1TB, and even use an external HD.

Maschine+ I/O

Here you have the official data:


  • Independent, immersive work process for creating beats and melodies, sampling, arranging music, and playing music on stage or in the studio
  • Includes MASCHINE+ Selection with reference instruments, sounds and effects, plus MASCHINE’s famous drum and bass synthesis effects and plug-ins
  • Quad-core processor and 4GB of RAM for fast, smooth creation when you need it
  • 44 kHz/24-bit professional audio interface with 2 ¼” TRS line outputs, 2 ¼” TRS line inputs, ¼” dynamic microphone input, stereo headphone output, 1 MIDI in, 1 MIDI out; 1 footswitch port, 2 USB ports for MIDI controllers/external hard drives
  • Solid anodized aluminum design to withstand years of touring and studio use
  • Iconic MASCHINE features and workflow, including 16 velocity-sensitive keys, MASCHINE effects and plug-ins, swing, key binding, note repeat, step sequencer and vintage sampling emulation
  • Use it on its own or with a computer – integrate it into your studio workflow, and take it with you to DJ or perform live without needing to use your DAW
  • WiFi connected and Link compatible to install and update products wirelessly, collaborate with others and sync with other devices


  • line input
  • Full scale level +18.6 dBu
  • Dynamic range 100 dB
  • THD+N 0.003%
  • Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz +/-0.1 dB
  • L/R Crosstalk -96 dB
  • Microphone input (maximum gain)
  • Full scale level -32 dBu
  • Dynamic range 90 dB
  • THD+N 0.01%
  • Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz +/-0.4 dB
  • Microphone input (minimum gain)
  • Full scale level -3.4 dBu
  • Dynamic range 102 dB
  • THD+N 0.004%
  • Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz +/-0.15 dB
  • line out
  • Maximum output level +18.0 dB
  • Dynamic range 102 dB
  • THD+N 0.003%
  • Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz +/-0.5 dB
  • L/R Crosstalk -100 dB
  • Headphone output
  • Maximum output level: 29.4 mW (33 ohm load)
  • Dynamic range 102 dB
  • THD+N 0.007%
  • Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz +/-0.35 dB
  • L/R Crosstalk -60 dB

So now you know, if you never want to be stuck, Maschine+ is your machine!

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