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MOTU MachFive 3 - Universal Virtual Sampler (Competitive Upgrade)

You Pay: $249.99
Product Highlights
  • 45GB Sound Library
  • Software Mixer and Effects
  • Time-stretching, Pitch-Shifting
  • Modular Synthesis with 12 Sound Engines
  • Universal Sample Format Support
  • Unlimited Polyphony
  • Hard Disc Sample Streaming
  • Audio Units, RTAS, VST, Standalone
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows Vista/7

MachFive 3 from MOTU is a universal virtual sampler for creative music production and performance. From the configurable part list to the full-screen envelope editor, the software has been designed to enhance creativity while delivering state-of-the-art virtual instrument technology in a streamlined, efficient environment.

New features include an advanced scripting engine that not only models the sound of instruments, but adds corresponding playing techniques that allow the instrument to sound like it is performed on, rather than just a series of triggered samples. Talking of samples, 45GB of instruments, loops and phrase are available for composing and sound design.

The sampler includes 12 synthesizer engines for creating unlimited sounds which can be enhanced with effects and blended with a fully featured software mixer that supports multiple outputs. Surround sound capabilities enhance the sound designer's palette, along with event processors, arpeggiators, and a beat slice editor. Preset searching and several dedicated editors aid in managing and creating sounds.

Products that qualify for this Competitive Upgrade include - Ableton Sampler, EastWest Play, Emulator X2, EXS24 (any version), GigaStudio (any version), HALion, Independence, KONTAKT (any version), Quantum Leap Goliath, Reason NN-XT, SampleTank, Structure

Note! Proof of competing product ownership (original page 1 from the user manual) required for the Competitive Upgrade.

Requires iLok if one is not currently present on the user's system.

What's New

User Interface
  • Delivers configurable part list and a full-screen envelope editor, designed to spur creativity while delivering state-of-the-art virtual instrument technology in a streamlined, efficient environment
  • Full-screen operation expands window to fill the entire computer monitor
  • Allows for surgical precision editing, from editing a loop point, to sculpting the perfect filter envelope curve

Scripting Engine
  • Scripted virtual instruments are like the difference between a simple guitar preset and a real guitar player
  • The sophisticated instruments model not only the sounds of an instrument in minute detail, but also the playing characteristics
  • For example, the Telematic electric guitar instrument models strumming and picking techniques, which can be dialed up as desired allowing for strumming chords with proper fingerings, up/down-strokes, and other authentic playing techniques

Instruments, Loops, Phrases
  • 45GB of included instruments, loops and phrases
  • Scripted instruments include the basic necessities for any studio - drums, bass, guitar, piano, and percussion
  • Includes thousands of loops and phrases, from break-beats to mixed choirs
  • Xtreme FX bonus library from UltimateSoundBank.com delivers 5,000 creative sound effects, Foley effects and ambient textures suitable for both music production and sound design

Powerful Synthesizer Engine
  • Features 12 synthesizer engines, from modular analog pioneered in the 50's, to milestone breakthroughs like FM and wavetable synthesis making it a powerful multi-synthesizer in its own right
  • When combined with the multi-sample instrument capabilities and extensive effects, the possibilities for hybrid synthesis and sound design are limitless

IRCAM Technology
  • Licensed granular synthesis, time-stretching, and pitch-shifting technology from the IRCAM research institute in Paris, France
  • Granular synthesis can be seamlessly incorporated into sound design efforts, side by side with the other synthesis models
  • IRCAM algorithms produce pristine audio time-stretching and pitch-shifting results, even when applying extreme tempo changes or pitch intervals
  • Results that are so usable at extreme values, they can be used as powerful sound design tools

Automation and Modulation
  • Almost every setting can be automated, modulated, or both
  • Modulation architecture is open-ended and flexible, delivering an unlimited number of internal sources (LFOs and envelopes) and completely flexible external assignments
  • Two filters, eight LFOs, six envelopes and a variety of additional modulation and filtering features are available for each MachFive object
  • Making assignments is easy - just control-click
  • The architecture allows for unlimited modulation connections, available at every stage of the synthesizer section
  • Includes standard AHD and DAHDSR envelopes, along with multi-envelopes with unlimited control points
  • Rhythmic step envelope applies discrete steps to whatever it is modulating - pitch, cutoff frequency, resonance and more
  • All envelopes will sync to tempo
Flexible Effects Architecture
  • Apply effects at any level, from individual oscillators to the master output
  • 47 real-time effects including reverb, tempo-synced delay, tremolo, chorus, filters, guitar amplifier simulation, CPU-efficient convolution reverb, and many others
  • Effects can be applied to presets as insert effects, or throughout the mixing architecture (as bus effects)

Xpander Filters
  • Based on the venerable Oberheim Xpander filters, and provides no less than 37 modes, each a separate filter effect in its own right
  • Order 4 Moog ladder-style filter with built-in saturation and oversampling

  • Convolution Reverb
    • Enhanced IR Verb is highly CPU efficient allowing for multiple instantiations
    • Dozens of new impulse responses, including classic high-end studio reverbs from the last 30 years
    • Impulse responses of vintage spring and plate reverbs from the 50's, 60's and 70's
    • Many sound design presets included, or drag and drop to load custom IRs and then edit the IR waveform directly

    Enhanced Sample Library Support
    • Load anything directly, with no conversion
    • Reads all major 3rd-party hardware/software sampler formats, including KONTAKT, Giga, EXS24 and HALion, plus legacy formats from Kurzweil, Akai, Roland, Ensoniq, Sample Cell, and many others

    Event Processors
    • Event processors add an exciting element to performances and sound design.
    • Includes an extensive arpeggiator and Micro Tuner

    Preset Browsing and Searching
    • Type a word into the search field and up pops a list of all related presets
    • Multi-column browser allows for loading sounds into multiple parts without having to close and reopen it

    LoopLab Beat Slice Editor
    • Updated and expanded
    • Modify REX, ACID, UFS and Apple Loops, or create custom loops by simply dropping the loop into the Loop Lab, even if the loop has not yet been sliced
    • Instantly maps slices, and finds or sets the tempo
    • Perform destructive or non-destructive sample-level editing
    • Apply time-stretching with no artifacts
    • Trigger the loop via playback from the host software, or trigger each slice from a MIDI controller
    • Drag audio files from Loop Lab to the desktop or audio tracks in thehost sequencer
    • Drag a loop into a MIDI track, where the loop appears as MIDI notes that trigger individual slices

    Other Features

    • Unique, unified design provides instruments, loops, phrases, synthesis and FX in one easy-to-use window for simple operation
    • Graphic mixer with faders, FX inserts, and unlimited channels
    • Unlimited parts allow for combining instruments and tempo-synced loops (layer synthesizers and sample-based parts)
    • Mapping Editor provides an intuitive, graphic environment for mapping keygroups, which makes it easy to build custom multi-sample instruments
    • Tree Editor gives instant access to every element of any sounds, displayed hierarchically in an intuitive scrolling list that brings order and understanding to potentially complex signal routings, modulations, and other elements of any sound
    • List Editor presents a clear, well-ordered representation of all sounds, with every detail listed for inspection and tweaking
    • Performance View turns MachFive into an expressive, multi-layered instrument that dynamically responds to key switches from a MIDI controller, delivering dynamic control over switching, layering, and blending of multiple sounds
    • Macro controls provides direct, instant access to the sound's most crucial and interesting parameters
    • Dedicated noise oscillator with eleven different types of noise
    • Dozens of filters with adjustable filter resonance, which can be automated and modulated
    • Layer rules add dynamic and expressive behaviors for switching between layers using a dedicated and simple to use interface
    • Script Processors perform advanced, customized transformations and analysis of a MIDI data stream with many useful presets are provided
    • 3rd-generation UVI Engine delivers superb sound quality
    • Multiple outputs - sub mix to 17 stereo output pairs
    • Disk streaming conserves RAM and quickens load times
    • Unlimited polyphony with ultra-low software latency

    Compatible Library/File Formats

    • AIFF
    • ACID
    • Apple Loops (.aif)
    • REX
    • SDII
    • WAV
    • Akai MPC
    • Akai S Series
    • E-mu
    • Ensoniq ASR
    • EXS24
    • GarageBand
    • GigaSampler 1/2/3
    • KONTAKT 1/2/3/4.0
    • Kurzweil K2xxx
    • MOTU Symphonic and Ethno Instruments
    • Roland S700 Series
    • SampleCell
    • SoundFont
    • UVI UFS
    Channels Output

    Stereo
    Quad
    5.1
    7.1
    System Requirements
    Mac Intel Core Duo 1.83GHz or faster (multiple processors or a multi-core processor required) - Intel Core 2 Duo CPU 2GHz or faster recommended
    OS X 10.5.8 or later, 10.6, 10.7 (10.6 or 10.7 for 64-bit operation along with 64-bit CPU)
    2GB RAM minimum - 4GB or more is strongly recommended since MachFive loads samples (or a portion of the samples) into RAM
    100GB minimum fast hard drive - HFS+ formatted (Mac OS Extended, journaled or unjournaled)
    DVD disk drive for installation
    Available USB port for iLok (not included)
    For plug-in use, host software that supports Audio Units, RTAS, or VST formats (64-bit plug-in host application if using the 64-bit plug-in) 1
    Please Note:

    PowerPC not supported

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    PC Intel Core Duo 1.83GHz or faster (multiple processors or a multi-core processor required) - Intel Core 2 Duo CPU 2GHz or faster recommended
    Windows Vista SP2 or Windows 7 (32- or 64-bit)
    2GB RAM minimum - 4GB or more is strongly recommended since MachFive loads samples (or a portion of the samples) into RAM
    100GB minimum fast hard drive - NTFS formatted (FAT32 is not compatible as it does not allow file sizes greater than 4GB)
    DVD disk drive for installation
    Available USB port for iLok (not included)
    For plug-in use, host software that supports RTAS, or VST formats (64-bit plug-in host application with 64-bit CPU if using the 64-bit plug-in)
    MOTU MachFive 3 - Universal Virtual Sampler (Competitive Upgrade)
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    MOTUMachFive 3 - Universal Virtual Sampler (Competitive Upgrade)
     
    5.0

    (based on 3 reviews)

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (3)
    • Versatile (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home studio (3)

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      5.0

      Awsome

      By K

      from Tampa Fl

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about MOTU MachFive 3 - Universal Virtual Sampler (Competitive Upgrade):

        I use MachFive 3 in Protools 11. It does everything needed to write the song im going for.

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          5.0

          MF3 Excels where Kontakt falls short

          By cmacsound

          from Brooklyn, NY

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Ilok
          • No Demo Available

          Best Uses

          • Composing
          • Home Studio

          Comments about MOTU MachFive 3 - Universal Virtual Sampler (Competitive Upgrade):

          This is a very powerful virtual sampler/synthesizer with a very fast and intuitive interface. I can drastically tweak my patches with ease, much more so than I can inside of Kontakt. I think MOTU is certainly making a statement with this, and their customer/tech support staff are really generous with their time.

          The built in granular IRCAM engine and SCALA file support is also something that I have been desiring for quite some time in an high-end, professional sampler and MF3 has them both! This is a very powerful piece of software. It even opens many of my Kontakt patches! The LUA scripting engine is also much more universal and intuitive than Kontakt's KSP language which also makes it more inviting for sound-library developers. This is most definitely my new 'go-to' device for creative music and sound composition and manipulation

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          5.0

          Great software.

          By TinHead

          from Australia

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use
          • Great Ui
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Composition
            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording
            • Sound design

            Comments about MOTU MachFive 3 - Universal Virtual Sampler (Competitive Upgrade):

            This sampler is much more than a sampler. It is so versatile it could be your only sound source, and it's so well designed that you enjoy exploring and tweaking. It reminds me of my Kurzweil K2000 days which I also chose for its well designed user interface.

            The library that comes with it is of a high standard. I hope developers embrace this fantastic sampling platform.

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