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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.
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
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
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)
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
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 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
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
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)
PowerPC not supported
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)