Native Instruments MASCHINE MK2 Groove Production Studio (Black)

Native Instruments MASCHINE MK2 Groove Production Studio (Black)

Native Instruments MASCHINE MK2 Groove Production Studio (Black)

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Product Highlights

  • Sequencer, Sampler & Multi-Effect Unit
  • VST/AU Plug-In Host
  • Sample Library with Over 6GB of Sounds
  • Includes MASSIVE Synth Plug-In
  • Dual 64 x 256 Backlit Displays
  • USB 2.0 Port & MIDI I/O
  • Multifunction Master Push Encoder Tool
  • Time Stretch & Pitch Shift Capability
  • TRANSIENT MASTER Dynamics/Mixing Effect
  • Exchangeable Magnetic Faceplate
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Native Instruments MASCHINE overview

  • 1Description

The black Native Instruments MASCHINE MK2 Groove Production Studio is designed for both Mac and Windows. The hardware interface features USB 2.0 and MIDI I/O connections, 16 multi-color illuminated pads with velocity and aftertouch, 8 endless rotary potentiometers, 47 back-lit buttons, one endless encoder (30 steps) and two displays with 64 x 256 resolution. MASCHINE MK2 also supports several interfaces including stand-alone interfaces, VST, audio units, RTAS (Pro Tools 9 or higher), ASIO, CoreAudio and WASAPI.

With the ability to act as a sequencer, sampler, VST/AU plug-in host and multi-effect unit, the MASCHINE MK2 supports beat making, performance and more - all with the benefit of collaborative computer software. The software is stocked with a 6GB sample library that includes drum kits, synth sounds, loops and more. The touch sensitive pads make it easy to sequence drum patterns, bass lines, loops, etc. Plus, with color-coding, you can assign certain colors to certain instruments so you'll always know what's what without having to test it. An external keyboard controller may be connected via the MIDI I/O connections on the rear as well.

The MASCHINE MK2 provides the flexibility of computer-based music production with straightforward, two-handed control for composing, performing, browsing, sampling, slicing, sound-shaping and tweaking effects. You can easily load your samples, effects and plug-ins through the software, and then control them with the pads and knobs - there's no need to touch the computer's mouse or keyboard. And, you can always expand your sound with MASCHINE EXPANSIONS (sold separately) or change the look of your controller with the MASCHINE CUSTOM KITS (sold separately).

Key Updated Features

Color Assignment
Simply assign colors to the groups, sounds, patterns and scenes, and see the pads and group buttons on the hardware light up in the same colors. Make your kick drums red, for example, and you'll always know which pads play your kicks
More Pads & Buttons
The 47 white, backlit click-buttons provide direct physical response. And with the colored transport controls, the MK2 hardware provides a wealth of physical and visual excitement for intuitive beat making
With MASCHINE 2.0, all MASCHINE users get the full version of MASSIVE. MASCHINE's eight control knobs offer direct access to MASSIVE's eight Macro controls, for perfect synergy between hardware and synthesizer, and a lightning-fast workflow
Improved Master Section
The Master section has been redesigned. Control volume, tempo and swing with a multi-function master push encoder - select modes with toggle buttons and accurately click through values without having to look at the screen or display. Navigating and scrubbing are much easier as well, and changing note pitch and detailed tweaking becomes extra-precise thanks to the encoder's superb physical response
Time Stretch & Pitch Shift
The MASCHINE 2.0 software includes time stretch and pitch shift capability. Stretch smoothly from one BPM to another, aided by the automatic BPM detection. Or stretch your audio to a specific length - to fit one sample to the same length as another, for example. Plus, make your beats match harmonically, by tuning your samples with the pitch shift function
Updated Effects
The free software update includes more effects, specially selected for beat production. TRANSIENT MASTER has been fully integrated in the MASCHINE 2.0 software as well. This is ideal for positioning drums and percussion; it lets you mix from front to back, giving each sample exactly the right amount of space. New Tube, Tape Saturator and Tube Saturator effects bring the secrets of analog warmth and natural, harmonic compression to MASCHINE, for even greater sound coloring potential
Design Improvements
The inverted displays provide higher contrast, a better viewing angle for performance or studio, and a sharper look in dark environments. Slightly heavier than before, the controller also works better in a studio set-up and on stage due to the re-worked layout of the controller's USB-connector and MIDI I/O - less risk of accidental unplugging. Plus, rubber feet provide increased grip on the desktop, keeping the hardware firmly in place
Customizable Hardware
The MASCHINE MK2 hardware has an exchangeable magnetic faceplate. The black edition has a black plate with black knobs. Plus, MASCHINE CUSTOM KITS are available in five color schemes. Each kit provides a faceplate and matching knobs


Load your samples, effects and plug-ins, then control them with the pads and knobs - there's no need to touch the computer's mouse or keyboard
16 highly-sensitive, back-lit, multi-color pads with velocity and after-touch (colors freely-assignable to Sounds, Patterns, Groups and Scenes)
Master push encoder plus eight rotary encoders with higher-than-MIDI-resolution for true analog feel and realtime multi-parameter tweaking
47 buttons with click-action for direct control of all software functions, with shift function for even more control possibilities
Two 64 x 256 pixel back-lit, high-contrast dual displays with wide viewing angles - quickly find the information you need, even in the darkest club situation
Bus powered hardware via USB 2.0, integrated MIDI I/O interface and a convenient Kensington lock slot

Full Integrated Concept

Fully integrated hardware device that allows you to control every function and parameter of the software running on your computer, making your workflow fast and smooth
Convenient integration as a plug-in into any VST, AU or RTAS supported DAW
Total recall of all parameters either in standalone mode or as a plug-in
Browse and load all instrument and effect presets from KOMPLETE 8 directly from the hardware - use the eight knobs to filter results quickly
Frequent software updates means MASCHINE MK2 continues to evolve to fit your production needs


Sequencer features two modes: XOX drum machine step sequencer and MPC-style live recording
Clip-based concept for intuitive arrangement of your project into scenes and songs, with assignable color-coding for instant overview
Classic groove box functions such as 16 velocity levels, swing (sounds, groups, global), pad-link and note repeat
Use one button and eight knobs to automate sampler, effects or plug-in parameters simultaneously in real time
Select and edit note events directly from the controller for efficient workflow
MIDI In and Out for sequencing external software or hardware, or connecting an external MIDI keyboard for playing complex melodic ideas


Sample-length and number of samples only limited by your computer's RAM capacity
Polyphony up to 32 voices for each sound, with choke, legato and glide options
Powerful slicing by transient detection, fixed grid or equal splits with automatic pad assignment
Offline time-stretch and pitch-shifting with automatic BPM detection
Destructive sample editing (e.g. truncate, normalize, reverse, etc.)
Convenient import of own samples, REX2 files and MPC programs
Vintage Sampling Modes emulating the sound of the MPC60 and SP1200
Optimized recovery of lost samples - point MASCHINE to the location and it will automatically update the location for all samples in that project
Supports up to 24-bit / 192 kHz audio when using a high-quality audio interface (like KOMPLETE AUDIO 6)

Plug-In Hosting / KOMPLETE 8 Integration

Native support for NIS NI sound format lets you browse and load the presets of all KOMPLETE 8 Instruments and Effects directly from MASCHINE's hardware browser
One instrument and up to four effect plug-ins can be opened in each sound slot - 16 sound slots are available in each of the eight groups
Real auto-map lets MASCHINE automatically maps the plug-in parameters to the controller knobs

Sample Library & Browser

Over 6GB of sounds including 18,000 samples, 7,000 one-shots, 400 loops, 300 drum kits with 1,400 patterns, 388 sampled instruments, 189 FX/multi-FX presets and 60 demo projects
Contains multi-sampled acoustic instruments of all genres such as pianos, organs, strings, brass and much more
Browse and load projects, patterns, kits, sounds and effects conveniently from the hardware, including all KOMPLETE 8 presets without touching your computer's keyboard or mouse
Swap kits while keeping patterns and try out your beat with different sounds


23 high-quality effects including TRANSIENT MASTER, Tape and Tube Saturators, reverbs, filters and EQs - plus creative tools such as Grain-Delay, Ice Verb and Freq Shifter
Convenient automation and editing of all parameters
Chain up to four effects at once, or select a sampler or VST/AU instrument, followed by three chainable effects
Use NI or 3rd party VST/AU effect plug-ins within MASCHINE (e.g Guitar Rig Player amps and effects)

Studio Integration

As a plug-in, MASCHINE retains all of its capabilities including total recall and routing up to 16 stereo outs to your host's mixer
Host Transport Control lets you run MASCHINE as a plug-in, and the transport controls on the hardware control transport in your DAW
Drag and drop audio or MIDI files directly to your DAW, or drag samples directly from your computer into MASCHINE's sound slots
Export note events as MIDI files and import iMASCHINE projects, REX files and MPC programs
Group Macro Controls let you assign any parameter of the dedicated group (i.e. filter, envelope, any effect parameter) to the eight knobs on the hardware or to your host sequencer for automation
Instant navigation lets you open several instances of MASCHINE in your host sequencer and easily switch between them using just one controller
Add MASCHINE MIKRO to your setup in parallel with MASCHINE for additional hands-on control of your DAW
Conveniently bounce songs or individual patterns as 8-, 16- and 24-bit WAV files, or drag and drop them directly to your DAW
In the Box
Native Instruments MASCHINE MK2 Groove Production Studio (Black)
  • MASCHINE Controller
  • MASCHINE 2.0 Software
  • MASSIVE Synth Plug-In
  • USB Cable
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    Native Instruments MASCHINE specs

    Controls 16 x multi-color illuminated pads with velocity and aftertouch
    8 x endless rotary potentiometers
    1 x endless encoder (30 steps)
    47 x backlit buttons
    Supported Interfaces Stand-Alone
    Audio Units
    RTAS (Pro Tools 9 or higher)
    USB 2.0 Port Yes
    MIDI I/O Yes
    Displays 2 x displays with 64 x 256 pixels (inverted)
    Kensington Security Slot Yes
    Windows System Requirements Windows 7 (latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit)
    Intel Core Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2
    2GB RAM
    Native 64-bit support for stand-alone and plug-in versions
    USB 2.0 port
    11GB free disk space for complete installation
    Mac System Requirements Mac OS X 10.6 or 10.7 (latest update)
    Intel Core Duo
    2GB RAM
    Native 64-bit support for stand-alone and plug-in versions
    USB 2.0 port
    11GB free disk space for complete installation
    Dimensions (WxHxL) 12.6 x 2.6 x 11.6" (320 x 65 x 295 mm)
    Weight 4.6 lb (2.1 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 6.55 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 15.0 x 14.9 x 4.5"

    Native Instruments MASCHINE reviews

    MASCHINE MK2 Groove Production Studio (Black) is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 8.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love it! I've only had Maschine for about a week now and I'm very happy with it. The pads are nice and sensitive. The display is bright and easy to read. The downloadable manual has a nice tutorial that shows most of what it can do. I have Komplete Ultimate and it works nicely with that as well. All of the Komplete samples are available right on Maschine.
    Date published: 2013-05-20
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Best in the game but not for me Right now maschine is killing it with there products but right off the bat i can tell that this product wasn't meant for me the disc was not working was not being read by the hard drive so i had to download the software from online once i got it to work and i had a lot of troubles with the hardware could of been my single package but overall amazing product for the couple of days i had it working very fun and amazing plugins and mixer and arrangement process
    Date published: 2013-12-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic ! Been using it for a few days now, love it! Really loving the sensitive pads, and the sounds that NI includes are awesome! Cant wait to make more beats and songs with this baby! Highly recommended. Just.. make good stuff with it.
    Date published: 2012-12-11
    Date published: 2013-08-28
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good Hardware, Greedy Company The Good: Though the Maschine MKII controller is my first and most likely will be my only purchase from Native Instruments, the software that comes with it is not nearly as intuitive as Ableton, however I experienced no trouble with the set-up and the work flow is, all-in-all alright. Though I mainly use it for percussive beats and sampling pre-set sounds with my Akai MPK-49, I can only comment that when it came for me to cut my own samples, it really wasn't the best experience as it's (awkwardly) touchy (something NI boasts) and isn't that accurate when using the nobs on the MK2. It has great pads and a thorough instruction manual for understanding how to use the software and hardware (the Maschine itself) so that's a definite plus and a large sound library. The Mediocre: Their sound library and expansions..kinda cheesy and a lot of pre-sampled junk and a lack of synth samples & sounds. Also their Massive synth is awkward to use and has to be used with a computer. The Bad/Greedy: It's ridiculous that they charge $99 for the upgrade to previous MK2 owners and only give it for free to new owners-- I don't think it's good business sense to penalize those loyal to a product and charge them for an UPGRADE. I'm an economist so it seems obvious they're strong-arming they're current customers because they've already had a sunk cost of $600 from purchasing this. In addition to this, if you upgraded to v2.0 and received $25, you can only use it on FULL-PRICE items. I called NI and complained to them that they don't have ANY information on their page explaining this technicality, they told me 'We don't need to inform customers of what they can spend their voucher until AFTER they've made their purchase.' That's a bait and switch. After having to upgrade and intending to use the $25 on their 'Thanksgiving Special' I'm no longer allowed to use the $25 on their 50%-off $24.50 expansion but HAVE to wait for it to go up $25, so then I can spend that money on a $50 item-- that's ridiculous, I might as well have never gotten that money in the first place. The customer service guy just kept repeating that information not trying to meet me half-way so I just had to say good-by and hang-up. My advice: If there is any affordable hardware controller then it's this hardware (unfortunately) put out by NI (unfortunately Ableton Push is still just a glorified midi-controller). Get the controller, sure, but go straight to Ableton Live for software and sound libraries (There is a controller template to use this with Ableton Live). Just don't give this misleading company any more money than you have to.
    Date published: 2013-12-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from B&H Does it Again :) Awesome to buy yet another product. This time the Maschine MK2. Its like a dream come true having one. They also shipped it speedily as always. Will continue doing business with B&H!!!! Fits perfectly into my workflow :) Native Instruments are amazing for this one. :)
    Date published: 2013-07-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing machine i am completely new to the world of beat production but the native instruments' has so far proven easy to understand and figure out.
    Date published: 2013-01-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from i would buy this product again and again The best thing i ever bought... Great Software, Great Hardware and sexy too !
    Date published: 2012-11-01
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