Hey guys, not a “what to buy” post, because I already decided on the Maschine MK3, but after a few weeks with it I hate it, or I hate the workflow for production. I wanted a controller for drums that would be a good addition to my workflow, and any other features are a bonus! I record live guitars, bass, synths and a Rhodes MK1 in my studio. My workflow is already established in Logic and Ableton, and after using I for a bit I’m just not prepared to switch to Maschine software. And I can’t start projects in Maschine and then import all the files into another DAW because I never start wth drums, it’s always guitar, rhodes or synths recorded first, then drums and bass. Maschine is also not great for recording audio and arranging audio clips either.
I tried using Maschine as a plugin in Logic and that’s a complete dread, I did just order the new 14” M1 Pro 10 core so maybe that will be easier on the CPU to run them at the same time, but still… the non synced transport controls and running a DAW inside a DAW, with stupid routing and cramped GUI is fundamentally not working for me.
My last resort was to keep my Maschine, predominantly use it as a MIDI controller (Midi Mode) and then whenever I want to use some of Maschine’s nice features like the expansions, sampler models, and quick drum programming, I would just open Maschine, build the part up quickly and import the audio into Logic.
But that feels like a waste of money to me. I’d literally be using it backwards considering the whole point of Maschine is to use the Maschine software together with the Hardware 90% of the time and then 10% in MIDI mode when you want some extra control in another DAW. I would be 90% MIDI mode with Logic and 10% Maschine software…
So now I’ve considered buying a Launchpad, it has good integration with Logic and better integration with Ableton, but there’s a lot of trade offs…
No expansions, No screens with plugin controls, No Maschine software if I ever want to use it, also it’s literally just a MIDI controller with no other software benefits, No interface onboard and there’s No fixed velocity option!!
It will be good for playing in drums (with lots of velocity tweaking afterwards…) useful chord functions, 4 track sequencer, controlling logic etc. But I already have the 61SL MK3 from Novation which does all of that, just not on a pad based controller layout that can sit directly beside my Laptop.
SO, if anyone can be of some help that would be really appreciated. I can’t decide what’s going to be best for my situation and I don’t know how both of them feel because I’ve only ever played the Maschine. The Launchpad Pro is quite a bit less expensive but you’re loosing a lot. Is there any way I can make my Maschine work for me? Or is the LaunchPad just the better option for my circumstance?
Thanks in advance if you took the time to read this book and offer some help!