Native Instruments Maschine vs MPC, SP1200, TR-808, HR16

A Little History:

I started my production career using a Roland TR-808 drum machine and moved up through the ranks from there. I thought the 808 was the greatest drum machine up until 1986 when I used the Emu Sp12 sampling drum machine. This blew the 808 out the water simply because it allowed you to sample your own sounds into it and give those sounds a crunch that was super gritty.

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The next year I was introduced to two new drum machines. First, Emu gave the Sp12 an overhaul and called it the Sp1200. It was just like the Sp12, but more advanced. The second drum machine was from a company named Alesis and they made a drum machine called the HR16. The HR16’s sequencer was revolutionary because it allowed you to really program your drums like a drummer instead of doing the old step sequencing that everyone was used to doing from the early years in hip hop production.

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I used to call 1988 “the year that drum machines changed producers lives” at least for that era. Then, a company named Akai introduced the most revolutionary drum machine of any kind. It would last for many years to come. Known as the MPC60 and it was absolutely AMAZING! The sequencer’s swing was incredible and the sound was awesome. For the next 24 years I would become a devoted MPC user, that is until I used Maschine.


The Present:

I’m currently rocking the Maschine by Native Instruments and it might be the simplest and best way to bring your production into existence, point blank. As you’ve read previously I’ve been doing production for a number of years now and I have to say that this is the best drum machine that I’ve ever used! And that’s saying a lot coming from me. The only limitations it has is that of the users imagination. There’s nothing I can’t do on Maschine, that I can think of. Now of course it’s software dependent making the actual Maschine a controller, but I don’t think of it as that. It has the functionality of an MPC , the swing of an HR16, and in vintage mode it can emulate the Sp1200 and MPC60’s sound, plus step sequence like the TR808. Some might argue that software will never sound like analog hardware , but I’ve used them all (808,Sp12/1200, every MPC) and I can honestly say that Native Instruments has done well with the Maschine. If you’re from the era of old school 12 bit samplers and want to step up to the new millennium, don’t hesitate to snatch up a Native Instruments Maschine. You won’t regret it!



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