MASCHINE MK1/MK2 Vs. MASCHINE STUDIO
When i was writing the title to this insert, I could not help but to chuckle. It’s almost like why would you compare the two? Well, although the Native Instruments Maschine MK1 is considered dated, ecspecially with the release of the colorful Maschine MK2 and now the new flagship, Maschine Studio. Alot of us NI Maschine users started off on the MK1 and decided to stick with it even once the MK2 came out. Good thing some of us did. Most MK2 users are scratching there heads right now. Probably feeling the finacial preasure this hobby or profession of ours can apply. With the Maschine Studio’s hefty price tag of almost one thousand dollars, its not an easy decision to go out and buy it right after purchasing the MK2.
Maschine Studio comes packed with new features within the hardware. The obvious size increase bullies the Maschine MK1. New buttons arranged on the hardware reduce the amount of “shift+” commands and dedicates buttons for most commonly used functions making for a swifter more streamlined work flow that we’re just unable to achieve on the MK1 or MK2. It really took a while for me to learn all the “shift+” commands on the MK1. For a while I did not know how to stop the sound that was playing (shift+mute), which is still the command to silence a sound on the Maschine Studio hardware. So needless to say there are still some “shift+” commands. A “jog-wheel” located on the right hand side of the new hardware controls alot of commonly used functions as well. It controls tempo, swing, pitch much like the control knob on the Maschine MK2 and also serves as a cursor when browsing through libraries. No more push button browsing. This rotary dial type mechanisms flies through libraries getting you to the right sound in a flash. The Maschine MK1 and MK2 utilized the knobs to sift through libraries which was ok, but the jog-wheel is more ideal dextarity wise.
Identifying different sounds on the pads couldn’t be easier with the color mapping. You can assign different colors to each individual pad making it much easier to locate a particular sound in the group. I know this can also be done on the Maschine MK2. The first Maschine you almost always had to check your computer screen to see what pad you put that bass note or snare on. With color pads we don’t have that problem anymore. You assign a color to that bass note or snare and you have no trouble finding that sound on the fly. The Maschine Studio is well illuminated. Nice and bright for live performances in dark night clubs, or late night home studio sessions. The two massive led screens help with that. Two all color Amoled display screens that help you navigate throughout the the software without having to lay eyes on your computer screen. The smaller displays on the MK1 and MK2 also served the same purpose, the MK1 just in a duller, gloomier way. It was almost more pleasent to look at your computer screen rather than squinting at the Maschine MK1 displays.
The huge size of the Maschine Studio is understandable, and will probably just be a home unit for me since the portability is just not there. And the fact that it needs to be plugged into the wall now in order to power up those lovely screens. So would I get rid of my MK1 or you, (your MK2) now that we have the Maschine Studio? NO!!! The Maschine Mk1 has just become the best portable device for me. It fits in my bag along a pair of headphones and my laptop and thats all I need with me when Im feeling inspired on the go. The MK1 still serves its purpose and gets the job done just fine. Its alot lighter than the Studio and does not need to plug into the wall. It will be a great starter beat maschine for my children and it will be a classic piece of hardware in the future. Without the MK1 to make improvements on, there would be no Maschine Studio. So it’s not a matter of which is better. Both serve the same purpose. Its just a matter of whether or not you wanna get rid of it in order to replace it with the Maschine Studio.
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