"Best 500 bucks I ever spent."
This reviewer purchased this item from Same Day Music.
Sounds are amazing, def proffessional. I've had it for a little over a month and have made several beats. Sampleling, and the new ability to host vst instruments and effects in the free 1.6 upgrade, available on the native Instruments website, give you limitless possibilities for sounds. I however have only used sounds from the 6 gig maschine library and still haven't even heard all of them, let alone used them.
More features than I can list, but my favorites are the built in effects, the ability to paint in individual sounds using your mouse, the quantize and quantize at 50 percent, and the arranger. Also the ability to control all of the different functions from the controller itself without using the mouse.
Ease of Use:
If you are totally new to making beats, it can be a little difficult to learn, understandable when you consider all of the features. However, there are a bunch of video tutorials online that can be very helpful. If you purchase I would recommend signing up for Maschinetutorials.com. There is a 10 buck fee for 1 month access to this site, but the information available on it is priceless. The dudes who run the site are experts with the maschine, and are very good at teaching you how to use it. A must for beginners.
Very nice, metal chasis. The pads are nobs and buttons all have a good feel and great response. Couldn't ask for for a better quaility.
The Native Instruments website is great. The forums are helpful and they respond to questions fairly quickly. They are constantly upgrading their software and the upgrades are free. The result is a product that gets better and better with age.
If the price for this product only got you the software, it would compare equally with other beat making software programs in the same price range. Actually it would be better because other programs make you pay for ugrades. If it only included the controller, the situation would be the same. But here you get both. I can't express the value in words. Best bang for your buck, is an understatement for sure.
The Wow Factor:
Very sexy, all of the lights and the two displays, are aestheticly pleasing. Will probably order a skin to cover it with, not because it isn't beautiful, just for protection.
It will last me a long long time. Nothing on the market so far can replace it, or even come close. Its the best thing for making beats. If you want to make beats, It has everything you need. You may want to use a midi keyboard with it to play chords. I was concerned that the pads would be insufficient for playing melodies and basslines. I was wrong. This is all you need to make proffessional sounding beats.