A review video of Native Instruments (aka NI) first hardware standalone drum sampler called the "Maschine+" (Maschine Plus) from a hiphop producers prospect! Please note that I wasn't given this unit for free. So, I won't have any bias what so ever. NI shocked the world with this announcement a few weeks ago. Shaking up the hardware worldwide. Bringing their top tier synths & presets to your finger tips without a desktop or laptop. However, it wasn't without any sacrifices like not having full control of over sound design & lack of kontakt banks available (still possible in future firmware upgrade). As of this date, it doesn't support external hard drives. However, it has a superior real time stretching abilities that out shine most desktop apps! The price tag is a bit steep since it lacks a touchscreen, battery, & cv gate like it's direct competitors (AKAI Force, MPC Live ii, & MPC One) but it's not hindered by it. The workflow is a toss up (both good and bad imo). Lots of buttons but a crap ton of unnecessary shift functions too. How do you feel about this review? Please leave a comment below!
Pros: Great time stretch algorithm, function workflow, disk streaming!, sounds galore, quality build, and a lot of potential in firmware updates.
Cons: Some system crashing bugs, convoluted button layout, lack of I/O (though you can expand it via buying NI's audio interfaces), limited sound design options (can't save presets yet!), & price point!