Products that rely on hardware and software working together are becoming increasingly common, but no one's managed to master this concept quite like Native Instruments.
In 2013 it added to its Maschine line-up with the new Studio model, which feels like a genuine leap forward for the range. With its extra Edit section, complete with multifunctional, LED-ringed jogwheel, it gives you instant one-finger access to many functions that require the Shift key on Maschines Mk II and Mikro.
And as for those two displays, to see them is to want them: browsing, pattern editing, Scene arranging, sampling and sample editing, mixing… Studio gives you much more visual feedback than its siblings, in full colour and (relatively) high resolution.
The controller ships with the all-new Maschine 2.0 software - itself a worthy update for existing Maschine users - and, if you can stomach the price, provides a truly luxurious groove production solution.5 Stars
READ:Native Instruments Maschine Studio review
BUY: Native Instruments Maschine Studio currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass
Also in the running
Akai MPC Studio