I have been reading all this your posts about controlling Live with Maschine.
Im ready to buy a controller for Live ...obviously Im thinking on APC40.
But after reading all you say about Maschine and LIve integration...I dont know what to think.
The work I do is live performing, looping (bass, guitars, vocals) on live, send and returns from KP3 trough Mackie mixer....I need easy access to live, change channels, FX enable/disable, record enable, move parameters in M4L fx,....APC40 offers this...I admit is an ugly controller, but, it runs ok for my needs.
Some of you reccomends to me Maschine instead APC40??
Can you full-mapping Live on maschine?..or at least, at APC level?
Thanks to you for your help.
well, i never owned an apc40, i only played around with it several times... same as with the launchpad, and the only real big difference i can see is that you have more access to clip launch buttons in one layer and that you have a little better visual feedback within live itself (the frame telling you where you are at) also some prefer faders to knobs for volume, i prefer knobs over a fader always, also when using a DJ mixer i like the oldskool house mixers which still had rotaries.
it depends a bit on your needs, the apc40 or launchpad are highly specialised and customised for live... the striking thing with maschine is, that it is a true all in one instrument AND a near perfect (in some instances like traktor, even perfect) controller for ANY other existing software out there...
if you use more then live exclusively it is a no brainer... maschine is as good for live as it is for PT, or cubase or reason or blah, blah... anything that can be controlled via midi, even vj video programs... it can send except on the knob page buttons (two of them) and the shift button on any other button or knob any type of midi message, CC, notes, MCU etc. any type with full visual feedback and you can even switch buttons off which then don't illuminate at all!
if you use really only live and nothing else... then i guess the apc40 is better, but it is a ridiculous size (i think) and needs a PSU, which is for live use for me a 100% no go, no matter how good the unit otherwise is, i would never ever buy something that needs a psu, other then the computer... even if it would shit gold. (that is a very personal thing, though... )
if you want in all in one instrument and controller for everything you possibly can have in your computer as a software, then maschine is beyond perfect. and well, bus powered
maschine itself is already something worth it alone and a TRUE live performance tool (that is where lately live lost me a little bit) that let's you operate and jam 100% 'computer touch' free.
for me the choice is clear, i have one backpack and can do anything and everything with one unit and a computer anywhere.
jeez, maschine has mackie control, helloooo!!??!!??!!
and check youtube there are hundreds of good videos, there are in the meantime many geeks who created templates / ableton scripts that feed nearly any kind of workflow. and if not, the editor is powerful and if you know how to create user remote scripts for live, then it's nearly without boundaries what you can do... i only wait for the geeks to come up with m4l devices for maschine...
like MU for the lemur, he he.