I'll tell you this. Macros in Ableton Live are a hell of a lot more friendly. Maschine ONLY does 'relative' automation. But that can still be alright for some things. It just gets frustrating doing that in combination with the macros inside Maschine, and then mapping those macros to either another controller, Or Live macros.
When it comes to epic midi control, Live is a wide open book.
I kind of wish Maschine would let me create new Patterns via key. It will let me create new Scenes, but then those kind of make new Patterns. I don't know, I eventually got used to new Scenes mode, it is alright using that to transition patterns via a clip in Live, but Pattern change would be far more flexible for both music creation (who has the chops to switch patterns in Maschine While tapping out beats???) and song creation (switch to random fills without interrupting everything else).
Huge advantage in Maschine though is the nifty pattern-is-already-playing style of recording!!
And this vid rocks my socks:http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=YfrW5mwn ... frW5mwn90c