- I want to simplify my setup to only use Live as main DAW without going through an additional software layer. Yes of course, I can transition from Maschine to Live as Midi or Audio, but it adds to the complexity of the workflow, and in some case, will be a one-way street. Once I brought the midi into live (which still requires me to route between live and maschine as well as running the Maschine vst), how do I bring it back if I changed it in Live ?
Just so it's clear, no additional software layer is needed for Maschine to control Live. Maschine can directly control Live without the Maschine software.
As far as using Maschine and Live together, it's not complex at all. In fact, people love Maschine for its simplicity and intuitiveness and how it can seamlessly integrate with other software with features like drag & dropping directly. Some might get confused at first because Maschine is flexible enough to cater to very different workflows: viewtopic.php?p=1496108#p1496108
- There is the whole aspect of learning/"mastering" two production tools (Live and Maschine), and don't tell me this is an insignificant topic given how many forum posts I find on both Maschine and Live forums.
It is very important to learn/master one tool at a time for sure. That's true no matter what tools you're talking about. The great thing about Maschine is that it's very intuitive and has a very low learning curve.
- Maschine lets you browse Komplete, Push lets you browse Live 9 Suite. They both don't cover the other side. So yes, content wise, Komplete might be better than Live Suite, but not sure that applies to Komplete Elements (which comes with Maschine).
Actually, Maschine can control Live devices too. Maschine's exclusive Komplete integration does apply to Komplete Elements as well.
- Both don't handle vst's (other than Native Instruments's own instruments) automatically, even though using racks allows you to have some influence via "wrapping"
Not true at all. Maschine does handle third party plugins (not just NI's own instruments) automatically.
Have I missed something ?
Yup. Many other points have already been covered in this thread: viewtopic.php?p=1495757#p1495757
Most notable is the fact that Maschine gives you an option for a completely hands-on, hardware-based workflow where you never have to touch a mouse or even look at the computer screen.