I was almost completely sold on the forthcoming Push controller until I saw this videohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnP1RM788Z4&feature=youtube_gdata_player
It seems pretty comprehensive and is what I've been trying to do with my MPD32 since I got it.
The Maschine is really enticing, not only for the amazingly sensitive jelly pads but for that mouseless workflow that humbnumb/emptysea keeps banging on about. (unfortunately the more someone seems to go on about something the more I resent their viewpoint. Pigheadedness on my part)
The answer to my questions related to the Maschine Plugin for Live might just tip me in it's favour.
Can the Plugin instance of Maschine within Live still record from any Audio source and assign to Pads in realtime while the audio is playing back?
How many instances of Maschine are people able to run before things start to turn sluggish? is there a need to run multiple instances?
My comp specs:
i7-2600 @3.40GHz, Win7 64-Bit, 16Gig RAM
U sound like u got the computer.
Maschine is nice but maybe not 100% neccasary.
It does come with really good electronic drum sounds that also could be used in your Live Samplers.
Decent interface with good hardware control.
Really great pads.
Mpc 60 SP1200 emulator for adding extra grit to sounds.
Comes alive once you add Komplete. All or most of Komplete factory sounds are integrated into browser and it makes a great controller for the synths as well.
Has a decent LIVE controller mode.
1. A whole new piece of gear, u will need space for
2. While it integrates pretty good in Live, it isn't perfect and takes a bit to set up.
3. A lot of Maschine could be done with Drum Racks and a decent pad controller (albeit you would lose the vintage machine emulations but both Konatkt and Battery does this).
4. Doesn't 100% work like an mpc, but some of it is for the better but some of it is for the worse.
I think PUSH would be a better controller for controlling Live but it is only for Live while Maschine would work in any environment + standalone.
If you want a good standalone drum programmer plus sample slicer Maschine would be better but then again Live does a good deal of it. Just a different interface.