Awards are rolling in for MachFive 3
MachFive 3 is out and awards are coming in, along with praise filled with words like astounding, unbeatable, tremendous and unparalleled. Keyboard Magazine, one of the most respected music technology publications out there, is so impressed they just gave MachFive 3 their Key Buy award, saying that "...no other sampler better integrates synthesizer functions." Could MachFive 3 be the new go-to sampler for Pro Tools users? The editors of the AIR Users Blog, a leading independent Pro Tools user community, gave MachFive 3 their Editors Choice Award, saying that "MachFive 3 is by far the easiest way to get the biggest sound."
More than just a sampler
"MachFive 3 is a generational leap forward from previous releases, building on already-solid sampling and import abilities with a new user interface and vastly expanded sonic features. It's almost unfair to call it a sampler in the narrow sense, as it's really a hybrid of synthesizer and sampler. Coupled with scripting, interactive engines, signal processing, and effects, it's a giant toolbox for sound design and instrument creation."
"There’s tremendous attention to detail, both sonically and in visual interface design... Think of a restaurant with a really long list of tasty courses—it’s a nice problem to have. But with features like 'breadcrumbs' that show where you are in the hierarchy, as on the Mac Finder and Windows Explorer, you can easily retrace your steps. All in all, MOTU has done an uncommonly good job of making all this power navigable."
"Seeing these tools reduced to their essential elements is refreshing; you cover the vast majority of what you need without some of the complexity and individual quirks of dedicated synths."
More (tasty) filters
"First, off, you have an astounding selection of filter choices...the Oberheim filter options in MachFive are especially tasty."
"Unbeatable sound manipulation"
"If all you want is a sampler to import libraries and provide killer ready-to-use sounds, MachFive 3 won’t disappoint. But if you’re tempted to dive further into uncharted waters of sound design, it’s unparalleled. You get an integrated workflow that packs synthesis and sampling seamlessly into one box, plus an array of fantastic filters, modulation options, and analog- and digital-style effects. For sonic adventurers, having event processing and scripting, plus richly capable granular and stretching tools, can help you make instruments that sound like nothing else. All of this comes in a redesigned interface that’s attractive, manageable, and takes full advantage of a big screen. For synth lovers, no other sampler better integrates synthesizer functions, which is why we’re awarding MachFive 3 a Key Buy. There’s really only one problem: You may be spending some long evenings in your studio hiding from friends and family!"
AIR Users Blog
The new go-to sampler for Pro Tools users?
"The thing I love (yes love) about MachFive 3 is how easy it is to start with nothing and in a matter of minutes have an amazing sound from scratch, be that from samples or from synthesis. What it makes me feel is that this is what Omnisphere would be like if you could create you own sounds and not just modify the existing patches. This is one serious powerhouse of a virtual instrument."
"A self contained sound creation workstation"
"To be honest, to call MachFive 3 a sampler is not fair, it’s better to imagine it as a self contained sound creation workstation that ticks far more boxes than a sampler."
"I have to say, these are some seriously good instruments for those who want as-near-as-possible instrument realism. They are the kind of instruments that get the creative juices running and surely isn’t that what this is all about?"
"What becomes apparent very quickly with MachFive 3 is that it is feature packed. It’s like the designers sat in a room and said let's create a list of everything people could ever want in a VI, then add a few more things and ship it as MachFive 3. There seems to be no feature or expense spared..."
"The Swiss Army Knife of samplers"
"I’m starting to think of MachFive 3 as the Swiss Army Knife of samplers. Think of a task you need to do in the creation of a track, be that playing a standard sample instrument (which MachFive 3 loads in virtually every popular format), slicing a beat and then dropping it in your DAW timeline, creating a synth from scratch with virtually any kind of synthesis and with endless modulation sources, time stretching some vocals - then MachFive 3 can do it. Better still, in most cases you can do it without reading the manual, which incidentally is supplied in paper format for a nice change!"
"...this version has really won me over. What all of us need when making music is great sounds, powerful features and ease of use. Perhaps it’s called MachFive 3 because it ticks all three of those requirements."
Excellent scripted instruments
"Telematic is a re-creation of the Fender Telecaster electric guitar and includes just about every playing technique imaginable. Advanced features include chord recognition, strumming, chord sequencing, automatic hand position, and string detection in solo mode."
"There are two pianos in MachFive 3: a lovely sounding Fazioli grand and a Fender Rhodes emulation (Mark 79). Both are faithful re-creations, with all the nuances you might expect from deeply sampled pianos."
"Star Drums certainly lives up to its name, containing both acoustic and processed versions, multiple microphones and mixing facilities. Simply designed, it's versatile, effective and easy to play using a controller keyboard."
Impressive new synth engine
"Granular synthesis is capable of producing amazing results from a simple stereo sample."
"Well laid-out and logical to use"
"The redesigned interface is bang up-to-date and extremely well implemented. From beginning to end — or put another way, from the Parts view to Mixer — all the different stages of this complex software are easily accessed, well laid-out and logical to use. To help you out if you do get confused there's also a brialliant Tree editor, which displays the organisational relationships between all the elements involved in a complex routing system."
9 out of 10 stars
"Thanks to its huge library plus the inclusion of synthesis, time-stretching, pitch-shifting and scripting technology, MachFive version 3 is an impressive update to an already well-established and powerful sampler."