MOTU MachFive 3 Software Sampler (Requires iLok)
MOTU MachFive 3 is a sample-based virtual instrument with a powerful synthesis engine and effects processing. It comes with a gigantic 45 GB sound library as well as support for third-party samples. MachFive 3 allows you to work intuitively with samples, creating complex mappings, intuitively searching for sounds, editing waves and much more! MachFive 3 comes with a number of scripted virtual instruments, featuring 12 synth engines, making it a powerful hybrid synthesiser in its own right.
- Massive 45 GB sound library (7 DVDs)
- Simple operation
- Scripting engine with unlimited layers
- IRCAM technology
- Universal support - directly reads all major 3rd-party hardware/software sample formats
- Complete mixing, powerful effects and deep synthesis
- Requires iLok smart key - NOT included
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Beauty and Brawn
Within minutes after you begin using MachFive 3, you'll appreciate the years of user interface design and engineering that have gone into this 3rd-generation release. From the configurable part list to the full-screen envelope editor, MachFive 3 has been designed to spur your creative muse while delivering state-of-the-art virtual instrument technology in a streamlined, efficient environment. After all, music, sound design, and audio production are creative endeavors that deserve a worthy partner in creativity.
Compared to a typical software instrument, MachFive's scripted virtual instruments are like the difference between a simple guitar preset and a real guitar player. MachFive's sophisticated instruments are truly technological marvels: they model not only the sounds of an instrument, in minute detail, but also the playing characteristics. For example, MachFive's included Telematic electric guitar instrument models strumming and picking techniques, which you can dial up as desired. Imagine strumming chords with proper fingerings, up/down-strokes and other utterly authentic playing techniques. It's like having a real guitar player in your studio, who never spills beer or leaves practice early.
A Universe of Sounds
MachFive's signature scripted instruments give you incredibly realistic core instruments that are basic necessities for any studio: drums, bass, guitar, piano and percussion. But that's just the beginning. MachFive also includes thousands of loops and phrases. From break-beats to mixed choirs, there's an entire universe to explore. MachFive Biosphere further broadens your sonic vistas with fresh, rich synth textures that are out of this world. And for the truly adventurous, the Xtreme FX bonus library from UltimateSoundBank.com gives you 5,000 creative sound effects, foley effects and ambient textures suitable for both music production and sound design.
Powerful Synth Engine
From modular analogue pioneered in the 1950s to milestone breakthroughs like FM and wavetable synthesis in the decades that followed, MachFive 3 delivers twelve synth engines that make it a powerful multi-synthesiser in its own right. When combined with MachFive's multi-sample instrument capabilities and extensive effects, the possibilities for hybrid synthesis and sound design are limitless.
Simplicity by Design
MachFive's expandable part list, multi-column searchable browser and one-click access to programming features keeps your creative flow going by giving you quick access to crucial tasks, while making it easy to dig into deeper programming when needed. Some samplers give you power, but at the expense of streamlining creativity when speed matters most. Not MachFive: for tasks such as sound searching and selecting, and basic on-the-fly sound tweaking, MachFive 3 has no match.
Sometimes your creativity takes over and fills your mind. With MachFive 3 it can fill your computer screen too. Do precision editing of the beat slices of a loop. Build a multi-layer, multi-sample instrument preset of your very own. Sculpt the perfect multi-point envelope curve. When you work full-screen, your edits take on exceptionally high precision. And your creative focus becomes more intense. It's like the difference between peering through a keyhole into a room, versus presiding over the entire room.
MachFive 3 isn't about limitations. It's about limitless possibilities. That's why it places no restrictions on the number of creative elements you can work with. Are you inspired to build a sound with 14 oscillators? Go for it. Feeling compelled to build a monster multi-sample instrument with 120 sample layers? Gotcha covered. MachFive 3 has been engineered with a modular, extensible architecture designed to facilitate multi-faceted sound design with highly efficient CPU performance.
Oscillators are the heart of MachFive: they are the sound-producing cores that instruments and loops are made of. The most basic form of oscillator is a sample or loop. But MachFive offers an astonishing twelve different types of oscillators, from pure modeled analogue to granular synthesis. You can program them solo, in all their naked glory, or you can layer them to create unbelievably rich and unique sound textures. The Oscillator Editor is also home to MachFive's incredible LoopLab beat slice editor.
Oscillators belong to keygroups mapped to notes on the musical keyboard. The Mapping Editor gives you an intuitive, graphic environment for mapping keygroups, which makes it easy — and outright fun — to build your own multi-sample instruments. Drag keygroup edges, assign colors, and right-click the grid to access convenient tools in the contextual menu. Drag and drop samples from your computer desktop. You can even drag in multiple samples at once: MachFive maps them for you. Other sophisticated capabilities lurk here as well, including overlap crossfades and unlimited layers. That's right, you can layer keygroups as deeply as you want. For sound-programming geeks, or the truly adventurous, you can program three-dimensional layer performance through programmable rules. Make no mistake: this is a sound programmer's paradise.
The Tree Editor gives you complete, instant access to every element of your sounds in MachFive. Everything is shown hierarchically in an intuitive scrolling list, so you can clearly see the organisational relationships between all elements, starting with MachFive's master output fader at the very top of the list. Parts, presets, keygroups and so on, all the way down to individual oscillators, follow below in orderly fashion, with effects, macros, event processors and other elements at all levels along the way. The Tree Editor brings order and understanding to potentially complex signal routings, modulations, and other elements of your MachFive sounds. If you want to truly know All Things MachFive, visit the Tree Editor, my little grasshopper.
MachFive's List Editor is the perfect antidote for those of us who get a little, well, 'OCD' in the heat of the creative moment. It presents a clear, well-ordered representation of your MachFive sounds, with every detail dutifully listed for careful inspection and tweaking. The List Editor is definitely a left-brain tool, the perfect complement to MachFive's plentiful right-brain graphic editors.
MachFive gives you an extensive and flexible effects architecture. You can apply unlimited effects in real-time at all levels, from individual samples to your entire mix, with instant recall of all settings. 47 real-time effects are included, such as reverb, tempo-synced delay, tremolo, chorus, filters, guitar amp simulation, CPU-efficient convolution reverb and many others. Effects can be applied to presets as insert effects, essentially as a component of the sound itself, or throughout MachFive's extensive mixing architecture (as bus effects).
Keyboard synths have come a long way over the years. But nothing like this. Granted, MachFive has an unfair advantage, as it brings to bear all of the resources of your entire computer: memory, CPU performance, disk space and a large screen. Then there's the Performance View, which turns MachFive into an expressive, multi-layered instrument that dynamically responds to key switches from your MIDI controller, giving you unprecedented dynamic control over switching, layering, and blending of many sounds. Create key ranges with crossfades and layer groups with key switches. You can create your own 'meta-synth' unlike anything your audience could imagine.
MachFive 3's on-screen mixer is an easy and inuititive way to set channel levels, panning and effects inserts for each part. But that's only the beginning. MachFive's effects architecture has been enhanced and expanded to give you all the flexibility you need for completely self-contained mixing and routing, including unlimited parts (channel strips), unlimited effects, master effects (bus and aux), program effects (bus and aux), part effects, and much more. MachFive also gives you multiple ways to access the mixing structure, from the intuitive on-screen mixer to the bussing and effects nodes displayed in the Tree Editor.
MOTU MachFive 3 Specifications
Compatible Library/File Formats: AIFF, ACID, Apple Loops (.aif) REX, SDII, WAV, Akai MPC, Akai S Series, E-mu Emulator III and IV, Ensoniq ASR, EXS24, Garageband, GigaSampler 1/2/3, Kontakt 1/2/3/4.0, Kurzweil K2xxx, MOTU Symphonic and Ethno Instruments, Roland S700 Series, SampleCell, SoundFont, UVI UFS
Channel Formats: stereo, quad, 5.1, 7.1
Plug-in Formats: Audio Units (Mac only), RTAS, VST, Stand-alone
64-bit Operation: Available for Mac OS X v10/6 or 10.7 and Windows 7 or Vista. Requires a 64-bit CPU and host application for plug-in versions.
MOTU MachFive 3 Minimum System Requirements
Mac: OS X version 10.5, 10.6, 0r 10.7 (v10.5.8 or later is required)
Windows: Windows 7 or Vista (SP2 or later is required)
Requires an iLok smart key (version 1 or 2). iLok NOT included