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MOTU MachFive Universal Sampler Plug-In (Mac)

Compatible with existing sampler libraries and notation software, MachFive is the ultimate plug-in for empowering your sound design capabilities. (72) Read 8 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

MachFive 3 delivers cutting-edge sound synthesis technology combined with inspired software design to spur your sonic creativity. Quickly realize your aural inspirations as you effortlessly span the four worlds of advanced sound design: samples, loops, synthesis and effects.

Import, edit, combine, process, and play multi-sample instruments, tempo-synced loops, and audio phrases in MachFive's unified window. Create dynamic, ultra-realistic musical performances with world-class yet easy-to-play instruments, powered by MachFive's incredibly deep scripting engine.

Craft your own unique sounds with intuitive, full-screen sample mapping/editing, LoopLab(TM) beat-slicing, modular synthesis architecture, eleven different sound engines, unlimited multi-point envelopes, tempo sync, and very high-quality "extreme" time-stretching and pitch-shifting licensed from the IRCAM research institute.

Apply 47 real-time effects, including convolution reverb. Running stand-alone or as a plug-in, MachFive delivers the perfect combination of superb audio quality, powerful programming, intuitive operation, and across-the-board compatibility with all major plug-in hosts, sound libraries, and third-party sample library formats.

NOTE: iLok key required, not included.

zZounds is an authorized dealer of Mark of the Unicorn (MOTU) products.
- Massive 45 GB sound library (7 DVDs): Features loops, phrases, sounds, and advanced multi-sample instruments with dynamic performance powered by state-of-the-art scripting technology.
- Simple operation: Unique, unified design provides instruments, loops, phrases, synthesis and FX in one easy-to-use window.
- Scripting engine with unlimited layers: Delivers ultra-realistic multi-sample instruments, dynamic performance, and unlimited possibilities for programmers and sound designers.
- IRCAM technology:Cutting-edge time-stretching, pitch-shifting and granular synthesis licensed from the IRCAM research institute.
- Universal support:Directly reads all major 3rd-party hardware/software sample formats for consolidated sound library management.
- Complete mixing:Graphic mixer with faders, FX inserts, and unlimited channels.
- Powerful effects: Flexible effects architecture with 47 different effects, including convolution reverb, applied at any level you wish.
- Deep synthesis: Advanced, yet accessible modular synthesis architecture with twelve sound engines and flexible modulation matrix.
- Full-screen editing: Dive into a rich sound design environment with comprehensive automation, modulation and editing.
- Unlimited parts: Combine instruments and tempo-synced loops. Layer synths and sample-based parts.
- 3rd-generation UVI Engine: Acclaimed worldwide for its superb sound quality.
- Multiple outputs: Submix to 17 stereo output pairs.
- Disk streaming: Conserve RAM and quicken load times.
- Unlimited polyphony: With ultra-low software latency.

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

Operating Systems:
- Mac OS X version 10.5, 10.6, or 10.7 (v10.5.8 or later is required)

64-bit operation:
- Available for Mac OS X v10.6 or 10.7
- Requires a 64-bit CPU (and host application for plug-in versions)

iLok Required: MachFive 3 requires an iLok smart key (version 1 or 2), which must be purchased separately. iLok NOT included.
MOTU Warranty ´╗┐MOTU offers a 2 year warranty on all Firewire interfaces and all Video/Audio interfaces. USB MIDI interfaces and PCI Audio interfaces carry a 90 day warranty.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 617-576-2760
Customer Reviews
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Addendum to below review-THIS SOFTWARE ONLY RUNS properly ON MAC. finally installed on MacbookPro DUAL CORE 2.6 GHZ with 4GB"
Sound: THIS SOFTWARE ONLY RUNS properly ON MAC. Sound is very subjective question, and depends on your perceptions, soundcard convertors, drivers (latency, anyone?- CoreAudio Mac vs. ASIO PC) et. al- Crap in, crap out- as your engineering skillz are. I use this as a VST plugin within Cubase Studio 4.1 rewired with Ableton Live 6.0 and Propellerhead's Reason 4.0. I use the MACbook Pro (new one) as my CUBASE host sequencer and VST plug-in player and compostional platform, as I can take those anywhere and just midi into the Mac with any old little midi keyboard (I use M-Audio Oxygen8 v2-cheap, good). The MachFive sits within Cubase nicely. I use the Macbook Pro ONLY as a sequencer and VST player, no Audio-don't think it is powerful enough to do both so I don't risk it; I then audio out the MOTU traveller into a Tascam DM 3200 digital mixer, and sync the Mac and The DM 3200 via MOTU Traveller MIDI to get my outboard synths included in the mix. The Firewirecard in the DM 3200 sends all the audio to Cubase 4.1 on a home built Shuttle XPC barebones I built from scratch running Intel Q6600 Quadfour processor under Windows XP 64 bit and 8GB RAM. This was the cheapest setup I could build to get semi-pro results Feature: THIS SOFTWARE ONLY RUNS properly ON MAC. MachFive has a goofy browser interface when looking for files, but still better than NI Kontakt, so since there isn't much competition, what right do I have to complain? It runs any sample libray format, where no one else does. That seals the deal for me. I grew up in hardware samplers, and it loads my old EMU libraries, I am happy I don't lose years of sample work. Ease of Use: THIS SOFTWARE ONLY RUNS properly ON MAC. I like the graphics..sweet....the single screen interface and the color scheme is a rich, deep blue hue so if your screen is relatively high contrast and greater then 15", you'll have no eye fatigue using it unless your vision is not correctable. You might have trouble with a little screen. Nice thing is, MachFive has no multiple windows to fuss with so it isn't cluttered. I suggest running your 'puter into your HDTV if your eyesight sucks like mine. This makes it easy to see the little icons and control the program while sitting in bed looking at the TV (no, really!). Just need a long Midi cable from your controller and a wireless USB keyboard. Quality: THIS SOFTWARE ONLY RUNS ON MAC. It is software, so it has no moving parts to break. It has not crashed once on My 2.6 ghz 7200 rpm 4 Gb Macbook Pro running OSX and CoreAudio. If your laptop will hold up on the road, so will MOTU MachFive. I'd automate everything within your host sequencer. I Would hate trying to manipulate everything in this with no mapped controller. Value: THIS SOFTWARE ONLY RUNS properly ON MAC. No, Mac?, don't buy it. Manufacturer Support: THIS SOFTWARE ONLY RUNS ON MAC. I tried to install Machfive on 4 different PC systems and I got install DLL errors, stating upon firing up MachFive, "The software cannot find the required user interface DLL. Please reinstall the software and try again." This occured on both an XP 64 based XPC barebones system and on three different ( Toshiba, Sony and HP) laptops. After repeated installs and uninstalls, the only system that would run it was my HP dv 8301nr turion 64 bit ready system, but not without adding removing hardware, RAM, drives and reinstalling Windows Vista. I finally gaveup after MachFive screen would sluggishly hang when I tried to run it within cubase and crash within Ableton Live. I left an email, no response for a week. When I did get response, where the tech Ben stated: "The user interface DLL error is actually an issue with Windows Vista. Please try logging into another user account and launching MachFive 2. If this works, you should contact Microsoft to correct the user DLL error. I did as ben directed and the same problem. I gave up. MOTU sucks for tech support. From their website they are looking for engineers that can write C++ and tech support folks. Must be a high turnover if I had to listen to people like myself all day on tech support, I'd quit too. MOTU DP supports only Mac as does their audio software that comes free with the interfaces. I suggest they quit lying, address the issue before a class action lawsuit comes their way. Comeon, simply ditch PC support and stick with Mac. It works flawlessly on a Mac OSX system. The Wow Factor: I wanted it to work so bad, had to buy a MACbook Pro So, in all it turned out to be a $3500 dollar multi-format sampler. Overall: I will use it until I die. Gonna learn it inside and out and just stick with what I know. Now that I converted to MAC, I am sure all will be good with it.
Style of Music: downtempo, ambient, triphop
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"Best software sampler. nothing else comes close"
Sound: Sounds great. period. Feature: Many features for the buck, it took my sound to a new level, im going back to old tracks and breathing new life into them. the sample import needa a little more work however, sometimes it doesnt see my akai disc. Quality: great quality, cool interface. Value: way worth the asking price, and i hardly ever use my mpc2000 for drums anymore.(that is miraculous, i swore i would never track drums without it) Manufacturer Support: i havent had any reason to contact support as of yet with the mach five.
Style of Music: All pretty much
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