MOTU MachFive Universal Sampler Plug-In (Mac)

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Compatible with existing sampler libraries and notation software, MachFive is the ultimate plug-in for empowering your sound design capabilities.

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.

- 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:
- Apple Loops (.aif)
- 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

Channel formats:
- stereo
- quad
- 5.1
- 7.1

Plug-in formats:
- Audio Units (Mac only)
- 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.

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 617-576-2760

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (58 ratings)
Submitted November 9, 2003 by a customer from

"Best software sampler. nothing else comes close"

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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Sounds great. period.
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.
great quality, cool interface.
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.

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