MOTU Mach Five 3 Universal Sampler
Beauty and brawn - Designed to inspire. Engineered to astound.
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.
Simplicity by Design - Keep your creativity flowing
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.
A universe of sounds - 45 GB of included instruments, loops and phrases
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.
Full-screen editing - Go ahead, think big. And work big, too.
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.
Unlimited everything - Oscillators, layers, parts, effects — add all you want
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
Oscillator Editor - It's way more than just a sample editor
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 analog 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.
Mapping Editor - Keygroup mapping so intuitive, you'll never have to stop and ask for directions
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.
Tree Editor - It's the Tree of Knowledge for all things MachFive
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 organizational 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.
List Editor - If you are a list person, this editor is for you
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.
Effects Rack - Comprehensive effects processing throughout
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).
Performance View - Transform MachFive into the ultimate live performance instrument
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.
Mixer - A complete, self-contained mixing environment
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.
AAX plug-in support for Pro Tools - 32-bit and 64-bit AAX plug-ins are now available
MachFive 3.2 is now fully compatible with Avid's new AAX plug-in format for Pro Tools 11 and above. MachFive 3.2 includes legacy RTAS support for earlier versions of Pro Tools.
Scripting engine - Instead of guitar presets, you get a guitar player…
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.
Powerful new synth engine - Twelve forms of synthesis that span music history
From modular analog pioneered in the 1950's 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-synthesizer 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.