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How to get Maschine working with Melodics.

Some Maschine users may have a few issues when getting started with Melodics (for example, some or all pads may not work for a particular lesson, or pads trigger incorrect hits). This is because Maschine is awesomely customisable, and supports lots of different mappings – not all of which work with Melodics. Fear not, we'll have you up and running in no time.


The NI controller editor

The NI Controller Editor, with the MelodicsMaschineMk3 template selected

The following instructions should work for:

Before you start

In order to get going, you need to ensure:

  1. Device drivers for Maschine are installed
  2. The Native Instruments Controller Editor is installed (you can grab the latest versions on the Native Instruments site)

Both of these should have been done when you first set up your Maschine.

Next: Grab the controller editor templates

We’ve put together some templates for the NI controller editor:

Click here to grab the templates



Getting Maschine going
  1. Open the Native Instruments Controller Editor.
  2. Unzip the maschine-templates.zip file you downloaded, and double-click the file for your device:
    • MelodicsMaschine.ncm for Maschine Mk1
    • MelodicsMaschineMk2.ncm2 for Maschine Mk2
    • MelodicsMaschineMk3.ncm3 for Maschine Mk3
    • MelodicsMaschineStudio.ncmst for Maschine Studio
    • MelodicsMaschineMikro.ncmm for Maschine Mikro
    • MelodicsMaschineMikroMk2.ncmm2 for Maschine Mikro Mk2
    • MelodicsMaschineJam.ncmj for Maschine Jam
  3. The controller editor should load the template, and apply it to your device – at this point, you should be good to go.
  4. If this still doesn’t work, check you are in MIDI (not Maschine) mode using the below:
Model Switch to / from MIDI mode
Maschine Studio SHIFT + CHANNEL
Maschine Mk1 SHIFT + CONTROL
Maschine Mk2 SHIFT + CONTROL
Maschine Mk3 SHIFT + CHANNEL (MIDI)
Maschine Mikro SHIFT + F1
Maschine Mikro Mk2 SHIFT + F1
Maschine Jam SHIFT + headphones button (MIDI)
Still having trouble?

Reboot your computer - you may need to do this to ensure the drivers are installed correctly.

Note that Melodics will see the Maschine even if it’s not in Midi mode. Try using Maschine in Midi mode with some other non-NI software (eg Ableton Live). Confirm that midi is being sent from the Maschine. If you are seeing midi in other apps, try the Remap your controller option in the Melodics menu. If you’re not seeing midi in other apps, check out this article.

If you're still having issues, please don't hesitate to get in touch via the Support page.


Native Instruments Maschine hardware controls

Native Instruments Maschine hardware controls

Native Instruments Maschine Mk2 hardware controls

Native Instruments Maschine Mk2 hardware controls

Native Instruments Maschine Mk3 hardware controls

Native Instruments Maschine Mk3 hardware controls

Native Instruments Studio hardware controls

Native Instruments Maschine Studio hardware controls

Native Instruments Mikro hardware controls

Native Instruments Maschine Mikro hardware controls

Native Instruments Maschine Jam hardware controls

Native Instruments Maschine Jam hardware controls

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