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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 will for:

Before you start

In order to get going, you need to ensure:

  1. Maschine software is installed. Maschine software does not need to be running but to use your Maschine in MIDI mode, Maschine needs to be installed.
  2. Device drivers for Maschine are installed.
  3. Native Instruments Controller Editor is installed. You may need to update to the latest version. (You can grab the latest versions on the Native Instruments site or by downloading it through Native Access.)

All of this 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 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
    • MelodicsMaschineMikroMk3.ncmm3 for Maschine Mikro Mk3
    • MelodicsMaschineJam.ncmj for Maschine Jam
    • MelodicsMaschinePlus.ncmp for Maschine+
  3. In Controller Editor, hit the ‘Edit’ button and open 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 Mikro SHIFT + F1
Maschine Mikro Mk2 SHIFT + F1
Maschine Mikro Mk3 SHIFT + Project button (top left)
Maschine Jam SHIFT + headphones button (MIDI)

(Maschine+ must be in Controller Mode first. Press SETTINGS. Using the 4-D encoder, select System. Press Button 4 (CONTROLLER).)
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

Most Native Instruments controllers have additional controls for Melodics mapped – check them out here.

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