How to use Maschine in Logic Pro X

Stefan GuyLogic Pro XLeave a Comment

Two ways to effectively make use of your Maschine inside of Logic Pro X.

There are many different ways to use Native Instruments’ Maschine inside of Logic Pro X. But in this post we’ll look at two, the two you’d most likely want to use. The two that make the most sense.
Now I’ll be the first to say this, the Maschine MK3 is a beast but only whilst in its natural habitat. If you want to get the most out of your Maschine MK3, learn the Maschine stand-alone software. It’s incredible. However as a long-time Logic Pro X user, I know there are times when you just want to work inside of Logic. So it would be nice if it worked well inside of Logic Pro X too right? The way the Komplete Kontrol MK2 does.

Basic integration.

In the first video, we look at a basic implementation. One that allows us to program sounds from Maschine straight to Logic’s arrange window. This is advantageous if you like to use Maschine’s drum sounds and don’t own Battery. If you own Battery, I’d suggest using Battery instead, it’ll make your life so much easier. Check out my free Battery 4 template here.

Advanced integration.

In the second video we look at an advanced implementation. This one allows you to control Logic’s transport in addition to programming sounds from Maschine straight onto Logic’s arrange window.

Since first creating this video, Native Instruments have added their own control surface support for Logic Pro X and the Maschine MK3. This allows you to control Logic Pro X’s transport and set up is as simple as clicking a button when notified. (See this video.) BUT this will not allow you to use MIDI mode, which is needed in order to program onto Logic’s arrange window. So for better functionality, see my video below.

Create your own template or download mine.

Each MCU Button Parameter ID serves a different function. You can see a full list of each Parameter ID here.

However for this setup we only need four. Play – 94, Record – 95, Stop – 93 and Loop – 86. I know that these four work for certain. I had some issues with Click – 89 so you may want to stay clear of this one too!

If you don’t want to create your own you can download my Controller Editor template below. Quick note – I didn’t originally make this available as it was causing the Controller Editor to open slowly on computers other than the one it was created on. However since trying it again over a year later, it seems to work fine. An update with the Controller Editor probably fixed it. However download at your own risk. (Terms of use).

I also do not provide support for this template. Unfortunately it’s extremely time consuming to pin point issues in a complexed set up like this but I’m sure you’ll do fine!

Download my free Controller Editor template here.

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