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Within minutes after you begin MOTU's 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 deliver state-of-the-art virtual instrument technology in a streamlined, efficient environment.

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 not only model 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 authentic playing techniques.

MachFive's signature scripted instruments give you realistic core instruments that are basic necessities for any studio: drums, bass, guitar, piano, and percussion.  It also includes thousands of loops and phrases.  From break-beats to mixed choirs, MachFive's Biosphere™ further broadens your sonic vistas with rich synth textures.  The Xtreme FX bonus library from gives you 5,000 creative sound effects, foley effects, and ambient textures suitable for both music production and sound design.

From modular analog pioneered in the 1950s 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.


  • MachFive holds licensed IRCAM technology.  The IRCAM institute in Paris is renowned worldwide as a leading research institute in music and audio technology.
  • MachFive's automation and modulation architecture is perhaps the most extensive and flexible ever devised in a virtual instrument.
  • MachFive's effects architecture has been completely re-architected and allows you to apply effects at any level, from individual oscillators to MachFive's master output.
  • MachFive's Xpander filter is based on the Oberheim Xpander filters and provides no less than 37 modes, each a separate filter effect.  MachFive now includes 47 different effects.
  • MachFive's enhanced IR Verb™ is so CPU efficient, you can apply it freely throughout MachFive.  Enjoy dozens of new impulse responses, including classic high-end studio reverbs from the last 30 years.
  • MachFive directly reads all major 3rd-party hardware/software sampler formats, including Kontakt, Giga, EXS24 and HALion, plus legacy formats from Kurzweil, Akai, Roland, Ensoniq, Sample Cell, and many others.
  • Event processors add a new element to your performances and sound design.  Included processors such as MachFive's extensive arpeggiator and Micro Tuner are only the beginning.
  • Type a word into the search field and up pops a list of all related presets. MachFive's multi-column browser lets you load sounds into multiple parts without having to close and reopen it.
  • MachFive was the first sampler to introduce the concept of in-line slice loop editing, and the Version 3 LoopLab has been updated and expanded to offer the most complete environment for loop editing and beat-slicing.

Additional Features:

  • MachFive's expandable part list, multi-column searchable browser, and one-click access to programming features give you quick access to crucial tasks while making it easy to dig into deeper programming when needed.  The MachFive 3 provides easy-to-use sound searching and selecting, as well as basic on-the-fly sound tweaking.
  • MachFive 3 places no restrictions on the number of creative elements you can work with.  It has been engineered with a modular, extensible architecture designed to facilitate multi-faceted sound design with highly efficient CPU performance.
  • MachFive offers twelve different types of oscillators, from pure modeled analog to granular synthesis.  You can program them solo or you layer them to create rich sound textures.  The Oscillator Editor is also home to MachFive's LoopLab beat slice editor.
  • 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 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 include overlap crossfades and unlimited layers. For sound programmers, you can program three-dimensional layer performance through programmable rules.
  • 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.
  • MachFive's List Editor presents a clear, well-ordered representation of your MachFive sounds, with every detail dutifully listed for careful inspection and tweaking.
  • 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 turns MachFive into an expressive, multi-layered instrument that dynamically responds to key switches from your MIDI controller, giving you dynamic control over switching, layering, and blending of many sounds.  Create key ranges with crossfades, and layer groups with key switches.
  • MachFive 3's on-screen mixer is an easy and intuitive way to set channel levels, panning, and effects inserts for each part.  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.
  • MachFive's multi-column browser makes searching for the right preset quick and easy, with intuitive disk and library browsing.  Type a word into the search field and up pops all related presets, which you can audition as you click.  Load presets into multiple parts without closing the browser.
  • The Universal Loops & Instruments sound bank provides 6 GB of multi-sample instruments, synth instruments, loops, and phrases.  You'll find plenty of drum loops, acoustic drum kits, electronic drum kits, acoustic pianos, electric pianos, church organs, electric organs, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, strings, brass, woodwinds, synths, ethnic instruments, voices, percussion, sound design, sound effects, and more.  Of all the included sound banks, Universal Loops & Instruments is the most versatile collection of sounds, spanning a wide variety of musical genres, eras, geographical regions, and cultural styles.
  • Sweeping arpeggiations.  Enveloping atmospheres.  Soaring leads.  Anthem stacks.  Resonant pads.  MachFive Biosphere presets include macro controls for quickly transforming the factory preset into your own unique creation.
  • Xtreme FX™ is an 8 GB bonus sound library from that puts 5,000 creative sound FX, foley effects, and provocative textures at your fingertips.  From car crashes to space storms, you'll find sounds and textures perfect for your music productions and sound design projects alike.
  • MachFive sounds have deep programming, but macro controls give you direct, instant access to the sound's most crucial and interesting parameters.  In fact, macros can even control many parameters at once, to completely transform the sound with a simple twist.
  • MachFive's synth engine produces twelve different forms of synthesis, from classic additive and subtractive, to frequency modulation (FM) and wavetable.  Try MachFive's granular synthesis engine, developed by the IRCAM research institute in Paris, France. You get most of the milestone synthesis techniques developed over the last 40 years, all together under one roof, where you can combine sampling and synthesis, or synthesis and synthesis.
  • MachFive provides a dedicated noise oscillator, which gives you eleven different types of noise, including violet, blue, brown, Lorenz, Rossler, and sample-and-hold noise.
  • MachFive 3 directly loads every major sample format.  From Giga to EXS, SampleCell to Kontakt, Apple Loops to REX files, all major 3rd-party formats load without any conversion.  You can even load disc-based formats like Roland S-700 or Kurzweil K2xxx. Load right off the CD, or make disk images of them to access the sounds without the CD in your drive.  MachFive offers you the chance to finally consolidate all of your sample formats into a single, convenient front-end.
  • MachFive's loop editing allows you to drag and drop loops from your desktop or host, and edit them destructively or non-destructively.  Trigger the loop to play from a MIDI note at any tempo or pitch, or in tempo with other loops and/or your host software.  You can also trigger loops from your host transport controls, with numerous trigger options.  Slice beat-based loops and trigger individual slices from your MIDI controller.  Export as audio or MIDI data.
  • Effects can be applied to channels, aux busses, and the master fader, just like a conventional mixing console.  But for sound design, effects can also be applied directly to all of the components used to build sounds in MachFive: keygroups, layers, programs (presets), program aux busses, and parts.  As many as you want: delays, filters, amp sims, chorusing, etc.  Of course, you can save the effects as part of the program.
  • IR Verb™ delivers the pristine sound of real acoustic spaces.  Browse dozens of presets, including studio rooms, concert halls, auditoriums, stadiums and cathedrals.  But IR Verb™ also delivers the sound of many classic, highly-coveted studio reverbs that until now could only be found in world-class recording studios.  IR Verb™ also supplies dozens of impulse responses (captured samples) of vintage spring and plate reverbs from the 50s, 60s and 70s.  You can also use impulse responses (IRs) for sound design. MachFive provides many sound design presets, or you can drag and drop to load your own and then edit the IR waveform directly for unlimited sound design possibilities.
  • MachFive provides dozens of filters, adjustable filter resonance, which can be automated and modulated.  Apply filter drive in three different flavors: analog, mild, and strong.  Make your sound more filthy than dirt itself with 2x, 4x, 8x, or 16x oversampling.
  • MachFive's unique Xpander multi-mode filter, based on the classic Oberheim Xpander analog synthesizer, has 37 different modes, each a separate filter in its own right.  This is an order 4 Moog ladder-style filter with built-in saturation and oversampling.  Xpander broadens the number of modes found in the original Oberheim and analog variants by Doepfer.
  • Combine instruments and tempo-synced loops.  Layer synth oscillators with sample-based parts.  Add effects like delays, filters, and chorus and amp simulators.  Mix them all together as a single instrument preset which you can save, reload, and even share with your friends and colleagues.
  • Thanks to, you get to enjoy the Xtreme FX bonus library (a $130 value) included with MachFive 3.  But this library is only a taste of the dozens of world-class libraries they offer, which are 100% compatible with MachFive 3.

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