I have to hit my pads really, really hard (Maschine Mikro 3)

vinnie_t
vinnie_t Member Posts: 3 Newcomer
I just opened and started using my Maschine Mikro 3 tonight and I watched a couple of videos that claimed the pads are super sensitive and "the best out there" but so far I have to hit them super hard to get a decent sound. I'm using the default Velocity Curve setting: Linear, and Sensitivity is at the maximum value. What am I missing here? I bought this to use for jazz drums so I need the pads to register a light "ghost" note when I barely touch them. So far, that seems like a pipe dream.

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  • D-One
    D-One Moderator Posts: 2,731 mod
    edited February 14

    Are you using it in MIDI Mode? If so, there are countless threads complaining about it but NI doesn't seem to acknowledge this as a problem.

    So, if you want good sensitivity you have to use the Maschine SW as it has much, much better sensitivity than MIDI Mode.

  • vinnie_t
    vinnie_t Member Posts: 3 Newcomer
    > @D-One said:
    > Are you using it in MIDI Mode? If so, there are countless threads complaining about it but NI doesn't seem to acknowledge this as a problem.
    > So, if you want good sensitivity you have to use the Maschine SW as it has much, much better sensitivity than MIDI Mode.

    I haven't gotten it working in MIDI mode yet--I'm using Reason and it doesn't "see" the Maschine. It also doesn't show up in Device Manager (Windows 11). So that's another problem.

    I did get it to work with the Maschine software but that's where ran into the sensitivity problem. I bought it for use as a MIDI controller so this could be a big issue. Thanks, D-One.
  • D-One
    D-One Moderator Posts: 2,731 mod
    edited February 15

    Well, that's very odd then... sensitivity inside the Maschine app or plugin should be pretty good but I don't know what your reference for comparison is.

    Are you using drum instruments instead of just one-shot Kits/Groups? Things like the Abbey Road Drums stuff and similar, you will need that if you want realistically sounding drums for Jazz. Are you getting the ghost notes (low velocity) actually recorded but cant hear them or they don't get recorded at all?

    Have you tried other 4x4 controllers that seemed a lot more sensitive? If it's really bad then maybe you got a bad unit?

    People often mention that pads have a break-in period, I can't confirm this as there's no objective way of proving it.

    The only high-level jazz finger drummer I know is David Haynes, he used maschine for a while but is on MPC nowadays, for your needs I think you should seek out advice from such people.

    I haven't gotten it working in MIDI mode yet--I'm using Reason and it doesn't "see" the Maschine. It also doesn't show up in Device Manager (Windows 11). So that's another problem.

    Try to reinstall Maschine, it should install "Bome", make sure you never uninstall it, it's responsible for the MIDI Drivers in Windows.

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