Maschine+ compatible audio interfaces thread

Rhythm Droid
Rhythm Droid Los Angeles, CAMember Posts: 14 Sine
edited January 30 in Maschine

This thread should include what community members have personally tested - it does not mean that NI "officially" supports the USB product as "Maschine+ compatible"... it just means that WE got something working...or not.

From what I've personally tested, the following are working with bi-directional, multi-channel audio:

Elektron Analog Rytm MK2

Elektron Digitone Keys

Tascam Model 24

RME Fireface UCX


NOT WORKING:

Presonus StudioLive 32R (booooooo! I was really hoping this would work because then I could do Maschine+ to 32R over USB, all my hardware into 32R to process and mixdown in Maschine, then stream the whole thing over AVB/Ethernet to iMac for recording without anymore DA/AD converstion or latency.

My Sweetwater sales guy told me that the Presonus Rep CONFIRMED that StudioLive 32R would work with Maschine+ over USB, but it's not looking good. Very frustrating afternoon. I thought my problems were solved!


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  • Andy Wt
    Andy Wt Member Posts: 12 Sine

    Have anyone tried Behringer x32?

  • Rhythm Droid
    Rhythm Droid Los Angeles, CAMember Posts: 14 Sine

    I'm so curious about this as well. My Sweetwater sales engineer said it "probably" would but I'm not taking the plunge just for "probably". Superstar member @D-One has mentioned that it's lower-end USB interfaces which often have the class-compliant capability because the higher end ones which boast better latency specs often require custom drivers. The X32 sits in the middle. It's got tons of value for the $, but I'm pretty sure it's USB functionality requires drivers.

  • Andy Wt
    Andy Wt Member Posts: 12 Sine

    Behringers site does not offer drivers for MAC/Linux, only for Windows. So i would say its class compliant. The only thing left to figure out is does it work with M+ 😀

  • D-One
    D-One PortugalModerator Posts: 415 mod
    edited January 30

    This was one of the threads on my 'remake' list, I was on the fence because I don't want to claim XYZ interface is compatible because someone else that might not even be in this new forum said so, then a user goes and buys it and gets upset when it doesn't work for some reason. When $$ is involved I try to as careful as possible.

    So... I think it's better if this thread just started over here, new. I can add new confirmed interfaces by users here to the OP, maybe add a small disclaimer.


    Yeah, that's basically it, better latency or just generally more advanced features.

    If it requires drivers it simply won't work, if it doesn't it likely will but there's really no guarantee.

  • Rhythm Droid
    Rhythm Droid Los Angeles, CAMember Posts: 14 Sine
    edited February 3

    This is a good sign. But I really don't want to, again, buy a $1500 digital mixer/interface to again find out it's not compatible and lost $ on shipping it back. Please, someone at NI! Anyone!? @D-One @Matt_NI Can someone please confirm that Maschine+ is compatible with the Behringer X32 platform?? @Andy Wt Let's finally get this figured out!

  • D-One
    D-One PortugalModerator Posts: 415 mod
    edited February 3

    Hum... Some stores have X32's as display models, I'd call and ask and just go there with the M+, seems like the fastest way to know.

    The best I can do for you is ask my stage engineer to try my M+ with an X32 after soundcheck next time I have a show where the venue has one, I think on the 25th of this month I have a show on a venue that does, I'll try to test it but no guarantees.

  • Rhythm Droid
    Rhythm Droid Los Angeles, CAMember Posts: 14 Sine

    That is actually an excellent idea, to try it out on a floor model. I live near a Guitar Center, so maybe that's the best option. You are very kind to offer to try out your M+ at a venue @D-One , but don't go to the hassle if you've got a gig to worry about. Plus you wouldn't want to potentially mess something up by connecting it to an unknown peripheral. I'll keep you all posted on what I find out about Behringer X32. My goal is to use the X32 Rack as a live mixer for my hardware, but also tie M+ into it over USB and allow for processing some of my hardware in the M+ environment since I love the comps/limiters/gates/filters/EQ!

  • Rhythm Droid
    Rhythm Droid Los Angeles, CAMember Posts: 14 Sine

    Ladies and Gentlemen.

    Behringer X32 WORKS. Did you catch that, @Andy Wt ? I tried it out at a friends place and it WORKS.

    The built-in expansion card that comes with X32 has a USB 2.0 port offering 32-in and 32-out.

    I plugged in Maschine+ and the X32 showed up, with the exact same latency specs as the Maschine internal soundcard, and for Maschine+'s 8 channels of inputs, I could select any of the 32 channels coming from X32 USB, and for Maschine+'s 16 outputs, I could direct them through any of the 32 channels going to the X32 over USB.

    In X32's routing page, the user selects which internal channels and mixes the USB is sourcing from. So it's totally flexible. The X32 I was working on had an older OS, so routing was selected in blocks of 8 channels, but X32 OS 4.0 allows individual channel routing from any USB channel and vice versa for output routing.

    I'm returning my Presonus StudioLive 32R this week and going over to the dark side, Behringer. Why? Because it works.

  • Andy Wt
    Andy Wt Member Posts: 12 Sine

    @Rhythm Droid Great news, thank you so much! 😀

  • Nico_NI
    Nico_NI BerlinAdministrator Posts: 410 admin

    We recently posted a blog article about Maschine+ and accessories, good things to know in there:


  • Rhythm Droid
    Rhythm Droid Los Angeles, CAMember Posts: 14 Sine

    Yes, this was an excellent read that all M+ users should be made aware of! Is it a sticky somewhere? It was very nicely done.

    "If your audio interface is class-compliant, you can use it for expanded I/O"

    I must say, AKAI's description of compatible interfaces is a tad more complete, as they mention that interfaces must be class-compliant with Linux. If that is the case with M+, customers would feel a lot more confident about considering this a "working feature" of their very expensive commitment.

    Anyway, I hope this thread will continue to provide users with valuable information!

  • Nico_NI
    Nico_NI BerlinAdministrator Posts: 410 admin
    edited February 9

    @Rhythm Droid said: Yes, this was an excellent read that all M+ users should be made aware of! Is it a sticky somewhere? It was very nicely done.

    Our blog is packed with useful content and learnings, I would advise every creator to have a look in there.

    We'll consider sharing the upcoming content here, it could definitely benefits to many.

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