Yesterday i played with "Native Instruments Maschine" and i have to tell you that it was awesome experience, you can do so much without touching a mouse and no looking at screen !
Maschine software looks similar to Ableton and inside it you can do complete songs.
is looks like very good alternative to Akai MPC / Akai MPD and might even replace Drum Rack from Ableton. It is very intuitive, solidly build and powerful, LED lights are amazing.
- What are your thoughts about this tool ?
- Have you used it as a VST in Ableton ? What is the inconvenience.
the main concurrent is probably the Ableton PUSH 1 and Push 2. But those are mon controllers then all in one solutiions. However it might be more important to stay inside the Ableton as much as possible and not do music inside a VST.