MOTU MachFive Version 3 Mac PC Universal Sampler Plug-In

MOTU MachFive Version 3 Mac PC Universal Sampler Plug-In


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MOTU MachFive Version 3 Mac PC Universal Sampler Plug-In

MachFive 3.2 New Features

AAX plug-in support for Pro Tools

32-bit and 64-bit AAX plug-ins are now available

MachFive 3.2 is now fully compatible with Avid's new AAX plug-in format for Pro Tools 11 and above. MachFive 3.2 includes legacy RTAS support for earlier versions of Pro Tools.

New WahWah filter effect

Emulate the sound of the classic wah wah pedal

The new WahWah Filter emulates the sound of a classic wah wah pedal. Right-click any of the parameters, including amount (Wah), Drive, Model and Master to modulate them or assign remote control (via MIDI or OSC).

Enhanced performance

Work faster and more efficiently

MachFive 3.2 provides improved memory efficiency, using much less RAM, and improved CPU performance.

Updated soundbank libraries

Numerous enhancements with a smaller disk footprint

MachFive 3’s included soundbank libraries have been updated to provide better scripting and smaller, more efficient file sizes. They are backward compatible with your existing projects. In addition, these updated UFS files are now available for download:

MOTU MachFive Version 3

MachFive 3 delivers cutting-edge sound synthesis technology combined with inspired software design to spur your sonic creativity. Quickly realize your aural inspirations as you effortlessly span the four worlds of advanced sound design: samples, loops, synthesis and effects.


  • Massive 45 GB sound library (7 DVDs): Features loops, phrases, sounds, and advanced multi-sample instruments with dynamic performance powered by state-of-the-art scripting technology.
  • Simple operation: Unique, unified design provides instruments, loops, phrases, synthesis and FX in one easy-to-use window.
  • Scripting engine with unlimited layers: Delivers ultra-realistic multi-sample instruments, dynamic performance, and unlimited possibilities for programmers and sound designers.
  • IRCAM technology:Cutting-edge time-stretching, pitch-shifting and granular synthesis licensed from the IRCAM research institute.
  • Universal support:Directly reads all major 3rd-party hardware/software sample formats for consolidated sound library management.
  • Complete mixing:Graphic mixer with faders, FX inserts, and unlimited channels.
  • Powerful effects: Flexible effects architecture with 47 different effects, including convolution reverb, applied at any level you wish.
  • Deep synthesis: Advanced, yet accessible modular synthesis architecture with twelve sound engines and flexible modulation matrix.
  • Full-screen editing: Dive into a rich sound design environment with comprehensive automation, modulation and editing.
  • Unlimited parts: Combine instruments and tempo-synced loops. Layer synths and sample-based parts.
  • 3rd-generation UVI Engine: Acclaimed worldwide for its superb sound quality.
  • Multiple outputs: Submix to 17 stereo output pairs.
  • Disk streaming: Conserve RAM and quicken load times.
  • Unlimited polyphony: With ultra-low software latency.


Powerful new synth engine

Twelve forms of synthesis that span music history

From modular analog pioneered in the 1950's 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.

Ensemble 505™

A classic analog effect reborn

MachFive engineers poured over old schematics and painstakingly measured actual circuits to meticulously model the beloved ensemble effect from the venerable Roland Paraphonic RS-505 synthesizer

Scripting engine

Instead of guitar presets, you get a guitar player…

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 are truly technological marvels: they model not only 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 utterly authentic playing techniques. It's like having a real guitar player in your studio, who never spills beer or leaves practice early.

Craft your own unique sounds with intuitive, full-screen sample mapping/editing, LoopLab(TM) beat-slicing, modular synthesis architecture, eleven different sound engines, unlimited multi-point envelopes, tempo sync, and very high-quality "extreme" time-stretching and pitch-shifting licensed from the IRCAM research institute.

Apply 47 real-time effects, including convolution reverb. Running stand-alone or as a plug-in, MachFive delivers the perfect combination of superb audio quality, powerful programming, intuitive operation, and across-the-board compatibility with all major plug-in hosts, sound libraries, and third-party sample library formats.


A completely new take on reverb

Stratospheric choruses, resonant unisons, and lush ambiances. This exciting new synthetic reverb will spark your sonic creativity with dozens of presets and ample, intuitive control over all the essential parameters.

Convolution reverb.

It's the real thing.

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.

Automation and modulation.

Twist, morph, and pulsate.

MachFive's extensive automation and modulation architecture is perhaps the most extensive and flexible ever devised in a virtual instrument. You'll never run out of modulation sources, destination, or ideas.

Event processors.

An event you won't want to miss.

Event processors add a new and exciting element to your performances and sound design. Included processors such as MachFive's extensive arpeggiator and Micro Tuner are only the beginning.

IRCAM Technology.

It's the state of the art.

The IRCAM institute in Paris is renowned worldwide as a leading research institute in music and audio technology. MachFive holds licensed, cutting-edge IRCAM technology that you can unleash on your sound design

Automation and modulation.

Twist, morph, and pulsate.

MachFive's extensive automation and modulation architecture is perhaps the most extensive and flexible ever devised in a virtual instrument. You'll never run out of modulation sources, destination, or ideas.

New flexible effects architecture.

With FX this flexible, who needs pilates?

MachFive's effects architecture has been completely re-architected and now allows you to apply effects at any level, from individual oscillators to MachFive's master output.

New filters and effects.

With these new filters, dirty is a good thing.

MachFive's new Xpander filter is based on the venerable Oberheim Xpander filters, and provides no less than 37 modes, each a separate filter effect in its own right. MachFive now includes 47 different effects.

LoopLab beat slice editor.

Surgically enhance your loops.

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.

Full-screen operation.

Go full-screen or go home.

The MachFive window expands to fill your entire computer monitor. This immediately injects surgical precision into your edits, from editing a loop point to sculpting the perfect filter envelope curve.

Preset browsing and searching.

Find the needle in the haystack…in seconds.

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.

Enhanced sample library support.

Load anything. Directly, with no conversion.

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

Compatible library / file formats:

  • AIFF
  • ACID
  • Apple Loops (.aif)
  • REX
  • SDII
  • WAV
  • Akai MPC
  • Akai S Series
  • E-mu Emulator III and IV
  • Ensoniq ASR
  • EXS24
  • GarageBand
  • GigaSampler 1/2/3
  • Kontakt 1/2/3/4.0
  • Kurzweil K2xxx
  • MOTU Symphonic and Ethno Instruments
  • Roland S700 Series
  • SampleCell
  • SoundFont

Channel formats:
- stereo
- quad
- 5.1
- 7.1

Plug-in formats:
- Audio Units (Mac only)
- Stand-alone

System Requirements

  • A minimum of 2 GB of RAM is required. However, since MachFive loads samples (or a portion of the samples) into the computer's RAM add as much RAM as possible to your computer; 4 GB is recommended. MachFive also allows samples to be streamed directly from disk thus freeing up RAM.
  • Large hard drive(s), preferably at least 100 GB. The disk on which the sounds are stored must be a fast hard disk. See “Hard disk format”, below, for additional requirements.
  • An iLok USB Smart Key from Pace Anti-Piracy. MachFive 3 is compatible with iLok 1 and 2. PLEASE NOTE: an iLok key is not included in the MachFive 3 package. If you are are upgrading from a previous version of MachFive, you can use your MachFive version 1 or 2 iLok for your new version 3 license, which is downloaded from
  • A free USB port for the iLok USB key. Note that if you have multiple products which use iLoks for authorization you can consolidate multiple authorizations onto a single iLok.
  • A CD/DVD disk drive for installation.
  • A digital audio workstation program or other program that hosts AU, VST, or RTAS instrument plug-ins. Alternatively, MachFive can be used as a standalone application.

Mac systems

  • Intel Core Duo CPU 1.83 GHz or faster; multiple processors or a multi-core processor is required. Intel Core 2 Duo CPU 2.0 GHz or faster recommended. Macs with PowerPC CPUs are not supported.
  • Mac OS X version 10.8, 10.7, 10.6, or 10.5 (v10.5.8 or later is required).

Windows systems

  • Intel Core Duo CPU 1.83 GHz or faster; multiple processors or a multi-core processor is required. Intel Core 2 Duo CPU 2.0 GHz or faster recommended.
  • Windows 8, Windows 7 or Vista (32- or 64-bit; Vista SP2 or later is required).

64-bit operation

For native 64-bit operation, MachFive has the following additional requirements:

  • Mac OS X version 10.8, 10.7, or 10.6, or a 64-bit version of Windows 8, Windows 7 or Vista
  • 64-bit CPU
  • 64-bit plug-in host application, if using the 64-bit plug-in

Hard disk format

Due to the large size of MachFive’s factory soundbank UFS files, the disk containing the soundbank files must be able to support individual files larger than 4 GB. This is determined by the disk’s file system format.

The default file system format for disk drives on Mac OS X and Windows are compatible with MachFive’s soundbank files:

  • Mac OS X: HFS+ (Mac OS Extended, journaled or unjournaled)
  • Windows: NTFS

The FAT32 format is not compatible with MachFive’s soundbank files, as it does not allow file sizes greater than 4 GB.

NOTE: iLok key required, not included.

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