Troubleshooting Maschine

Connecting your Native Instruments Maschine to Melodics

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Written by Rupert Taylor
Updated over a week ago

Some Maschine users may have a few issues when getting started with Melodics. Fear not, we'll have you up and running in no time.

The following instructions will work for:

  • Maschine Controller

  • Maschine Controller Mk2

  • Maschine Controller Mk3

  • Maschine Mikro

  • Maschine Mikro Mk2

  • Maschine Mikro Mk3

  • Maschine Studio

  • Maschine Jam

  • Maschine+

Watch this video guide or read more below.

Before you start

In order to get going, you need to:

  1. Download and install Native Access.

  2. Using Native Access, install Maschine software. Maschine software does not need to be running but to use your Maschine in MIDI mode, Maschine needs to be installed.

  3. Install Native Instruments Controller Editor. You may need to update to the latest version. (You can grab the latest versions on the Native Instruments site or by downloading it through Native Access.)

All of this should have been done when you first set up your Maschine.

Next: Grab the controller editor templates

We’ve put together some templates for the NI Controller Editor:

Getting Maschine going

  1. Open the Native Instruments Controller Editor.

  2. Unzip the file you downloaded, and double-click the file for your device:

    • MelodicsMaschine.ncm for Maschine Mk1

    • MelodicsMaschineMk2.ncm2 for Maschine Mk2

    • MelodicsMaschineMk3.ncm3 for Maschine Mk3

    • MelodicsMaschineStudio.ncmst for Maschine Studio

    • MelodicsMaschineMikro.ncmm for Maschine Mikro

    • MelodicsMaschineMikroMk2.ncmm2 for Maschine Mikro Mk2

    • MelodicsMaschineMikroMk3.ncmm3 for Maschine Mikro Mk3

    • MelodicsMaschineJam.ncmj for Maschine Jam

    • MelodicsMaschinePlus.ncmp for Maschine+

  3. In Controller Editor, hit the ‘Edit’ button and open the template and apply it to your device – at this point, you should be good to go.

  4. If this still doesn’t work, check you are in MIDI (not Maschine) mode using the below:


Switch to / from MIDI mode

Maschine Studio


Maschine Mk1


Maschine Mk2


Maschine Mk3


Maschine Mikro


Maschine Mikro Mk2


Maschine Mikro Mk3

SHIFT + Project button (top left)

Maschine Jam

SHIFT + headphones button (MIDI)



(Maschine+ must be in Controller Mode first. Press SETTINGS. Using the 4-D encoder, select System. Press Button 4 (CONTROLLER).)

The NI Controller Editor, with the MelodicsMaschineMk3 template selected

Still having trouble?

Reboot your computer - you may need to do this to ensure the drivers are installed correctly.

Note that Melodics will see the Maschine even if it’s not in MIDI mode. Try using Maschine in MIDI mode with some other non-NI software (eg Ableton Live). Confirm that MIDI is being sent from the Maschine. If you are seeing MIDI in other apps, try the Remap your controller option in the Melodics menu. If you’re not seeing MIDI in other apps, check out this article.

Most Native Instruments controllers have additional controls for Melodics mapped – check them out here.

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