title says it all I think.
Two uses as far as I can tell:
1) To fire off samples live
2) As an on-the-fly step sequencer
It is definitely nicer doing live finger drumming with the machine pads but how many people really incorporate live finger drumming (not cue point juggling) into their sets? Its commendable if you can I guess.... I don't just don't so don't wanna lug the maschine around just for that. Also I can't help but think its a bit of overkill just for one shots or cue points, my opinion/personal pref is that a midi fighter is more portable and its arcade buttons better suited for that purpose.
The on the fly step sequencer is kind of cool but after playing around with it a bit I found myself repeating the same patterns. Therefore I really think you could just figure out what type of fills you like and have them looped up already as a loop on a remix deck i.e. snare rolls etc
For firing off quantized loops I gotta say I prefer the F1, although I haven't played around a lot with trying to do that on the maschine, maybe someone can enlighten me... For sure I can see that Ableton is ultimately great for this buuuuuut my (highly specced) Windows 7 PC sucks for keeping midi clocks synced, and having tried every permutation of the following they all tend to under up drifting like a mo fo:
Traktor / Maschine Standalone / Maschine VST / Ableton / MidiPal as a hardware master clock source via DIN cable
- screwing around trying to sync midi clock just to recreate the quantized loop playback functionality of an F1 with Maschine is pants, F1 is better suited for the purpose
- I prefer to use arcade buttons or the F1 to trigger one shots/cue points
- I love Maschine for production