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Native Instruments MASCHINE JAM Production & Performance Grid Controller
Native Instruments MASCHINE JAM Production & Performance Grid Controller
Native Instruments MASCHINE JAM Production & Performance Grid Controller
Native Instruments MASCHINE JAM Production & Performance Grid Controller
Native Instruments MASCHINE JAM Production & Performance Grid Controller
Native Instruments MASCHINE JAM Production & Performance Grid Controller
Native Instruments MASCHINE JAM Production & Performance Grid Controller
Native Instruments MASCHINE JAM Production & Performance Grid Controller
Native Instruments MASCHINE JAM Production & Performance Grid Controller

Native Instruments MASCHINE JAM Production & Performance Grid Controller

Native Instruments MASCHINE JAM Production & Performance Grid Controller
Native Instruments MASCHINE JAM Production & Performance Grid Controller
Native Instruments MASCHINE JAM Production & Performance Grid Controller
Native Instruments MASCHINE JAM Production & Performance Grid Controller
Native Instruments MASCHINE JAM Production & Performance Grid Controller
Native Instruments MASCHINE JAM Production & Performance Grid Controller
Native Instruments MASCHINE JAM Production & Performance Grid Controller
Native Instruments MASCHINE JAM Production & Performance Grid Controller
Native Instruments MASCHINE JAM Production & Performance Grid Controller
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Features

  • 8x8 multicolor click-pad matrix for pattern jamming, note input, and step-sequencing
  • Tweak up to 8 parameters simultaneously with two hands using dual-touch Smart Strips
  • New Perform FX feature lets you shape your sound in new ways, MASCHINE JAM also includes an advanced template for Ableton Live that lets you sequence and launch clips from the pad matrix, or play notes and control send levels with the powerful Smart Strips.
  • Advanced multi-track step-sequencing using up to 9 sounds simultaneously
  • Play melodies and chords with the 8x8 pad matrix or via note input with the Smart Strips

Description

A modern production and performance system, the MASCHINE JAM features intuitive sequencing and track building. With MASCHINE JAM you can sketch patterns with advanced multi-track step-sequencing and shape your sounds with dynamic, LED-guided Smart Strips. Plus you can bring your arrangements to life with an included arsenal of premium sound from MASCHINE software and KOMPLETE SELECT. MASCHINE JAM is your shortest route from idea to reality.


Item Weight 6.92 pounds


Product Dimensions 15 x 4 x 14 inches


Shipping Weight 6.97 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)


ASIN B01LSLZEF0


Item model number Jam


Customer Reviews 4.3 out of 5 stars 79 ratings 4.3 out of 5 stars


Best Sellers Rank #9,548 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments) #10 in Drum Machines #36 in DJ Mixers #3,273 in Music Recording Equipment


Date first listed on Amazon September 15, 2016


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Features

  • 8x8 multicolor click-pad matrix for pattern jamming, note input, and step-sequencing
  • Tweak up to 8 parameters simultaneously with two hands using dual-touch Smart Strips
  • New Perform FX feature lets you shape your sound in new ways, MASCHINE JAM also includes an advanced template for Ableton Live that lets you sequence and launch clips from the pad matrix, or play notes and control send levels with the powerful Smart Strips.
  • Advanced multi-track step-sequencing using up to 9 sounds simultaneously
  • Play melodies and chords with the 8x8 pad matrix or via note input with the Smart Strips

Description

A modern production and performance system, the MASCHINE JAM features intuitive sequencing and track building. With MASCHINE JAM you can sketch patterns with advanced multi-track step-sequencing and shape your sounds with dynamic, LED-guided Smart Strips. Plus you can bring your arrangements to life with an included arsenal of premium sound from MASCHINE software and KOMPLETE SELECT. MASCHINE JAM is your shortest route from idea to reality.


Item Weight 6.92 pounds


Product Dimensions 15 x 4 x 14 inches


Shipping Weight 6.97 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)


ASIN B01LSLZEF0


Item model number Jam


Customer Reviews 4.3 out of 5 stars 79 ratings 4.3 out of 5 stars


Best Sellers Rank #9,548 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments) #10 in Drum Machines #36 in DJ Mixers #3,273 in Music Recording Equipment


Date first listed on Amazon September 15, 2016


Shipping

This product includes free shipping to all US addresses.


Delivery

Unless otherwise stated above, most products arrive within 2-3 business days. Larger items may take 6-9 business days. Tracking information will be automatically provided as soon as your order ships.


View our full shipping policy here.

Returns

This product can be returned within 30 days of delivery for a full refund. Please visit our returns center to begin a return.

View our full returns policy here.

Features

  • 8x8 multicolor click-pad matrix for pattern jamming, note input, and step-sequencing
  • Tweak up to 8 parameters simultaneously with two hands using dual-touch Smart Strips
  • New Perform FX feature lets you shape your sound in new ways, MASCHINE JAM also includes an advanced template for Ableton Live that lets you sequence and launch clips from the pad matrix, or play notes and control send levels with the powerful Smart Strips.
  • Advanced multi-track step-sequencing using up to 9 sounds simultaneously
  • Play melodies and chords with the 8x8 pad matrix or via note input with the Smart Strips

Description

A modern production and performance system, the MASCHINE JAM features intuitive sequencing and track building. With MASCHINE JAM you can sketch patterns with advanced multi-track step-sequencing and shape your sounds with dynamic, LED-guided Smart Strips. Plus you can bring your arrangements to life with an included arsenal of premium sound from MASCHINE software and KOMPLETE SELECT. MASCHINE JAM is your shortest route from idea to reality.


Item Weight 6.92 pounds


Product Dimensions 15 x 4 x 14 inches


Shipping Weight 6.97 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)


ASIN B01LSLZEF0


Item model number Jam


Customer Reviews 4.3 out of 5 stars 79 ratings 4.3 out of 5 stars


Best Sellers Rank #9,548 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments) #10 in Drum Machines #36 in DJ Mixers #3,273 in Music Recording Equipment


Date first listed on Amazon September 15, 2016


abunda_amazon_reviews I'm a current owner of Komplete 10 Ultimate, and have owned and enjoyed an S88 keyboard as well. I just received my Maschine Jam this weekend, and although having only spent a few days tinkering on it, I'm having a great time with it so far. I watched several dozen videos online of people using the Jam before making my purchase, and so I was able to turn out some music within one night of messing with the device. It's very easy to get started and load patterns, duplicate, undo and redo, etc. There is some confusion still for me in getting the touch strips to assign quickly to entire groups, but I'm sure I'll figure that out soon. For the price this cannot be beat if you're looking for a controller than streamlines the song creation process. The pattern view, piano roll, etc. making visualizing your track easier than any DAW I've used, except for maybe Ableton with it's clip modes (very similar, ala Push 2 in look/feel). The touch strips are a lot of fun, and much more enjoyable to use than on the S88 from my experience. I can't say why for certain, but maybe it's because on the Jam the strips are used for levels, effects, note mode... which by the way I love playing string instruments using the strips! Harps sound especially magical now that I can "strum" them instead of playing across a piano as I was before. I can't speak much for Komplete Select 11 as I already owned Komplete Ultimate 10. By the way, although I was not a Maschine owner I was given the bonus two free Maschine expansion and a $25 voucher when I activated the Jam. This was a welcome surprise! Overall it's a great value and a welcome addition to the Native Instruments family. IF you use Ableton already (I use Studio One) and are on the edge the Push 2 may still be your choice (I think the Push 2 is beautiful in comparison to the Jam), but be conscious that the Jam has some exclusive ideas integrated that the Push 2 does not. My only negative is that there are no velocity sensitive pads, but I have an Arturia SparkLE for finger drumming and I can post edit what I need. I'll be happy with this for awhile I think. :);;Reviewed in the United States on October 31, 2016;;5.0 out of 5 stars;;Great fun can be had with the Maschine Jam!;;Joseph A. Mccullough;;/gp/customer-reviews/R1IVM04DC47413/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B01LSLZEF0;;;Researched this for quite a while and am very pleased with it. Searching the web will lead to countless examples of people recommending the Ableton or even pricier NI products but this is exactly where a beginner should start. ADSR has a free tutorial series for download tailored just to this controller. NI bundles a suite of great products with this and is constantly updating. Really happy with my purchase.;;Reviewed in the United States on February 23, 2017;;5.0 out of 5 stars;;Researched this for quite a while and am very pleased with it;;J. Gaddis;;/gp/customer-reviews/R2XYDFIF7T420W/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B01LSLZEF0;;;I did buy this not because I use Maschine app, but to have a more well-rounded controller that can help me to use the keyboard and mouse to the minimum. I am no DJ nor live performer; but I play classic instruments since when I was 7, so I am not exactly the target for this device. I like the build; it is solid as most of the German NI products are. I paired this device with a NI Komplete Kontrol keyboard, and they do work well together; except that NI is still figuring out how to handle their ecosystem. While the KK keyboards works very well with their KK software, and overall integrate seamlessly, can't say the same of the Jam. Fundamentally the JAM works great if you use Maschine app, because that's what it was meant to do; but as far as other Native instruments software; you get mixed results. Some of the features are not implemented, like browsing or transport features; while other works. So if you want to use the JAM with other DAW or software, even from NI itself, be ready to work a bit around the limitations. As far as applications, it works fine with Maschine, and with Ableton Live; although there is a whole sequence of file copying and setup to do; so it is not working out of the box. Nothing too hard, but takes you some time to figure out where to place files and how to set up config parameters in the options, and you just need to do it once. If you use mostly Ableton Live; it is still a good buy, considering that the Push cost much more than the JAM, and it does exactly the same things. If you use Cubase, you are out of luck because NI hate Cubase; most of the features do not work, and you need to fiddle with midi signals to get it to work. I just gave up, and hope that NI will release an updated firmware to work out of the box with Cubase. Logic and Garageband are fully supported; it works fine on those applications, if you are a OSX user. Before you ask...no, it does not work with the ipad. As far as controls and features, the JAM is awesome. Its main thing is the old school visual step sequencer; so you push buttons and sounds get placed in a specific position, so you can visually program music, and not only the bass or drum part, but also the melody. It is a weird concept if you are used to classic instruments and you did study music theory, but for everyone else, it is easy, and you may end up making something that sound nice, even without even knowing what are you doing. Buttons and strips are very solid and while not clicky, give you a good resistance when pressed. The pads are not velocity sensitive, and there is no LCD, so you need to look at the screen. The strips are quite fun to use; since the JAM can be set in note mode to use either the button pads, or the strips. It is similar to what you do in garageband on the iphone or ipad, strumming with your fingers, or playing with single notes. The downside is that the strips are small, so at least for me, it was hard to get used to which note I was playing, ending up with something that remind me when I play with the pitch wheel on my keyboard. It is just a matter of getting used to it, I assume. The strips control also parameters, in the same way that knobs on a KK keyboard or on a Maschine MK3 do; so you can set them either to be volume controllers, like on a mixed, or change parameters for an instrument you are playing, at the press of a button. You can also automate these functionalities for live performance; which is something I don't really use... I set them once I find what I like and I don't touch the parameters anymore. The other features on the JAM are mostly aimed at Maschine, so you get the usual quantize, transport controls and such; which help a lot to not use the keyboard and mouse. Moving around tracks, groups and sounds, using the knob and the 4 directional buttons is easy and intuitive. I just wish NI would allow this workflow also in other applications, but sadly, only Maschine and Ableton (once you set it up), works out of the box. As far as exotic things; there is a slew of features for live performances, which rely on changing parameters on the fly using the touch strips, or lock memory positions, which allow you to set up a specific subset of parameters you may want to change, and record it in the device at a specific position, so while performing, you can swap between parameters sets at the touch of one button. Never used it, don't really care for it, so can't say how good it is. I would give it 5 stars if NI would actually support Cubase, and if they would actually allow the JAM to be integrated better with their own software; because as is now; if you have a JAM, a MK3 and a KK keyboard, you have devices that are overlapping a lot, but each is its own niche product, instead of being universal with NI software, as far as functionalities and features. To give you an example, I can play on the KK keyboard and on the JAM at the same time; a melody, because the pads and the keys do the same exact thing, on the same exact midi channel. Same for the knobs on the KK and strips on the JAM. If you want to specialize the JAM to play only some octaves or have different properties for the strips, it is not as easy as you would assume, or in some cases, impossible to achieve. To summarize; the device is solid, built like a tank and worth the money. The software included is amazing and worth the money they ask for it (you get the Maschine software, which is 99 USD, plus the base Komplete software that cost 149, so in the end your controller cost barely 100 dollars). The functionalities of the device are clearly aimed at live performances, and for musicians that like to make beats in a visual way, but it works, with some limitations, also as generic MIDI controller, so anything that can assign CC inputs works with it. If you want an extension to your keyboard, maybe you can look at other devices, if you are committed to the NI ecosystem, the JAM is a solid device, and if you are mostly a Maschine user, it does most of what the MK3 does, but at a lesser price; and you can use it for live performances, so it all depends from the usage you have in mind, what kind of musician you are, and what kind of music you create.;;Reviewed in the United States on April 26, 2019;;4.0 out of 5 stars;;Great Midi device with some confusing areas;;CF;;/gp/customer-reviews/R1CQZKEE3SL9EG/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B01LSLZEF0;;;I can't comment on this as an Ableton-style beat making instrument. I'm using to generate CC controls and keyswitch notes on my symphonic orchestra VSTs and for that it's terrific. The "Maschine Controller Editor" makes it easy to program almost every button and slider with custom settings, and to save and recall several different setups. That's something completely missing from the Novation Launchpad controllers. I like the feel of the strip pots more than the slider pots and rotary pots on other midi controllers I'm using. This is an extremely well built item that comes with a fairly generous library of sounds and VSTs that will appeal to budding beatmakers and even a few symphonic composers. All in all well worth the money.;;Reviewed in the United States on February 22, 2018;;5.0 out of 5 stars;;Very nice, IMHO a much better deal than the Novation Launchpads.;;photoroto;;/gp/customer-reviews/R1YF7JWZELVUJM/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B01LSLZEF0

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Top Amazon Reviews


5.0 out of 5 stars
By Joseph A. Mccullough - Reviewed in the United States on October 31, 2016
Great fun can be had with the Maschine Jam!
I'm a current owner of Komplete 10 Ultimate, and have owned and enjoyed an S88 keyboard as well. I just received my Maschine Jam this weekend, and although having only spent a few days tinkering on it, I'm having a great time with it so far. I watched several dozen videos online of people using the Jam before making my purchase, and so I was able to turn out some music within one night of messing with the device. It's very easy to get started and load patterns, duplicate, undo and redo, etc. There is some confusion still for me in getting the touch strips to assign quickly to entire groups, but I'm sure I'll figure that out soon. For the price this cannot be beat if you're looking for a controller than streamlines the song creation process. The pattern view, piano roll, etc. making visualizing your track easier than any DAW I've used, except for maybe Ableton with it's clip modes (very similar, ala Push 2 in look/feel). The touch strips are a lot of fun, and much more enjoyable to use than on the S88 from my experience. I can't say why for certain, but maybe it's because on the Jam the strips are used for levels, effects, note mode... which by the way I love playing string instruments using the strips! Harps sound especially magical now that I can "strum" them instead of playing across a piano as I was before. I can't speak much for Komplete Select 11 as I already owned Komplete Ultimate 10. By the way, although I was not a Maschine owner I was given the bonus two free Maschine expansion and a $25 voucher when I activated the Jam. This was a welcome surprise! Overall it's a great value and a welcome addition to the Native Instruments family. IF you use Ableton already (I use Studio One) and are on the edge the Push 2 may still be your choice (I think the Push 2 is beautiful in comparison to the Jam), but be conscious that the Jam has some exclusive ideas integrated that the Push 2 does not. My only negative is that there are no velocity sensitive pads, but I have an Arturia SparkLE for finger drumming and I can post edit what I need. I'll be happy with this for awhile I think. :)

5.0 out of 5 stars
By J. Gaddis - Reviewed in the United States on February 23, 2017
Researched this for quite a while and am very pleased with it
Researched this for quite a while and am very pleased with it. Searching the web will lead to countless examples of people recommending the Ableton or even pricier NI products but this is exactly where a beginner should start. ADSR has a free tutorial series for download tailored just to this controller. NI bundles a suite of great products with this and is constantly updating. Really happy with my purchase.

4.0 out of 5 stars
By CF - Reviewed in the United States on April 26, 2019
Great Midi device with some confusing areas
I did buy this not because I use Maschine app, but to have a more well-rounded controller that can help me to use the keyboard and mouse to the minimum. I am no DJ nor live performer; but I play classic instruments since when I was 7, so I am not exactly the target for this device. I like the build; it is solid as most of the German NI products are. I paired this device with a NI Komplete Kontrol keyboard, and they do work well together; except that NI is still figuring out how to handle their ecosystem. While the KK keyboards works very well with their KK software, and overall integrate seamlessly, can't say the same of the Jam. Fundamentally the JAM works great if you use Maschine app, because that's what it was meant to do; but as far as other Native instruments software; you get mixed results. Some of the features are not implemented, like browsing or transport features; while other works. So if you want to use the JAM with other DAW or software, even from NI itself, be ready to work a bit around the limitations. As far as applications, it works fine with Maschine, and with Ableton Live; although there is a whole sequence of file copying and setup to do; so it is not working out of the box. Nothing too hard, but takes you some time to figure out where to place files and how to set up config parameters in the options, and you just need to do it once. If you use mostly Ableton Live; it is still a good buy, considering that the Push cost much more than the JAM, and it does exactly the same things. If you use Cubase, you are out of luck because NI hate Cubase; most of the features do not work, and you need to fiddle with midi signals to get it to work. I just gave up, and hope that NI will release an updated firmware to work out of the box with Cubase. Logic and Garageband are fully supported; it works fine on those applications, if you are a OSX user. Before you ask...no, it does not work with the ipad. As far as controls and features, the JAM is awesome. Its main thing is the old school visual step sequencer; so you push buttons and sounds get placed in a specific position, so you can visually program music, and not only the bass or drum part, but also the melody. It is a weird concept if you are used to classic instruments and you did study music theory, but for everyone else, it is easy, and you may end up making something that sound nice, even without even knowing what are you doing. Buttons and strips are very solid and while not clicky, give you a good resistance when pressed. The pads are not velocity sensitive, and there is no LCD, so you need to look at the screen. The strips are quite fun to use; since the JAM can be set in note mode to use either the button pads, or the strips. It is similar to what you do in garageband on the iphone or ipad, strumming with your fingers, or playing with single notes. The downside is that the strips are small, so at least for me, it was hard to get used to which note I was playing, ending up with something that remind me when I play with the pitch wheel on my keyboard. It is just a matter of getting used to it, I assume. The strips control also parameters, in the same way that knobs on a KK keyboard or on a Maschine MK3 do; so you can set them either to be volume controllers, like on a mixed, or change parameters for an instrument you are playing, at the press of a button. You can also automate these functionalities for live performance; which is something I don't really use... I set them once I find what I like and I don't touch the parameters anymore. The other features on the JAM are mostly aimed at Maschine, so you get the usual quantize, transport controls and such; which help a lot to not use the keyboard and mouse. Moving around tracks, groups and sounds, using the knob and the 4 directional buttons is easy and intuitive. I just wish NI would allow this workflow also in other applications, but sadly, only Maschine and Ableton (once you set it up), works out of the box. As far as exotic things; there is a slew of features for live performances, which rely on changing parameters on the fly using the touch strips, or lock memory positions, which allow you to set up a specific subset of parameters you may want to change, and record it in the device at a specific position, so while performing, you can swap between parameters sets at the touch of one button. Never used it, don't really care for it, so can't say how good it is. I would give it 5 stars if NI would actually support Cubase, and if they would actually allow the JAM to be integrated better with their own software; because as is now; if you have a JAM, a MK3 and a KK keyboard, you have devices that are overlapping a lot, but each is its own niche product, instead of being universal with NI software, as far as functionalities and features. To give you an example, I can play on the KK keyboard and on the JAM at the same time; a melody, because the pads and the keys do the same exact thing, on the same exact midi channel. Same for the knobs on the KK and strips on the JAM. If you want to specialize the JAM to play only some octaves or have different properties for the strips, it is not as easy as you would assume, or in some cases, impossible to achieve. To summarize; the device is solid, built like a tank and worth the money. The software included is amazing and worth the money they ask for it (you get the Maschine software, which is 99 USD, plus the base Komplete software that cost 149, so in the end your controller cost barely 100 dollars). The functionalities of the device are clearly aimed at live performances, and for musicians that like to make beats in a visual way, but it works, with some limitations, also as generic MIDI controller, so anything that can assign CC inputs works with it. If you want an extension to your keyboard, maybe you can look at other devices, if you are committed to the NI ecosystem, the JAM is a solid device, and if you are mostly a Maschine user, it does most of what the MK3 does, but at a lesser price; and you can use it for live performances, so it all depends from the usage you have in mind, what kind of musician you are, and what kind of music you create.

5.0 out of 5 stars
By photoroto - Reviewed in the United States on February 22, 2018
Very nice, IMHO a much better deal than the Novation Launchpads.
I can't comment on this as an Ableton-style beat making instrument. I'm using to generate CC controls and keyswitch notes on my symphonic orchestra VSTs and for that it's terrific. The "Maschine Controller Editor" makes it easy to program almost every button and slider with custom settings, and to save and recall several different setups. That's something completely missing from the Novation Launchpad controllers. I like the feel of the strip pots more than the slider pots and rotary pots on other midi controllers I'm using. This is an extremely well built item that comes with a fairly generous library of sounds and VSTs that will appeal to budding beatmakers and even a few symphonic composers. All in all well worth the money.

Recent Reviews


5.0 out of 5 stars
By Joseph A. Mccullough - Reviewed in the United States on October 31, 2016
Great fun can be had with the Maschine Jam!
I'm a current owner of Komplete 10 Ultimate, and have owned and enjoyed an S88 keyboard as well. I just received my Maschine Jam this weekend, and although having only spent a few days tinkering on it, I'm having a great time with it so far. I watched several dozen videos online of people using the Jam before making my purchase, and so I was able to turn out some music within one night of messing with the device. It's very easy to get started and load patterns, duplicate, undo and redo, etc. There is some confusion still for me in getting the touch strips to assign quickly to entire groups, but I'm sure I'll figure that out soon. For the price this cannot be beat if you're looking for a controller than streamlines the song creation process. The pattern view, piano roll, etc. making visualizing your track easier than any DAW I've used, except for maybe Ableton with it's clip modes (very similar, ala Push 2 in look/feel). The touch strips are a lot of fun, and much more enjoyable to use than on the S88 from my experience. I can't say why for certain, but maybe it's because on the Jam the strips are used for levels, effects, note mode... which by the way I love playing string instruments using the strips! Harps sound especially magical now that I can "strum" them instead of playing across a piano as I was before. I can't speak much for Komplete Select 11 as I already owned Komplete Ultimate 10. By the way, although I was not a Maschine owner I was given the bonus two free Maschine expansion and a $25 voucher when I activated the Jam. This was a welcome surprise! Overall it's a great value and a welcome addition to the Native Instruments family. IF you use Ableton already (I use Studio One) and are on the edge the Push 2 may still be your choice (I think the Push 2 is beautiful in comparison to the Jam), but be conscious that the Jam has some exclusive ideas integrated that the Push 2 does not. My only negative is that there are no velocity sensitive pads, but I have an Arturia SparkLE for finger drumming and I can post edit what I need. I'll be happy with this for awhile I think. :)

5.0 out of 5 stars
By J. Gaddis - Reviewed in the United States on February 23, 2017
Researched this for quite a while and am very pleased with it
Researched this for quite a while and am very pleased with it. Searching the web will lead to countless examples of people recommending the Ableton or even pricier NI products but this is exactly where a beginner should start. ADSR has a free tutorial series for download tailored just to this controller. NI bundles a suite of great products with this and is constantly updating. Really happy with my purchase.

4.0 out of 5 stars
By CF - Reviewed in the United States on April 26, 2019
Great Midi device with some confusing areas
I did buy this not because I use Maschine app, but to have a more well-rounded controller that can help me to use the keyboard and mouse to the minimum. I am no DJ nor live performer; but I play classic instruments since when I was 7, so I am not exactly the target for this device. I like the build; it is solid as most of the German NI products are. I paired this device with a NI Komplete Kontrol keyboard, and they do work well together; except that NI is still figuring out how to handle their ecosystem. While the KK keyboards works very well with their KK software, and overall integrate seamlessly, can't say the same of the Jam. Fundamentally the JAM works great if you use Maschine app, because that's what it was meant to do; but as far as other Native instruments software; you get mixed results. Some of the features are not implemented, like browsing or transport features; while other works. So if you want to use the JAM with other DAW or software, even from NI itself, be ready to work a bit around the limitations. As far as applications, it works fine with Maschine, and with Ableton Live; although there is a whole sequence of file copying and setup to do; so it is not working out of the box. Nothing too hard, but takes you some time to figure out where to place files and how to set up config parameters in the options, and you just need to do it once. If you use mostly Ableton Live; it is still a good buy, considering that the Push cost much more than the JAM, and it does exactly the same things. If you use Cubase, you are out of luck because NI hate Cubase; most of the features do not work, and you need to fiddle with midi signals to get it to work. I just gave up, and hope that NI will release an updated firmware to work out of the box with Cubase. Logic and Garageband are fully supported; it works fine on those applications, if you are a OSX user. Before you ask...no, it does not work with the ipad. As far as controls and features, the JAM is awesome. Its main thing is the old school visual step sequencer; so you push buttons and sounds get placed in a specific position, so you can visually program music, and not only the bass or drum part, but also the melody. It is a weird concept if you are used to classic instruments and you did study music theory, but for everyone else, it is easy, and you may end up making something that sound nice, even without even knowing what are you doing. Buttons and strips are very solid and while not clicky, give you a good resistance when pressed. The pads are not velocity sensitive, and there is no LCD, so you need to look at the screen. The strips are quite fun to use; since the JAM can be set in note mode to use either the button pads, or the strips. It is similar to what you do in garageband on the iphone or ipad, strumming with your fingers, or playing with single notes. The downside is that the strips are small, so at least for me, it was hard to get used to which note I was playing, ending up with something that remind me when I play with the pitch wheel on my keyboard. It is just a matter of getting used to it, I assume. The strips control also parameters, in the same way that knobs on a KK keyboard or on a Maschine MK3 do; so you can set them either to be volume controllers, like on a mixed, or change parameters for an instrument you are playing, at the press of a button. You can also automate these functionalities for live performance; which is something I don't really use... I set them once I find what I like and I don't touch the parameters anymore. The other features on the JAM are mostly aimed at Maschine, so you get the usual quantize, transport controls and such; which help a lot to not use the keyboard and mouse. Moving around tracks, groups and sounds, using the knob and the 4 directional buttons is easy and intuitive. I just wish NI would allow this workflow also in other applications, but sadly, only Maschine and Ableton (once you set it up), works out of the box. As far as exotic things; there is a slew of features for live performances, which rely on changing parameters on the fly using the touch strips, or lock memory positions, which allow you to set up a specific subset of parameters you may want to change, and record it in the device at a specific position, so while performing, you can swap between parameters sets at the touch of one button. Never used it, don't really care for it, so can't say how good it is. I would give it 5 stars if NI would actually support Cubase, and if they would actually allow the JAM to be integrated better with their own software; because as is now; if you have a JAM, a MK3 and a KK keyboard, you have devices that are overlapping a lot, but each is its own niche product, instead of being universal with NI software, as far as functionalities and features. To give you an example, I can play on the KK keyboard and on the JAM at the same time; a melody, because the pads and the keys do the same exact thing, on the same exact midi channel. Same for the knobs on the KK and strips on the JAM. If you want to specialize the JAM to play only some octaves or have different properties for the strips, it is not as easy as you would assume, or in some cases, impossible to achieve. To summarize; the device is solid, built like a tank and worth the money. The software included is amazing and worth the money they ask for it (you get the Maschine software, which is 99 USD, plus the base Komplete software that cost 149, so in the end your controller cost barely 100 dollars). The functionalities of the device are clearly aimed at live performances, and for musicians that like to make beats in a visual way, but it works, with some limitations, also as generic MIDI controller, so anything that can assign CC inputs works with it. If you want an extension to your keyboard, maybe you can look at other devices, if you are committed to the NI ecosystem, the JAM is a solid device, and if you are mostly a Maschine user, it does most of what the MK3 does, but at a lesser price; and you can use it for live performances, so it all depends from the usage you have in mind, what kind of musician you are, and what kind of music you create.

5.0 out of 5 stars
By photoroto - Reviewed in the United States on February 22, 2018
Very nice, IMHO a much better deal than the Novation Launchpads.
I can't comment on this as an Ableton-style beat making instrument. I'm using to generate CC controls and keyswitch notes on my symphonic orchestra VSTs and for that it's terrific. The "Maschine Controller Editor" makes it easy to program almost every button and slider with custom settings, and to save and recall several different setups. That's something completely missing from the Novation Launchpad controllers. I like the feel of the strip pots more than the slider pots and rotary pots on other midi controllers I'm using. This is an extremely well built item that comes with a fairly generous library of sounds and VSTs that will appeal to budding beatmakers and even a few symphonic composers. All in all well worth the money.