Recent Windows 10 updates are breaking NI Maschine compatibility
Windows 10 updates… bleh!
We all hate those automatic updates, right? imagine if an update turned your main MIDI controller into a doorstop overnight?
A large number of users of the Maschine Studio platform on Windows OS have been reporting issues with their devices no longer being recognized, after recent automatic Windows 10 updates.
Native Instruments, creators of the Maschine Platform, have already responded however it’s not great news from their side. Unfortunately, Native Instruments have responded by saying that the issue is out of their hands, and that Microsoft will have to address it from the Windows side.
It’s not only Maschine Studio devices that have been reported as affected, it looks like users of Traktor Kontrol S4 MK2s and Komplete Kontrol S-Series MK1 MIDI controllers are also reporting issues, although not as widespread. I’m sure there are USB devices from other manufacturers that are affected, however the Native Instruments stuff is popular, so the wide reports make sense.
The good news is there are several ways of fixing this and avoiding it in the future…
I generally recommend disabling automatic updates, especially on a music production computer. There is nothing worse than sitting down for a production session – only to be faced with a system that ceased to function overnight. I’ve covered how to do it in a previous article on tuning tips for a music production PC, check that out here.
This will only prevent future mishaps, however if you’re currently stuck with issues with your controller due to the recent Windows update, you can roll back to a previous version of the OS – before the faulty updates were applied. For information on how to do that, check out HowToGeek.com’s article here:
If that doesn’t work you can remove the updates manually, Native Instruments has documented that process on their website here.
Best advice: do not set Windows 10 updates to automatic and tread carefully when you do decide to take the plunge.