Originally Posted by vanKloot
DOH! This is the original Maschine, not the current Mk2. No wonder it's on sale... OK strike that idea. I want a Mk2 if anything.
I bought the mikro (original) just days before the software upgrade to 1.8 came out and massive comes with that regardless of the model MK1 or MK2. To be honest, if I was you I'd go for it and save yourself some money. You should get software version 1.8 and massive, all though I had to drop NI a quick email to get the massive license number and download, they responded in just under a week and no hassle.
You're not really going to benefit that much more with the MK2 model, it seems to be mainly cosmetic changes like different colour pads and changeable faceplates.
This could also be the perfect solution to your Vst host, maschine will never replace Reason but it offers some things that reason can't. Seriously, go for it - maschine is a beast no matter what and definitely great value for money with all the software included