@Pingafuego - so, in my opinion, what Maschine is really about is the integrated workflow and the tools within the ecosystem. In short, it’s about the ‘platform’, much more so than the sounds. It’s about having a super versatile ecosystem of tool that does everything well, but nothing exceptional, unless you consider doing everything well to BE something exceptional in an of itself.
Even though I’m not a full time producer/engineer anymore, I decided to keep all of my tools and don’t have any intention of selling them. Maschine and the S88 are still the center of the workflow in a lot of cases. I have a Push 2 and Ableton Suite… I’m equally comfortable with either and don’t prefer one over the other. My take on this is that once someone has good workflow habits and intuitive template-building skills, any well integrated software/controller solution can be quite powerful.
To actually answer your question about whether I use the hardware, there are times when I need Maschine to just be a piece of software. There are times when I’m super glad I have a controller. There are times when it’s a god-send to have Maschine also able to integrate with Tracktor and the S88. Then there are times when I only need the hardware to control MainStage or Kong.
So long answer to a short question (and I do hope that others chime in here) is that I love Maschine, and I do use the hardware. I also have the Komplete Ultimate bundle, and a number of other Mashine/Komplete Kontrol compatible soft synths, and that also makes the process of living inside the NI ecosystem all the more comfortable.
Here’s a picture from 2 years ago when an intern and my assistant were learning the NI systems together in my studio