It actually took me a while to figure out Maschine. I won’t lie. There is definitely a learning curve there. I was an Ableton Live user before I tried Maschine, and it was somewhat difficult to get my head around Maschine’s workflow. The reason that I stayed with it is because I love how you can browse all of Maschine’s Expansions as well as all of Komplete directly from the hardware. Since then, they’ve also added the ability to browse and control all NKS ready plugins too, and they all have audio previews of each preset. Once you get the hang of Maschine, it’s really easy to use. I don’t like the sequencer for arranging an entire song. I look at it like it’s the ultimate scratch pad, and nothing more.
The drag and drop process works great AFAIC. I just solo each pad of a group and drag the audio in to it’s own audio track in Cubase. Once I’m done, I can simply close out Maschine and work in Cubase alone. If I find that I want to add something else from Maschine, I just reopen it. If it’s just something as simple as adding in another vst instrument, I’ll just add that in Cubase. It’s really hard to beat Maschine’s hands on workflow. That’s why I love to start things there, but for mixing and arrangement, it just can’t compete with Cubase at all.