Native Instruments Maschine Mikro MK3 Groove Production Studio

Inject some inspiration with the Native Instruments Maschine Mikro MK3 -- its pads and Smart Strip add a tactile feel to software instruments and drums.

Native Instruments' Maschine Mikro MK3 Groove Production Studio is a compact-yet-powerful hardware controller for your computer. Just plug in your laptop or desktop via USB, fire up the included Maschine software, and you've got everything you need for sampling, sequencing, and building great beats.

The Machine Mikro MK3's rugged yet portable hardware offers sixteen touch-sensitive, color-codable sample pads for launching and arranging drums, one-shot samples, and synths. The supplied Maschine software comes packed with an extensive catalog of samples, Native Instruments' versatile repertoire of digital effects, and the legendary Massive software synth -- so right out of the box, the Maschine Mikro MK3 is ready to help you get your groove on.

Beat Production Hardware

The Maschine Mikro MK3 is a portable groove production system that makes it easy for experienced producers and newbies alike to build tracks on-the-fly, thanks to Native Instruments' intuitive sequencing/sampler hardware. Just load up a group of samples on the 16 touch-sensitive sample pads, and start laying down a beat. You can color-code your sample pads any way you like, so you'll always remember which pad triggers what sample. It's easy to tap complex, dynamic beats on the Maschine Mikro's responsive pads in just a few seconds. With the ability to integrate with multiple DAWs via USB MIDI, the Maschine Mikro MK3 is designed as a studio production tool, but also serves as a powerful performance-ready sequencing read more sampler.

Maschine Essentials Software and Samples Included

The included Maschine software supplies 4 GB of content, so you'll have immediate access to tons of drum kits, synths, basses, and acoustic instruments the first time you use it. Of course, you can always expand your library with Native Instruments' many Maschine expansion packs or your own VST or Audio Units plug-ins. The Mikro MK3 also comes with Native Instruments' Massive, Monark, and Reaktor Prism software synthesizers with thousands of sounds -- so you'll be making righteous beats in no time.

Features:

- Software and hardware music production studio
- 16 assignable multi-colored sample pads with adjustable sensitivity
- Includes Maschine software with 4 GB of ready-to-use content
- Includes three Komplete software synths: Massive virtual-analog synthesizer with over 1,300 synths and basses, Monark monosynth, and Reaktor Prism polyphonic synth.
- Powerful effects library featuring effects designed for beat production
- Browse Mode lets you scroll through and preview samples without loading them
- Choke Button to immediately eliminate all output -- great for live performances
- Supports VST and Audio Unit plug-ins in the Maschine software
- Run the Maschine software as a plug-in in a DAW environment
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System Requirements:

- Windows 10 (latest update, 64-bit), Intel Core i5 or equivalent CPU,4 GB RAM
- macOS 10.12 or macOS 10.13 (latest update), Intel Core i5, 4 GB RAM
- USB 2.0 Port, 3 GB free disk space for MASCHINE ESSENTIALS (full MASCHINE software plus 1.6 GB MASCHINE Factory Selection), 1 GB free disk space for MASSIVE, MONARK and REAKTOR PRISM
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 3.25 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 15 x 8 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 25707
with Bag
Shipping Weight: 5.5 lbs

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 866-556-6487 or 323-467-2693

Native Instruments Maschine Mikro MK3

The Native Instruments Maschine Mikro MK3 is the perfect first step for music producers already using a DAW to get hands-on with their creative process, letting them tap out beats and melodies, and quickly build up loops and track ideas.

Features:

- Compact, music production instrument that integrates powerful software with tactile, responsive hardware
- Four ways to input sound using the 16 pads -- drum in pad mode, play melodies in Keyboard mode, create chord progressions in Chord mode, and program in a classic step-sequencer style from Step mode
- Software - use on its own or as a VST, Audio Unit, or AAX plug-in in all major DAWs (including Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Logic Pro, and FL Studio)
- 1.6 GB MASCHINE Factory Selection with samples, one-shots, loops, sample instruments, presets, patterns, drum kits, and songs
- Same software as MASCHINE MK3 / STUDIO / JAM -- includes 25 pro-quality studio and creative FX including filter, EQ, delay, reverb, and compressor
- 16 large, velocity-sensitive pads for easy two-handed drumming
- Dual-touch Smart Strip lets you slide your fingers to strum instruments, bend sounds, use Perform FX, and more
- Push encoder and screen for browsing, navigating, adjusting volume levels and panning, and controlling parameters
- Powered via USB 2.0
- The Native Instruments sound universe -- easily expand your library with KOMPLETE, Sounds.com, Expansions, and enjoy perfect integration with any third party NKS-certified instruments and effects
- Classic groovebox features including 16 pad velocity levels, swing, pad link, note repeat, step sequencer, and vintage MPC60/SP1200 sampling emulation
- Powerful mixer, arranger, and sampler for full creative control over your tracks

Sounds for any style, with infinite expandability. MASCHINE MIKRO includes
- MASCHINE Essentials (full Maschine application plus 1.6 GB Factory Selection) provided as a download upon hardware registration
- Full versions of three popular KOMPLETE plugins, worth over $300, available for download from Native Access after hardware registration:
- MASSIVE - heavyweight virtual analog synthesizer
- MONARK - iconic mono synth
- REAKTOR PRISM - flexible polyphonic synthesizer
- Eligibility to purchase upgrades to full 8 GB MASCHINE Factory Library and KOMPLETE SELECT with 25GB of instruments and effects
- Voucher for Sounds.com - access to thousands of samples and loops from hundreds of suppliers, for a monthly subscription

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. (1 ratings)
Submitted January 18, 2019 by ALLAN B in TEMPE, AZ
"Very Cool"
Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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OK So I'm an old guy, and buying a 'beat box' was literally the last thing I ever thought I would do. I don't play house, hip hop, or EDM, but I've always been fascinated with electronic music and how to integrate it into my more mainstream rock/jazz/crap original compositions. After researching and getting Komplete I saw a ton of videos about Maschine and well, I took the bait and got one.If you are already familiar with sample players then this is a no brainer. Maschine is a powerhouse tool for what you already do. If you aren't, then don't be like me and pigeon hole them into a single class of music. You can do almost any type of music on this system. Yes, it's a different way of doing things, but for me at least, it breaks me out of my linear music production mindset and allows me to think about music differently and be more creative.The software works seamlessly with the hardware. Load it on a laptop and sit on the couch with phones on and sketch ideas all day long. It does take a bit to understand the relationship between patterns and scenes and how it all works together. There are hundreds of instructional videos out there to assist, but the NI YouTube videos helped me the most with the very basic elements of the software.The box itself seems very well built. It has some weight to it which adds to the feeling of quality. The pads are very very nice and respond well to touch velocity. I would recommend this for home studio and composition any day of the week, but if you are thinking about read more using it live you may want to look at the MK3 instead of the Mikro. You still need to use the PC a little with this box, which is fine for me.

Sound
It comes with the Maschine Essentials library and a few other goodies, and there are thousands of sounds to play with right off the bat. They all sound really good, but IMHO they are mostly geared towards EDM and dance music. I upgraded to the full library once I got familiar with the software so I could have a bigger variety of sounds to work with.

Features
I like that I can do so much from the box itself and just get lost in it. I wish the display was a little bigger for my old eyes, but I certainly understand why it is the way it is in order to keep the cost affordable.I also like that Maschine pulls in other NI instruments you have into the sound libraries. The possibilities are endless!

Ease of Use
Once you get the hang of everything it is very easy to use. Again, if you are new to this definitely take some time to watch the NI instructional videos because some actions don't seem very intuitive at first.

Quality
The build quality is excellent.

Value
I think overall this is a great value if you are looking for a different way to make music, or just want to get into beat making in general. I can't compare it to other products because this is my first foray into this type of equipment.

Manufacturer Support
I had one small issue activating the product and it was my own fault. NI got back to me the next day via email, but by then I had already figured out what I did wrong. I suggest taking a picture of your serial number and blowing it up on your phone. The S and 5, and B and 8 look very similar, even to my kids much younger eyes!

The Wow Factor
I'd say there's a lot of Wow in this box!

Musical Background:
Guitarist for 45 years and dabbled in keyboards along the way

Musical Style:
Prog rock, jazz, Christian
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