First Look: Native Instruments Maschine MK3

US New hardware, new features      07/09/17
    MP4 18:54 mins    

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Native Instruments have today announced the new Maschine MK3, the result of 3 years of refinement and design tweaks. It's a pretty much totally reworked version of the Maschine MK2 with some additional Maschine JAM features too.

Pads + buttons  have been redesigned to be larger and more responsive, screens have been re-worked to provide more colour and power efficiency. Big news is the audio interface is now on board, 2 in, 4 out (st + headphones) which makes it more of a self contained unit. Integration with the Maschine software means less time at the computer, plus more one handed navigation and operation with their new 4 way push encoder and touch sensitive encoders.

Maschine Mk3 will be available in October at the same price as the MK2:

EUR 599, USD 599, JPY 72800, GBP 479, AUD 899

We had a visit from Boris - who took us through the new features.


  • Integrated hardware/software system includes sampler, arranger, mixer, FX, and more
  • 8 GB MASCHINE library with samples, one-shots, sliced loops, sampled instruments, presets, patterns, drum kits, and songs
  • Includes 25 GB KOMPLETE 11 SELECT library
  • 25 pro-quality studio and creative FX including filter, EQ, delay, reverb and compressor
  • 2 high-resolution RGB color displays for precision sample slicing, sound tweaking, note editing, mixing, browsing, and more
  • 16 large, ultra-sensitive pads make two-handed drumming easy
  • 96kHz/24-bit audio interface with 2x 1/4 TRS line outs, 2x 1/4 TRS Line inputs, 1/4 dynamic mic input, stereo headphone out, MIDI i/o
  • Touch sensitive knobs for parameter tweaking
  • Smart Strip for strumming notes, pitch bending sounds, performing with FX, and more
  • Four-directional push encoder for browsing, navigating, adjusting levels and balance
  • Powered via USB 2.0 or with the included power supply unit
  • Seamless integration with KOMPLETE
  • Classic groovebox features including 16 velocity levels, swing,
  • pad link, note repeat, step sequencer, and vintage MPC 60/SP 1200 sampling emulation
  • Compatible with all major DAWs (including Ableton Live, Logic Pro, and FL Studio) as a VST or Audio Units plug-in with full multi-core support
  • System Requirements
  • Mac OS X 10.11 or macOS 10.12 (latest update)
  • Windows 7, 8, or 10 (latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit) Intel Core i5 or equivalent CPU
  • 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
  • USB 2.0 or higher


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