Native Instruments Maschine Mk3 is an expandable, integrated hardware/software groovebox with a built-in 24-bit/96kHz audio interface, sampler, arranger, mixer, and FX processor with an 8GB sample library
Much like The Doctor’s Tardis, Native Instruments Maschine Mk3 is much bigger on the inside. Measuring approximately 12″ x 12″ and 1-1/2 inches thick, and weighing in at less than five lbs., NI’s powerhouse beat-making Maschine is an integrated hardware software system, featuring a sampler, arranger, mixer, FX processor and 24-bit/96kHz audio interface. Inside Maschine Mk3 lurks an impressive and wide-ranging 8GB library of high-quality samples, sliced loops, drum kits, instruments, patterns, and projects. Plus, Maschine Mk3 also includes Komplete 11, which comprises 11 premium virtual instruments, such as Massive and Monark, as well as effects. And if all that isn’t enough, you can expend your library with Maschine Expansions, Komplete, and NKS-standard virtual instruments, as well as a Komplete Kontrol S-Series keyboard, giving you a sonic palette as vast as the time vortex itself.
Native Instruments Maschine Mk3 in one take:
- Full-featured groove box/arranger lets you create and perform tracks and beats
- Integrated hardware/software system includes sampler, arranger, mixer, FX, and 24-bit/96kHz audio interface
- Includes Maschine 2.0 software and sound library plus Komplete 11 Select
What’s new in Native Instruments Maschine Mk3
While Maschine Mk3 sports a new look, its facelift isn’t merely for looks. With added functionality, Maschine Mk3 takes NI’s classic groove box workflow and picks up its pace with user-requested features.
Larger, more sensitive pads
The Mk3’s 16 ultra-responsive, multi-colored drum-trigger pads make it easier to perform complex moves, such as flams and rolls. For more expressive playing, the pads have also been made more sensitive to touch. There are three modes for performance and music creation: Pad mode for drum performance; Keyboard mode, which lets you play the Mk3 like a piano; and Step mode, which enables you to program sounds, automate pitch, volume, LFO, or any other parameter step by step for incredibly intricate and musical results. For long-time users of Maschine, upgrading to Mk3, you be happy to know that the center-to-center distance of the pads is exactly the same, which means your muscle memory and workflow remain the same—no time wasted dealing with a new learning curve.
Dual high-resolution displays
With two full-color displays and four-directional push encoder, you can browse sounds, effects, plug-ins, and instruments with one hand, complete with visual feedback. Simply find the appropriate thumbnail and load directly from the hardware. Additionally, the high-definition display screens enable you to mix with greater precision, see an overview of your arrangement, or zoom in on waveforms to surgically slice samples without looking at your computer screen.
Studio-quality audio interface
Maschine now comes with a high-quality, 24-bit/96kHz audio interface that captures and plays back crystal-clear sound. Just connect a synth or use a dynamic mic for recording and sampling. Maschine’s interface has stereo line and MIDI ports, which enable it to be the hub of your studio. And, since it’s USB-powered, you can use your laptop to record anywhere. Using the included power supply will let the touch pads shine brighter.
Maschine Mk3 Key Features:
The hardware layout of Mk3 is designed to help you stay in the creative mode to keep you from losing your ideas to housekeeping functions. Instead of being hidden under layers of menus, accessible only via shift-function buttons, the most used features and functions are available at single touch. Its ultra-fast, tag-based browser uses Maschine’s two full-color display screens and 4-directional push encoder lets you quickly find any project, group, sound, instrument, effect, or sample, and load it.
Pad input mode buttons
Mode buttons call up drum rhythms, program patterns, or let you play melodies and chords, switching easily between them with the click of a button.
The lock button lakes you take snapshots of parameters, tweak settings, or return to original settings and experiment with new transitions.
Assign custom parameters to macros at the touch of a button and let the tweaking begin.
A larger, more easily accessible button lets you play fills and arpeggios during a performance in dark-lit environments.
Updated transport section
Transport buttons now include deeper integration with most DAWs and direct access to Follow and Tempo Tap.
Fixed velocity button
For a more realistic feel, you can program accents and ghost notes quickly with 16 fixed velocity levels, or go full-on electronica and get a smooth, constant volume when triggering samples.
Updated file management
Open a recent project, make changes, and save it as a new file without touching the mouse with new Save and Open buttons.
Expanded control section
One-touch access to the Arranger, Mixer, Sound Browser, or Sampler lets you jump between views.
Eight touch-sensitive knobs
Eight touch-sensitive knobs let you tweak to your heart’s content. Touch once to activate special contextual menus, such as tag clouds, sound settings, and FX parameters. with the touch of a button, you can also map your most frequently used effects, instruments, or plug-in parameters to macros for easy recall.
Smart strip to teach an old performance dog new tricks
The Smart Strip opens up Maschine to entirely new ways of playing. You can use it like a keyboard mod wheel for pitch-bend and modulation; add new sonic textures, builds, or transitions with advanced performance effects, such as stutter and scratch. For the utmost in realistic expression, you can even strum samples, synths, and drums like a guitar.
Maschine Mk3 Top Three Software Features:
The Ideas view makes sketching and arranging tracks more intuitive, by enabling you to record alternate musical phrases or play different beats without stopping. Then you can mix and match until you find a groove you like.
Parameter snapshot morphing
The aforementioned Lock function lets you freeze current settings, tweak sounds, change an envelope, and return back to your initial settings at the press of a button. Combining Lock with the new Morph function lets you create new transitions or add improvisation during a performance.
The new Variation Engine is in essence, an idea machine, that lets you add texture to a track and randomize to create new patterns and melodies on the fly. Additionally, a humanize function lets you add a little swing to your drums.
OUTSIDE THE BOX—Native Instruments Maschine Mk3
Controls and I/O
High-resolution color displays
Whether browsing for sounds, editing notes, or slicing samples, these high res, color displays keep you focused on creating, not on your computer
The built-in 96 kHz / 24-bit audio interface has everything you need: 2 x 1/4″ TRS line outputs, 2 X 1/4″ TRS line inputs, ¼” dynamic mic input, headphone output, MIDI in/out
4-directional push encoder
With the 4-directional push encoder, you can browse sounds and navigate through notes with one hand while playing pads with the other
A large Note Repeat button lets you create rapid fire drum rolls or inspiring arpeggios on the fly
Pad input mode buttons
Dedicated function buttons give you one-touch access to top performance modes so you drum, play, or step without breaking the flow
Touch-sensitive display knobs
Eight display knobs automatically map to key instrument parameters for on-the-fly tweaking and sound shaping – plus 1-touch contextual menu make browsing a breeze
The dual-touch Smart Strips unlock new ways to play. Strum notes, pitchbend sounds, or bring complex textures with Perform FX.
Group selector and transport buttons
The dedicated group buttons deliver hands-on control of sounds and key parameters, while standard transport buttons give deep integration with most DAWs
Ultra-sensitive and fun to play, Maschine’s multi-color pads provide ultimate feel in the thick of the beat
Maschine Mk3 Hardware and Software Expandability
Maschine comes with an acclaimed 8GB library of high-quality samples, sliced loops, drum kits, instruments, patterns, and projects right out of the box. Plus, it also includes Komplete 11 SELECT, with 11 premium instruments, such as MASSIVE and MONARK, plus effects, for an expansive sonic palette. And since you can never have enough sounds, you expand your library even further with Maschine Expansions, Komplete, and NKS-standard virtual instruments.
Komplete KONTROL— Keyboard Expansion Capability
If the Keyboard Mode on Maschine Mk3 pads don’t quite give you the pianistic feel you need, you can augment your hardware control with a Komplete KONTROL S49 or S61 keyboard seamlessly for greater musical control and performance capabilities. Plus, with the new MIDI CC capabilities, you can control your MIDI-capable external instruments, such as a Roland groove box or Korg synth, as if they were plug-ins. To get you started, NI offers a library of presets for popular devices, which you can find on their Downloads page. If you can’t find a preset for your favorite synth, it’s easy to build your own.
Maschine Mk3 raises NI’s classic groove box to a new level of efficiency and creative control without breaking the familiar workflow and feel long-time users have grown to love. For more information, call or chat online with your Westlake Pro Sales Consultant today.
Native Instruments Maschine Mk3 specifications
- 2 extra-large, high-resolution color displays
- 16 high-quality, multi-color, illuminated pads with velocity and aftertouch
- 8 multi-color group buttons
- 8 endless rotary touch-sensitive encoders
- 50 backlit click buttons
- 1 dual-touch Smart Strip
- 1 four-directional push encoder
- 96 kHz / 24-bit built-in audio interface
- USB 2.0, 3.0
- 2 x ¼” TRS line outputs, 2 x ¼” TRS line inputs
- ¼” mic input for use with a dynamic microphone
- 1 headphone output
- 1 x MIDI in, 1 x MIDI out
- 1 footswitch or pedal input
- 15V 1.2A power supply included
Native Instruments Maschine Mk3 System Requirements:
Mac OS X 10.11 or macOS 10.12 (latest update), Intel Core i5, 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
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 Port, 9 GB free disk space for Maschine software and Maschine Library, 18 GB free disk space for Komplete 11 SELECT
- An Internet connection and a graphics card which supports OpenGL 2.1 or higher are required to download and activate Maschine software. Once installed and activated, all products can be used offline.
- Supported Interfaces: Stand-alone, VST, Audio Units, AAX 32 and AAX 64, ASIO, CoreAudio, WASAPI
- Please note: Native 64-bit support for stand-alone and plug-in versions.
- Maschine requires activation: Activate using the serial number on the flyer inside the box.
- In case of graphics issues, please install the latest drivers for your GPU. This can be necessary even if Windows reports them as up to date.
- Maschine software, Maschine Factory Library, and Komplete 11 SELECT are provided as downloads after registration — an Internet connection and a graphics card that supports OpenGL 2.1 or higher are required to download and activate the software. Once installed and activated, all products can be used offline