Native Instruments Maschine MK3

First things first, what took you so long?

My first attempt at purchasing the Maschine MK3 was back in 2017 but they didn’t have any stock so I was refunded. I saw that moment as a sign because my Maschine MK1 was still operational and also I didn’t see much differences until 2020 when I finally got my hands on the MK3.

Packs quite a punch

The Maschine MK3 is a big step up from any of its predecessors because it contains so much much than you could imagine which makes it a contender for future proofing your workflow. Here’s a list of the standout features;

  • 2 high-resolution RGB colour displays for precision sample slicing, sound tweaking, note editing, mixing, browsing, and more
  • Pro-grade, 96 kHz / 24-bit audio interface with 2 x ¼” TRS line outputs, 2 x ¼” TRS line inputs, ¼” dynamic mic input, stereo headphone output, 1 x MIDI In, 1 x MIDI out; 1 x Footswitch
  • 8 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 15V 1.2A power supply unit

Worlds apart

It’s a huge step up from my MK1 and can do so much more like become a control surface for Logic Pro X. Perhaps the best investment I’ve ever made as the workflow is so quick, especially when you can adjust level of the channel from the hardware controller without looking at the screen; all you do is press the Mixer button and twist the corresponding knobs that you want to adjust. At first I found it difficult to get used to it as I was using the Komplete Kontrol M32 but a few weeks in and I’ve discovered the Tap Tempo button and all is well. My next frontier at some part is the touch strip.

Going forward

Since my MK3 journey began I haven’t really used the M32 much, I’ve also partnered it with the Novation Launchpad Mini -since it is now recognised as a control surface for LPX’s new clips feature. I’ve been doing the most in regards to Twitch streams and I gotta admit that its fantastic to watch back and analyse my workflow. It just simplifies everything. Tune in sometime or follow the highlights of my live broadcast shenanigans on my YouTube and IGTV.

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