Native Instruments Announces Maschine MK3 Controller, Adds Sound Card

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Last updated 11 September, 2017

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Native Instruments just launched the Maschine MK3, the latest update to its hardware and software production platform. It’s got a sleek new look, bigger performance pads, a touch strip, and eight touch-sensitive knobs. The biggest new feature is the onboard audio interface: it sports a pair of 1/4″ line outputs, 1/4″ line inputs, Midi In and Out jacks, a 1/4″ headphone output, and a Midi input jack for connecting a footswitch.

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Native Instruments’ groovebox has grown up in a big way – the lack of an onboard sound card has always been a sore spot with Maschine, and this latest version finally addresses that. The Maschine line has been a staple in production studios because of its tight integration with the accompanying Maschine software, which itself has matured into a full-on digital audio workstation.

If the onboard interface is good, this new Maschine update could just be the “groovebox and sound card” combo that bedroom producers have been waiting for. Watch out for our review of it very soon.

Check out the promo video below.

Promo Videos

• Maschine MK3 will be available for US$599 from October 2017. Check the Native Instruments site for more details.

What are your thoughts on this new update? Do you produce using Maschine? Why or why not? Share your thoughts below.