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Native Instruments has announced MASCHINE MK3, the third installment to their widely renowned...


Native Instruments Unveils MASCHINE MK3

Native Instruments has announced MASCHINE MK3, the third installment to their widely renowned music production machine that introduces a heap of new features and improvements.

Key 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 – see opposite for details
  • 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
  • Pro-grade, 96 kHz / 24-bit audio interface with 2 x 1⁄4” TRS line outputs, 2 x 1⁄4” TRS line inputs, 1⁄4” dynamic mic input, stereo headphone output, 1 x MIDI In, 1 x MIDI out; 1 x Footswitch
  • 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

In addition to MASCHINE including KOMPLETE 11 SELECT, an assortment of 11 powerful instruments and effects, the MASCHINE software also includes an 8 GB library of sounds, drum kits, multi-sampled instruments, patterns, projects and sliced loops.


Revised Layout In MASCHINE MK3

Bigger buttons

  • 1. All function buttons, group buttons and pads gained in size, still keeping the original dimensions.
  • 2. Note Repeat > Extra large, The “17th pad”

Additional buttons


Revised Hardware Layout

  • 1. Function Button Section mirrors inner logic of software (hierarchy: Scene/Pattern/Events etc)
  • 2. Event editing now much cleaner via dedicated “Events” button inspired by MST.
  • 3. “Tap” button now primary function. Tap can be used now whilst playing!
  • 4. 11 buttons more than MK2 but same form factor.

​Smart​ ​Strip

  • 1. It contains elements of both traditional keyboard controllers and MASCHINE Jam.
    • Pitch Mode: Emulates a traditional Pitch Bend-Wheel
  • 2. Modulation Mode: Emulates a traditional Modulation-Wheel
  • 3. Perform FX Mode: Access and tweak
    • Perform FX directly with the Smart-Strip
    • Notes Mode: Strum Chords, Play melodies and basslines using the Smart-Strip

Colour​ ​Displays

  • 1. With MASCHINE MK3’s displays Browsing, Sampling, Pattern creation and editing, sound manipulation, mixing and routing, arranging, file management is possible directly from the hardware
  • 2. 100% hardware focused workflow, no need for a computer screen
  • 3. MK3 uses an optimized version of the MST displays with higher brightness and contrast, improved viewing angle and lower power consumption

​Touch​ ​Encoders

  • 1. Capacitive Touch-Encoders allow for improved browsing (tag clouds), pop-up menus and improved automation recording
  • 2. Improved Macro Mapping Workflow: Create Macros by simply touching the capacitive encoders. This way complex set-ups are realized blazingly fast!

​Audio​ ​Interface

  • 1. Stereo I/O (balanced 6.3 mm)
  • 2. MIC Input (unbalanced 6.3mm
  • 3. Headphone Output (6.3mm)
  • 4. MIDI I/O
  • 5. Pedal Input (Footswitch or Expression
  • 6. Allows direct sampling of Line and Mic Sources
  • 7. Monitoring the main output through headphones and PA and Cueing separate signals through the headphone.
  • 8. Individual volume knobs on the rear provide direct access.


Included Software

  • MASSIVE – virtual analog synthesizer
  • MONARK – iconic mono synth
  • THE GENTLEMAN – classic upright piano
  • DRUMLAB – sampled / synthesized percussion
  • REAKTOR PRISM – polyphonic synthesizer
  • SCARBEE MARK 1 – electric piano
  • RETRO MACHINES – 20+ legendary vintage synths
  • VINTAGE ORGANS – sampled classic organs
  • WEST AFRICA – percussion library
  • SOLID BUS COMP – powerful compressor REPLIKA – pro-quality delay

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

MASCHINE MK3 will be priced at $599 and you can visit the Native Instruments website to learn more.

Next: Native Instruments Introduces S49/61 MK2 Keyboards


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