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MASCHINE MIKRO available from Mid-October

As well as the iMASCHINE App for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, Native Instruments has announced a new, compact, cheaper alternative to its MASCHINE hardware.

MASCHINE MIKRO offers the same kind of performance and features as its bigger brother but at a reduced price and size.

This latest addition to the family has the same powerful software and 6 GB+ sample library as its big brother, as well as the same responsive pads on a more compact and portable controller. MASCHINE MIKRO makes a perfect addition for any production setup – get hands-on with your rhythms and grooves both in the studio and on the stage.

MASCHINE MIKRO Hardware Specifications

  • Width: 320 mm / 12.6″
  • Length: 195 mm / 7.7″
  • Height: 55 mm / 2.2″
  • Weight: 1.2 Kgs / 2.6 lbs
  • One high-contrast black and white display 64 x 128 pixels
  • 16 high-quality, illuminated pads with velocity and aftertouch
  • One master knob for controlling numerous functions
  • 28 backlit buttons
  • USB 2.0
  • Kensington Lock


Here’s how the MASCHINE MIKRO compares to the full-blown MASCHINE. Though you lose out on displays, entry dials and a few other things, the MIKRO is still no pushover.

Which MASCHINE is for me?

MASCHINE is a powerful music production system designed to be the centerpiece for professional beat production, as well as an advanced MIDI controller. It offers full hands-on control for a fast and intuitive workflow MASCHINE MIKRO is a powerful music production system with integrated hardware controller designed for producers who work primarily in their DAW and don’t need in-depth hardware tweaking capabilities
What’s included?
Integrated bus-powered hardware controller? YES YES
Full version of MASCHINE software? YES YES
Full 6+ GB sample content? YES YES
KOMPLETE ELEMENTS with over 1,000 sounds? YES YES
Comparison Chart
Number of displays? 2 (256 x 64 pixel) 1 (128 x 64 pixel)
Number of endless rotary knobs for direct parameter access? 11 1
Number of backlit buttons for direct parameter access? 41 (+16 pads) 28 (+ 16 pads)
Direct access to groups from hardware YES NO (but possible via shortcut)
Browse and load sounds, effects, patterns and projects from the hardware YES (With straight-forward filtering directly from the controller) YES
Load KOMPLETE 8 plug-in sounds directly from within the browser YES (With straight-forward filtering directly from the controller) YES
Tweak software parameters from the hardware YES YES
Record parameter automation directly from the hardware YES NO
Tweak multiple parameters simultaneously from the hardware (i.e. filter cutoff and resonance)? YES NO (But possible by using macro controls plus an additional MIDI controller)
No of groups 8 8
Number of Scenes per Project 64 64
Number of patterns per Scene 16 16
Direct control over Patterns and Scenes from hardware YES YES
Number of samples that can be loaded Unlimited Unlimited
Built in MIDI interface? YES NO
Kensington Lock? YES YES

Priced €349, new stock will be available online from 20th October.

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