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
MASCHINE MIKRO: Comparison With MASCHINE
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|
|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|
|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|
Priced €349, new stock will be available online from 20th October.