Native Instruments Maschine Mikro MK3 MIDI Pad Controller


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Native Instruments Maschine Mikro MK3 MIDI Pad Controller

Gearank Recommendation

The Maschine Mikro MK3 appeared on our recommended list for MIDI Pad Controllers from April 2019 through July 2020.

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Sound On Sound Simon Sherbourne 86/100
All Things Gear Christian De Looper 90/100
TNW Tristan Greene 88/100
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The MK3 edition of the Maschine Mikro caused a stir when it was announced in September 2018.

Forums lit up at the prospect of a sub-$300 Maschine controller.

Although it came out at a lower price than its MK2 predecessor, it also has a smaller screen. This also means that editing samples is not possible without looking at your computer screen.

The Mikro MK3 lived up to the hype at release, bringing in a plethora of features like a new smart strip to control pitch, modulation, effects and even be able to "strum" held down notes as chords like a vintage Suzuki Omnichord.

If your primary goal is to be able to use Native Intruments' Maschine software and want an affordable matching hardware controller, the Mikro MK3 is a great entry into the workflow.

Do bear in mind what gets cut out from its larger siblings. If you don't mind the features excluded, then the Mikro MK3 is a good option.


  • Pads: 16 Velocity Sensitive Backlit Pads
  • Buttons: 4 x Pad Mode, 4 x Smart Strip Mode, 26 x Function/Transport buttons, 5 x Navigation, Search and Favorite buttons
  • Knobs: 1 x Universal Encoder Knob
  • Other Controls: 1 x Dual Touch Smart Strip
  • Standalone Mode: No
  • Power: USB-powered
  • Connectivity: USB Slot, Kensington Lock Slot
  • Compatibility: Mac with Mac OS X 10.5, Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 or 10
  • Software Bundle: NI Massive, Monark, Reaktor Prism, MASCHINE Essentials
  • Dimensions: 12.6" x 6.96" x 1.77"
  • Weight: 2.47 lbs
Although we previously featured this on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best MIDI Pad Controllers.