Native Instruments Maschine MK3 MIDI Pad Controller

96 out of 100. Incorporating 1350+ ratings and reviews.
Native Instruments

Gearank High Notes

NI Maschine MK3: Equal Highest Rated MIDI Pad Controller - 2022.05

Gearank Recommended

The Maschine MK3 first appeared on our recommended list for MIDI Pad Controllers in our April 2019 edition and it has remained on the list since.

Rating Source Highlights

Website Source *Rating Value
Mac Pro Video Hollin Jones 90/100
The Verge Dani Deahl 80/100
*Displayed values are prior to the Gearank Algorithm’s adjustments it makes when evaluating the source.


  • Pads: 16 Large Velocity Sensitive Backlit Pads (Linear Curve)
  • Buttons: 16 x Multi Purpose buttons, 21 x Function Buttons, 8 x Solo/Mute/Transport buttons, 13 x Pad function buttons
  • Knobs: 1 x Universal Multidirection Encoder Knob, 8 assignable encoder knobs with capacitive touch sensitivity
  • Other: 1 x Dual Touch Smart Strip, Dual high-resolution color displays
  • Analog Inputs:2 x 1/4″ (line in), 1 x 1/4″ (mic in)
  • Analog Outputs2 x 1/4″ (line out), 1 x 1/4″ (headphones)
  • Standalone Mode: Yes
  • Power: 15V DC power supply (included) / USB bus power
  • Connectivity: MIDI I/O, USB Slot, Kensington Lock Slot
  • Compatibility: Mac with Mac OS X 10.5, Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 or 10
  • Software Bundle: 8GB built in sample library, 25 GB Komplete 11 Select library
  • Dimensions: 12.6″ x 11.85″ x 1.61″
  • Weight: 5.9 lbs

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