Native Instruments has introduced Maschine Mikro, an entry-level version of its Maschine groove production workstation.
Maschine Mikro is based on a portable controller that provides hands-on control of the central Maschine features, at two-thirds of the size and weight of the full-sized hardware. Utilizing a single display and a dynamically assigned encoder to enable its compact footprint, the bus-powered Mikro controller retains the full-sized 4×4 matrix of pressure-sensitive, dynamically backlit Maschine drum pads.
Above, Jeremy Ellis demonstrates Maschine Mikro with some mind-melting controllerism.
Maschine Mikro includes the full-featured Maschine software with its pattern-based live and step sequencing, VST and AU plug-in hosting, real-time audio recording, sample editing and advanced multi-effects. The Mikro version also contains the full 6 GB Maschine sound library, as well as the free Komplete Elements sound collection.
With the new 1.7 software version of Maschine, both Maschine and Maschine Mikro now also benefit from advanced integration with Komplete 8 and Komplete 8 Ultimate, providing advanced sound browsing and parameter mapping for all instruments and effects contained in the bundle.
Maschine Mikro is expected to be available in October for US $399 or 349 EUR.