The Maschine Mikro launched in 2019 and is the most affordable Maschine ever from Native Instruments. It is a particularly good accessible controller of high quality with an original sleek design. The advantage is, of course, the price but also the flexibility you have. It fits easily in your backpack!
The Maschine Mikro has 16 touchpads that come from the Maschine MK3. There is a tiny display on which you can see necessary information, but this is very minimal.
New to the Mikro is that there is a touch-sensitive slider, with which you can slide strums and apply real-time FX or pitching. Besides, the standard functions that you know from the MK3.
Pay attention! There is only a USB connection on the Mikro, so no MIDI or other connections! The Mikro can be used with the Maschine Software or your own DAW as FL Studio.
Important functions of the Mikro
- Studio FX (24 effects included)
- USB Powered
- Lock button
- Bass and drum synths
- Audio plug-ins
- Access more functions with the Shift button
Native Instruments itself explains that the Mikro is more optimised for production with a laptop, so more compact than the previous versions and fewer connections. Only the buttons you need are on the Maschine Mikro. Also, they have added a new feature, the slide function.
There is also criticism of the new release of Native Instruments. It would be, but there is little news ... It is, of course, difficult to continue to develop and innovate continuously. It is indeed not a very exciting improvement. But the Maschine Mikro is very interesting for on-the-road or novice producers with less budget, and the price is very attractive!
Price: € 249, -