MASCHINE MIKRO is the perfect entry into the world of MASCHINE, giving you tactile, hands-on control for beat production, sampling and performance.
The latest version of MASCHINE MIKRO delivers:
New hardware – now in black or white, with new multicolored pads
New 1.8 software – free update, with color coding and new effects
MASSIVE on board – legendary synth for all MASCHINE users
MASCHINE MIKRO is a professional music production tool, combining the flexibility of software with the immediacy of hardware – now updated with new, multi-colored pads, enhanced display and more.
Create rhythms, bass lines, chords and melodies, and build tracks on-the-fly with the intuitive, clip-based sequencer. MASCHINE MIKRO also gives you a high-performance sampler, professional effects and full support for VST and Audio Units plug-ins. What's more, you can also run MASCHINE MIKRO as a plug-in in your DAW.
And check out iMASCHINE – NI's on-the-go beat sketchpad for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Import your iMASCHINE projects to MASCHINE MIKRO to finish your ideas in your studio.
MASCHINE MIKRO comes with over 6 GB of ready-to-use, professional and inspiring sounds. Create rhythms and melodies right away with the included drum kits, one-shot samples, basses, synths and acoustic instruments – all fully tagged for easy browsing.
With the 1.8 MASCHINE update, all MASCHINE MASCHINE MIKRO users get the legendaryMASSIVE* synthesizer – a sonic monster for basses and leads with 1,300 earth-shattering sounds – worth $199 / 179 € alone. MASCHINE MIKRO also includesKOMPLETE ELEMENTS, providing more than 1,000 stunning sounds from the flagshipKOMPLETE 8 andKOMPLETE 8 ULTIMATE.
Add extra fuel to your MASCHINE or MASCHINE MIKRO with MASCHINE EXPANSIONS – sonically-specialized packages created by renowned sound designers and artists.
These ready-to-rumble sample kits consist of drum one-shots, matched kits, multi-sampled instruments and pre-programmed patterns and songs. For instant and exclusive use within MASCHINE and MASCHINE MIKRO.
MASCHINE MIKRO combines the power and flexibility of MASCHINE software with a fully integrated portable hardware controller.
Most software functions can be controlled via the hardware , providing a hands-on workflow
When you're working in your DAW, MASCHINE MIKRO adds a new dimension to your project - explore grooves and rhythms in a fun and intuitive way - just like a hardware groove box
Total recall of all parameters either in standalone mode or as a plug-in means you can instantly dive back into your project
Frequent software updates means MASCHINE MIKRO continues to evolve to meet your needs
Clever shortcuts on the MIKRO hardware controller provide quick access to key functions in the MASCHINE software, which are also easily accessed via the computer's mouse and keyboard.
16 highly-sensitive back-lit, multi-colored pads with velocity and after-touch
One master push encoder for multiple software functions
One high-contrast, 128 x 64 pixel black-and-white display
28 backlit pads for clear visual feedback in the studio or on stage
Bus powered hardware via USB 2.0, plus Kensington lock
Weighs only 1,2 Kilograms
With MASCHINE MIKRO you can easily create and arrange patterns using the built-in sequencer.
Two modes: XOX drum machine step sequencer and MPC-style* live recording
Clip-based concept for intuitive arrangement of your project into scenes and songs, with assignable color-coding for instant overview
Classic groove box functions such as 16 velocity levels, swing (sounds, groups, global), pad-link and note repeat
MASCHINE MIKRO is based on a high-performance sampler, allowing audio recording of internal or external sources (sound card required), and precise sample playback.
Sample-length and number of samples only limited by your computer's RAM capacity
Polyphony up to 32 voices for each sound, with choke, legato and glide options
Powerful slicing via transient detection, fixed grid, or equal splits with automatic pad assignment
Offline timestretch and pitchshifting with automatic BPM detection
Convenient import of your own samples, REX2 files and MPC® programs
Vintage Sampling Modes emulating the sound of the MPC60® and/ SP1200®
Optimized recovery of lost samples – point MASCHINE MIKRO to the new location and it will automatically update the location for all samples in that project
Supports up to 24-bit/192kHz audio when using a high-quality audio interface like KOMPLETE AUDIO 6
MASCHINE MIKRO hosts any VST or Audio Units plug-ins from Native Instruments or any other manufacturer. Try it out with MASSIVE** – the renowned bass and lead synthesizer included with MASCHINE. Integration is seamless with all instruments and effects in KOMPLETE 8, KOMPLETE 8 ULTIMATE, and KOMPLETE ELEMENTS.
MASCHINE MIKRO hosts any VST or Audio Units plug-ins from Native Instruments and 3rd party manufacturers
MASCHINE MIKRO supports the new 'NIS' NI sound format - browse and load the presets of all KOMPLETE 8 versions directly from the MASCHINE browser
One instrument and up to 4 effect plug-ins can be opened in each sound slot - 16 sound slots are available in each of the 8 groups
Sampler, effects and plug-in parameters can be automated within the MASCHINE software
An easy–to-use browser lets you tag your own imported samples and gives you instant access to any sound from the extensive MASCHINE library. Assign color coding throughout the library for 'visual tagging' which is also displayed on the pads.
Over 6 GB of sounds including 18,000 samples, 7,000 one-shots, 400 loops, 300 drum kits with 1,400 patterns, 388 sampled instruments, 170 FX/multi-FX presets, and 60 demo projects
Contains multi-sampled acoustic instruments including pianos, organs, strings, brass and more
Browse and load projects, patterns, kits, sounds, and effects with dedicated shortcuts from the hardware, including all KOMPLETE 8 presets
Swap kits while keeping patterns: try out your beat with new sounds
MASCHINE MIKRO's built-in effects section contains a powerful arsenal of studio-quality effects to shape and supercharge your sound.
23 high-quality effects – including TRANSIENT MASTER, Tape and Tube Saturators, reverbs, filters and EQs plus creative tools such as Grain-Delay, Ice Verb, Freq Shifter
Chain up to four effects at once, or select a sampler or VST /AU instrument, followed by three chainable effects
Easily use NI or 3rd party VST /AU effect plug-ins within MASCHINE, e.g GUITAR RIG PLAYER amps and effects
When working in your DAW, MASCHINE MIKRO will supercharge your workflow. It's a perfectly integrated, rugged, and intuitive groovebox.
Use the MASCHINE software as a VST, AU or RTAS plug-in inside your host sequencer
As a plug-in, MASCHINE MIKRO retains all of its capabilities including total recall and routing up to 16 stereo outs to your host's mixer
Host Transport Control – run MASCHINE as a plug-in, and the transport controls on the hardware control transport in your DAW
Drag and drop audio or MIDI files directly to your DAW, or drag samples directly from your computer into MASCHINE's sound slots
Conveniently bounce songs or individual patterns as 8-, 16- and 24-bit WAV files, or drag and drop them directly to your DAW
Instant navigation: Open several instances of MASCHINE MIKRO in your host sequencer and easily switch between them using a single controller
Run MASCHINE and MASCHINE MIKRO in parallel as two independent VST, AU or RTAS plug-ins with in your host DAW – for additional tactile control in the studio
The new color-coding lets you 'see' your sounds, and it will turbo-charge your workflow.
Simply assign colors to the groups, sounds, patterns, and scenes, and see the pads on the hardware light up in the same colors. Make your kick drums red, for example, and you'll always know which pads play your kicks. Add some color to your performances!
MASCHINE MIKRO's renowned pads are now even better, with unparalleled response, dynamics and sensitivity. A new level of precision at your fingertips, for optimized playability and expression – set the velocity scale to suit your own personal playing style.
And with the new colored transport controls, the MK2 hardware provides a wealth of physical and visual excitement for intuitive beat making.
With MASCHINE 1.8, all MASCHINE users get the full version of the modern legend MASSIVE – the synth that gave birth to the earth-shuddering bass tones and speaker-troubling leads that have defined the bass music genre.
This monster synth contains 1,300 ready-to-go sounds, all instantly browseable via the MASCHINE MIKRO hardware.
The MASCHINE 1.8 software includes time-stretch and pitch shift capability. Stretch smoothly from one BPM to another, aided by the automatic BPM detection. Or stretch your audio to a specific length – to fit one sample to the same length as another, for example.
What's more, make your beats match harmonically, by tuning your samples with the pitch shift function.
The latest free software update includes new effects, specially selected for beat production. TRANSIENT MASTER, NI's hugely popular dynamics and mixing effect, has now been fully integrated in the MASCHINE 1.8 software. Ideal for positioning drums and percussion, it lets you mix from front to back, giving each sample exactly the right amount of space.
New Tube, Tape Saturator and Tube Saturator effects bring the secrets of analog warmth and natural, harmonic compression to MASCHINE MIKRO, for even greater sound coloring potential.
Experienced and new MASCHINE MIKRO producers alike will appreciate the big time savings from these workflow improvements in the free MASCHINE 1.8 software update:
Host transport control: Running the MASCHINE software as a plug-in in your DAW*, use the transport buttons on the MASCHINE MIKRO hardware to control transport in the host software. Important: Requires the latest version of the NI Controller Editor.
New Browser sample preview mode: Easily scroll through the browser list and pre-hear samples without loading them.
Auto-write: Record parameter modulation directly from the hardware with the push encoder.
New hardware shortcuts: Select and erase events quickly and easily.
Panic button: Immediately cuts off all sound from MASCHINE MIKRO.
Improved missing sample handling: Now locates files per project – point the MASCHINE software to the location for one missing file, and it automatically resolves other related missing files.
Sampler play position indicator: See the play marker in the sampler wave display – also shown in the hardware display.
Save group with samples: Now you have the option to save Group with samples.
MASCHINE MIKRO comes loaded with a 6.2 GB sound library, created by a wide range of sound designers and artists.
Over 18,000 samples, including 326 full drum kits, 388 multi-sampled instruments, over 400 sliced loops and almost 7,000 one-shots for producing any urban or electronic style.
Star of the MASCHINE library is MASSIVE* – the legendary synthesizer for bass and leads. This unique synthesizer has its own uncompromising character distinctive sound.
On top of 600 production-ready factory presets and multi-sounds, MASSIVE also contains the full libraries from former products 'Massive Expansion' 1 and 2, 'Urban Arsenal' 1 and 2, and 'Massive Threat', giving you a total of over 1,300 sounds, all crafted by leading artists and sound designers.
KOMPLETE ELEMENTS contains over 3 GB of material with over 1,000 sounds – all carefully compiled to provide a strong toolkit for the widest-possible range of production tasks. There are acoustic drums, electronic beats, orchestral strings, and a wide range of synthesizers. Guitar amp simulations and an array of creative studio effects round out this fully equipped and ready-to-roll production suite.
The only limit to your MASCHINE MIKRO library is the capacity of the computer you use. Here's how to expand your sonic range even further:
Check out the new range of MASCHINE Expansions – ready-to-rumble sample kits, multi-sampled instruments and pre-programmed patterns for instant and exclusive use within
MASCHINE MIKRO. Each expansion is created by a renowned sound designer or artist and is specifically tailored to provide a distinct sound character
Utilize your existing plug-ins (from Native Instruments or any other manufacturer) and control them directly from your MASCHINE controller
Explore the world of KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects and build up your library with premium sounds that fit your style perfectly
Windows 7 (latest Service Pack, 32/64 Bit), Intel Core Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2 GB RAM
Mac OS X 10.6 or 10.7 (latest update), Intel Core Duo, 2 GB RAM
Native 64-bit support for stand-alone and plug-in versions
USB 2.0 Port, 11 GB free disk space for complete installation
This product runs in demo mode after installation and must be activated before full functionality is available
RTAS (Pro Tools 9 or higher)
Width: 320 mm / 12.6"
Length: 195 mm / 7.7"
Height: 50 mm / 2.0"
1.2 kg / 2.6 lbs
One high-contrast display 64 x 128 pxs
16 high-quality multicolor, illuminated pads with velocity and aftertouch
One master push encoder for controlling numerous functions (30 steps)