Native Instruments MASCHINE MIKRO MK2 Groove Production Studio (Black)

Native Instruments MASCHINE MIKRO MK2 Groove Production Studio (Black)

Native Instruments MASCHINE MIKRO MK2 Groove Production Studio (Black)

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Product Highlights

  • Sequencer, Sampler & Multi-Effect Unit
  • VST/AU Plug-In Host
  • Full Version of MASCHINE 1.8 Software
  • Sample Library with Over 6GB of Sounds
  • Includes MASSIVE Synth Plug-In
  • 128 x 64 Pixel Black-And-White Display
  • USB 2.0 Port
  • Multi-Function Master Push Encoder
  • Time Stretch & Pitch Shift Features
  • TRANSIENT MASTER Dynamics/Mixing Tool
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Native Instruments MASCHINE MIKRO overview

  • 1Description

The black Native Instruments MASCHINE MIKRO MK2 Groove Production Studio is designed for both Mac and Windows. The hardware interface features USB 2.0, 16 multi-color illuminated pads with velocity and aftertouch, 28 back-lit buttons, one endless encoder (30 steps) and one high-contrast, 128 x 64 pixel black-and-white display. MASCHINE MIKRO MK2 also supports several interfaces including stand-alone interfaces, VST, audio units, RTAS (Pro Tools 9 or higher), ASIO, CoreAudio and WASAPI.

With the ability to act as a sequencer, sampler, VST/AU plug-in host and multi-effect unit, the MASCHINE MIKRO MK2 supports beat making, performance and more - all with the benefit of collaborative computer software. The software is stocked with a 6GB sample library that includes drum kits, synth sounds, loops and more. The touch sensitive pads make it easy to sequence drum patterns, bass lines, loops, etc. Plus, with color-coding, you can assign certain colors to certain instruments so you'll always know what's what without having to test it.

The MASCHINE MIKRO MK2 provides the flexibility of computer-based music production with straightforward control for composing, performing, browsing, sampling, slicing, sound-shaping and tweaking effects. You can easily load your samples, effects and plug-ins through the software, and then control them with the pads. And, you can always expand your sounds with MASCHINE EXPANSIONS (sold separately).

Key Updated Features

16 multi-colored, highly-sensitive back-lit, pads with velocity and after-touch
Color Assignment
Assign color coding throughout the library for 'visual tagging' which is also displayed on the pads. Make your kick drums red, for example, and you'll always know which pads play your kicks
Full version of the MASSIVE synth plug-in is included and it's parameters can be automated within the MASCHINE 1.8 software
Multi-Function Master Push Encoder
New multi-function master push encoder allows for easier control of volume, tempo and swing
Time Stretch & Pitch Shift
The MASCHINE 1.8 software includes time stretch and pitch shift features. Automatically detect the BPM of a sample and stretch from one tempo to another. Or stretch your audio to a specific length to fit a sample to the same length as another sample. Plus, make your beats match harmonically, by tuning your samples with the pitch shift function
Updated Effects
Download the latest free software update that includes more effects, specially selected for beat production. TRANSIENT MASTER has been fully integrated in the MASCHINE 1.8 software as well. This is 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 1.8, for even greater sound coloring potential


16 highly-sensitive, back-lit, multi-color pads with velocity and after-touch (colors freely-assignable to Sounds, Patterns, Groups and Scenes)
Master push encoder for analog feel and realtime multi-parameter tweaking
28 back-lit buttons allow for direct parameter access to many functions
One high-contrast, 128 x 64 pixel black-and-white display to quickly find the information you need in the studio or on stage
Bus powered hardware via USB 2.0 plus Kensington lock


Sequencer features 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


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 by transient detection, fixed grid or equal splits with automatic pad assignment
Offline time-stretch and pitch-shifting with automatic BPM detection
Destructive sample editing (e.g. truncate, normalize, reverse, etc.)
Convenient import of 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 1.8 to the location and it will automatically update the location for all samples in that project
Supports up to 24-bit / 192 kHz audio when using a high-quality audio interface such as the KOMPLETE AUDIO 6

Plug-In Hosting / KOMPLETE 8 Integration

Hosts any VST or Audio Units plug-ins from Native Instruments and 3rd party manufacturers
Support for NIS NI sound format lets you browse and load the presets of all KOMPLETE 8 Instruments and Effects directly from MASCHINE MIKRO's hardware browser
One instrument and up to four effect plug-ins can be opened in each sound slot - 16 sound slots are available in each of the eight groups
Sampler, effects and plug-in parameters can be automated within the MASCHINE 1.8 software

Sample Library & Browser

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 of all genres such as pianos, organs, strings, brass and much 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 and try out your beat with different sounds


23 high-quality effects including TRANSIENT MASTER, Tape and Tube Saturators, reverbs, filters and EQs - plus creative tools such as Grain-Delay, Ice Verb and Freq Shifter
Chain up to four effects at once, or select a sampler or VST/AU instrument, followed by three chainable effects
Use NI or 3rd party VST/AU effect plug-ins within MASCHINE 1.8 (e.g Guitar Rig Player amps and effects)

Studio Integration

Use the MASCHINE MIKRO and MASCHINE 1.8 software as a VST, AU or RTAS plug-in inside your host DAW
As a plug-in, MASCHINE MIKRO and MASCHINE 1.8 retain all capabilities including total recall and routing up to 16 stereo outs to your host's mixer
Host Transport Control lets you control the transport in your DAW from MASCHINE MIKRO
Drag and drop audio or MIDI files directly to your DAW, or drag samples directly from your computer into MASCHINE 1.8's sound slots
Instant navigation lets you open several instances of MASCHINE 1.8 in your host sequencer and easily switch between them using just one controller
Add MASCHINE MIKRO to your setup in parallel with MASCHINE for additional hands-on control of your DAW
Bounce songs or individual patterns as 8-, 16- and 24-bit WAV files, or drag and drop them directly to your DAW
In the Box
Native Instruments MASCHINE MIKRO MK2 Groove Production Studio (Black)
  • MASCHINE Controller
  • MASCHINE 1.8 Software
  • MASSIVE Synth Plug-In
  • USB Cable
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    Native Instruments MASCHINE MIKRO specs

    Controls 16 x multi-color illuminated pads with velocity and aftertouch
    1 x endless encoder (30 steps)
    28 x backlit buttons
    Supported Interfaces Stand-Alone
    Audio Units
    RTAS (Pro Tools 9 or higher)
    USB 2.0 Port Yes
    MIDI I/O No
    Displays 1 x display with 128 x 64 pixels
    Kensington Security Slot Yes
    Windows System Requirements Windows 7 (latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit)
    Intel Core Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2
    2GB RAM
    Native 64-bit support for stand-alone and plug-in versions
    USB 2.0 port
    11GB free disk space for complete installation
    Mac System Requirements Mac OS X 10.6 or 10.7 (latest update)
    Intel Core Duo
    2GB RAM
    Native 64-bit support for stand-alone and plug-in versions
    USB 2.0 port
    11GB free disk space for complete installation
    Dimensions (WxHxL) 12.6 x 2.0 x 7.7" (320 x 50 x 195 mm)
    Weight 2.6 lb (1.2 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.85 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 14.6 x 8.9 x 3.9"

    Native Instruments MASCHINE MIKRO reviews

    MASCHINE MIKRO MK2 Groove Production Studio (Black) is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 4.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply amazing! The Maschine Mikro MK2 is probably the greatest investment I have ever made. The Mikro has the same production power as its larger predecessor for less the price!If you order the Maschine Mikro in 2014 you will receive Maschine software 2.0 even though the listing says Maschine 1.8, which is great because it saves you from a $ software upgrade.The Maschine is not only easy to learn, its extremely satisfying creating music on the fly as it maintains your flow as youre creating music.I highly recommend this to anyone who wishes to step up their production game. Solid and amazing product. 10/10.
    Date published: 2014-01-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING on all fronts This product has completely streamlined the way I produce! I was using small midi-controllers and pads before, but the seamless flow between the software and hardware is amazing! Everything installed great, the workflow is a breeze, and the sound library is unrivaled! Great product!! Get it! Also, B&H shipped it SUPER quickly.
    Date published: 2012-11-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Learning curve but excellent hardware There is definitely a learning curve to it but over time will become one of the most used pieces of gear. A must buy.
    Date published: 2014-07-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very nice sound very nice sound ,looks great in my studio . very complicated but worth every penny
    Date published: 2014-05-21
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