Do You Need the Maschine MK3 or Just the Mikro if You Already Have a Komplete Kontrol?

As a music producer, you might find yourself faced with various hardware options, each promising to enhance your creative process and improve your sound. One common dilemma is whether to get the full Maschine MK3 or just settle for the Mikro if you already own a Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol keyboard. In this article, we’ll explore the advantages and limitations of each option to help you make an informed decision.

Firstly, it’s essential to note that both the Maschine MK3 and the Komplete Kontrol keyboards serve different purposes. The Komplete Kontrol is primarily designed for playing and controlling virtual instruments, while Maschine MK3 is a groovebox, beat-making machine, and live performance tool. Consequently, if you mostly need a keyboard controller for your virtual instruments, the Maschine MK3 might not be worth the extra investment.

However, if you enjoy making beats, creating loops, and manipulating samples, the Maschine MK3 will offer more creative possibilities than the Mikro. The MK3 has a larger display, more extensive control options, and dedicated buttons for more functions. This translates to faster workflow, better precision, and more intuitive navigation, which can boost your productivity and unleash your creative juice.

Additionally, suppose you use Maschine both within a DAW and standalone, in that case, the MK3’s built-in audio interface and headphone output will come in handy. With the MK3, you don’t need any additional equipment to start making music; all you need is your laptop and the Maschine software. This portability and flexibility make the MK3 a decent investment if you’re always on the move or have limited studio space.

On the other hand, if budget constraints are a concern, the Maschine Mikro should cater to most of your beat-making needs with little compromise. The Mikro has all the essential features you’ll find on the MK3 but in a more compact size. You still get the 16 pads, navigation buttons, and the Maschine software, albeit without the built-in audio interface and some dedicated controls. However, if you already have a quality audio interface with low-latency drivers and decent headphones, the lack of built-in audio interface on the Mikro shouldn’t be a deal-breaker.


Deciding between the Maschine MK3 and Mikro when you already have a Komplete Kontrol keyboard can be confusing, but it ultimately boils down to your music production needs. If you’re a beat-making enthusiast and often use Maschine both standalone and within a DAW, the MK3’s advanced features and portability make it a great investment. However, if you mainly need a keyboard for virtual instruments and want to save some cash, the Maschine Mikro will suffice. Regardless of your choice, both options are quality products that can enhance your music-making experience.





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