Have Mikro Mk III, Rather Have Mk III???

Discussion in 'MASCHINE Area' started by Brian Hecker, Aug 30, 2019.

  1. Brian Hecker

    Brian Hecker New Member

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    I just picked up the Mikro Mk III last week but really would rather have the Mk III. Just don't think I'll be happy with the Mikro, since in the past I had the Studio and really liked it.

    Am I crazy and should just stick with the Mikro?
     
  2. Blindeddie

    Blindeddie NI Product Owner

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    It is my opinion that you will not be happy with the Mikro if you want to do a lot directly from the controller. A lot of things need to be done directly in the software. I have a Mikro and wish I had shelled out the Dough for the Big Rig... again, just my opinion!

    Peace,

    Blindeddie
     
  3. b-r@nno

    b-r@nno NI Product Owner

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    if you can afford it, buy the maschine mk3. you'll never have to look at your screen or use your mouse/keyboard while "beeing creative" and lay your ideas down / jamming and so on...my maschine stays in my backpack whole the time (i use maschine daily for about 3 hours in the train...).
    the mk3 for me is "more portable" then a mikro, because for "producing on the road" with a mikro, you'd allways need your laptop to be visible i think....
     
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  4. Brian Hecker

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    Ithought I wouldn't mind using the mouse and keyboard with the Mikro but I really don't like it. I'd rather have access to all the goodies on the controller.



    I agree, for me it slows my workflow if I have to use the mouse and keyboard, when I could just be tweaking some knobs on the MK3 and it's all right there in front of me.

    Thanks for the opinions!!:cool:
     
  5. b-r@nno

    b-r@nno NI Product Owner

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    as soon as you get used to the mk3, there's no way back to the old way of producing with mouse, starring at the screen and all that. have fun mate.
     
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  6. Brian Hecker

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    Can't wait!!! Now I have to get rid of the Mikro.

    Cheers
     
  7. Brian Hecker

    Brian Hecker New Member

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    Picked up a mint MK3 for a nice price. Looking forward to getting it next week. Now to sell the Mikro MK3.
     
  8. AL’DREAD

    AL’DREAD NI Product Owner

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    Shouldn’t be too hard to sell , especially now midi mode is included, a nice controller for the price.
     
  9. Brian Hecker

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    It shouldn't be too hard to sell, it is a nice controller as well.

    Also have a M32 showing up tomorrow, I wanted a smaller keyboard so I'd have more room on my desk and I don't really need anything bigger. I've got a 61 key launchkey mk2 in the closet if I need a bigger keyboard.
     
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  10. AL’DREAD

    AL’DREAD NI Product Owner

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    Cool , the m32 should compliment the mk3 nicely, I’ve got a mikro mk3 and kkmk2 49 , they work well together, I used to have a studio , and was gonna get a mk3 , but opted for the mikro because of desk space , also have a jam
     
  11. Brian Hecker

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    My MK3 arrived yesterday and man I love it. It's taking me a bit to get used to the workflow using it but it beats having to use the mouse all the time. Now I know why I enjoyed the Studio when I had it.
     
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  12. Brian Hecker

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    Guess I could start a new thread but I'll ask here first.

    How much % wise can you get away without having to look at your computer screen when using the MK3?

    I noticed the last few times when I've had time to work with the MK3, I get in a zone and don't want to look up. I've noticed that I have to use the mouse and keyboard because either a) I don't know the MK3 well enough or b) maybe it has to be done with mouse and keyboard. Off the top of my head I can't remember what those things were. LOL
     
  13. AL’DREAD

    AL’DREAD NI Product Owner

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    When I had the studio , after a few months of using it , I stopped using the monitor, to force myself to use the controller for everything, I think the only things I couldn’t do was , save as , and quit maschine.
    some things are quicker using the mouse and monitor, like arranging scenes and some editing, but it is possible to do 100% from the controller
     
  14. D-One

    D-One Moderator Moderator

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    It really depends on the user, what you use specifically and how organized one is but id say you can totally make tracks without touching the computer, about 90%. Some things do take more effort to do from the controller though.

    Try taking notes when your making music then ask away.
     
  15. b-r@nno

    b-r@nno NI Product Owner

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    for my way of "working with maschine" (just a hobby), i only need to use mouse/keyboard/pc-screen for the following tasks:

    - naming things (incl. the first naming of a newly created project)
    - rearrange groups (this will come to the hardware if NI's announcements in the sticky is right)
    - make adjustments to recorded automation (there's no way in doing it from the hardware, besides re-record everything and delete everything...right?)
    - close maschine

    so to giva a direct answer to your question: i do 95% of everything just from the hardware (laptop closed and in backpack).

    edit: i mostly don't use any other samples than what maschine or komplete brings. but for "own sample import" i'd probably need mouse and monitor too, because i am not going to import these sounds "the right way" (so they show up tagged and so in the browser)...
     
  16. Brian Hecker

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    Thanks AL'DREAD!! I'm trying to do as much as I can without looking at my monitor which helps with me being able to get my ideas down quicker.


    Thanks D-One!! I will have to get out my notepad and start taking notes. I'm slowly figuring things out, haven't had much time to really sit down and just dig into it.

    Thanks b-r@nno!! Naming things was one thing I did come across that I'd like to be able to do on the controller.

    Speaking of samples, I probably need to fix all my tags own my samples cause I'm pretty sure I didn't do it the right way a few years ago.
     
  17. Brian Hecker

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    One thing I was wondering, can patterns be renamed on the controller? I didn't see any way of doing it.
     
  18. AL’DREAD

    AL’DREAD NI Product Owner

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    You can adjust automation in step sequencer , it doesn’t show the automation lane on the controller tho , just the plugin , so you can see what your controlling and the value.
    Jams good for this , but the lack of screen mean you need to use the monitor
     
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  19. b-r@nno

    b-r@nno NI Product Owner

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    no, nothing can be (re)named on the mk3 controller...nothing! thats why i made a feature suggestion that at least an empty group gets automatically named after the plugin you load in...
     
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  20. b-r@nno

    b-r@nno NI Product Owner

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    thanks for this. but let's say i only use mk3 controller, my computer is in backpack: i record an 16 bar pattern of a synth-rise and let's say i record "AUTOMATION" (let's say a filter cutoff, that goes from 0 to fully open in the first 8 bars, and then some "wobbling the rest of the pattern"...

    what will i see in the "step sequencer" if you tell me i'm not going to see the automation lane...."...and what can i do within mk3 hardware to adapt/fineadjust my automation?.....(sorry for a maybe silly question...but i am not infront of my system now)...

    and i do have both: a JAM and an mk3...so maybe you can enlighten me as to how I / you can deal with recorded automation....because i never was able to do any sort of adjustment rather than just re-record or delete the whole "automation-mess"....