The Maschine MK3 controller is as slick as it gets. It makes the previous-gen hardware look straight-up retro. The MK3 has been out for a while, though, so Native Instruments took the opportunity for a facelift. And how do you make a big deal out of a change of paint? You collaborate with a design brand for a limited run, of course! In this case, the Berlin-headquartered team partnered with Swiss designers Dinamo for a limited-run of bespoke Maschine MK3 units. Dinamo is best known as a go-to place for retail typefaces, which is (understandably) the accent here.
Native Instruments and Dinamo – Maschine MK3 limited edition
The result is a controller that’s all silver and black, and limited to 750 pieces worldwide. Dinamo’s Inktrap-style typeface graces every surface in a homage to some design stuff I’m utterly ignorant of. Apparently, Inktrap fonts were designed with special notches to stop ink bleed from early presses. Dinamo’s typeface reduces light bleed from the controller’s buttons in a similar arrangement. Additionally, the design nods to 80s and 90s-era graffiti and marquee news tickers, both relics from the formative years of sampling. That’s certainly thoughtful. Personally, I prefer the original black controller’s understated Darth Vader-ness. Then again, I’m not much fun at parties.
I’m taking the opportunity for a reminder that Native Instruments still has its big summer sale going until the end of June. During the Summer of Sound event, you’ve got the chance to save up to 50% on NI Komplete 13 upgrades and updates. Bundles with Komplete Kontrol and Maschine hardware controllers are also available on a discount.
Maschine MK3 Dinamo price and availability
The controller is out now and available from the Native Instruments website for USD 649 / EUR 599. Production is limited to 750 units worldwide.