Today only, Musician’s Friend is offering the Native Instruments Maschine Mikro MK2 Groove Production Studio for Mac at just $179.99 shipped. This is the previous generation, but still fetches as much as $250 from B&H and elsewhere. A fantastic all-in-one setup, this makes for a great starter beat-making machine as it includes everything you need to get going (outside of your Mac that is), including a sizable sound library and a great DAW app. Rated 4+ stars by over 70% of Amazon reviewers. More details below.
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Native Instruments released a plethora of new hardware alongside its Komplete 12 software bundle a couple of months back. That included the new Machine Mikro MK3 which is now available for $259 shipped. While we recommend going for the newest model here in general, the MK2 is a great way to save some cash and still getting your fingers on a great little drum pad box.
Maschine Mikro MK2:
MASCHINE MIKRO is the perfect entry into the world of MASCHINE, giving you tactile, hands-on control for beat production, sampling and performance. This compact groove production system has plenty to boast about with 16 ultra-responsive multi-color pads that provide the ultimate feel in the thick of the beat. Its compact size and bus-powered operation mean you’re in control no matter where you are.