The MK-iii is a new Max for Live drum machine available from Desert Sound Studios. The design of the MK-iii comes out of a careful study of the Boss DR-550, a drum machine from the late 1980’s. Back then to make the DR-550 low cost, Roland cut out a lot of features, leaving only the essentials without compromising the overall sound. The result was an easy to use and effective drum machine that hit a nerve with the public. It remained in production for almost a decade and helped to define the electronic drum sound of the era. This combination of essential features, ease of use, and uncompromised sound quality is the driving force behind the MK-iii drum machine.
Just as it looks to the past, the MK-iii also looks towards the future by using the latest developments in music technology. Built on the Max for Live platform and featuring a modular design, the MK-iii is a flexible and fully modern musical instrument. Consisting of three independent Max for Live devices, the drum machine takes full advantage of the track routing system within Ableton Live. Unique sound design with the MK-iii is also not only possible but encouraged. The sample playback section has been specially designed to handle long overlapping samples just as easily as shorter drum samples. Load the sequencer onto the track to start creating modulating granular-like soundscapes on the fly. With this sort of flexibility, it’s up to you to decide what this drum machine can do for your music.
The MK-iii drum machine was designed to get things done quickly, easily, and most importantly, musically in the studio. It is first a musical instrument and then a piece of music software. The MK-iii however doesn’t aim to replace your main drum software in your studio. It’s goal instead is to inspire new ways of working creativity with it’s unique modular design. This drum machine challenges the accepted conventions of what a drum machine is supposed to be. Using it invites you to do the same with notions of what music can be. For more info, click on the button below.