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Triggering Maschine Mk3 Sounds from External Multipads or eDrums

ianravenuk Member Posts: 4 Sine
edited February 21 in Maschine

Hi there,

Is it possible to trigger the different sounds in a group in Maschine Mk3 from an external multipad (for example Alesis SamplePad Pro) or an eDrum kit (for example Roland V-Drums).

I've got arthritis in my fingers and it hurts to use the Maschine Mk3 pads after a while. I don't want to have fixed velocity turned on and I've got pad sensitivity set to 100 and scaling set to Soft3.

I figure that drum sticks have got to be easier on my fingers than finger drumming.

Any information you can provide would be much appreciated.





  • D-One
    D-One Moderator Posts: 1,178 mod

    If it sends midi then it can work, just like any midi keyboard. Depending on if the eKit sends MIDI notes or channels you will have to configure your Group MIDI input accordingly.

  • ianravenuk
    ianravenuk Member Posts: 4 Sine

    Thanks - that sounds hopeful ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Peter Harris
    Peter Harris Member Posts: 360 Saw

    If you aren't specifically a drummer I was going to ask if you've tried just using a keyboard. Even if you're not a keyboard player, MK3 plays very nicely with an M32 or even better an S49 with the LED lights automatically colored to match the pads.

  • ianravenuk
    ianravenuk Member Posts: 4 Sine

    Thanks Peter - no I'm not a drummer - I'll give that a go and see if it's easier on my fingers. I've actually got an M32 and an S61 so I should have thought of that! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Peter Harris
    Peter Harris Member Posts: 360 Saw
    edited February 5

    So glad it might help. It's very gratifying to make suggestions here in the community that might end up helping someone. I have made a few long-term friends here that way and you never know when you might meet another. ๐Ÿ˜

    By the way, NI did a nice video last week about the fantastic accessibility features built into Komplete and many of their products and even though you didn't mention any visual impairments, when I was watching it I was reminded that it can be incredibly helpful for many people to have the described voice prompts for things like scrolling between presets, kit names, instrument parameters, etc. as screen-reader audio prompts.

    When I think back to early COVID lockdown days or after temporary disabilities like a motorcycle accident I was in a while back or even my unpredictable bipolar depression, it can really have be a sanity saver to be able to still do my music stuff, albeit much more slowly. Or for situations like yours, I figured it could at least reduce the number of repetitive motions sitting up/forward/back to optimally view a display that might make occasional or situational chronic pain more bearable. In my case I don't always have the energy to get up and work in my full studio but if I grab my laptop and M32 or M+ that's usually within reach of me even in bed I can just listen and scroll through the sounds of a new Maschine expansion and wait until I hear something cool that motivates me to get up and go into more active and upright composition mode.

    Curious to hear whether you think it could be useful after watching that video. And if you're ever in LA (or even remotely), PM me and let's make some music together!


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