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Pos­si­bly the most sig­nif­i­cant change for the Mk3 is the ad­di­tion of a built-in 96kHz/24-bit au­dio in­ter­face. This adds a pair of line outs, pair of line ins, a mic in­put and head­phone out­put onto the rear panel, along­side the pre­vi­ously ex­ist­ing MIDI in and out ports, and an ex­pres­sion pedal in­put. The in­ter­face is a sen­si­ble ad­di­tion. See­ing as Mas­chine has al­ways been touted as a self-con­tained plat­form for sam­pling and se­quenc­ing, it felt a touch odd to need an ex­tra pe­riph­ery to get the most out of it.

One thing worth not­ing is that the mic and line ins can’t both be used si­mul­ta­ne­ously – plug­ging into the mic in­put over­rides the line-in. Be­cause of this it would have been more con­ve­nient to have the mic in­put along the front edge of the hard­ware, since it’s not pos­si­ble to leave some­thing in it con­stantly plugged in. Sim­i­larly, you’ll find you can’t out­put the same thing from the line outs and head­phones si­mul­ta­ne­ously (al­though the phones can be set up as a cue out­put). This is a bit of a pain if you want to switch quickly between mon­i­tors and phones when A/Bing sounds, for in­stance.

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