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.