Ro­tary club

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Maschine Mikro Mk3’s push but­ton ro­tary en­coder isn’t of the ‘4D’ kind found on Maschine Mk3, so there’s no up/down/left/right ‘joy­stick’ func­tion­al­ity. That’s fine – it keeps the cost down – but we’re very sur­prised the hor­i­zon­tal axis hasn’t been repli­cated in the left/right but­tons for step­ping through browser cat­e­gories and mixer chan­nels, both of which, con­se­quently, have to be done on­screen us­ing the mouse. Weird.

The other but­tons to the right of the en­coder switch it be­tween con­trol of Vol­ume, Swing, Tempo and the pa­ram­e­ters in Maschine’s Con­trol Area – plu­g­ins, Macros, mixer lev­els and pan, etc. Select a pa­ram­e­ter to as­sign it or step through ad­ja­cent pa­ram­e­ters with the left/right but­tons. The Sam­pling but­ton, which puts the Maschine Mk3 into full-on sam­pling, au­dio edit­ing and slic­ing mode, merely sets the en­coder push but­ton to start­ing and stop­ping record­ing. Iron­i­cally, its lo­ca­tion, above the left/right nav­i­ga­tion but­tons, would be per­fect for an up/down pair…

Be­ing de­tented, the ro­tary it­self is great for eas­ily step­ping through pre­sets, etc, but al­though the Shift but­ton sets it to finer res­o­lu­tion, we’re undecided as to whether or not we’d pre­fer a smooth ac­tion, as would bet­ter suit most plugin con­trols.

A high­light ap­pears around the pa­ram­e­ter cur­rently as­signed to the ro­tary en­coder

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