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Ever wonder what’s inside a Native Instruments Maschine Controller?

December 22nd, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Here at Illuminated Sounds we love things with 16 pads and we love to take things apart. Now personally I’m a fan of Akai MPC’s, but when one my friends got a Maschine I knew it was only a matter of time before I could get him to open it up.



the big pads remind me of the fat pads for the mpc2000xl









  1. April 8th, 2011 at 19:47 | #1

    …. so i somehow managed to jam the prong inside the hardware’s USB connector. Wont power up properly anymore. What do you guys suggest? I’m afraid to send it in… reading lots of horror stories. If the USB something easily replaceable?


  2. April 14th, 2011 at 15:14 | #2

    @dj Premo 459
    I like fixing my own gear, so if you have the soldering skills have at it. Otherwise probably the best thing to do is send it in.

  3. vincentconti
    May 8th, 2011 at 19:39 | #3

    how do you open the mashine , bc i want to so i can cean it

  4. May 9th, 2011 at 08:40 | #4

    all you need is a screwdriver to open it up

  5. Steve Dronez
    May 9th, 2011 at 18:44 | #5

    Are the led’s inside of the pads or are they mounted on the circuit board?

  6. Brandon Casella
    November 7th, 2011 at 22:31 | #6

    Hey man, my left screen is constantly going blank, and when i press down on the nob right under it it will come back, but if i let it go, the screen goes back to blank, what do you think might be the problem, and you think it;ll be fixable by myself, as i did get the maschine second-hand.

  7. CO
    December 1st, 2011 at 20:37 | #7

    What type of solder do you need to swap the potentiometers? Anyone has done this if so please share in detail any tips or tricks.
    Thank you

  8. July 6th, 2012 at 12:57 | #8

    Here’s a link to some maschine parts I just found. Might help some you guys out.


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  10. October 28th, 2013 at 23:13 | #10

    Hi everyone. I was trying to replace the usb type b connector on my maschine mk1 due to damage and I noticed that these two extremly tiny transistors labeled ” L1″ and “L2” were gone. Does anyone know how to identify the purpose of these two pieces? And where I could possibly find replacement parts?

  11. carlos
    March 20th, 2014 at 07:11 | #11


    i want to replace the less with yellow,white and red, do you know what type of smd less that i can use?Some have different mcd values…

  1. September 18th, 2011 at 04:24 | #1