MK-iii – Max for Live Drum Machine by Desert Sound Studios

The Mk-iii a fully-featured modular drum machine built for Ableton Live and it's best when played. Two completely independent Max for Live devices, a step sequencer and a sample playback module, make up the core of the Mk-iii drum. Both can be used individually, but work best together as a single musical instrument. The design is loosely based on the Boss DR-550 drum machine from the late 80s with its latest model, the Mk-ii. Recommended for all fans of drum machines.



  • Modular Design (Sequencer + Drum Module)
  • Drum Sample Kit (90 individual samples)
  • Optional Lemur Template

MK-III Sequencer


  • Four independant pattern tracks
  • Pattern shift, pattern length, and mute functions per track
  • Assignable MIDI note out and note duration per track
  • Assignable velocity and accent per track
  • Two sync modes (Song sync and MIDI trigger with Latch)
  • Note value divider and swing functions
  • Pattern clear and global reset functions


Drum Module

  • Four independant sound slots with two audio samples per slot
  • 8-voice polyphonic playback engine per sound slot
  • Indpendent volume, mute, and coarse/fine tune per sample
  • Multi-FX unit per sound slot
  • Effects: Multimode Filter, Bit-Crush, and Delay+Filter
  • Pan, Gain, and FX bypass per sound slot

Watch the Demo:


  • MK-iii Sequencer (M4L Device)
  • MK-iii Drum Module (M4L Device)
  • MK-iii Effects (M4L Device)
  • MK-iii 550 Drum Sample Kit
  • User Manual

The Lemur Template:

MK-iii is available for USD 23.99 from Desert Sound Studios

This way for heaps more Max for Live devices & tips.

By |2017-02-02T20:15:09+00:00June 27th, 2014|Max for Live|2 Comments

About the Author:

Madeleine Bloom is a musician, producer, multi-instrumentalist and singer from Berlin. She studied Electroacoustic Music at the Franz Liszt Conservatory. In the last few years she's worked as a technical support for Ableton and has helped countless people with her in-depth knowledge of Ableton Live, various other music apps as well as audio engineering.


  1. Pilzy July 6, 2014 at 14:35 - Reply

    Looks like a really useful and useable device.

    Huge THANKS as ever for ALL the work that you put in to sharing and caring for the iNet Ableton community.

    I most surely hope that Ableton look after you, considering EVERYTHING you do to enhance the Live experience.

    • Madeleine July 6, 2014 at 16:15 - Reply

      Thanks for your comment. It’s always nice to hear that.

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