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


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

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

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2 Responses

  1. 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.

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