Following Akai’s release of the ‘80s-themed MPC One Retro, Native Instruments has introduced a custom version of its own beat production hardware - Maschine Dinamo.
Essentially a Maschine Mk3 with a custom silver and black screenprint paint job, this is a collaboration with Swiss type foundry Dinamo, and features the design studio’s inktrap typeface on every surface. This is said to be a homage to “bold design and chunky aesthetics”.
Inktrap fonts originally included notches to stop bleed in early printing, but the purpose here is to control light bleed on Maschine’s laser-etched buttons.
You’ll also note that the typeface wraps the edges of the unit - said to be a double nod to the throw-up graffiti and marquee news tickers of the ‘80s and ‘90s, which also happen to be decades that kickstarted and popularised sample-based music-making.
Only 750 Machine Dinamos have been made, and you can buy one for £539 on the Native Instruments website (the same price as the standard model).