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Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S-Series

Kono Vidovic September 3, 2014 16


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So one of the world’s leading manufacturer for DJ and Producer gear have did it again, now it’s not the Maschine but a keyboard . midi controller?

Let’s have a look into it. Since we all know that with the Maschine the shook things up, leaving the MPC behind and everybody is now using the Maschine in there homestudio. Is the same going to happen with this new S-Series of Keyboards? Well the potential is there, because it’s not only about the controller it’s mostly about the software that comes with it, Native Instruments manages it to bring some high quality software programs with a  lot of high quality sounds, and this is what a good producer really needs these day’s right? Together with a fully functional controller i think they are doing a really good job again.

Let’s see what’s in it exactly.

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THE KOMPLETE INSTRUMENT

  • KOMPLETE Browser and Native Map™ turn KOMPLETE into a physical instrument
  • Semi-weighted Fatar keybed in a choice of 25, 49 or 61 keys
  • First-of-its-kind Light Guide™ system and unique Clear View display

KONTROL IT ALL

KOMPLETE KONTROL opens up the full potential of KOMPLETE. Feel the world’s most advanced software instruments come to life under your fingertips – more intuitive, expressive, and inspirational than ever before.

KOMPLETE BROWSER™

Browse and load sounds with the push of a button – KOMPLETE KONTROL manages the entire KOMPLETE universe in a single plug-in, thanks to the tag-based browsing system.

NATIVE MAP™

Don’t lose time mapping parameters to the keyboard. Native Map™ technology automatically maps all key parameters for each KOMPLETE Instrument to the touch-sensitive controller knobs. Everything you need to sculpt your sound – at your fingers and ready for your creativity.

LIGHT GUIDE™

The innovative Light Guide™ shows you key switches, zones and more in full color, depending on the instrument – key color corresponds to cell color in BATTERY 4, for example. The lights also provide performance feedback – see scales, chords, and arpeggios light up across the keyboard.

TRUE PERFORMER

Play chords with single keys or map the entire keyboard to musical scales. Create melodies at the touch of a button with the advanced arpeggiator – optimized for hands-on performance. And bend, warp and automate sounds like never before with the highly flexible touch strips.

BUILT FOR KOMPLETE

KOMPLETE KONTROL S-series keyboards were designed and built for KOMPLETE 10 and KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE – the most powerful tools available for production, sound design, and film, TV, and game scoring. The keyboards are also compatible with KOMPLETE 9 and KOMPLETE 9 ULTIMATE.See full specs and system requirements

UNIFIED BROWSING

Dig deep into thousands of sounds with ease, thanks to the unified browsing workflow of KOMPLETE KONTROL – limitless inspiration in a single plug-in. Search for sounds across all KOMPLETE Instruments using musical tags and keywords. Just press the Browse button, turn the push encoder to select your instrument, choose a sound, and go. The keyboard and all its features remain fully functional even when in Browse mode – never stop performing.

AUTOMATIC PARAMETER MAPPING

Native Map™ technology guarantees you don’t need to worry about mapping KOMPLETE Instrument parameters ever again. Each KOMPLETE Instrument was mapped in-house by Native Instruments’ sound designers. All essential parameter names and values load instantly on the Clear View display, and are intuitively grouped into pages. The result: You see exactly what you’re editing directly on the hardware, whether it’s EQ in kHz or the exact frequency of a filter cutoff – without any setup time.

EXPERT GUIDANCE

Use the Light Guide™ to identify drum cells, key switches, phrases, and more at a glance – play every KOMPLETE Instrument in full color. In scale mode, notes in the scale light up on the keyboard, with the root lit even brighter – perfect if you aren’t a trained keyboard player. In chord or arpeggiator mode, all triggered notes light up when you press a key, so you always know exactly what’s happening.

PERFORMANCE FEATURES

MULTI-PURPOSE TOUCH STRIPS

Deliver dynamic performances with two ultra-sensitive touch strips. They can mimic the behavior of pitch and mod wheels, and physical objects like springs and bouncing balls for interesting modulation curves. Or create instant shifts with different stepped settings.

ARPEGGIATOR

Use KOMPLETE KONTROL’s arpeggiator to turn one note into a full musical performance – directly from the hardware and independent of the instrument. The eight controller knobs manage parameters such as direction, rate, rhythm, patterns, and variations.

SCALES

The integrated scale mapping features give you instant access to a world of melody. See notes of the currently selected scale lit on the Light Guide™, and set virtually any musical scale to the white keys. It will even re-map ‘wrong’ notes so you’re always in tune.

CHORDS

Activate chord mode and create a rich harmonic performance by playing single keys. Map chords simply by selecting mode and inversion, or by loading up a chord set – ready-to-play progressions to inspire and augment your own compositions.

ADVANCED MIDI CAPABILITIES

KOMPLETE KONTROL keyboards also feature extensive MIDI control for third-party instruments with the included Controller Editor software. Adjust touch strip behavior, configure keyboard splits with Light Guide™ visual feedback, and create custom templates. When you use KOMPLETE Instruments and third-party instruments together in a session, KOMPLETE KONTROL automatically switches between MIDI mode and KOMPLETE KONTROL software when you select a track – uninterrupted workflow.

SPECIFICATIONS

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Windows 7 or 8, Intel® Core™ 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2
Mac OS X 10.8 or 10.9, Intel® Core™ 2 Duo4 GB RAM (6 GB recommended for large KONTAKT Instruments)
USB 2.0 or higher (cable included)
Requires power connection (adapter included)

AVAILABLE PLUG-IN FORMATS

Windows: Stand-alone, VST 32 & 64-Bit, AAX 32 & 64-Bit
Mac OS X: Stand-alone, VST 64-Bit, AU 64-Bit, AAX 64-Bit

COMPATIBILITY INFO

Described features require KOMPLETE 9 or higher.Optimized integration with KOMPLETE 10 and KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE.

Connectivity

MIDI In/Out*
1/4″ TS connections for expression and sustain pedal

ADDITIONAL INFO

Semi-weighted Fatar keybed with aftertouch.Doubles as MIDI controller with 16 key splits, Light Guide™ support, and advanced touch-strip functionality.*Individual KOMPLETE Instruments not supported. You must own a registered copy of KOMPLETE 9, KOMPLETE 9 ULTIMATE, KOMPLETE 10, or KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE to use the KOMPLETE KONTROL software. Please note that at the time of release, some KOMPLETE Instruments may not be fully supported by the KOMPLETE KONTROL software. Functionality issues will be addressed in future software updates available free in the Service Center.

Advanced functionality in the following hosts:

Ableton Live 9.1.4
Cubase 7.5.1
Nuendo 6.0.7
Logic X 10.0.7Please read this Knowledge Base article for detailed information about host compatibility.

PRODUCT INCLUDES

Keyboard, Power Supply Unit, USB cable, e-VoucherKomplete Kontrol Software, Setup Guide, and manuals supplied as downloads

*Requires USB Connection.

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