Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6
Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6 is a premium-quality 6-channel audio interface. It provides everything you need to record, play and perform music, with four analog ins/outs, digital in/out, MIDI and low-latency performance-all in a sleek, rugg... read more
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Pulling double duty
My review of this sound card may not be fair— see, I don't just use it to produce, I also use it in my live shows, which it wasn't necessarily made to do (Native Instruments makes other sound cards for those purposes). Still, this sound card's extremely sturdy build (I have this strange theory that it could survive falling out of an airplane, though I'd prefer not to test it) and flexible input/output options have served me without fail for the last couple of years, and it's still as functional as day one.
It's certainly not the cheapest sound card on the market, certainly not for performance— but if you can afford to dedicate money to a properly powerful sound card for your productions, I heavily recommend the Traktor Komplete Audio 6.
The build quality and design that Native Instruments put into the Komplete Audio 6 Intercace is really impressive. You scan tell they care about their products, as their consistency is the same throughout their products. The preamps on this little magical recording interface are fantastic for a company not known for making interfaces at all. The amount of inputs will make this interface last for me for years to come, highly reccomended.
Great little interface
Great value for 4 analog inputs, especially if you can find it used. 2 mic/inst on the front and 2 line on the back, plus MIDI I/O makes it a great option if you are ready to expand past a 2i2 but not ready to spend on an interface with 6 or 8 inputs. Plus it's built like a tank. Especially good if you just need 2 XLR inputs to mic something in stereo, with the option of simultaneously recording 2 more analog instruments if you want or need. If you're just going to dub everything you can stick with a 2i2 though.
Great piece of gear
Does what it's supposed to do. The only downside I think is that you cannot control the levels of input 3&4 (other than 1&2), which can be quite annoying because I always record 2 stereo signals through a Direct Box, a dry signal and a signal with lots of effect pedals on top of them. Channels 1&2 are always much louder than 3&4 and there's no way to even this out on the interface itself. Other than that it's a great interface!
Simply does the job right
I went through a couple of interfaces in a similar price range, and had incessant issues. They were on and off in being recognised by the computer, had crackling, low sound, etc. Once I got the Komplete, my issues just disappeared. I've recorded songs on here that other musos though were done with a studio soundboard (with a good mic, obviously). The number and types of inputs and outputs are useful (though must wouldn't use all of them), it doesn't overload and the volume knob on the top is handy. My only complaints is that it that the levels are hard to judge without looking at a meter and the monitoring isn't entirely intuitive.
I love this audio interface. I think it's perfect for someone like me, who is just a couple years into my audio production work. However, as with all hardware & software, I do have a gripe or two. The main one is that outputs 3 & 4 are not monitored. I wanted to hook up a DJ controller to my inputs and then be able to monitor the DJ controller thought my 3/4 outputs, but that is not a possibility. I found a different way of hooking up my controller and everything works fine through Traktor, but it would have been nice to have it the way I originally wanted.
Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6 is a premium-quality 6-channel audio interface. It provides everything you need to record, play and perform music, with four analog ins/outs, digital in/out, MIDI and low-latency performance-all in a sleek, rugged metal casing. The two mic inputs are armed with high-end pre-amps while Cirrus Logic converters deliver pristine, transparent sound. Upgrade your setup with Komplete Audio 6-because Komplete sounds better. The Komplete Audio 6 package also includes Komplete Elements with over 1000 sounds and effects, plus software for recording, sequencing and DJing.
Komplete Audio 6 lets you experience every facet of your sound, whether you're playing virtual instruments or recording audio. After all, if you're using Maschine or Komplete instruments and effects, you're armed with an array of sounds in the highest-possible audio fidelity. Komplete Audio 6 gives you the hardware to match.
Pristine sound doesn't happen by accident-it's the result of knowledge, experience and close attention to detail. Komplete Audio 6 has been designed in-house by Native Instruments. From the custom, streamlined circuit design, through the hand-picked components to the analog volume knob on top of the unit-every part of the interface is designed to preserve signal clarity.
Komplete Audio 6 is designed to be flexible, with plenty of options for connecting mics, guitars, MIDI instruments or outboard gear. New chips, new audio drivers and new circuitry ensure that latency is low, and the direct monitoring option provides 100% latency-free monitoring for recording guitars, vocals, or other live sources.
Komplete Audio 6 includes a generous software package, so you can produce songs or mix tracks right out of the box:
Komplete Elements- over 3 GB of inspiring instruments and effects
Cubase LE 5-sequencer and recording software
Traktor LE 2-DJ software