Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S61
61-key MIDI controller with NKS technology for superior plug-in integration.
The KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series combines smart, elegantly designed keyboards with advanced control software to form a fully integrated centerpiece for studio and stage – m... read more
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Good feel, fantastic integration with Komplete suite
Great feel on the semiweighted keys and an all around good build. Pretty pricey though and currently lacks tight integration with plug-ins outside of the komplete line. However, rumored a fix is coming in the summer of 2015 (not available yet as of July).
Kontrol s has been working great for me
I bought this keyboard because my old one was old and not integrating as well with everything else. I already had the the Maschine Studio which is the main component that I like to use for making my beats. This is what lead me to the Kontrol S Keyboard. The Keyboard integrated well with what I was using and I like how the knobs correspond to many 3rd party plugins. The keys light up in different colors which is helpful in breaking down the different parts of some plugins. The cons to the keyboard is its expensive for just being a MIDI controller. Also, the maschine studio and Kontrol S both have 8 knobs. I wish NI made it possible to combine all the knobs so that you can use all 16 knobs on one plugin instead of having to scroll through pages on the screen. this would be great for plugins like Sylenth. Other than that I am really enjoying the Kontrol S Keyboard.
edited 8 months ago
Favorite Controller out at the moment.
I just received this keyboard yesterday from Sweetwater brand new. I got it for many reasons. I am a NI fan and already Own the Maschine studio and plan on getting Komplete Ultimate also. Let me just say if you dont have a Maschine or dont plan on buying Komplete Ultimate dont waste your time. But in the long run its worth it but very expensive to some people. I owned the M-Audio Axiom 61 (1st Gen) and just sold it because I needed something a little more to add to the studio im building. But overall I cant wait to use this with all the sounds i`m going to purchase.
Favourite DAW MIDI Keyboard
This keyboard works great with all my Kontakt music software and is fairly easy to use. I don't like that I need to use a computer editor to change the Midi channel but other than that it is great. The light guide is very useful with things like Sonokinetic Largo, the dials are sturdy and you get some info from the screens though I am jealous of the lovely screens in the latest version of this keyboard but not enough to upgrade.
Nice keyboard, but the real star is the Komplete Kontrol Software.
This is no in depth review of all functionality. Please head over to the Sound on Sound website for that kind of review. This is just my personal opinion, based on my own experiences. I hope this is useful to you.
Before we start it is important to note that the Komplete Kontrol Keyboards are the hardware controllers for the Komplete Kontrol software. Without the Komplete Kontrol software, the keyboards work in stand alone mode. You can still use them as midi controllers, but the functionality is greatly reduced. The light guide, scales, chords and arpeggiator do not work in standalone mode.
I bought the S61 mainly to unlock the full potential of Komplete 11, which I already owned and which, I think, sounds great.The S61 has some great features; the way you browse the library form the keyboard is great. Depending on which instrument you have loaded it is also very easy to tweak the sound. The rule here tends to be: the simpler the synth, the greater the "tweakabillity". It has become so much easier to find sounds and to tweak them, that Komplete has absolutely doubled in value for me.
The integration with the DAW, Ableton Live 9 in my case is limited. Play, Record, and Start/Stop work fine, as does switching the loop on and Off. Other functions that are mentioned in the manual do not work.
The light guide is no use to me, and neither are the scale and chord functions. The arpeggiator is great, but, as explained before, these functions are all depending on the software, so in stand-alone mode these functions do not work.
The hardware is very good, though. The keys play very nicely. The buttons and encoders feel great and the screens are easy to read. It all looks and feels very classy.
61-key MIDI controller with NKS technology for superior plug-in integration.
The KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series combines smart, elegantly designed keyboards with advanced control software to form a fully integrated centerpiece for studio and stage – matchless control over all your software instruments from one award-winning keyboard. The KOMPLETE KONTROL software is constantly evolving, and the latest software update is the biggest yet. It introduces Native Kontrol Standard® (NKS) – a new plug-in format which unlocks KOMPLETE KONTROL so that third-party instruments can access the Light Guide, Smart Play features, and more – with all instrument parameters intelligently mapped. VST support opens the gates to your entire software instrument library.
Introducing Native Kontrol Standard®
KOMPLETE KONTROL continues its evolution with Native Kontrol Standard® (NKS). NKS is Native Instruments’ extended plug-in format that opens up the KOMPLETE KONTROL system.
It allows VST and KONTAKT instrument developers to integrate their plug-ins with KOMPLETE KONTROL and MASCHINE at the same deep level as KOMPLETE Instruments. This means that even instruments not built by NI can be fully integrated in the KOMPLETE KONTROL and MASCHINE browsers, with instrument parameters intelligently mapped straight out of the box. NKS instruments can access the Light Guide, Smart Play features, and the full creative potential of KOMPLETE KONTROL. And what’s more, the NKS version of an instrument will be a free update for existing owners.
Unified Browsing with KOMPLETE KONTROL
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.
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.
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.
KOMPLETE KONTROL’s arpeggiator turns one note into a full musical performance. The eight controller knobs manage parameters such as direction, rate, rhythm, patterns, and variations. Best of all, the output of the arpeggiator can be recorded as individual MIDI notes for post-performance editing.
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.
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
Record the output of KOMPLETE KONTROL’s Smart Play features directly into a DAW for further tweaking. Send MIDI to hardware synths and access software instruments and external gear from one controller – a great way to use the arpeggiator. Use the Controller Editor to adjust touch strip behavior, configure keyboard splits with Light Guide visual feedback, and create custom templates. You can even use the keyboard in standalone mode to control your favorite hardware – in the studio or on stage.
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- Number of keys: 61
- Action: Semi-weighted
- Key size: Full
- Velocity sensitive: Yes
- Aftertouch: Yes
- Key type: Piano-style
- USB MIDI: Yes
- 8-Pin MIDI: In/Out
- Sustain input: Yes
- Expression input: Yes
- iOS compatibility: No
- Audio I/O: No
- Other: None
- Knobs: 8
- Faders: 0
- Drum pads: 0
- Buttons/switches: 0
- Pitch wheel: Yes
- Mod wheel: Yes
- DAW transport: Yes
- Onboard Features
- Edit mode: Yes
- Auto mapping: Yes
- Number of presets: None
- Display: Backlight LCD
- Bundled Software: KOMPLETE Elements
- Arpeggiator: Yes
- Scales: Yes
- Chords: Yes
- Light guide: Yes
- Width: 39.4"
- Height: 3.4"
- Depth: 10.8"
- Weight: 14 lb.
- USB power: Yes
- Power adapter: Included