Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol Mk2 Keyboards Add High-Res Color Displays

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September 7, 2017 – Native Instruments today announces the next generation of Maschine and Komplete Kontrol hardware. Unified by an all-new industrial design, both units have been re-engineered to inspire and enable nonstop creativity, boasting more intuitive workflows, optimized layouts, vivid visual feedback, and deeper studio integration.

Komplete Kontrol Mk2 ($599, S49; $699, S61) extends the original keyboard’s workflow with 17 additional function buttons and two high-resolution color screens for browsing, previewing sounds, and more. And now – thanks to enhanced DAW and Maschine integration – it’s possible to mix, navigate, and edit projects directly from the hardware. The professional-grade Fatar keybeds and unique Light Guide are joined by new pitch and mod wheels, plus a horizontal touch strip for additional expression.

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“We’ve learned from artists and our users that the biggest challenge in creative work isn’t one of getting started, but of keeping going,” explains Maschine Product Owner Chris La Pietra. “We developed these new products in tandem to address this problem: Beyond sparking inspiration, they fuel the whole creative process – they help users get in the zone and stay there. They feel great, they integrate with existing setups, and they make music production as fun, intuitive, and hands-on as possible.”

Pricing and Availability
The new Komplete Kontrol S49 and Komplete Kontrol S61 will be available at the NI Online Shop and retailers from October 5, 2017 and is available to pre-order now at the NI Online Shop. Pricing remains the same as the previous versions in all markets.
Komplete Kontrol S49: EUR 599, USD 599
Komplete Kontrol S61: EUR 699, USD 699 

About Komplete Kontrol Mk2
With the latest generation of Komplete Kontrol hardware, music-making becomes a more intuitive, hands-on experience. Perform expressively, browse and preview sounds, tweak parameters, sketch your ideas, and navigate and mix your project – all from one fully integrated centerpiece for studio and stage.

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Key Features:
•Smart keyboard controller for all your virtual instruments
•Pro-grade Fatar keybeds with aftertouch – 49 or 61 semi-weighted keys
•Ergonomic pitch and mod wheels, plus touch strip for expression control
•Pre-mapped control of Komplete instruments and hundreds of Native Kontrol Standard (NKS) instruments from leading manufacturers
•Full VSTi support
•Tag-based preset browsing: Find sounds quickly and hear instant previews
•Two high-res color screens for browsing, tweaking, mixing, and more
•Light Guide: RGB lights above each key highlight drum cells, key switches, chords, scales, and more
•Smart Play: See scales and modes on the Light Guide, play chord progressions and arpeggios with single keys, or map any scale to white keys only
•Deep integration with Maschine software / hardware
•Intuitive control over Logic Pro X, Ableton Live, and GarageBand. Cubase and Nuendo integration coming soon after initial release
•4-directional push encoder for one-handed sound browsing and project navigation
•Two assignable pedal inputs
•MIDI in / out
•USB 2.0 bus powered
•Includes Komplete 11 Select

About Native Kontrol Standard
Native Kontrol Standard (NKS) is Native Instruments’ extended plug-in format for all virtual instrument developers. NKS allows for intuitive and seamless interaction between plug-in instruments and Komplete Kontrol and Maschine hardware. With NKS, support for powerful features like tag-based browsing, Light Guide feedback, and pre-mapped controls extends to hundreds of instruments from 40+ leading plug-in manufacturers.

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More information about NKS
A full list of NKS-ready plug-ins

About Native Instruments
Native Instruments is a leading manufacturer of software and hardware for computer-based music production and DJing. The company’s mission is to develop innovative, fully integrated solutions for all professions, styles and genres. The resulting products regularly push technological boundaries and open up new creative horizons for professionals and amateurs alike.

Native Instruments opened up the fascinating world of real-time sound synthesis on standard computers in 1996, and today offers an extensive product range for musicians, producers and DJs. The company currently employs more than 400 people in its six offices in Berlin, Los Angeles, Tokyo, London, Paris, and Shenzhen and works closely with more than 40 international distribution partners to ensure its future growth and success.