Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S Series

First look at Native Instruments' new keyboard controllers
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Native Instruments’ Komplete Kontrol S-Series keyboard controllers offer a new level of hardware/software integration for the Komplete Instrument line. The keyboards, available in a choice of 25, 49, or 61 keys, deliver tag-based access to all Komplete Instrument presets from one plug-in interface.

Instead of browsing by instrument, users can now search by sound; Native Map technology maps key parameters for each Komplete Instrument to touch-sensitive hardware controller knobs.

Komplete Kontrol’s Light Guide function displays key switches, zones, and other parameters on multicolor LEDs placed directly above each key, giving you the instrument’s layout on the keyboard at a glance without having to dig into the software. These lights also provide performance feedback (and an awesome light show) as scales, chords, and arpeggios illuminate across the keyboard as they are played.

Komplete Konrol’s Smart Play arpeggiation function offers a variety of modes, including integrated scale mapping and ready-to-play progressions; common scales can even be mapped to the white keys for a clam-free performance.

Two touch-sensitive, complex Touch Kontrols offer complex software control ranging from re-creating the behavior of pitch and mod wheels to mimicking physical objects like springs and bouncing balls for interesting modulation curves.

Komplete Kontrol keyboards integrate seamlessly with the tenth generation of NI’s Komplete instruments and effects suites, which now come with six brand-new instruments and more than 440 GB of content.

Stay tuned for a comprehensive review in our January issue. Komplete Kontrol S25 is $499, Komplete Kontrol S49 is $599, and Komplete Kontrol S61 is $699. For more information, visit the-komplete-instrument.com