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Native Instruments KOMPLETE KONTROL S49 Keyboard Controller  

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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 ... Click To Read More About This Product


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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.

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 Touchstrips
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.

Save On KOMPLETE Software!
If you are purchasing, or already own an S-Series keyboard, you qualify for special pricing on KOMPLETE 10 and KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE. Unlock the full potential of your S-Series keyboard by combining it with the worldwide industry-standard instrument and effect suites for production, performance, and sound design. These two collections of advanced software instruments and effects not only give you a wealth of sound to choose from – they also fire up your imagination. And KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards open up their full potential.

Click here for the KOMPLETE 10 Crossgrade, or the KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE Crossgrade and start saving on the world of KOMPLETE today!

Features Keyboard
  • Number of keys: 49
  • Action: Semi-weighted
  • Key size: Full
  • Velocity sensitive: Yes
  • Aftertouch: Yes
  • Key type: Piano-style
  • Connectivity
  • USB MIDI: Yes
  • 8-Pin MIDI: In/Out
  • Sustain input: Yes
  • Expression input: Yes
  • iOS compatibility: No
  • Audio I/O: No
  • Other: None
  • Controls
  • 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
  • Other
  • Width: 32.9" 
  • Height: 3.4" 
  • Depth: 10.8" 
  • Weight: 12.2 lb.
  • USB power: Yes
  • Power adapter: Included
    Windows 7 or Windows 8
    Mac OS X 10.8 or 10.9
    USB 2.0 or higher (cable included)

    Optimized for use with KOMPLETE 10 and KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE.
    Requires KOMPLETE 9 or higher for full feature set.
    Doubles as advanced MIDI controller.

    Requires power connection (adapter included)
    Connectivity: MIDI In/Out
    1/4" TS connections for expression and sustain pedals

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Native InstrumentsKOMPLETE KONTROL S49 Keyboard Controller

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Great feel love the native sounds

By Rick

from undisclosed

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Comments about Native Instruments KOMPLETE KONTROL S49 Keyboard Controller:

First let me say the native sounds are awesome I'm using this midi keyboard with a pro tools for Windows PC 10 Pro and it's pretty good not as good as I would like but it's pretty good it's functional but you can't run too many tracks with the keyboard at the same time or it completely overwhelms your CPU so that being said if you use it as just a midi device externally by end of pro tools then that's a lot better I haven't set that up yet but just initially its its place will be great for you and the sounds the native sounds are awesome so highly recommend you will not be sorry


only buy un-opened boxes... buyer beware!!!

By tiffany

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Native Instruments KOMPLETE KONTROL S49 Keyboard Controller:

Be careful to only buy unopened boxes. The software package was already registered... and returning and after finally receiving a new one... this product is exactly what my son was looking for.


Great quality except for...

By zonefour

from WI

About Me Professional Musician


  • Functional
  • Kompletes the Kompletes Ultimate experience.


    Best Uses

      Comments about Native Instruments KOMPLETE KONTROL S49 Keyboard Controller:

      The slider problem is well known in the NIGHT community. I question the reliability down the road. Mechanical pitch and expression is a proven and solid control. Buy the added insurance!


      Great keys, awesome interface with Komplete!

      By Eric K.

      from Minneapolis, MN

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer


      • Easy To Use
      • Good Quality


        Best Uses

        • Exploring Komplete 11
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Native Instruments KOMPLETE KONTROL S49 Keyboard Controller:

        Great purchase, long time user of NI products and this is one of the best I've used. It makes navigating the software a breeze. Lights are cool too ;)

        (0 of 11 customers found this review helpful)


        Well Made

        By DJ Twister

        from Orange Ca.

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer


        • Functional
        • Good Quality


        • Difficult To Use

        Best Uses

          Comments about Native Instruments KOMPLETE KONTROL S49 Keyboard Controller:

          I had a very difficult time setting it up. I have a fast computer and it still took hours to down load the software. If you look at the "how to's"on you tube they say the same thing. I returned it and got a unit that was more user friendly.

          (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


          This Thing Rocks!!

          By Andrew

          from Fresno CA

          Comments about Native Instruments KOMPLETE KONTROL S49 Keyboard Controller:

          Very Interested in this keyboard. But, I'd read the previous review. So, i went over to my local GC and put the keyboard through its paces. Once I figured out the automation In protools, Recording arpeggios and chord structures was a breeze and very editable.. Brilliant!! Bought it on the spot...

          (17 of 40 customers found this review helpful)


          Dissapointment for maschine owners

          By PAUL

          from Dallas TX

          Comments about Native Instruments KOMPLETE KONTROL S49 Keyboard Controller:

          I would like to start this off by saying I was kompletely optimistic about the Kontrol S series keyboard and figured that it would enhance my music production ten fold. I was very impressed by the pitch and modulator strip I felt like this was something kompletely necessary in order to easily attain the trippy sound out of my synthesizers that I so crave. More importantly I was extremely excited at the selling point of the scale and chord features toying around with chords and to build proper progressions is where majority of my time is spent along with finding the notes that fall in within the scale after my progressions are built. I figured this would be a perfect match for me. I couldn't have been more wrong about anything in my life. That this device hindered my process let me explain why below. The product doesn't work with 10.7.5 only 10.8 and higher. In an attempt to be able to use this product I reluctantly upgraded my computer software to Maverick in order to be able to get some use out of my purchase. The kontrol comes with its own software to browse through your presets much like the browsers that maschine has forever had for finding presets nothing new as a maschine and maschine studio owner I've been browsing through my komplete library like this for a while now. There's no way to record in this program so you can't harness your creativity. My main daw is Native Instruments Maschine next in line would be Apple's logic. Guess what the product did not work with, its own manufactures program Maschine wasn't this awesome Choice. I cannot use this product with my maschine, so in an attempt to finally see how this works with other DAW's I updated my version of Logic. After the update I went through the necessary steps to get everything working. I finally got to test out my selling points (Chord Progressions & The modulator as well as pitch strips). The modulators didn't work inside logic. Also the chord progressions are not midi out all of the features of the keyboard are reliant on you using the kontrol plugin. WHY AM I COMPLAINING YOU ASK. WHEN YOU CHANGE THE CHORD PROGRESSIONS IN THE PARAMETERS AFTER I'VE RECORDED, IN THE PLAYBACK THE ENTIRE COMPOSITION IS ALTERED TO THE SET OF PROGRESSIONS I HAVE SWITCHED TO. NOTHING IS PERMANENT...... YOU CANNOT COMBINE DIFFERENT PROGRESSIONS. THERE'S MO MIDI OUT- THE DAW ONLY RECORDS THE NOTE YOU PRESS AND THE KONTROL PLUGIN ITSELF PLAYS THE CHORDS IN IT'S PARAMETER./..... (ARP IS ALSO NON MIDI OUT) ESSENTIALLY TO COMBINE PROGRESSIONS YOU WOULD HAVE TO OPEN MULTIPLE INSTANCES OF THE PROGRAM AND PLAY NOTE BY NOTE SWITCHING BETWEEN THESE INSTANCES TO COMBINE PROGRESSIONS. YOU ARE LIMITED TO THE KONTROL PROGRAM AND IT ONLY TO ACCESS THE FEATURES. THIS IS LIMITING NOT LIMITLESS. IT HINDERS MY PROCESS BY FAR. AT THIS POINT I REALIZE I WAS TOO EAGER TO BY INTO A DREAM THAT N.I. WAS SELLING I NOW KNOW AND THANKFULLY CAN RETURN MY PRODUCT as it's only been one day. I WOULD HAVE A LOT LESS ISSUES WITH THIS ON A LOWER PRICE POINT. I WANT MIDI THAT I CAN DROP INTO ANY DAW OR PRESET NOT JUST THE KOMPLETE KONTROL SOFTWARE. THERE ARE SOME COOL FEATURES THAT COME WITH THE PRODUCT LIKE THE HOST PARAMETER CONTROLS THE CHORDS SCALES ARP AND TOUCH STRIPS BUT NOT FOR LIMITED USE WITHIN ONE PROGRAM THAT'S JUST LUDICROUS. I SAW THAT THERE WILL BE MASCHINE INTEGRATION IN THE NOVEMBER UPDATE. THE FACT THAT I WOULD RELEASE A PRODUCT THAT DOESN'T WORK WITH MY OWN SOFTWARE IS ON A LEVEL OF INCOMPETENCE THAT I CANNOT COMPREHEND. I FEEL LIKE THIS WAS A RUSHED ATTEMPT TO GET SOMETHING OUT FOR THE HOLIDAYS. IF YOU DON'T OWN A MASCHINE THIS COULD BE A GOOD FIT FOR YOU IF YOU DO DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME. N.I. HAS ALWAYS BEEN ONE OF THE MOST INNOVATIVE COMPANY'S IN MY OPINION I'VE USED THERE PRODUCTS AND LOVE THE BRAND AND THE PRODUCTS THE HAVE BUT THIS WAS TOM FOOLERY YOU FELL OFF WITH THIS ONE BUT IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO GET BACK ON THE HORSE, HOPEFULLY YOU SURPRISE ME IN THE UPCOMING UPDATES. Maybe I'll buy the controller again in the future but for now it's a waste of time and money for me personally.

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