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Native Instruments KOMPLETE KONTROL S61 MK2

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With KOMPLETE KONTROL, music-making becomes a more intuitive, hands-on experience. Perform expressively, browse and preview sounds, tweak parameters, sketch your ideas, then navigate and mix your project – all from one fully integrated centerpiece for studio and stage. Now with the MK2 version of the KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series, you'll have even grea...  Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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Overview

With KOMPLETE KONTROL, music-making becomes a more intuitive, hands-on experience. Perform expressively, browse and preview sounds, tweak parameters, sketch your ideas, then navigate and mix your project – all from one fully integrated centerpiece for studio and stage. Now with the MK2 version of the KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series, you'll have even greater control over your music. New in version 2 are dual high-resolution color screens for browsing, tweaking, mixing and more. The KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series has also received a refreshing update to its knobs and controls, adding a more ergonomic look and feel, as well as a 4-directional push encoder for one-handed sound browsing and project navigation. You get the same deep integration with MASCHINE software and hardware, as well as pre-mapped control of KOMPLETE instruments and hundreds of Native Kontrol Standard (NKS) instruments from leading manufacturers.

Defining Standards
Native Kontrol Standard (NKS) is an extended plug-in format. Established by Native Instruments, this groundbreaking development offers an entirely new quality of software/hardware integration. Third-party developers can now configure their software instruments to access the unique hardware features of the KOMPLETE KONTROL system directly. Leading instrument builders such as Arturia, U-He, and Output Audio are already on board, and the list of NKS partners is growing rapidly. The result? True integration.

Performance Features
The KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards augment and advance how you play and compose with a number of unique innovations.

Native Browser – Browse and load your entire library of KOMPLETE and VST instruments from a single, unified interface.

Native Map® technology automatically maps all key parameters for each KOMPLETE or NKS instrument to the touch-sensitive controller knobs.

Light Guide – The innovative LEDs above the keys mirror key switches and sound and sample types across the keyboard for all KOMPLETE and NKS instruments.

Smart Play lets you play chords with single keys or map the keyboard to musical scales, and create melodies at the touch of a button with the advanced arpeggiator.

Creative Unity
Multiply your creative potential when you use MASCHINE and KOMPLETE together. Combine them and experience true creative unity – get unified browsing, automatic parameter mapping, and intelligent keys and pads with plug-and-play simplicity. All the power and sound of each platform in perfect sync at your fingertips with a hardware workflow you won’t find anywhere else.

Features

  • Pro-grade 61-note Fatar keybed with aftertouch
  • Ergonomic pitch and mod wheels, plus touch strip for expression control
  • Pre-mapped control of KOMPLETE instruments and (NKS) instruments
  • 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
  • Deep integration with MASCHINE software / hardware
  • 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
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Native InstrumentsKOMPLETE KONTROL S61 MK2
 
4.0

(based on 6 reviews)

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75%

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Pros

  • Good quality (4)
  • Easy to use (3)

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1.0

Not living up to what is advertised!

By A Danna

from Philly Pa.

About Me Experienced

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Pros

  • Good Quality
  • Has a lot of potential

Cons

  • Not Functional

Best Uses

    Comments about Native Instruments KOMPLETE KONTROL S61 MK2:

    This Midi Controller Keyboard desperately needs a major firmware update. I have already opened a few support tickets with NI and they have promised things will be fixed in the next update. Unfortunately, they have not put a date on when the update will be available. Here are the negatives: You cannot change the MIDI transmit channel from the default of channel one for midi note messages. This is quite ridiculous, especially since one of the highlights that NI added to the name of the platform is, "Midi Controller Keyboard". Another BIG problem is that it does not support keyboard splits which allows you to map two library instruments simultaneously. This applies whether you are using Komplete Kontrol or KonTakt. The user's manual has a few deceptive mistakes, such as assigning a different Midi transmit channel to note messages, which is not currently possible ( see above ).
    I have no idea what the developers at Native Instruments were thinking when they creating the feature list for this device, but they missed quite a few of the basics. One thing is for certain, with all of the possibilities this platform has ( the two beautiful color displays and navigation controls are underutilized), it has a long way to go before I would recommend this controller keyboard to anyone.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Everything you want in a midi keyboard!!!

    By AudiosErgeon

    from Buckeye, AZ

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Komplete Select is Awesome
    • Piano!

    Cons

    • Ableton connection was a bit confusing

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • For Fun!
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Native Instruments KOMPLETE KONTROL S61 MK2:

    Really great keyboard, works great with the Komplete Kontrol Select. Works with all my other DAWS like FL Studio, Reason 5.0 n more. I also use it with software on how to learn piano like Yousician and feels great!!

     
    4.0

    Great MIDI Keyboard, fantastic workstation

    By Hyung

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Native Instruments KOMPLETE KONTROL S61 MK2:

    If you are heavily invested in Native Instruments or are looking to start out producing (buy this and Komplete 11 Ultimate), this is all you need. Keep in mind however, that non-NKS libraries for Kontakt will not load in Komplete; all plugins and libraries you want to seamlessly control through the keyboard need to be NKS ready (so Spitfire Audio, Arturia, u-he, etc). Also while you can shape the sound, it's basically a preset editor because in order to create a sound from scratch in Massive, you have to go to the standalone application to go in-depth. This being said, as a standalone MIDI controller this is also fantastic, you can still add VSTs in Komplete Kontrol and you can edit all parameters from the keyboard and assign them in the software. Did I mention the solid FATAR keybed and giant mod\pitch wheels? The mixer function is also incredibly handy and makes me feel like I'm working on a dedicated mixer. Since I use Ableton Live, the Push 2 may have been the obvious choice but only if I was making extensive use of the stock plugins - but with Komplete Kontrol and Komplete Ultimate, I can get my ideas down quickly.

    TL;DR:
    No-brainer for NI power-users, there's better value MIDI keyboards if not.

     
    5.0

    Awesome Keyboard!

    By Bobby

    from Deerfield Beach, Fl

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Native Instruments KOMPLETE KONTROL S61 MK2:

        Native Instruments has developed by far the best MIDI Controller keyboard on the market! I use it for live performance and as a DAW keyboard controller for recording. The two LCD displays make navigating user presets and plug-ins easy and fast. Make sure you upgrade to the Komplete Kontrol 2.0.2 software release in order to get the latest addition of features and bug fixes. The Steinberg Cubase support works seamlessly! The feel of the Modulation and Pitch wheels is very good. Assignment of MIDI controller controls using the software is easy and what is especially nice is that you can name a function for each control and as part of the template, the name appears on the LCD display for easy identification. No other MIDI controller has this ability, at least none that I have seen so far.

         
        4.0

        yes

        By Jason

        from undisclosed

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Native Instruments KOMPLETE KONTROL S61 MK2:

        Love it so far, still have to find a way to integrate it fully with Studio One 3 if possible.

         
        5.0

        Don't Buy from Guitar Center

        By Sean

        from Chattanooga, TN

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Native Instruments KOMPLETE KONTROL S61 MK2:

            Keyboard is really cool. Great upgrade from the first komplete kontrol

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