Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol

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About Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol

Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol keyboards are the ultimate production workflow catalyst. They give you control over massive amounts of software instruments without the need to touch your mouse.

Komplete Kontrol keyboards speed up the creative process. They also draw out new ideas by breaking the bad habit many of us have of sticking to the same plugins in each project.

We are huge fans of Native Instruments Komplete software packages. These contain huge amounts of instrument plugins, loops and sample libraries. Komplete contains virtually everything you will ever need to produce any style of music you want to. Komplete Kontrol acts as a way to navigate through those plugins and sounds using your Komplete Kontrol keyboard. It can be run as a standalone plugin, which is great for live use. Alternatively, it can be run as a plugin within your favourite DAW, like Ableton Live or Cubase.

Each individual sound or patch from Komplete or any other NKI file compatible plugin is assigned tags. These tags describe those sounds, for example, "synth", "analog", "bass", "funky" and "short". When you open the Komplete Kontrol plugin or software you will be prompted on the keyboard's screen to "press browse" to begin the search for a sound. When you have a sound in mind, you can work your way through the tags process to refine the search. You will end up with a key selection of sounds you can easily skip through. The tags relate to the specific sound rather than the plugin they're contained in. This really opens up a refreshing pallet of sounds because it can take you to plugins you may not normally go to or have even opened before.

Once you've selected your sound, all the controls on the keyboard are instantly mapped to the plugin. This brings all the parameters like ADSR, filters, oscillators and effects to your fingertips. All without having to go near your mouse!

We love Komplete Kontrol's enticing workflow, but it's not all about the software. These are exceptionally well-made instruments that react to every nuance of your playing. When you add the ability to adjust every parameter of a plugin in real time, you have access to a seriously powerful instrument!

Komplete Kontrol keyboards are available in a variety of sizes and styles. This ranges from the ultra portable M32 to the fully weighted piano style S88, with some 25, 49 and 61 key synth-action keyboards in-between. Whether you're an absolute beginner or an experienced player, there's a Komplete Kontrol keyboard to suit your needs.

Frequently Asked Questions about Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol

Virtually all plugins by Arturia, AAS, Korg, Soniccouture, Spitfire Audio and Waves are NKS compatible and are pre-mapped to your Komplete Kontrol keyboard.
On the S-Series keyboards, each encoder is labelled on the screen directly above the bank of encoders. On the A-Series keyboards and the M32 the sections of controls are split up into titles, for example: 'ADSR', 'LFO' or 'FX' are labelled on the screen. On all NI keyboards you can tab across the different banks of encoders to give you control of every parameter of a plugin.
Not at all, Komplete Kontrol keyboards come with some excellent plugins to integrate with your keyboard and get you started. Komplete Start is also free for anyone to download from the Native Instruments website, which contains a few choice plugins for you to begin making music with your computer.