Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S61 MK2 Controller Keyboard
NI Komplete Kontrol S61 MK2 Product Overview by GAK
Native Instruments have returned with a new and improved version of their popular Kontrol Keyboard series. The unit features 61 semi-weighted keys on a Pro grade Fatar Keybed, Ergonomic pitch and mod wheels, plus an impressive touch strip for expression control.
The onboard display has been completely revamped, now featuring 2 high-res RGB screens, perfect for browsing, tweaking sounds and mixing. The precision Light Guide pinpoints the location of sounds, key zones, switches, scales, and more.
NI also bundle in their Komplete Select software which features 11 premium instruments (including Massive and Monark.) The S61 also allows you to utilise 3rd party VSTi's.
Native Instruments Product OverviewWith the latest generation of 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.
See everything you need, when you need it, where you need it: Two high-res color screens provide essential information on sounds and projects, backlit function buttons vary in color and intensity to indicate their state, and the precision Light Guide pinpoints the location of sounds, key zones, switches, scales, and more.
Finding the right sound amongst a sprawling sound library can be difficult, not to mention time consuming. Now you can find exactly what you’re looking for across all KOMPLETE and Native Kontrol Standard (NKS) instruments using a simple, intuitive tagging system – directly from the hardware. What’s more, you can hear an instant preview of each sound as you browse.
All of your KOMPLETE and NKS instruments are pre-mapped to the KOMPLETE KONTROL hardware by the people who know them best – the instrument designers themselves. All essential parameters load instantly and are displayed across the two color displays, intuitively divided into pages. That means you can see exactly what you’re adjusting in real time – whether it’s in kHz, dB, or BPM.
Stay-on key, with notes of the currently selected scale or mode lit on the Light Guide. Activate chord mode to create a progression by playing single keys, then switch on the arpeggiator and turn it into an expressive musical performance. And for keyboard novices, Easy Mode maps the white keys to whichever scale you like, so you’ll never hit a wrong note.
Get precise control of pitch and mod functions via two ergonomic, rubberized wheels. And the ultra-sensitive touch strip provides a fun, responsive alternative to plugging in a dedicated expression pedal.
Capture all your ideas, directly from the keyboard itself: KOMPLETE KONTROL gives you immediate access to transport, mixing, and editing controls in Logic Pro X, Ableton Live, and GarageBand, complete with visual feedback and volume metering on the keyboard’s built-in displays. And with MIDI in / out, incorporating outboard gear into your setup is just as simple.
- 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 •MIDIin/out
- USB 2.0 bus powered
- Includes KOMPLETE 11 SELECT
No upgrades available
Solid quality feeling keyboard. I needed an external usb audio interface also to play without latency, despite having a new high spec laptop. Get the 88-key if you want to play piano music in the main
Perfect for integration with the NI suite. Improves workflow immensely. Nice action from the keys, good clear info on the dual screens and well thought out for user interaction.
Excellant product - one of the best MIDI keyboards around and essential if you use any NI software. It comes with Maschine 2 software, an unexpected bonus!
Excellent keyboard - Keybed very good quality - only problem is Komplete kontrol software can be a bit of a nightmare - had to reinstall and delete files from my Mac etc - all good at the mo touch wood but took some days to get it running correctly
Ideally you would already have made a big investment in NI software to get the best out of this controller, but works well with Waves plug ins and other NKS compatible software as well. Plenty of useful smart play functions for us guitarist-wanna-be-keyboard-players that work well with any software, but there are probably other less expensive controllers for those not intrinsically wedded to Native Instruments.