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Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S49 Keyboard
- Unparalleled integration with KOMPLETE 10 and KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE.The included KOMPLETE KONTROL software provides unparalleled integration with KOMPLETE Instruments.
- Supreme-quality Fatar key bed gives superior feel over competing keyboards and high quality encoders offer total control of all key software parameters
- Light Guide key illumination and Clear View display deliver a unique visual perspective on the creative process
- Expressive, highly flexible touch strip controls with advanced physics
- Clear View display shows all the most important details at a glance
- Manual is located in the software of the units that are tied to these keyboard
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- Mac OS X 10.8, 10.9 or 10.10 (latest update), Intel Core 2 Duo
- Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10, Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2
- 4 GB RAM (6 GB recommended for large KONTAKT Instruments) USB 2.0 or higher (cable included)
- Requires power connection (adapter included)
Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S49
Keyboard Controller, 49-Key
The Komplete Kontrol S49 from Native Instruments allows you to unlock the full potential of Komplete with an outstanding Fatar keybed and highly flexible touch strip controls! With this controller, main parameters of every Komplete Instrument are pre-mapped to touch-sensitive controller knobs via Native Map
- Offer available from November 5th - December 31st, 2015.
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.
Multi-Purpose Touch Strips
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.
Third-party instruments are tagged by the manufacturers themselves, ensuring that these tags are relevant and useful. NKS instruments show up alongside your KOMPLETE Instruments in the Native Browser – total browsing unification.
Native Map is also extended to third-party instruments. This means that plug-in manufacturers can design mappings that suit the instrument specifically. And that you get useful, musically-relevant parameters mapped to the eight control knobs automatically when you load an NKS instrument.
Light Guide revolutionized playability when it appeared on the KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards. Now, third-party instruments can use this industry-first technology to easily display key switches, sample mappings, and keyboard splits.
Every NKS plug-in is set up to make use of the creatively-empowering Smart Play features in the KOMPLETE KONTROL software – including the touch strips, scale mapping, Chord Sets, and the powerful arpeggiator.
KOMPLETE KONTROL S-SERIES opens up the full potential of KOMPLETE. Feel the world's most advanced software instruments come to life under your fingertips - more intuitive, expressive and inspirational than ever before.
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So why only 3 stars? Two reasons:
1) Native Instruments support bites. They don't respond to direct email, and their forums are not nearly sufficient to work through basic issues.
2) The software installation process is horrible, and NI makes things so much more confusing than they need to be. It took me two days to work out the kinks. The documentation and web site don't match. You're supposed to use a horrid piece of garbage called Komplete Select Downloader, which should come with some kind of trigger warning and coupons for free vodka shots. It doesn't do parallel downloads, has no pause functionality, and throws up random errors for which solutions are not readily discoverable. Serial numbers that Native Instruments generates for you once you register your new keyboard may show up (falsely) as invalid when you try to enter them into this tool. For accessing software you supposedly own, this is unacceptable. They have a tool called Native Access, which you can find on their web site and which I recommend over the former downloading tool. You need to make sure to install the Kontakt player as well as the Reactor player in order to get all of the free instruments to work -- this is far from obvious to those new to the platform, and you can find yourself with weird "unable to load plugin" messages just because they don't take care to manage interdependencies.
In summary: if NI bothered to make the software installation process humane, and actually staffed their support team, this product would be an easy five stars.
That's not the case with this product.
I bought this keyboard a week ago from writing this review. As of this morning, I am waiting on a ticket to help me understand why this keyboard is not sending any midi. The Transport controls, knobs, and Navigate buttons work perfectly. But no midi. Yes I've checked to make sure that MIDI PORT 1 is enabled in Controller Editor. Yes I've tried switching to Traditional MIDI by connecting the MIDI ports to my audio interface. Yes I've updated the drivers and firmware. Still no MIDI. It's infuriating, especially since this is the 3-4 problem I've had with this keyboard this week (A nightmare I went through updating a previous ultimate version of Komplete to 11 to work with these keyboard).
Now, let's say you are fortunate and get the device running perfectly. Well, here's how your first encounters will go:
1. If you do not use Cubase, Ableton Live, or Logic Pro X, you CANNOT load more than one Komplete Kontrol plugin per project. "What?" You might be thinking. "That can't be true." Well, the whole point of this keyboard (for me) was so I could rapidly speed up my workflow and quickly select a preset, edit it, record a riff, and then add another track. Well, it's more complicated than that. You can load more than one Instance of Komplete Kontrol, but if you want to quickly switch between them, you MUST click the Instance button or the keyboard will break "focus" and lose all of it's transport/scale/arp/knob/etc functionality. Yep, that's right. Your $1000 keyboard can *POOF* into a plain MIDI controller just by clicking on another instrument track with the mouse!
"Oh, I don't need to worry about that." You say to yourself. "I use one of the DAWs above he mentioned." Sure me too. And I'm STILL having issues. I switched from FL Studio to Ableton Live and this problem is still occurring occasionally and I'm even sure what I am doing to make Komplete Kontrol lose focus because I work so fast. When it does lose focus, I restart the keyboard. Every time.
2. The Scale & Arp features do not send MIDI inherently. I love the amazing concept of the arp and scale buttons. I thought that it meant that I could play with the Arp enabled, and it record the arpeggiated notes as individual midi notes into my project. (For example, I'm holding down the C, E, and G keys while the arp is enabled, so that it will loop through those notes continuously in-sequence. But that is not the case. When you attempt to do this, It will only register than you're holding down three notes. In order to get the Scale or Arp MIDI, you MUST load Komplete Kontrol into a track, create a separate MIDI track, tell that MIDI track to receive MIDI from the Komplete Kontrol track, and send it to the MIDI track (by playing live or MIDI on the existing track. When you hit record, there is the MIDI you were looking for.
You can load another instrument into this separate MIDI track, but why would you want to? Remember, isn't the whole point of this keyboard to make that completely unnecessary? Wait a second. This keyboard isn't make any work easier. It's giving me MORE WORK! It forces me to record TWO MIDI takes instead of one (1 take is what I'm playing with my hands, the second is that midi being sent to another track in the form of the arp notes!).
This product has so much potential. I want to keep it and hope that Native Instruments are able to fix everything I outlined above. I don't even think they are that far away. If they are able to, this product will be the ultimate MIDI controller to end all other midi controllers. As of today, it's an overpriced concept that skews its marketing so well that you do not realize what you are actually paying for.
I highly do not recommend, and it crushes me to say so. Seriously Native Instruments, I want to know how many developers screamed at the execs and telling them that this product was not ready and they went with it anyway.
Remember! The Komplete Kontrol software is available WITHOUT THIS KEYBOARD! For a fraction of the cost, you can buy yourself any other midi controller and just route the knobs yourself and get all of the amazing functionality this keyboard "offers."
80 full hours for their support team to figure it out, meanwhile I spend hours and hours of my own time trying to figure it out, writing them a detailed explanation of the problem, as well as multiple videos showcasing exactly what works and doesnt, spending an hour on 45-1hr on hold everyday to get them on the phone so they'll even advance my ticket... there's 0 reason a tech should leave a problem until it's solved and I garantee he didn't sit there for 80 hours over 2 weeks figuring out what's wrong with my keyboard. Obviously they are more interested in Copy pasting installation instrucitions to customers who don't read manuals, instead of fixing actual problems.
After 2 full weeks of support tip toeing around my ticket, im packing it up and shipping it back monday. I'm not investing a grand into a half functional product with 0 support. Rather stick to my 9 year old keystation Es that actually works.
And yes, item is probably defective... but it doesn't take 2 weeks to figure that out, meanwhile I get better support from 1 man companies who live in countries you've never heard of