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Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S49 Keyboard
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- 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.
First, I bought this with the intention of playing and controlling my DAW as a hobbyist. I have no intention to ever produce other peoples music ever again, so this is entirely a personal use controller.
After spending MAYBE 45 minutes max assigning control parameters to my various plugins and DAW (Sonar X3), I am very satisfied with the interfacing. However, I am still working on the board LED's to get them to my liking. I see there are many reviews here that complain of the lack of ease as a master, omniscient control surface. It take patience and familiarity with advanced DAW settings to configure an elegant surface control like this in a meaningful way. I personally do not see this as a con, but I can understand why others do.
This is an excellent control surface and keyboard. The Fatar board feels wonderful and solid, excellent response and dynamics as should be expected in the price range.
The software bundle is great, too. I am enjoying the Komplete Kontrol as a plug-in, for my one-for-all instrument browser. It's great for sure. I think most people will have luck if they can work in serial, print tracks, then keep using KK for the next layer. It's strange to some, but I can be productive that way.
Overall, this is a great controller without TOO many "useless" features. Maybe the LED thing is a bit much sometimes, and the non-midi direct appregiator, but otherwise, it feels very good to play, and the elegant control face is just right. With patience, you can route this just like any other control surface, but with the paging rotary encoders, it expands you beyond physical encoder limitations.
9/10, will update review if my opinion changes.
Once everything was installed, things seemed to work well. I think my only complaint when browsing and loading instruments is that you have to switch between the rotary knob and the arrow keys to navigate multiple times to load a single instrument. I couldn't just use the arrow keys to navigate or I couldn't click the rotary knob to move the the presets on the right. Pretty janky.
After using the device for about 10 minutes, the plugin stopped responding to the keyboard input. If I switch to another track, it was fine. I couldn't find anything to resolve this problem except turning off the keyboard, shutting down my DAW, and restarting both. That's a real drain on your workflow! I thought it might be a problem with the DAW I was using (Ableton Live), but I moved on to Logic Pro X and had the same problem after about 109 minutes again. I also tried Presonus Studio One. Same result. And I loaded different instruments each time, so I have no idea what was going on.
With that problem, the controller is practically useless. I would have tried to contact Native Instruments support, but I've been down that road before, and their support is really bad. When a controller throws up roadblocks to your creative process, it completely fails at it's purpose. So I boxed up the keyboard and returned it.
I don't see any other reviews detailing this issue (But I didn't look very hard to find them), but I would caution anyone from buying this device. There are too many great keyboard controllers out there, and some less expensive, to deal with issues like this.
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