Native Instruments Komplete Audio 2 Two-Channel Audio Interface
- Easily record audio into your computer
- Choose from two flavors – same pristine audio quality, different ways to plug in and play back
- The full package for creating – All the software you need to record and build tracks, plus synths, effects, and more
- Plug in a pair of mics together using the two combi-xlr/jack inputs
- Connect to studio monitors, or plug in on stage with dual Jack outputs
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- macOS 10.12, 10.13 or 10.14 (latest update), Intel Core i5, 4 GB RAM (6 GB recommended)
- Windows 10 (latest Service Pack), Intel Core i5 or equivalent CPU, 4 GB RAM (6 GB recommended)
- USB 2.0 or higher (cable provided)
- Graphics Card which supports Open GL 2.1 or higher
- 3 GB free disk space for MASCHINE Essentials, plus 1 GB free disk space for all other software
Native Instruments Komplete Audio 2
Made for easy stereo recording, the KOMPLETE AUDIO 2 is perfect for musicians, beat makers, or performers who want to capture ideas, produce, or play out with high-quality audio. Two combi-XLR/jack inputs make it easy to capture stereo sounds, bring in outboard gear like synths, and more. It also comes with all the software needed to bring ideas to life, including MASCHINE Essentials, Ableton Live Lite, MONARK, and top NI effects for polishing recordings.
- 2x Inputs: 2x combi-XLR/jack inputs with 48V phantom power for flexible stereo recording
- Outsputs: Stereo jack out for use at home, the studio, or on stage
- VU Meter for accurately adjusting levels
- Direct Monitoring: zero-latency, high-power output
- Big volume knob for easily adjusting output level
- Input/host mix allows the option to hear playback while recording
- USB 2.0 powered for maximum portability
- Audio Quality: Premium quality at 192 kHz and 24 bit
Capture, Create, Finish
For the Songwriters
Easily record vocals, guitar, or any other instruments straight into your DAW in high quality. With Ableton Live 10 Lite, synths, and effects included, you’ve got everything you need to create songs.
For Your Story
Whether it’s a beatmaking vlog or a podcast you’re creating, these interfaces give you everything you need. Record speech in high quality, then give it a pro touch of mastering with the included plugins.
For the Performers
Take your music to the bar, club, or anywhere else. Bag-friendly sized – it’s a simple way to incorporate a laptop into your performance. Make quick, on-stage level adjustments using the big volume dial.
For the Producers
Break out of the box – bring synths, effects, and other gear into your productions. Flip samples from stereo sources. And polish your productions with studio-grade instruments and effects included.
Create with the Right Tools
Summon the spirit of an analog legend to your tracks. MONARK captures the holy grail of synths – adding analog warmth to any track.
3 Studio-Grade FX
Powerful delay REPLIKA, creative phaser PHASIS, and punchy compressor SOLID BUS COMP for sculpting your sounds.
Get ideas down with MASCHINE Essentials – a powerful groovebox packed with instruments, effects, and sounds for building tracks.
Ableton Live 10 Lite
A lightweight version of Ableton Live 10. It comes with all of Live’s essential workflows, instruments, and effects – everything you need to record songs.
Explore a selection of synths, instruments, effects, and more, taken from the go-to production suite for artists and musicians: KOMPLETE.
Two months of free access to millions of samples and loops from top artists and leading sound creators – integrated with the MASCHINE software.
|Komplete Audio 1||Komplete Audio 2|
|2 Inputs||1x XLR mic in with 48V phantom power, 1x jack input with individual gain control||2x combi-XLR/jack inputs with 48V phantom power and individual gain control|
|Outputs||Stereo RCA out||Stereo jack out|
|VU-meter||for adjusting levels||for adjusting levels|
|Direct Monitoring||for blending audio playback while recording||for blending audio playback while recording|
|Big Volume Knob||✓||✓|
|Headphone Out||with high power output and volume control||with high power output and volume control|
|USB 2.0 Bus Powered||✓||✓|
|Audio Quality||Premium quality at 192 kHz and 24 bit||Premium quality at 192 kHz and 24 bit|
|Provided Software||Ableton Live 10 Lite, MASCHINE Essentials, MONARK, REPLIKA, PHASIS, SOLID BUS COMP, and KOMPLETE START||Ableton Live 10 Lite, MASCHINE Essentials, MONARK, REPLIKA, PHASIS, SOLID BUS COMP, and KOMPLETE START|
The audio 2 makes capturing stereo sounds a breeze. It’s the same fantastic sound quality as the audio 1, with a bit more flexibility. Plug in a pair of mics together using the two combi-xlr/jack inputs. Connect to studio monitors, or plug in on stage with dual Jack outputs.
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For starters, I've owned the product now for 10 days and am STILL unable to access the drivers or included software for this product. You must use the "Native Access" program to download it. I've entered my serial number into Native Access as directed, it accepts the serial, and it's 10 days later, still no driver download appears or any of the software advertised with the Komplete Audio 2 appear for download. I'm not the only one either, a quick search on NI's support boards shows thousands of people having the same problem across all of their products. It's pretty much the worst possible nightmare imaginable when being forced to use installer/security software. The software designed to make their software secure, winds up making their PAYING customers unable to use what they've paid for... It's truly unbelievable.
Onto the 2nd problem. I eventually was able to find a direct download of the driver only on Native Instrument's website. The driver software is atrocious, looks like it's still in beta, with virtually no options available to change. You're unable to change the sample rate, the bit rate, and many other options you're used to seeing in your professional soundcard's driver software. It's basically, plug it in, and hope that its default hardcoded settings work with your application's needs. The actual problem in all of this though, is that ASIO is not working for some reason. Any pro-audio or editing software I boot up, it won't allow me to use the Komplete Audio 2 as a result of ASIO not working. The software interface for the driver software even states plain as day "ASIO not active". Of course there's no settings in the driver software to possibly correct this. So, I uninstalled and reinstalled the driver multiple times, ran Windows Update, etc. No way to solve the problem.
Lastly, and the biggest problem of all. Having all the issues above, I immediately filed a support ticket form with Native Instruments. I received an email confirmation after submitting it. It's been 10 days, still no response from Native Instruments. Utterly shocked, I went to the support section of the NI website, and used their online support message board-like ticket system. Filed 1 ticket about not being able to download the software with Native Access, and another about the ASIO driver problem. It's been 8 days, still no response. And there probably never will be a response. There's no other way to contact Native Instruments for support for their products. Let that sink in. There's no phone number, no chat system, no email address. Just the two ways that I tried, and you will not receive a response. There's people on the support site that are complaining that it's been a year and their support tickets still have not been answered...
So, to summarize, the driver for this soundcard is a broken mess. It will not work for your audio programs. You can't change necessary settings. There is no way to download the included software for this soundcard. And any problems you encounter, you will never receive a response or support from Native Instruments. I'll be returning mine. Stay away.
(Original review below)
I'm a home recording enthusiast, and I review audio interfaces on my YouTube channel, so I've used quite a few of them at this point in my life. Honestly, I went into the KA2 with a bit of a bias against it, due to the negative reviews that I've seen around the web. But this little guy actually surprised me.
Preamps are solid. They have ample gain, and enough headroom (something sorely lacking in other entry-level interfaces). I was able to use condenser, dynamic, and ribbon microphones to record vocals, kick and snare drums, and hand percussion without any issues. I was able to record bass guitar direct without any problems, and it sounded pretty darned good.
Driver installation was fine, and I was able to configure it without any issues. Drivers are OK. Latency is average. Just under 10ms round-trip at 128 samples. It uses the exact same ASIO control panel as the Behringer U-Phoria UMC HD series. It provided control over ASIO buffer size, but no control over sample rate, so you'll have to rely on your DAW to override the sample rate setting.
The software bundle is a bit of a pain to locate and download. Basically you have to use Native Instruments' stand-alone installer/license app (Native Access) but there aren't clear indications on their website that that's how you're supposed to license your interface and download/install all of the bundled software.
As far as the software bundle itself, there is a lot of content there. But you'll hit limitations as far as demo versions or not-quite-full versions of Kontakt, Maschine, and Reaktor. You can get by with what's provided due to the sheer quantity of what's included, but you'll soon bump into limitations that will require additional purchases. Still, for the price, it's a pretty impressive bundle.
The shining star of the bundle to me is the Solid Bus Compressor. That thing is...uh...solid. As the name implies. I immediately took a liking to it, and upon further use, it has become one of my favorite compressors ever. And that's coming from a guy that has a pair of Distressors in his rack :)
The main cons:
- no 5-pin MIDI. That is surprising, considering that it's geared towards the electronic musician
- headphone output is pretty weak, but not awful
- the overall feel is very plastic
- if I ever had a technical issue, I have no confidence that NI tech support would ever help me
The main pros:
- best knobs in the business. Seriously, the main output knob on the top is a buttery-smooth tactile joy to turn. Front panel knobs are the sturdiest feeling knobs on the market.
- 5-segment LED signal indicators on the top. Why don't all manufacturers provide this? It's great.
- solid preamps with an impressive gain range
- best-in-class software bundle
Overall, I'd recommend this interface if you're shopping in the entry-level 2x2 market. As far as sound quality and functionality, it holds its own against similar offerings from Focusrite, Steinberg, Behringer, and Roland. Toss in the software bundle and the lower-than-the-other-guys price point and I think that this is a very attractive option if you're looking to dabble in home recording.
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Firstly there are a couple of reviews mentioning difficulty with downloading the drivers, I have no idea what people were searching for but i found the drivers on the Native Instruments website within seconds. I had downloaded and installed them before the Interface had even arrived. The Interface was recognised as soon as i plugged it in via USB and it appeared to select in both Ableton Live and Presonus Studio One 4.
I bought this for Live Performance and using RCA leads that fit into the back of the interface they will pretty much be compatible with any club mixer with Line-In inputs on any channel on a mixer. The big volume knob on the top of the interface is perfect for adjusting volume levels to the desired level and having used it for Live performance using Ableton Live it is a perfect and compact interface to carry with you. The sound quality is also very high as you would expect from Native Instruments.
Not only do you get a great Audio Interface, it comes with Native Instruments Native Access where you can download free software and effects. The software that is available for free download is worth the price alone, particularly if you produce music. The software you get is:
Ableton Live Lite
Native Instruments Monark Synth
Native Instruments Replika Delay FX
Native Instruments Phasis Phaser FX
Native Instruments Solid Bus Compressor
Native Instruments Maschine Essentials
Mikro Prism - Reaktor Add-in
Kinetic Treats Kontakt Library
Komplete Start - A mixture of FX and Synths from the Komplete collection
A £22.00 gift voucher for Native Instruments website purchases
The software above is worth the price alone, I was really pleased with this Interface and highly recommend it for Live Performance, brilliantly done by NI for a very reasonable price.
Suffice to say, after watching a youtube video on somebody testing the the buffer on the Komplete Audio 2 down to 16 on a low spec laptop with not one click or stutter was amazing.
The "safety buffer" built into the driver on this unit is nothing less than revelatory, I can run projects that hammer my cpu up to 80% at buffers of 32 at 96k and it still keeps going, it's brilliant.
It co-exists with windows really well, unlike the Tascam which constantly needed re-booting or re-routing.
It just goes to show how important the driver is, we often see manufacturers lauding the hardware specs of these interfaces, but if the driver is bad, the experience is bad.
It may lack midi, but I have a cheap USB type that I can use whenever I need it, plus most of my synths and controllers all have USB built in, so no biggy.
For the price, this is the best two channel interface there is. Period. Plaudits to NI for nailing that driver.
Although constructed of plastic, the box is strong and the controls feel responsive.
After registering my serial number with Native Instruments I received a free copy of Guitar Rig Pro 5 (worth £179.99) which made this purchase even better. Check for promotions when buying these things to get the most out of your purchase!
Great piece of kit at a great price.
The biggest problem I had with this device was with signal noise; specifically signal noise generated by the PC itself. There was a constant high-pitched whine over my monitor speakers, which fluctuated depending on what my PC was doing at the time. It got worse when my DAW was open, and the ASIO drivers didn't help.
Maybe I have a particularly electomagnetically noisy PC, but the Audient interface I now use is completely silent.
The gain knob and every otehr knobs are very smooth and on a stepless gears.
The in 1 and 2 volume indicators at the top are very useful when calibrating the gain and volume and are much better than the one one the Scarlett budget audio interfaces.
This does only have 1 XLR input but this isn't a disadvantage as this is as much as I use.
Also, I had a driver problem, amazon support was so kind.NI wasn't so fast compared to amazon
But this interface is amazing, but I wish at this price point I was expecting a midi in and out, but the free software is a nice touch although I own Ableton Suite 10 anyway.
My only complaint is the drivers... I can't blame NI for this, this is a well known windows issue and how it manages audio drivers on top of each other and ASIO drivers
And This can do 192KHZ 24BIT and 4K samples at the same time without any hitch with amazing latency
I strongly recommend this product, I didn't get any luck with my unit but this issue isn't that annoying or a dealbreaker for me.
Apart from that it works fine, but I need a replacement.
Amazons order page says "return window has now closed" seriously? what do I do now?
Suffice to say, I will be taking these con artists to the small claims court for compensation. And I won't be buying any of their software ever!
Driver install and the like wasn’t the most untutored process I’ve encountered but all works as it should.