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Unparalleled integration with KOMPLETE 10 and KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE
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
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.
Komplete Kontrol S61
Komplete Kontrol S61
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I love this keyboard. It has a fantastic feel (it uses a Fatar keybed, a very high quality component). It has a semi-weighted action with aftertouch, and in weight feels somewhat similar to a DSI Mopho x4 or Akai MPK-261, but to my hands feels even nicer. It functions both as a straight up MIDI controller, like any other, but also as an NKS controller, which is kind of like MIDI on steroids. NKS is a protocol that allows the keyboard to physically reflect and interact with numerous virtual instrument attributes that MIDI can't do by itself, such as visualizing instrument class or organ register right on the keyboard. Auto-mapped parameter labels and values are visible on the keyboard as well. It's very cool, and, though not *entirely* necessary, does make things easier and more seamless. The keyboard comes with the rights to NI's "Komplete Select," which is a bundle of a bunch of really nice virtual instruments. The price definitely reflects this software, and the keyboard...
I bought this keyboard controller when it went on sale for Black Friday. As soon as I received it, I plugged it in. The installation process is unnecessarily complicated. I already have lots on NI products installed, but installing the Komplete Kontrol plugin was a mess.
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...
If you like great synth key bed action (it reminds me of a brand new Yamaha DX-7 ca. 1984), then you'll love this keyboard. It has the best feeling keyboard since the seminal DX7. The build quality is top-notch for the entire unit; the displays for each rotary encoder look amazing. If you own Komplete and need a smaller keyboard, do not hesitate to get this. I liked it so much I bought an S61! NI also has plans to have deep integration with all VST plug-ins that support their native mapping API-- when that comes, this will be a no-brainer. I hope they don't abandon this like they did Kore, but it's off to a great start!
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