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Native Instruments KOMPLETE KONTROL S49 Keyboard Controller   

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The KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series combines smart, elegantly designed keyboards with advanced control software to form a fully integrated centerpiece for ...Read More

Available 12-16-2016

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49-key MIDI controller with NKS technology for superior plug-in integration.

The KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series combines smart, elegantly designed keyboards with advanced control software to form a fully integrated centerpiece for studio and stage – matchless control over all your software instruments from one award-winning keyboard. The KOMPLETE KONTROL software is constantly evolving, and the latest software update is the biggest yet. It introduces Native Kontrol Standard® (NKS) – a new plug-in format which unlocks KOMPLETE KONTROL so that third-party instruments can access the Light Guide, Smart Play features, and more – with all instrument parameters intelligently mapped. VST support opens the gates to your entire software instrument library.

Introducing Native Kontrol Standard®
KOMPLETE KONTROL continues its evolution with Native Kontrol Standard® (NKS). NKS is Native Instruments’ extended plug-in format that opens up the KOMPLETE KONTROL system.

It allows VST and KONTAKT instrument developers to integrate their plug-ins with KOMPLETE KONTROL and MASCHINE at the same deep level as KOMPLETE Instruments. This means that even instruments not built by NI can be fully integrated in the KOMPLETE KONTROL and MASCHINE browsers, with instrument parameters intelligently mapped straight out of the box. NKS instruments can access the Light Guide, Smart Play features, and the full creative potential of KOMPLETE KONTROL. And what’s more, the NKS version of an instrument will be a free update for existing owners.

Unified Browsing with KOMPLETE KONTROL
Dig deep into thousands of sounds with ease, thanks to the unified browsing workflow of KOMPLETE KONTROL – limitless inspiration in a single plug-in. Search for sounds across all KOMPLETE Instruments using musical tags and keywords. Just press the Browse button, turn the push encoder to select your instrument, choose a sound, and go. The keyboard and all its features remain fully functional even when in Browse mode – never stop performing.

Automatic Parameter Mapping
Native Map® technology guarantees you don't need to worry about mapping KOMPLETE Instrument parameters ever again. Each KOMPLETE Instrument was mapped in-house by Native Instruments’ sound designers. All essential parameter names and values load instantly on the Clear View display, and are intuitively grouped into pages. The result: You see exactly what you’re editing directly on the hardware, whether it’s EQ in kHz or the exact frequency of a filter cutoff – without any setup time.

Expert Guidance
Use the Light Guide to identify drum cells, key switches, phrases, and more at a glance – play every KOMPLETE Instrument in full color. In scale mode, notes in the scale light up on the keyboard, with the root lit even brighter – perfect if you aren't a trained keyboard player. In chord or arpeggiator mode, all triggered notes light up when you press a key, so you always know exactly what’s happening.

Performance Features

Multi-purpose Touchstrips
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.

Advanced MIDI Capabilities
Record the output of KOMPLETE KONTROL’s Smart Play features directly into a DAW for further tweaking. Send MIDI to hardware synths and access software instruments and external gear from one controller – a great way to use the arpeggiator. Use the Controller Editor to adjust touch strip behavior, configure keyboard splits with Light Guide visual feedback, and create custom templates. You can even use the keyboard in standalone mode to control your favorite hardware – in the studio or on stage.

Save On KOMPLETE Software!
If you are purchasing, or already own an S-Series keyboard, you qualify for special pricing on KOMPLETE 10 and KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE. Unlock the full potential of your S-Series keyboard by combining it with the worldwide industry-standard instrument and effect suites for production, performance, and sound design. These two collections of advanced software instruments and effects not only give you a wealth of sound to choose from – they also fire up your imagination. And KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards open up their full potential.

Click here for the KOMPLETE 10 Crossgrade, or the KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE Crossgrade and start saving on the world of KOMPLETE today!

  • Number of keys: 49
  • Action: Semi-weighted
  • Key size: Full
  • Velocity sensitive: Yes
  • Aftertouch: Yes
  • Key type: Piano-style
  • Connectivity
  • USB MIDI: Yes
  • 8-Pin MIDI: In/Out
  • Sustain input: Yes
  • Expression input: Yes
  • iOS compatibility: No
  • Audio I/O: No
  • Other: None
  • Controls
  • Knobs: 8
  • Faders: 0
  • Drum pads: 0
  • Buttons/switches: 0
  • Pitch wheel: Yes
  • Mod wheel: Yes
  • DAW transport: Yes
  • Onboard Features
  • Edit mode: Yes
  • Auto mapping: Yes 
  • Number of presets: None
  • Display: Backlight LCD
  • Bundled Software: KOMPLETE Elements
  • Arpeggiator: Yes
  • Scales: Yes
  • Chords: Yes
  • Light guide: Yes
  • Other
  • Width: 32.9" 
  • Height: 3.4" 
  • Depth: 10.8" 
  • Weight: 12.2 lb.
  • USB power: Yes
  • Power adapter: Included

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KOMPLETE KONTROL S49 Keyboard Controller

    Windows 7 or Windows 8
    Mac OS X 10.8 or 10.9
    USB 2.0 or higher (cable included)

    Optimized for use with KOMPLETE 10 and KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE.
    Requires KOMPLETE 9 or higher for full feature set.
    Doubles as advanced MIDI controller.

    Requires power connection (adapter included)
    Connectivity: MIDI In/Out
    1/4" TS connections for expression and sustain pedals

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Very Happy With The S49

By Tele Twiddler

from Tucson, AZ

Verified Reviewer

Comments about Native Instruments KOMPLETE KONTROL S49 Keyboard Controller:

I have both the Komplete Kontrol S49 and the Akai Professional Advance 49. With the latest version of the Komplete Kontrol software you are now able to control some third-party plugin instruments as well as all of the Native Instrument plugins that are in Komplete 10 (this was not the case when I made my purchase and so I bought both keyboards). I prefer the keyboard action on the S49 to the Akai but wish that there were pads on the S49, although the color divisions on the keyboard make it easy to identify the different parts of the drum kits. The chord and arpeggiator settings on the S49 are great for those of us not proficient with playing keys and it inspires new melodies to listen to the chords played in different modes. While the Akai can work with the Native Instrument plugins and you get free plugins and sounds to download when you buy their Advance 49 I feel that IF you are using Komplete 10 or Komplete 10 Ultimate or use Kontact 5 as your player of choice for other soundbanks then one of the Komplete Kontrol keyboards will seamlessly integrate into your workflow and you get the advantage of features that were designed to work within the system. I use it with Ableton Live 9 and Protools 11. The S49 is a nice size but I wish I had purchased the S61 for the extra key space.

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I had to return it because it because of software problems

By hjones

from AL

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