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6-channel premium audio interface with recording software and over 1000 sounds and effects.

Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6 is a premium-quality 6-channel audio interface. It provides everything you need to record, play and perform music, with four analog ins/outs, digital in/out, MIDI and low-latency performance-all in a sleek, rugged metal casing. The two mic inputs are armed with high-end pre-amps while Cirrus Logic converters deliver pristine, transparent sound. Upgrade your setup with Komplete Audio 6-because Komplete sounds better. The Komplete Audio 6 package also includes Komplete Elements with over 1000 sounds and effects, plus software for recording, sequencing and DJing.

Komplete Audio 6 lets you experience every facet of your sound, whether you're playing virtual instruments or recording audio. After all, if you're using Maschine or Komplete instruments and effects, you're armed with an array of sounds in the highest-possible audio fidelity. Komplete Audio 6 gives you the hardware to match.

Pristine sound doesn't happen by accident-it's the result of knowledge, experience and close attention to detail. Komplete Audio 6 has been designed in-house by Native Instruments. From the custom, streamlined circuit design, through the hand-picked components to the analog volume knob on top of the unit-every part of the interface is designed to preserve signal clarity.

Komplete Audio 6 is designed to be flexible, with plenty of options for connecting mics, guitars, MIDI instruments or outboard gear. New chips, new audio drivers and new circuitry ensure that latency is low, and the direct monitoring option provides 100% latency-free monitoring for recording guitars, vocals, or other live sources.

Komplete Audio 6 includes a generous software package, so you can produce songs or mix tracks right out of the box:

- Komplete Elements- over 3 GB of inspiring instruments and effects
- Cubase LE 5-sequencer and recording software
- Traktor LE 2-DJ software
- $30 / 25 ‚ e-voucher-for Komplete instruments or effects at the NI Online Shop*
*Please read the terms and conditions of the e-voucher.

FEATURES
4 analog inputs: 2 balanced mic/line/instrument (XLR); plus 2 balanced line (1/4" TRS)
4 balanced analog outputs (1/4" TRS)
Digital stereo input and output (S/PDIF / RCA) for lossless signal transmission
MIDI in/out for master keyboard, MASCHINE or any third-party MIDI controller
Headphone output with independent level control and source switch
Completely USB powered, with an extra sturdy custom USB socket
Low-latency performance for using virtual instruments and effects
High-quality pre-amps with individual gain controls
Direct monitoring for live, latency-free recording
Mono input switch for recording vocals, guitar or other mono sources
+48V phantom power for using condenser mics and active DI boxes
15 status LEDs provide visual feedback for all signals and indicate clipping

Get the Komplete package and produce high-quality music. Order today!

SPECIFICATIONS
System Requirements:

Windows
Windows XP (latest Service Pack, 32 Bit), Windows Vista/Windows 7 (latest Service Pack, 32/64 Bit), Intel Pentium 4 2.4 GHz or Intel Core Duo or AMD Athlon 64, 2 GB RAM

Mac
Mac OS X 10.5 or 10.6 (latest update, 32/64 Bit), Intel Core Duo, 2 GB RAM

Monitor with 1024 x 768 screen resolution, USB 2.0, DVD drive

Supported Drivers:
ASIO
Core Audio
DirectSound
WASAPI

Audio Converters:
A/D Channels: 4
D/A Channels: 4
Sample Rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96kHz
Bit Resolution 16-, 24-Bit

Inputs 1/2 (A/D-D/A to Output*):

Input Impedance:
Line: 44k ohm balanced
Instrument: 1M ohm unbalanced
Mic: 3.4k ohm balanced

Full-Scale Input Level @ max. Gain:
Line:-4dBu
Instrument: -9.7dBu
Mic: -36dBu

Maximum Input Level:
Line: +14.3dBu
Instrument: +8.4dBu
Mic: 0dBu

Gain:
Line: -inf ... +15dB
Instrument: -inf ... +21dB
Mic: +11dB ... +47dB

Dynamic Range @ Unity Gain:
Line: 98.3dB (A)
Instrument: 98.3dB (A)
Mic: 98.0dB (A)

THD+N (Full-Scale Level, Unity Gain):
Line: 0.013%
Instrument: 0.013%
Mic: 0.013%

Frequency Response (96 kHz), -1dB:
Line: 13Hz - 42kHz
Instrument: 12Hz - 42kHz
Mic: 13Hz - 45kHz

Equivalent Input Noise @ Max. Gain:
Mic: -127.5 dBu (A)

Inputs 3/4 (A/D-D/A toOutput*):
Input Impedance: 44k ohm, balanced
Full-Scale Input Level: +12dBu
Gain: -1dB
Dynamic Range: 98.5dB (A)
THD+N (Full-Scale Level): 0.013 %
Frequency Response (96 kHz), -1dB: 12Hz - 43kHz

Line Outputs (D/A)
Full Scale Output Level @ Max. Volume: +11dBu
Dynamic Range @ Max. Volume: 102dB (A)
THD+N 1/2: 0.01%, 3/4: 0.02%
Frequency Response (96 kHz), -1dB: 10Hz - 45kHz

Headphone Output
Maximum Output Level (High Impedance): +12dBu, 3.0 Vrms
Maximum Output Power: 20 mW @ 100 ohm, 11 mW @ 33 ohms
Dynamic Range: 102dB (A)
THD+N @ Max Level, 100 Ohms: 0.014%
Frequency Response (96 kHz), -1dB: 9Hz - 45kHz

Digital I/O
2 channels (5/6), SPDIF in/out, coaxial



*Calculated by measuring the complete signal path from analog input to analog output.
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Native InstrumentsKomplete Audio 6
 
3.8

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

69%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (12)
  • Compact (11)
  • Durable (9)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Versatile (7)

Cons

  • Limited functions (3)
  • Unreliable (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (11)
  • Amateur recording (7)
  • Professional recording (7)
  • Performances (3)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Awesome interface

This interface is great so far. I took a risk on getting it before it was reviewed. I've had it for about a week now and I've tried out the preamps. They sounded...Read complete review

This interface is great so far. I took a risk on getting it before it was reviewed. I've had it for about a week now and I've tried out the preamps. They sounded very clear with no noise and powered my Shure Sm7b pretty decently. Very solid device and I love the master 1/2 monitor dial along with the headphone output. Makes it very useful for recording and playback. The Neutrik inputs are rock solid as well.
If the I/O's are enough to fit your needs then get this interface. I love Native Instruments products and I use tons of their software and they were very helpful.
I've seen in the forums people say one downside to this interface is minimal routing capabilities.
I don't DJ or do much stuff like that so I dont care. I simply plug in instruments and record.
Very high quality interface. If you're looking for crisp clean sound, realistic sound, or even that signature Strugis digital quality, this is the interface for you.
Great availability of I/O's and preamps
Heavy, Solid
For the price this is awesome quality with good preamps and I/O capabilities

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Crashes every minute

My reason for buying this was to be able to plug my guitar into the device and use GuitarRig5 as my virtual amp and play through my yamaha hs50's. I picked the Komplete...Read complete review

My reason for buying this was to be able to plug my guitar into the device and use GuitarRig5 as my virtual amp and play through my yamaha hs50's. I picked the Komplete Audio6 specifically because I have used their software before and loved it. Also the Audio6 being twice the price of the other audio interfaces in its class, I assumed it would be twice the quality.

---Problem #1)The Audio6 only works for about a minute before it "lags out" and by lags out I mean, every minute for about ten full seconds, the audio drops out and the few sounds that do come through at this time sound like a really scratched cd.
---Problem #2) When I plug a device (guitar, keyboard) into the the inputs and attempt to record( I have tried Cubase, Mixcraft and Cakewalk, now the audio "lagging out" occurs about every 10 seconds, for 10 seconds, before the inputs stop sending signal to the computer all together.
---Problem #3) when the Audio 6 lags out, it freezes the entire computer with it(video freezes, mouse delayed)
I have spent the past 8 days with the Native Instruments customer service department trying everything to fix this(using a different computer, new USB 2.0 cable, clean install of windows, updated every driver on every chip in the computer) Nothing has helped the problem. The Native Instruments representative claims that the device is not defective and that the issue lies somewhere in my hardware not being updated. I have tried this device plugged into my 2012 computer(Asrock extreme 6 MOBO, Intel i5, 8G ram, Solid state hardrives) also in a 2010 dell desktop as well as a 2012 HP envy with the intel i7.

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(22 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome interface

By Alex Jerome

from NY

Comments about Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6:

This interface is great so far. I took a risk on getting it before it was reviewed. I've had it for about a week now and I've tried out the preamps. They sounded very clear with no noise and powered my Shure Sm7b pretty decently. Very solid device and I love the master 1/2 monitor dial along with the headphone output. Makes it very useful for recording and playback. The Neutrik inputs are rock solid as well.
If the I/O's are enough to fit your needs then get this interface. I love Native Instruments products and I use tons of their software and they were very helpful.
I've seen in the forums people say one downside to this interface is minimal routing capabilities.
I don't DJ or do much stuff like that so I dont care. I simply plug in instruments and record.
Very high quality interface. If you're looking for crisp clean sound, realistic sound, or even that signature Strugis digital quality, this is the interface for you.
Great availability of I/O's and preamps
Heavy, Solid
For the price this is awesome quality with good preamps and I/O capabilities

(16 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

So So

By Bruce Horn

from Texas

Comments about Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6:

I sent it back, so that should tell you something.
The unit is solidly built. It is compact, and it easily fit tucked up under my monitor. The sound of the device was pretty good. I would describe the sound that came out of this unit as dry, tight, and transparent. I liked the unit, except for the fact that every time I turned my computer on or off the Audio 6 let out an enormous fart and threatened to damage my speakers. So I sent it back. If you want a device like this you can't go wrong with the PreSonus.

The features on the unit were pretty much the same as all of the other devices of its kind. They're pretty similar in what they set out to do.
The quality of the unit was excellent- except for the enormous popping problem, which ruins the whole experience.
I would have been fine with the price if I had chosen to keep the unit.

(12 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Meh.

By TimmyD

from Dallas, TX

About Me Novice

Pros

    Cons

    • Clicks
    • Pops
    • Unreliable

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

    Comments about Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6:

    I hardly ever review anything, especially negatively, but given how poorly this unit has performed for me, I felt compelled to warn others.

    This unit might be decent for a recording setup, but as a general use soundcard, it is absolutely abysmal. Clicks, pops, distortion. It's absolutely infuriating. What's worse, Native Instruments seems to have nothing to say about it -- believe me, I've jumped through their troubleshooting hoops, to no avail.

    I'm completely unimpressed with this product, and I can't recommend it to anyone. Seriously, look elsewhere.

    (11 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Crashes every minute

    By Dissapointedscott

    from New Jersey

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Unreliable

      Best Uses

        Comments about Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6:

        My reason for buying this was to be able to plug my guitar into the device and use GuitarRig5 as my virtual amp and play through my yamaha hs50's. I picked the Komplete Audio6 specifically because I have used their software before and loved it. Also the Audio6 being twice the price of the other audio interfaces in its class, I assumed it would be twice the quality.

        ---Problem #1)The Audio6 only works for about a minute before it "lags out" and by lags out I mean, every minute for about ten full seconds, the audio drops out and the few sounds that do come through at this time sound like a really scratched cd.
        ---Problem #2) When I plug a device (guitar, keyboard) into the the inputs and attempt to record( I have tried Cubase, Mixcraft and Cakewalk, now the audio "lagging out" occurs about every 10 seconds, for 10 seconds, before the inputs stop sending signal to the computer all together.
        ---Problem #3) when the Audio 6 lags out, it freezes the entire computer with it(video freezes, mouse delayed)
        I have spent the past 8 days with the Native Instruments customer service department trying everything to fix this(using a different computer, new USB 2.0 cable, clean install of windows, updated every driver on every chip in the computer) Nothing has helped the problem. The Native Instruments representative claims that the device is not defective and that the issue lies somewhere in my hardware not being updated. I have tried this device plugged into my 2012 computer(Asrock extreme 6 MOBO, Intel i5, 8G ram, Solid state hardrives) also in a 2010 dell desktop as well as a 2012 HP envy with the intel i7.

        (9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome Interface!

        By Matt

        from VA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6:

          Reading many of the posts you would think that this is not a good product, but don't let that fool you. This interface is absolutely top notch. I have owned this unit for over a year and it has performed flawless! Uses range from performance on stage running midi and pairing up with software like Kontak to recording an entire CD in my home studio. In todays world everyone wants everything to plugin and work flawlessly with zero effort. The reality is the components in your machine affect how the unit works. Most people complain about getting clicks and pops using this unit. That's likely because they haven't adjusted the buffer size and the USB bus is being overloaded. You can easily adjust the buffer in the Komplete Audio 6 software to find the sweet spot where the signal is perfect. You can also see diagnostics for any errors. This has nothing to do with the device but has to do with YOUR machine. I couldn't be more happy with this unit. Remember you get out what you put in. Use your brain and don't just assume that a product is bad when there are many variables that can contribute to the outcome. Buy this interface... You wont be disappointed!

          (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Durable Interface with Pristine Sound

          By Beatscribe

          from Chicago, IL

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Packaged Software
          • Slick
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Confusing Buttons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6:

          As usual, the any of the people posting reviews are the ones complaining. This thing WORKS GREAT. Maybe these folks are using computers from 2003 and expecting high-end tools like this to still work on them. Maybe the Windows drivers are the source of the problem. I can only speak for myself, using a decent iMac with lots of other audio software and devices installed (i expected conflicts to be honest), everything installed and works great. The only point of confusion in the entire process was registering it, as the manual's directions on this appear out of date.

          I bought this to replace my aging 32-bit TASCAM US-122. I plugged it into my monitors, headphones and played some songs, I plugged in a Mic and a Guitar, it's all awesome. The raw guitar signal even sounds great with nothing else added. The fact that it comes with Komplete Elements sweetens the deal! I could play with the myriad of Guitar Rig 6 effects and amps for days! It's really changed my mind about directly recording guitar and not using amps and atom boxes. I haven't tested the MIDI out yet, but I don't see why it won't work since its simpler than audio.

          I'd suspect if you don't have a fully updated computer with a good amount of RAM, that you will experience problems since this thing basically bypasses your entire sound card. If you're up to date though, you couldn't ask for more for the price. This thing is solid, looks sleek sitting under my iMac and I love the little lights to let me know what's going on. It's my first NI hardware purchase, probably won't be my last.

          (6 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          DOA

          By Congaree Kid

          from Sandy Run, SC

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Heavy
          • Looks pretty

          Cons

          • DOA

          Best Uses

          • Paper weight

          Comments about Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6:

          It is difficult for me to speak poorly of a Native Instruments product, for I own several of their software packages and their Guitar Rig Mobile IO piece of hardware, all of which have served me well. The DOA thing was probably just a fluke, but it was DOA. Three PCs same results, no nothing.

          I also had a bit of an issue returning the product to Musicians Friend. The first CSR I spoke with, could not find my order number or even me as a customer in the system, there was a bunch of talk in the background and I think the guy just did not want to miss out in that conversation and so he put me off. So I hung up, called back in and got another CSR. This CSR could find me and the order, but said I could not return the item because it contained software and that I would have to communicate with the manufacture concerning the issue. I explained to her that the included software was a USB driver and freebies, she said that didn't matter. I told her I was not satisfied with her response and asked to speak with her manager. I was quickly routed up the ladder where this gentleman apologized for the confusion and quickly provided me the information and email to return the defective part. I was a bit confused even then, for they would not replace the part, they would only provide a refund. He said it had something to do with me using PayPal.

          Needless to say, I didn't order another Komplete Audio 6, I ended up with a Focusrite Scarlett 18i6 from another source.

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best USB interface for folks on a budget

          By Mr Zee

          from Atlanta, GA

          About Me Experienced

          See all my reviews

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Mobile DJ

            Comments about Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6:

            After a couple of years struggling with Line6 POD X3 for some simple home demoing I decided to get myself some cheap USB interface with a couple of inputs. POD X3 was fine in theory, but it kept freezing on me after 10-15 minutes of use, I thought it was a problem with USB ports of my laptop, but now I know it wasn't. I first bought M-Audio C400 and played with it for a little bit, but it happened to be defective with 2 main inputs completely fried, so I returned it and finally got Komplete Audio 6.

            Unit body is made of metal and is nice and heavy, but very compact at the same time. Used it for a couple of weeks, did not have any problems with constant freezing of USB ports and having to reboot my computer all the time (like with POD X3).

            Inputs are sturdy unlike cheap plastic ones they use in C400, knobs turn nice and slowly with no noise which was a big problem for C400. I haven't used all the features yet, only recorded guitar and bass and also connected e-drums. First thing I noticed is a very low latency. All previous audio cards I owned did not really work well with Guitar Rig and basic recording software. When using Komplete 6 I did't notice any latency at all, when recording guitars or even using EZ Drummer. Monitor shows some lag, but it is not noticeable by ear. Big plus of this unit is the included software package. I like Cubase LE much better than the limited version of Pro Tools included with c400. In addition you get NI Komplete Elements which includes Guitar Rig 5, Traktor DJ and some other useful tools. Very nice for the price, if you check how much all of the software would cost if bought separately.

            The only problem I noticed so far is that the sound would go off after disconnecting the unit (the correct way by using Eject USB Device option). I'm not sure if this can be resolved yet, I would like the sound to switch to internal soundcard automatically after ejecting the unit.

            Anyway, I'm totally satisfied with the purchase and would recommend this unit to anyone who is searching for simple and affordable home studio USB recording piece.

            (5 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Freezes entire system, not worth it.

            By Khayyim

            from Tulsa, OK

            About Me Professional Musician

            See all my reviews

            Pros

              Cons

              • Can't Register On Ni Site
              • Crashes Entire System
              • Limited Functions
              • Poor Slow Support
              • Unreliable
              • Unusable

              Best Uses

                Comments about Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6:

                I purchased the KA6 on many recommendations. So far it has been an absolute nightmare. Aside from being unable to register the hardware and unable to log into the NI site (instantly redirected / logged out), I get this gem when I try to use the thing:

                The KA6 constantly and consistently locks up the machine. I mean the entire computer. No response to any input, not even Numlock light will turn on, nothing. I can leave it for 20 minutes and come back and it's still hosed.

                I have tried high latency settings, low latency settings, it doesn't seem to matter one bit. I can have the KA6 set to 4ms, 44100, 2048 sample buffer (this is like 60ms total latency), and it still hangs my laptop even when it's not even doing anything.

                For example, if I fire up Maschine and try to select the KA6 as my output, it hangs the system.
                If I get past that and select ASIO options, it hangs the system.
                If Maschine starts up and the KA6 is the only sound card active (onboard disabled), it hangs the system.
                If I don't run anything at all, and just plug and unplug the KA6, it's hung the whole system.

                I've installed drivers, updated drivers, reinstalled drivers, updated firmware... everything you can think of. Nothing helps.

                I have an XP SP3 machine. It has no other issues. USB ports are well powered and have never been an issue. I have owned and extensively used the SL1, TTM57, and 62 mixers, for example. Everything from my phone to an external DVD burner to my Maschine works perfectly and gets all the power it needs.

                While it's not the fastest thing out there, this laptop is not a slouch. It runs Scratch Live and Ableton at the same time without issues. I can run Scratch Live with the latency set quite low, never getting dropouts. I can run Scratch Live plus record my set through the same USB cable (e.g., on the Rane 62), never had a single issue.

                XP SP3, all the latest updates. All software is legit.
                I don't run registry cleaners or anything stupid. I have ESET NOD32. I have some stuff like Apple Mobile Device Service disabled in msconfig.

                Core2Duo, 4GB DDR3, dual 640GB HDDs. I run Borderlands 2 at medium settings and get very playable performance, just as an example. I've used other outboard sound devices like the Serato/Rane products, FiiO DAC, others, with zero issues. Maschine runs without issue (unless I try to use the KA6).

                I have followed the NI XP tuning guide, even steps that don't make much sense in this situation. My system was already quite well-tuned and stable. Absolutely nothing in the guide has helped.

                I have wifi turned off, AV turned off, no other programs running, etc. I have tried every tweak and setting over the past three days to no avail.

                I've wasted the KA6's retail price worth of time easily on this demon box. Returning it. It's not worth it.

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Very nice interface with good quality

                By Tjwilli1

                from Midwest

                About Me Experienced

                See all my reviews

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6:

                  Was very surprise at the low latency and excellent sound quality. I purchased this to replace my current USB interface and was pleasantly surprised how clean the overall quality I have been missing in the audio. I have recordings using both the Komplete 6 audio interface and my previous interface, and was blown away at how good the Komplete 6 recording sounded compared to my previous recordings.

                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Awesome

                  By Justin

                  from LA, CA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Studio
                    • Mobile DJ
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6:

                    Great Product. Instantly increases sound quality once set up. Recording are flawless and the unit itself is easy to use. In addition, i love the top volume knob.

                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Great for new rMBP

                    By TJungus

                    from Colorado

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Software
                    • Solid Electronics

                    Cons

                    • Activationregistration

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Live
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6:

                    I bought this unit to serve as an external interface for the rMBP. All of the connections are solid and the unit is built solid. I didn't list the weight as a con because I like knowing that the equipment is built well. The connections are strong enough that you cannot plug/unplug anything by accident, especially the USB connector. The only issue with the unit I have had is trying to register it with NI. It seems as though there is always a similar issue with any NI product. It was really nice to get the free GR5 pro software with the unit, so it kind of evens out. The included software is excellent for getting your feet wet. I would recommend this product to my friends.

                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Unit

                    By Six Stringer

                    from Raleigh, NC

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    See all my reviews

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio

                      Comments about Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6:

                      I replaced an old rack unit audio interface with this interface. I love it. It sounds great and is easy to use. It is now the recording hub for my laptop. My old rack unit was a pain to use because you had to plug microphones and guitars into the back of it. A hassle. The Komplete Audio 6 has its two main inputs up front where they belong. I mainly record guitar and I can just plug the guitar cable right into the front of the unit and record. I use AmpliTube or Guitar Rig most of the time for direct recording in Digital Performer. I can also plug a microphone in the front for recording acoustic guitar. I really like the big, solid, volume knob on the top. It is way better than those little plastic knobs on most units. Great deal for home recording.

                      (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      Has worked well for a year, but…

                      By td

                      from nyc

                      About Me Novice

                      See all my reviews

                      Ask me a question

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Compact
                      • Lightweight
                      • Sounds Good Ez On Imac

                      Cons

                      • Limited Functions

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Project Recording

                      Comments about Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6:

                      I'm very happy with this unit, with only one exception- It seems as though you really can't use both set of outputs. Maybe I'm missing something but after trying a couple of different ways, I can't get outputs 3 and 4 to sound- push the buttons and the lights light up, but nothing comes out!. (Is my unit defective- is there a firmware upgrade?) Other than this, I'm happy with the unit's sound, and ease of use, on a Mac anyway. It just seems that NI has kind of fudged it a little by not telling us anything about the 3-4 outputs. Why are they there? What are they supposed to do? If you only want 2 outputs, this unit is great- otherwise, not so much

                      (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Very satisified I bought this gear.

                      By Fenderbender

                      from Waterford,Ohio

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Events
                        • Home Studio
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6:

                        This is a great piece of gear with a lot of flexibility.
                        Really good features.
                        Pure,clean sound.
                        Runs fine on my new laptop with Windows 8.
                        The spdif connections are a plus;one of the main reasons I purchased it.
                        All software included.
                        Native Instruments is a top of the line company.

                        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Komplete Audio 6

                        By amped up

                        from Southern Indiana

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                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Compact
                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Good Quality
                        • Lightweight
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                        • none

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio
                        • Mobile DJ
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6:

                        Does everything I needed it for. Inputs for guitar or other electric instruments including microphones. 48 volt phantom power for microphones that need it. Very compact and quality built. Comes with Cubase 6 LE, Ableton 8, and some other softwares.I could not be happier with my purchase. As always MF shipped promptly and packaged it well.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Start Here to Access Your DAW

                        By BlgDaddy

                        from ATL

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                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Compact
                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Simple Cheap Interface
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Home Studio

                          Comments about Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6:

                          Baby-stepping into full Ableton use from years of out-board, analog recording, this thing is pretty hard to beat. Certainly enough for singer-songwriter recordings and functional for demos for larger ideas, or more if you are using several virtual instruments. The latter seems to be the sweet spot -- adding guitar or vox to Ableton constructs with a minimum of fuss and muss.

                           
                          5.0

                          Good Quality Budget Interface

                          By Jon Lewis

                          from Toronto, ON

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                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Compact
                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Limited Functions

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Home Studio
                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6:

                          I've had this interface for a couple of years now and I'm very happy with the results. Perfect for a compact setup or mobile rig. Only 4 input channels so not recommended so much for bigger recording sessions, but great for home studio or song writing and demoing purposes. Very durable, nothing broken on mine for the past couple years and performs well on my machine. Can't speak for the other negative reviews, but if it's locking up your computer, I'd be investigating the processing power and memory (RAM) of your machine. Recommend at least 8GB of RAM and maybe at least an Intel i5 if your using Windows for recording in general.

                          (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Good but not great

                          By Nicholas

                          from undisclosed

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                          Comments about Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6:

                          Good piece of gear but it is missing the new tech

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