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Overview
  • 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
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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

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

 

Komplete Audio 6 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
 
3.7

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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    (4)

64%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (10)
  • Compact (9)
  • Durable (7)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Versatile (6)

Cons

  • Unreliable (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (9)
  • Amateur recording (6)
  • Professional recording (5)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), 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

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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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(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Has worked well for a year, but…

By td

from nyc

About Me Novice

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

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(7 of 13 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.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Komplete Audio 6

    By amped up

    from Southern Indiana

    About Me Experienced

    Ask me a question

    Verified Buyer

    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.

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    (4 of 5 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.

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    (7 of 11 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.

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        (3 of 4 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.

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          (4 of 9 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.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Start Here to Access Your DAW

          By JAT

          from Atlanta

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          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.

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            (4 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Freezes entire system, not worth it.

            By Khayyim

            from Tulsa, OK

            About Me Professional Musician

            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.

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Very nice interface with good quality

                By TJ

                from Midwest USA

                About Me Experienced

                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.

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