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Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S61

Controller Keyboard

  • Aligned with NI Komplete 11
  • With 61 keys
  • Fatar keyboard
  • Automatic assignment of the main parameters of each Komplete instrument to the touch-sensitive knobs via Native Map
  • Generates arpeggios, chords or scales via single notes by pressing a button
  • Multicolor light guide key lighting
  • Clear-view display
  • Advanced Touch Strip functions
  • Includes Komplete Select (11 software instruments and effects: Massive, Prism, Scarbee Mark I, Solid Bus Comp, Drumlab, The Gentleman, Vintage Organs, Monark, Retro Machines, Reolika and West Africa), crossgrade capable to Komplete 11 or Komplete 11 Ultimate
  • Includes 25 EUR voucher for the NI online store (registration required)

Further information

Aftertouch No
Split Zones 16
Layer function No
Pitch Bend / Modulation Yes
Rotary Encoder 9
Fader (Amount) 0
Pads 0
Display Yes
MIDI interface 1x In, 1x Out
Pedal input Yes
USB-port Yes
Mains Operation Yes
Battery Operation No
Bus-Powered No

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The perfect companion to the NI Komplete package

Having fiddled with most of the synths available in the NI Komplete package, I found myself overwhelmed with the amount of content available. This controller is a perfect companion to this software, and lets you browse the huge library effortlessly letting you capitalize on the software you have spent so much money on.

The keys feel really nice, and although they do not match a digital piano's feel, they do feel extremely premium, so without any reservations I can safely state that in terms of Midi Controller key action, this is one of the best I've ever played.

The light guide is also a nice feature. Since I have been playing piano for years I didn't find it particularly attractive, but when you start to play with the other synths which have plenty of key switches, one starts really appreciating the usefulness of this light guide.

Automatic mapping of the most important parameters is also available, a really nice feature when you're momentarily less into sound design and more into finding a nice sound for your song. NI have done a good job at carefully mapping these parameters, and this will definitely be a huge time saver for me.

Touch strips are used instead of sliders/joysticks for pitch and modulation, and while it felt a bit strange in the beginning I got used to it after 45 minutes of playing. The light illumination of the touch strips made it easy to understand what was happening.

On the negative sides which are more technical limitations I suppose,

-Switching between plugins takes a considerable amount of time, killing the "Performance" nature of the keyboard. This is probably attributed with having to load a huge amount of samples on your PC, so probably it's something which have to compromise, i.e. the classical trade-off between quality and speed

-Having this platform and hardware availability, it's a pity not to have integration with other 3rd party synths - Something should be coming soon but until then, this thing can only be used as a standard midi controller for other synths and manual mapping has to be carried out. Given the premium price of this keyboard controller, I think this feature is a must have!

Final thoughts, great piece of gear, essential for NI Komplete usage, and well built.
Desired features which could come, Automatic Mapping to 3rd Party Plugins
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Excellent Keyboard,Terrible support...

Sylvain1596, 20.12.2014
I have only been able to use it for 30 minutes before Komplete Kontrol Software ended its demo mode.

As many other users on the NI's forums, I haven't been emailed the serial number to fully activate the software...

I opened several support tickets which remained unanswered for the moment...
Without the specific Komplete features, you have much better/cheaper choice for a midi keyboard...

As a side note, it seems than many users experienced touchstrips problems which occur only on the S-61 but not on its smaller counterparts...

I will review the product again when I will be able to use it to its full potential...

EDIT : this keyboard is a really great product if you are a Native Instrument Komplet Owner, if not, you'll find cheaper keyboard out there that will surely fits your need.
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