Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol M32

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Compact keyboard controller

  • 32 Velocity-sensitive synth-action mini keys
  • 2 Touch strips for pitch and modulation
  • 8 Touch-sensitive control knobs
  • OLED Display
  • 4D-Push-encoder
  • Smart play
  • Machine integration
  • Funtionality in the following hosts: Ableton Live, Logic ProX, Garage Band, Pro Tools (from 2021.10), Cubase and Nuendo
  • NKS (Native Kontrol Standard) compatible
  • USB powered
  • Pedal input: 6.3 mm jack
  • USB port
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 475 x 167 x 50 mm
  • Weight: 1.45 kg
  • Includes KOMPLETE instruments and FX: Monark, Scarbee Mark I, Reaktor Prism, Komplete Kontrol software, Machine Essentials, Komplete Start, Ableton Live 10 Lite
Aftertouch No
Split Zones 0
Layer function No
Pitch Bend / Modulation Yes
Rotary Encoder 8
Fader 0
Pads 0
Display Yes
MIDI Interface No
Sustain Pedal Connection Yes
USB-port Yes
Mains Operation No
Battery Operation No
Bus-Powered Yes
available since February 2019
Item number 458012
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Dimensions 475 x 167 x 50 mm
Weight 1,5 kg
Special Features N/A
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Good if you use NI Instruments
IKnoepfle 11.05.2019
I'm using the controller as my main composing tool together with Cubase and Garage Band. I purchased the smaller one (M32 version) because it has a smaller form factor, perfectly fitting on my desk, but still has a decent amount of keys. (A bit more than two octaves)
I was surprised how good you can play on the small keys, it's nearly perfect for me, since my fingers aren't that long.
The build quality is rather decent and the keyboard feels good and sturdy. Unfortunately my unit doesn't sit level on the desk, meaning it slightly wiggles a bit. It doesn't disrupt the feel while playing it so it's fine.
You also get quite an amount of software with the keyboard. I'd used the Komplete Kontrol software already, since I'd purchased two plugins from Native Instruments in the past and I really like their products since they are programmed with the user in mind and can be used quite intuitively.
The free sounds and instruments that come with it are also quite decent if you just want to start making music. Keep in mind, that the shipped sounds are more fitting for musicians in the electro/synth genres. You even get a light version of Maschine 2. I didn't test it though.
Since I'm composing orchestral music, I didn't use many of the shipped plugins but rather the plugins I'd purchase in some of their sale offers. It's really easy to install everything, and as soon as you load Komplete Kontrol into a track, you're good to go. I highly recommend to read the quick start guide found on the Native Instruments Homepage as well as to watch some videos on Youtube, since you can work with it quite faster if you know some tricks. Even if it's quite intuitive to use most of the time, there are some functions and workflows you can't find out by trial and error.
To use many of the features like scale, arp and parameter mapping, you need to use their plugin Komplete Kontrol. But this plugin allows you to include other plugins not officially supported by NKS (I guess every VST plugin) but it's not as straight forward as the supported plugins.

All in all its a good keyboard, especially for beginners. It has nice features compared to its price, but you have to consider, that its meant as a hardware product to be used with Native Instruments software.
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pptppptp 05.12.2021
I love my M32! If you mainly work with software synths, the keyboard has all you need. Very nice to play, the build quality is awesome; the knobs are touch-sensitive and if you're going to make use of the NI integrations (I suggest you do) you can control the devices right from the keyboard quite nicely. Some basic DAW integration is also there (Ableton) and the Internet has a script to make it control Live racks in the MIDI mode. Tighter integration with Live would be great, but hey, for the money it's fair. All in all, very nice compact keyboard on budget; I made quite a few tracks without touching any of my other controllers.
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a bit clicky but still awesome
jed1knyt 07.12.2021
my first controller. Native Instruments is my first ecosystem and it only makes sense to get a feel on their portable controllers. Wanted to experience this first before moving in to S61 or S88. So far so good. Only gripe is the clicky buttons which my neighbors notice. But overall integration with the software is awesome. Will recommend for newbies like me, but will definitely get the upgraded S61, Vapor gray to be exact. If these were rides, S-series would be the Ferraris and M32 would be the Ducatis
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I'm not keyboard player
Irvas 01.01.2022
I don't have space for larger keyboard and I'm not keyboard player. So this is good for me to make some basic lines and experiment with sounds... It has some basic features and it is good with Cubase.
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