Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S88 MK2

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Controller Keyboard

  • Tuned to NI Komplete
  • Fully weighted Fatar keyboard with 88 keys and hammer action
  • Pitch and mod wheels plus touch strip
  • Pre-configured mapping for all Komplete instruments as well as hundreds of NKS-compatible (Native Kontrol Standard) instruments from leading third parties
  • Full VSTi support
  • Tag-based preset browsing: Find sounds quickly and preview them instantly
  • Two high-resolution colour displays
  • 4D push encoder
  • Light Guide: RGB lights above each key signal drum cells, key switches, chords, keys and more
  • Smart Play: Recognise keys and inversions with the Light Guide
  • Seamless integration with Maschine hardware/software
  • Intuitive control of Logic Pro X, Ableton Live, Garage Band, Pro Tools (2021.10 and later), Cubase and Nuendo
  • Two freely assignable inputs for foot pedals
  • MIDI in/out
  • Dimensions: 1390 x 346 x 115 mm
  • Weight: 13.2 kg
  • KOMPLETE Select included
  • Suitable Thon Case available under Article no. 505570 (not included)
available since September 2018
Item number 447951
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Hammer Action Keys Yes
Aftertouch Yes
Split Zones 2
Layer function Yes
Pitch Bend / Modulation Yes
Rotary Encoder 8
Fader (Amount) 0
Pads 0
Display Yes
MIDI interface 1x In, 1x Out
Sustain Pedal Connection Yes
USB-port Yes
Mains Operation Yes
Bus-Powered No
Dimensions 1390 x 346 x 115 mm
Weight 13,2 kg
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Perfectly coordinated

The Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S88 MkII is the ultimate control centre for any DAW-based studio. It takes working in a software-supported studio to an unprecedented level thanks to several features: A seamless integration of software instruments and effects, as well as extensive visual feedback using two colour displays and the keyboard's innovative Light Guide. This is complemented by the high-quality, fully weighted keyboard with 88 keys and hammer action providing an authentic playing feel - a true pleasure when recording. Working with software instruments has never been more comfortable and intuitive.

Every detail in view

The Komplete Kontrol S88 MkII is perfectly tailored to the instruments and effects of the Native Instruments Komplete Suite. Software instruments can be easily controlled using the keyboard's controls, and tedious parameter assignments are a thing of the past. Presets from Komplete and NKS plug-ins can be browsed and previewed directly on the Komplete Kontrol S88 MkII. And the two high-resolution displays are not the only thing that provides a great overview: The buttons are illuminated in different colours, and the Light Guide above the keyboard shows the positions of sounds, keyboard zones, etc., so you always have everything in view.

Seamless integration

The Komplete Kontrol S88 MkII is not only an intuitive control centre for the instruments and effects of the Komplete package as well as NKS-compatible plug-ins from other manufacturers. It also offers deep, seamless integration with the following DAWs: Apple Logic Pro X, Garageband, Ableton Live, PreSonus Studio One, and Steinberg Cubase and Nuendo. Transport, mixing, and editing functions of the recording software can be operated comfortably by keyboard, so that reaching for the mouse and looking at the computer screen can be frequently avoided. The Komplete Kontrol S88 MkII also works perfectly with the Native Instruments MASCHINE software. No matter which DAW or working method you prefer, with this keyboard you have everything perfectly under control.

About Native Instruments

Native Instruments is a Berlin-based company, founded in 1996, which specialises in products for computer-assisted music production. The company develops a wide variety of products: Software solutions such as Komplete, which hosts a huge range of virtual instruments that emulate both acoustic and electronic instruments in hi-fi quality, and Reaktor, which lets you create your own virtual instruments - through to hardware products such as beat-making and DJ controllers. Native Instruments' goal is to inspire and encourage musicians with its innovative products. To this end, more than 500 people are employed at the company's headquarters in Berlin and at other locations including Los Angeles, Toronto, Tokyo, London, Paris, and Shenzhen.

Infinite configuration options

When used in conjunction with Native Instruments Komplete or Maschine as well as the Logic Pro, Garageband, Studio One, Cubase and Nuendo DAWs, the Komplete Kontrol S88 MkII can fully exploit the potential of the deep integration between software and hardware. Of course, it can also be used to operate other software instruments and MIDI devices. Each control can be individually assigned and named, making it easy to create presets for different instruments. With two pedal inputs, pitch and modulation wheel, touch strip, and eight assignable buttons and knobs each, it offers plenty of controllers for extensive control tasks.

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I have chosen the best midi keyboard and I am satisfied.
windlike 26.12.2021
I love playing and composing music on a quality hammer-action keyboard. Therefore, when choosing a midi keyboard, I considered options based on Fatar keybed. The keyboard is made of a very high quality, all keys have the same elasticity when pressed and there is no horizontal backlash, as, for example, in the Korg keyboards. The faders have excellent rotational viscosity, which helps in smoother adjustments. Well, a huge advantage is in the hardware and software native support for NI libraries. I got a great tool and a great positive experience!
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Great keyboard if you use Native instruments
Semantics 28.07.2021
Great Keyboard, feels great and has all the features i need. however i do not recommend if you don't use native instruments as a lot of the functionality is reliant on komplete kontrol.

Also i have one sticky key on the keyboard which can be a bit annoying.
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S88 see my evaluation of Kmplete 12
Masters-of-Sound 02.09.2020
The combination of Complete Ultimate 12 (just now became 13) with the S88 Komplete Kontrol keyboard is unbelievably integrated and user-friendly. Speeds up the workflow massively partly because of the integration with my Logic (and Ableton and other DAW's) Maximum +++
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Quality!
Gavinito 29.07.2021
I've not had much chance to use or play with this keyboard, but my initial thoughts are that it's a really good quality build!
The Fatar keybed is a dream to play on - the reason why I went for the S88 instead of the S61.
I'll update my review in a few months time.
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