Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S61 MK2

Keyboard Controller

  • For all your virtual instruments
  • Fatar keyboard with aftertouch and 61 semi-weighted keys
  • Ergonomic Pitch and Mod wheels plus Touch Strip
  • Pre-configured Mapping for all KOMPLETE instruments as well as hundreds of NCP-compliant (Native Kontrol Standard) instruments from leading third-party vendors
  • Full VSTi support
  • Tag-based Preset browsing: Find sounds quickly and hear instant previews
  • Two high-resolution colour displays for browsing, sound tweaking and more
  • Light Guide: RGB lights above each button signalise drum cells, key switches, chords, keys, and more
  • Smart Play: Recognises scales and modes with the Light Guide, play chord progressions and arpeggios with single keys, or map any scale to white keys only
  • Seamless integration with the MASCHINE Hardware/Software
  • Intuitive control of Logic Pro X, Ableton Live and GarageBand (Cubase and Nuendo integration will follow soon after the release)
  • Two freely assignable inputs for foot pedals
  • MIDI In/Out
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 1006 x 84 x 297 mm
  • Weight: 6.55 kg
  • Power supply via USB 2.0
  • Register your hardware to download the KOMPLETE KONTROL software, as well as KOMPLETE 11 SELECT free of charge (11 premium instruments and effects: Massive, Monark, The Gentleman, Drumlab, Reaktor Prism, Scarbee Mark I, Retro Machines, Vintage Organs, West Africa, Solid Bus Comp, and Replica)
  • Crossgradeable to Komplete 11 or Komplete 11 Ultimate
  • System requirements: Mac OS X 10.11 or Mac OS 10.12 (Intel Core 2 Duo), Windows 7 or higher (Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2), Internet connection and a graphics card with support for OpenGL 2.1 or higher (for software download and activation only), 4 GB RAM (6 GB recommended for large KONTAKT Instruments), USB 2.0 or higher (cable included)

Further information

Aftertouch Yes
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 Yes

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Very good for some use cases

Shinyuu, 21.06.2018
I'm using this keyboard with Ableton Live and NI's Komplete Ultimate and the experience is very different between those two.

I'd start with stating that this keyboard has an amazing look & feel. The keys are exceptional and very pleasant to touch, the aftertouch feels just right. modwheel is solid and the touch stripe is unobtrusive and handy for a bunch of orchestral use cases. The screens allow you to do a good chunk of work without reaching for the mouse. The only hardware issue is that encoders are very close to each other so if you have big fingers you'll have to be careful.

Now, all the magic is contained within NI's own instruments. If you're a heavy used of Reaktor and Kontakt you'd feel at home. The keyboard has a few extra buttons for Maschine too but it doesn't come with a software so those would sit unused (which is sad given I'd love a few more buttons for ableton integration).

As soon as you leave the NI world ? e.g. to use your DAWs built-in instruments (NI is massive et al but I like my Ableton's synths) the keyboard changes. It still retains the basic DAW navigation features but now it's a VERY DUMB midi controller. No chords magic, no arp, everything is contained within the NI toolset (which is sad given how good the built-in arp is). You're left with eight encoders and the piano strip.

To sum it up: it's 10/10 for NIs toolset (unsurprisingly). The LED guide, the instrument picker ? everything is smooth and polished to let you focus on the music.

As soon as you're back to your DAW it's 6/10. It's not too bad ? e.g. you can do arp with ableton and you can load your other VSTs within the KK's tool so that they would avail of the extended feature set. It's just that the keyboard doesn't feel as capable anymore. Low-level Novation instruments would easily beat it in terms of raw midi capabilities.

Bottom line: worth the money if you are heavily investing into NI instruments too.
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Beautiful midi keyboard

tomco, 06.03.2018
I have been kicking the midi keyboard version of car tires and did a lot of research on S61 and did some real comparison against other brands in this price bracket. When I initially looked it was the S61 mk1 and then along can the mk2. With its integrated screen feeding information and allowing control of the Daw effects and mixer. It really is a move aware from pure DAW usage, Still working my way through the features at present, plenty of tinkering ahead.

A solid keyboard, beautifully made and with the clear clarity screens, in my opinion a great buy,
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