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, 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
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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Saves getting the big one out.
Wooftweet 15.11.2021
Lives on the desk easily next to the other various control pads et al, makes the whole sample, sound, phrase hunt easier when your trying to find inspiration. I guess because it doesn't dominate like the main keyboard does you kind of play around more, not the muscle memory stuff so much.
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Great quality keys and slick good looks!
alpu 04.08.2021
It may be less compatible with most DAWs out there, and it may not have pads, but after A LOT of research I decided this was the best midi controller for me.

First, the keys. The extra 7 keys, as a pose to 25 in other small controllers. It may not sound like a lot but in practice it really is. I now feel I can play whole chords again. Also, the key width is quite larger than on other small controllers, so it feels more natural and comfortable. So does the the key action. It feels like the key mechanism has more quality than, say, the Akai and even Arturia controllers.

Second, the physical quality. Even though it's all plastic, it looks and feels like a quality product. The design is clean and elegant. It's very well made. It definitely looks less like a toy and more like professional hardware. Also, it has good enough weight that it feels secure on your desk but is still portable.

Other misc. pros: the great-quality endless encoders; the touch strips for mod and pitch feel very natural; the controls, when you have them mapped, are very practical; same for the little screen, when it's able to show information on what each encoder does; it comes with loads of software and plug-ins to get you up and running immediately.

And it simply looks real slick and cool, like it's ready for some jazz!
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Could it be any better for a compact controller?
Philippos 01.11.2021
With the given NI quality in mind, as an owner of an S61, when I saw this small beauty at a special offer price, I couldn't help ignoring it, as it will greatly serve as a gift I had in mind.

Even at its original price, it feels pretty solid and robust hardware-wise, while it comes with -more than- basic software to immediately start putting ideas to place.

Couldn't ask for more in this price range
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