Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S61 Smart Keyboard Controller with semi-weighted Fatar key-bed, dual hi-res display screens, dedicated function buttons, and pre-mapped to interact seamlessly with NI Komplete, Maschine, and NKS 3rd-party VST virtual instruments
Not just a device for musical data entry, the latest generation Kontrol S61 is a 61-key controller with a professional-quality, semi-weighted Fatar key-bed that’s intelligently mapped to NI virtual instruments. Kontrol S61 lets you browse, preview, and tweak its voluminous library of sounds, sketch ideas, navigate and mix your project, while Its semi-weighted Fatar key bed enables you to perform expressively. It’s cleverly laid out control surface has two high-resolution color display screens, backlit function buttons that vary in color and intensity that indicates their current status. Above the keyboard is a precision Light Guide that pinpoints the location of sounds, key zones, switches, scales, and more—all from one fully integrated centerpiece for studio and stage.
Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S61 in one take:
- Get all handsy with all your virtual instruments thanks to an improved layout with more dedicated function buttons and four-direction push encoder
- Professional grade key bed by Fatar
- Dual high-resolution color display screens and Light Guide make it easy to browse and preview sounds, tweak controls, and mix and edit your projects from the hardware
- ergonomic pitch and mod wheels, plus a touch strip for expanded creative possibilities
- Full integration with NI Maschine, as well as intuitive control for Logic X, Ableton Live, GarageBand, Cubase, and Nuendo
INSIDE THE BOX— NI Komplete Kontrol S61
Faster sound library navigation
Scrolling through thousands of sounds and loading them one at a time to hear if they work an is more than a little daunting, time-consuming, not to mention creativity killing. Now you can find exactly what you’re looking for across all Komplete and Native Kontrol Standard (NKS) instruments using a simple, intuitive tagging system, directly from the S61 surface. More importantly, you can hear an instant preview of each sound as you browse.
Looking for a hip hop kit? Select Drums > Urban Drum Kit > Sample-based, scroll through the presets and pick the right one for your track. If it’s a sound you’ll want to come back to, simply tag it as a Favorite for instant access next time.
Pre-mapped for plug-and-play control
All Komplete and NKS instruments are pre-mapped to the S61 controller by the instrument designers themselves—access to all performance parameters doesn’t better than that. All essential parameters load instantly and are displayed across the two color displays. The sound parameters are intuitively organized into pages so you can see exactly what you’re adjusting in real time, whether it’s in kHz, dB, or BPM.
Special performance modes
To keep you in the right key, notes of the currently selected scale or mode are indicated via the Light Guide. Chord mode enables you to build and perform a chord progression by playing single keys. From there, you can activate the arpeggiator and turn the progression into an expressive musical performance. If you’re new to the keyboard, Easy Mode maps the white keys to whichever scale you select, so you’ll never hit a wrong note and learn their position on the keyboard.
Precision pitch, mod, and expression controls
The S61 has two ergonomic, rubberized wheels engineered to give you precision control of pitch and mod functions. And for a little extra fun (as if the S61 itself isn’t enough), it also features an ultra-sensitive touch strip that offers a responsive alternative to connecting a dedicated expression pedal.
Hands-on DAW control from the keyboard
Compose and create directly from the keyboard. Komplete Kontrol S61 gives you access to transport, mixing, and editing in Logic Pro X, Ableton Live, and GarageBand, complete with visual feedback and volume metering on the keyboard’s built-in displays. And with MIDI I/O, incorporating outboard gear into your setup is just as simple.
Integration for all your virtual instruments
“NKS instruments” is an extended plug-in format that gives S61 users hands-on control over hundreds of instruments from leading manufacturers, including Heavyocity, Spitfire, and Soniccouture. NKS enables developers to define the way their products integrate with NI hardware. NKS provides powerful features, such as tag-based browsing, Light Guide feedback, and pre-mapped controls to extend beyond the Komplete universe. However, you don’t have to wait for VST instrument manufacturers to get up to speed on NKS. It’s simple to create your own maps from Komplete Kontrol software.
11 included virtual instruments and effects
Once you register you Komplete Kontrol hardware, Komplete 11 SELECT is available as a free download. It’s an essential collection of instruments and effects, including MASSIVE, MONARK, and THE GENTLEMAN. The package features more than 2,500 sounds and over 25GB of instruments and effects, giving you a wide range of sounds for any genre. And since you can never have enough sounds, you’ll also be eligible for a discounted upgrade to Komplete 11 or Komplete 11 ULTIMATE.
Komplete Kontrol Software
Komplete Kontrol provides support for the next generation of Komplete Kontrol S61 hardware, plus several new software features. It enables you to preview sounds when browsing presets from your Komplete Kontrol hardware, dramatically speeding up the process of finding the right sound for your project. You get this functionality across all Komplete and NKS software instruments.
OUTSIDE THE BOX—Komplete Kontrol S61
USB connectivity and bus power; MIDI in/out; two assignable pedal inputs; and Kensington Security Slot
DAW transport control
Get direct access to transport functions in Logic Pro X, Ableton Live, GarageBand, Cubase, Nuendo
Get one-touch access to Scenes, Patterns, and more in Maschine
Two high-resolution color displays
Whether browsing for sounds, tweaking parameters, or sketching ideas, dual high-res color displays keep you focused on creating, not your computer
Eight touch-sensitive knobs
Precision tweaking for all sounds, pre-mapped to the most useful parameters of each Komplete and Native Kontrol Standard (NKS) instrument
4-directional push encoder
Browse sounds and navigate projects quickly and intuitively
Pitch and mod controls
Ergonomic, rubberized pitch and mod wheels, plus assignable touch-sensitive smart strip for expanded creative control
RGB lights above each key give let you see sounds, key zones, switches, scales, and more at a glance
Komplete Kontrol features industry-leading key beds from Fatar – available with 49 or 61 semi-weighted keys with aftertouch.
Expand you music creation capabilities with the Maschine groove box
Teaching different MIDI units to play nicely with one another has always been a frustrating or time-consuming exercise in MIDI mapping. However, if you’d like a seamless integration of keyboard and groove box, the very smart Komplete Kontrol already speaks Maschine language.
Komplete Kontrol was designed with Maschine hardware and software in mind, so the two work perfectly in tandem. Play Maschine Kits with pads or keys, create patterns, organize your ideas in Ideas View, mix, and more, all from either unit – or both.
Much more than just a controller, Komplete Kontrol S61 integrates DAW control, performance, sound creation, and music production in one very smart, great-feeling keyboard. For more information, call or chat online with your Westlake Pro Sales Consultant today.
NI Komplete Kontrol System requirements
- Mac OS X 10.11 or Mac OS X 10.12, Intel Core 2 Duo
- Windows 7 or later, Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2
- An Internet connection and a graphics card that supports OpenGL 2.1 or higher are required to download and activate this product. Once installed and activated, the product can be used offline.
- 4GB RAM (6GB recommended for large KONTAKT Instruments)
- USB 2.0 or higher (cable included)
Available plug-in formats:
- Mac OS X (64-bit only): Stand-alone, VST, AU, AAX
- Windows (32/64-bit): Stand-alone, VST, AAX
The included Komplete Kontrol software provides unparalleled integration with Komplete and NKS Instruments.
Komplete Kontrol S-Series keyboards also function as MIDI controllers assignable controls and Light Guide features.*
Advanced functionality in the following hosts:
- Logic X 10.3.1 or higher
- GarageBand 10.2.0 or higher
- Ableton Live 9.2.3 or higher
- Cubase Pro / Artist 9.0.20 or higher
- Nuendo 7.1.35 or higher
*Please read the Komplete Kontrol documentation for detailed information about host compatibility
NI Komplete Kontrol Includes:
Keyboard, USB cable.
Komplete Kontrol software and Komplete 11 SELECT Instruments and Effects collection – provided as downloads after hardware registration.
Driver (only required on Windows), Setup Guide and documentation supplied as downloads.
Komplete Kontrol hardware specifications:
- MIDI In/Out
- 1/4″ TS connections for expression and sustain pedals
- Dimensions: 39-19/32″ x 11-11/16″ x 3-5/16″
- Weight 14.4 lb. (6.55 kg)