KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboard

KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboard

Berlin, September 2, 2014 – Native Instruments today announced the 
KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards. The keyboards represent a hallmark 
in the history of Native Instruments, providing advanced innovations in 
hardware/software integration and uniting the KOMPLETE Instrument 
portfolio under one purpose-built keyboard controller and software 
interface. KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards are available in a choice 
of 25, 49 or 61 keys and come equipped with premium Fatar keybeds for a 
luxurious playing experience. They will be available online and at 
retailers worldwide October 1, 2014.

Daniel Haver, CEO of Native Instruments, comments: “In the last two 
decades our software instruments have shaped and defined diverse musical 
styles and genres. The KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards finally bring 
our original vision to life, and elevate the experience of sounds to a 
whole new level. Only now the diversity of all KOMPLETE instruments and 
sounds becomes truly accessible in a single instrument, in ways that no 
controller or keyboard ever did before.”

The KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards signal a new era of control for 
the KOMPLETE Instrument portfolio. The all-new KOMPLETE Browser™ unifies 
the powerful instruments in KOMPLETE, delivering tag-based access to all 
KOMPLETE Instrument presets from one plug-in interface. Instead of 
browsing by instrument, users can now search by sound, opening the 
breadth of the KOMPLETE Instrument range faster and easier than ever before.

Native Map™ technology automatically maps all key parameters for each 
KOMPLETE Instrument to the touch-sensitive controller knobs – all 
clearly visible on the keyboards’ Clear View™ display. Each instrument 
was carefully mapped by NI sound designers to arrange the most relevant 
parameters on pages laid out on the keyboard’s display. The need for 
complicated mapping is eliminated, bringing producers closer to the act 
of creating music and allowing them to stay in the creative flow.

A first-of-its-kind Light Guide™ shows key switches, zones, and more on 
multi-color LEDs positioned just above the keys. For example, key 
switches for KONTAKT Instruments such as ACTION STRIKES are illuminated 
in one color, while keys used for performance are lit with another. This 
puts the instrument’s layout on the keyboard at a glance without having 
to look at the software. The lights also provide performance feedback – 
scales, chords, and arpeggios light up across the keyboard as they are 
played.

KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards also deliver Smart Play™ features to 
accelerate workflow and stimulate new ideas. Chord mode lets producers 
play complex chords with single keys. Chord Set mode provides 
ready-to-play progressions that can inspire and augment original 
compositions or add new flavor to remixes. The integrated scale mapping 
features deliver fast access to new melodic possibilities – notes of the 
currently selected scale light up on the Light Guide. Many widely-used 
musical scales can also be mapped to the white keys. ‘Wrong’ notes can 
be automatically re-mapped so melodies are always in tune. The 
arpeggiator works seamlessly with every KOMPLETE Instrument. And the 
eight controller knobs manage parameters such as direction, rate, 
rhythm, patterns, and variations.

Furthermore, two touch-sensitive Touch Kontrols™ tap into a new paradigm 
in software instrument control. They can mimic the behavior of pitch and 
mod wheels, and physical objects like springs and bouncing balls for 
interesting modulation curves – far beyond the capabilities of 
conventional mod wheels. Keyboard functionality such as key splits and 
Touch Kontrol behavior also function when using the keyboards as a 
standard MIDI controller, opening these control innovations to 
instruments outside the KOMPLETE universe.

KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards were designed to integrate 
seamlessly with the 10th generation of NI’s acclaimed instruments and 
effects suites, released October 1st, 2014. Registered users of KOMPLETE 
9 and KOMPLETE 9 ULTIMATE will receive a free download for the KOMPLETE 
KONTROL software, giving them the same functionality on KOMPLETE KONTROL 
S-Series keyboards as KOMPLETE 10 and KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE users.

KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards are available online and in 
retailers October 1, 2014. Preorder is also available.

KOMPLETE KONTROL S25 is available for $499 / 499 €. KOMPLETE KONTROL S49 
is available for $599 / 599 €. KOMPLETE KONTROL S61 is available for 
$699 / 699 €.

Additional information on the new KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series is available at:
www.the-komplete-instrument.com

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