Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S49 MK2

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Keyboard Controller

  • For all of your virtual instruments
  • Fatar keyboard with aftertouch and 49 semi-weighted keys
  • Ergonomic 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-party providers
  • Full VSTi support
  • Tag-based preset browsing: Find sounds quickly and preview them immediately
  • Two high-resolution colour displays for browsing, sound tweaking and more
  • 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; play chord progressions and arpeggios using individual keys, or play any scale with white keys alone
  • Seamless integration with MASCHINE Hardware/Software
  • Intuitive control of Logic Pro X, Ableton Live, Pro Tools (from 2021.10) and GarageBand
  • Two freely assignable inputs for foot pedals
  • MIDI In/Out
  • Power supply via USB 2.0
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 840 x 297 x 84 mm
  • Weight: 5.55 kg
  • Register your hardware to download the KOMPLETE KONTROL software and KOMPLETE SELECT free of charge (11 high-quality software instruments and effects: Massive, Monark, The Gentleman, Drumlab, Reaktor Prism, Scarbee Mark I, Retro Machines, Vintage Organs, West Africa, Solid Bus Comp, and Replica)

System requirements:

  • MacOS 10.12, 10.13, 10.14, 10.15 (latest update), Intel Core i5, 4 GB RAM
  • Windows 10 (current service pack), Intel Core i5 or equivalent CPU, 4 GB RAM
  • USB 2.0 port
  • Internet connection for product activation and download
  • Graphics card supporting OpenGL 2.1 or higher
available since September 2017
Item number 421564
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Aftertouch Yes
Split Zones 16
Layer function No
Pitch Bend / Modulation Yes
Rotary Encoder 9
Fader 0
Pads 0
Display Yes
MIDI Interface 1x In, 1x Out
Sustain Pedal Connection Yes
USB-port Yes
Mains Operation Yes
Battery Operation No
Bus-Powered Yes
Dimensions 840 x 297 x 84 mm
Weight 5,5 kg
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The Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S49 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: The 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, semi-weighted keyboard with 49 keys - a true pleasure for recording tracks. Working with software instruments has never been more comfortable and intuitive.

Every detail in view

The Komplete Kontrol S49 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 S49 MkII. It's not just the two high-resolution displays that provide 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 S49 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 S49 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 S49 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.

In the spotlight: Light Guide

The Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S49 MkII is equipped with an innovative Light Guide. This consists of a chain of multicoloured LEDs located above each key on the keyboard, which display a variety of information depending on the status of the keyboard, thus improving overall clarity. As an example, the Light Guide shows where key switches and key ranges are located in the selected preset. In conjunction with the Smart Play functions, it can also display useful tips and tricks such as chords and notes that match the key.

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c.anto 31.10.2019
This controller was exactly what I thought it would be, AMAZING! Very simple plug and play not messing around controller by Native Instruments they really nailed it with this it comes with Komplete 10 which is more than enough to start making some noises. It works well with Logic, Ableton, and Pro Tools. Its durable which I love (It doesn't feel cheap), the keys are responsive and are sensitive so can give you different velocities on notes. The screens are a huge help and give a nice feeling as you don't have to look to your DAW for certain editing and using the mixer cause you can edit via the knobs. Transport buttons beautiful and satisfying to press. I am still getting the hang of it and will have to revise my review in a year or two when I will have taken the most juice out of it ;) Great purchase I'm really happy with it.
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Great for studio, less for live, make sure it works with your DAW
TheDC 04.08.2021
Native Instruments is known for making some of the best sample packs on the market, the Komplete Kontrol is no different, giving you access to many amazing and pre-built features that can really take your sound to the next level.

As such, it is an amazing studio tool. The displays are useful and vibrant, the quality is solid and the sounds are top notch.

Overall I'd say the keys feel good to use as well, making the whole playing experience quite nice.

2 key points you should consider before buying this:

1. It only works connected to a computer. It is NOT a standalone unit. If you are looking for something that carries its sounds with it, look into the Yamaha MX49 and related products.

2. Check if it integrates with your DAW of choice. I use REAPER for my production, and Native has no first party integration with this. Which means no support out of the box, Fortunately, a community user made a plugin that allows the keyboard to talk to your DAW properly. However, make sure this exists for your DAW of choice if it is unsupported.
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Ultimate Midi Keyboard
Daveit 03.12.2020
The ultimate keyboard for DAW integration, packed full of features to improve production. Workflow is much quicker having the screens on the keyboard, means less time going back and forward between computer and keyboard. The Native Instruments software included is brilliant and loads of sounds to keep you occupied for hours, with the option to upgrade to Komplete 13 for a low enough price.

Fatar keybed is a great middle ground for those who play piano and those who don't. Feels great to my hands.

Over-all, a really well contructed and premium feeling keyboard packed with features and sounds. Highly recommended!
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Tout ce dont un-e compositeur-rice peut avoir besoin
Oncle Sim 22.05.2021
Excellent clavier maître avec une intégration parfaite avec les logiciels fournis, ainsi qu'avec tous les plugins compatibles NKS, c'est très impressionnant d'un point de vue fonctionnalité. Si on peut lui reprocher son côté 100% plastique (d'où l'étoile en moins), les matériaux sont quand même de qualité et la finition est impeccable. Surtout, le clavier est très agréable à utiliser.
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