Native Instruments probably weren’t expected to have announcements for us at this year’s NAMM, but have surprised us all with a new 32 mini-key addition to their popular Komplete Kontrol keyboard range, plus 2 new audio interfaces; The Komplete Audio 1 and Audio 2.
It was only August last year that Native Instruments made the their “biggest announcement ever” of products across their product lines of Komplete, Maschine and Traktor, however, it seems they’ve still got more in the tank. As the trend for small studio equipments looks set to continue, NI have jumped on board with the newKomplete Kontrol M32 keyboard (M clearly standing for “micro”) and includes the same intuitive NKS and “Smart-Play” functions that made the Komplete Kontrol S and A series so popular. The keyboard is pre-mapped to integrate fully with all major DAW’s via the 8-touch sensitive controls plus features deep integration with Maschine and Komplete software instruments creating a powerful environment for desktop music production.
The 2 new Audio interfaces – The Komplete Audio 1 and the Audio 2 – have also been designed with limited space in-mind and clearly directed to the musicians, beat makers, or performers who want to capture ideas quickly and don’t require lots of I/O. The Audio 1 features 2 different individual inputs including 1 XLR and 1×1/4 inch jack for a guitar or line instrument which would be ideal for solo musicians, vloggers and podcasters and the Audio 2 has 2 XLR/Combo jacks for musicians wanting to record stereo instruments like a synth. Both feature 192 kHz / 24bit sound quality and a large monitoring volume knob, common amongst many desktop interfaces and both feature an extensive bundle of Komplete software sounds and instruments, including Maschine essentials and Ableton Live Lite.
Informative OLED display for at-a-glance navigation.
Eight touch-sensitive control knobs.
Two touch strips for intuitive expression.
directional push encoder for one-handed sound browsing and project navigation.
Tag-based preset browsing via the KOMPLETE KONTROL software
Smart Play: Stay in key with over 100 scales and modes, play chord progressions and arpeggios with single keys, or map any scale to white keys only.
Full VSTi and VST FX support.
Deep integration with MASCHINE software.
Intuitive control over Logic Pro X, GarageBand, and Ableton Live.
Cubase and Nuendo integration coming in a future update to the KOMPLETE KONTROL software.
TRS pedal input, assignable to sustain.
- MONARK – iconic mono synth
- REAKTOR PRISM – polyphonic synthesizer
- SCARBEE MARK I – electric piano
- KOMPLETE KONTROL software
- MASCHINE ESSENTIALS KOMPLETE START – NI’s free production suite
- Ableton Live 10 Lite
2 x inputs: 1x XLR mic in with 48V phantom power, 1x jack input with individual gain control
Outputs: Stereo RCA out for connecting to hi-ﬁ speakers
VU Meter for accurately adjusting levels
Direct Monitoring: zero-latency, high-power output
Big volume knob for easily adjusting output level
Input/host mix allows the option to hear playback while recording
USB 2.0 powered for maximum portability
Audio Quality: Premium quality at 192 kHz and 24 bit
Compatible with Mac and PC (ASIO®/Core Audio/DirectSound®/ WASAPI)
- 2 x inputs: 2x combi-XLR/jack inputs with 48V phantom power for ﬂexible stereo recording
- The rest Identical to Audio 1