Initially released back in 2011, the Komplete Audio 6 has been a rock-solid companion in many people’s studios. Now 8 years later, it’s the latest piece of kit from the Native Instruments back-catalogue to receive the refresh treatment. The MKII unit features everything that made the original so popular, including a powerful software package along with a few extra goodies.
At a glance, the KA6 shares the same design language featured on the entry-level Audio 1 and Audio 2 interfaces released earlier this year, with its snazzy matte-black enclosure, large monitoring knob and LED VU meter’s.
On the front, there are 2 combo XLR/ jack inputs with phantom power and gain control plus direct monitoring with an input/host mix knob so you can hear playback while recording. On the back, there are 4 DC coupled jack outputs, capable of the control voltage output of -/+ 2V so you can control external synth modules (Eurorack peeps I see you) alongside a stereo SPDIF output and a MIDI input and output. There’s a large monitoring knob on the top with input and output LED VU meters.
192Khz/24bit conversion gives you top-notch audio quality and there’s a healthy amount I/O here to satisfy the needs of many musicians and producers. The inclusion of dual-headphone jack outputs on the front makes it ideal for collaborations on stage or in the studio and NI have doubled the output power, useful for loud scenarios or high-impedance headphones.
Like the Audio 1 & 2 – the Komplete Audio 6 features a huge software bundle that adds more bang for your buck, including Ableton Live Intro and Maschine Essentials. Check out the full bundle below:
Maschine Essentials: Full Maschine software plus 1.6GB Maschine Factory Selection
Replika: NI’s Creative delay plug-in
Solid Buss Compressor: A powerful Compressor for mixing and mastering
Modpack: 3 Modulation effects, including PHASIS, CHORAL and FLAIR
Monark: NI’s warm virtual analogue mono-synth
Komplete Start: A streamlined collection of sounds, samples, effects and instruments from the NI library
Traktor LE: A lightweight edition of NI flagship DJ program
Ableton Live Lite: digital audio workstation program.
Due in Australia early June 2019