Native Instruments KONTROL-S88

Komplete Kontrol S88 MIDI Controller, 88 keys

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Native Instruments’ KOMPLETE KONTROL S88, the flagship of their S-Series keyboard line, delivers an expansive, professional-grade Fatar keybed for true piano feel across 88 fully-weighted, hammer-action keys – and offers a host of foward-thinking features as a keyboard controller and production tool.

Software Updates

The software side of the S-Series line is KOMPLETE KONTROL – an advanced control interface for browsing your instrument library and customizing hardware mappings. This latest version introduces Native Kontrol Standard™ (NKS) – a plug-in format that allows all software instruments the same deep-level integration previously reserved for KOMPLETE Instruments. It also allows VST and KONTAKT instrument developers to integrate their plug-ins with KOMPLETE KONTROL and MASCHINE.

Even instruments not built by NI can be fully integrated in the KOMPLETE KONTROL and MASCHINE browsers. NKS instruments can access the Light Guide, Smart Play features, and the full creative potential of KOMPLETE KONTROL, and the NKS version of an instrument will be a free update for existing owners.

Thanks to the unified browsing workflow, you can dig deep into thousands of sounds with ease in a single plug-in, or search for sounds across all KOMPLETE Instruments using musical tags and keywords. The keyboard and all its features remain fully functional even when in Browse mode.

Automatic Parameter Mapping

With Native Map® technology you don't need to worry about mapping KOMPLETE Instrument parameters ever again. Each KOMPLETE Instrument was intelligently mapped with all essential parameter names and values load instantly on the Clear View display, intuitively grouped into pages. You see exactly what you’re editing directly on the hardware, whether it’s EQ in kHz or the exact frequency of a filter cutoff – without any setup time.

The Kontrol-S88’s Light Guide can be used to identify drum cells, key switches, phrases, and more – to play every KOMPLETE Instrument in full color. In Scale mode, notes in the scale light up on the keyboard, with the root lit the brightest. In Chord or Arpeggiator mode, all triggered notes light up when you press a key. There is also a Light Guide for ROUNDS showing the Remote Octave in arpgeggiator mode, for POLYPLEX showing kit variations and drum cells, and for STUDIO DRUMMER - where each color correlates to a different drum sound.

Integrated scale mapping features can highlight notes of the currently selected scale, or set virtually any musical scale to the white keys. It will even re-map ‘wrong’ notes so you’re always in tune. By activating Chord mode, users can create a rich harmonic performance by playing single notes, mapping chords by selecting mode and inversion, or by loading up a chord set. These readymade progressions can inspire or augment your own compositions.

The unit’s Arpeggiator turns one note into a full musical performance, with eight controller knobs managing parameters such as direction, rate, rhythm, patterns, and variations. Better yet, the output of the arpeggiator can be recorded as individual MIDI notes for post-performance editing.

Two ultra-sensitive touch strips allow for dynamic performances, and can mimic the behavior of pitch and mod wheels, as well as physical objects like springs and bouncing balls for unique modulation curves. Or create instant shifts with different stepped settings.

Advanced MIDI Capabilities

Record the output of KOMPLETE KONTROL’s Smart Play features directly into a DAW for further tweaking, or send MIDI to hardware synths and access software instruments and external gear from one controller. Use the Controller Editor to adjust touch strip behavior, configure keyboard splits with Light Guide visual feedback, and create custom templates. You can even use the keyboard in standalone mode to control your favorite hardware – in the studio or on stage.

Parameter Customization

A ‘Control Panel’ provides a dedicated interface for customizing instrument parameter mappings to the eight control knobs. Customizing assignments is simple and intuitive – even across multiple pages – and any double assignments are recognized automatically. You can also add pages as required.

Komplete Select

KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards now include KOMPLETE SELECT – a premium collection of 10 carefully selected KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects – and the KOMPLETE KONTROL software. These include Massive, Monark, The Gentleman, Drumlab, Retro Machines MK2, Vintage Organs, West Africa, Scarbee Mark I, Solid Bus Comp, and Reaktor - which by itself has dozens of synth samplers and effects within it. There are thousands of presets to choose from, with a huge number of parameters to manage.

Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S88 Includes:

  • Keyboard
  • Power Supply Unit
  • USB cable
  • e-Voucher ($25.00, valid for all downloadable software from the NI Online Shop.
  • KOMPLETE KONTROL software and KOMPLETE SELECT Instruments and Effects collection – provided as downloads after hardware registration.
  • Driver (only required on Windows), Controller Editor, Setup Guide and manuals supplied as downloads.

Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S88 Features:

  • Full-size, 88-key, weighted action to emulate legendary acoustic and electric keyboard patches
  • Native Kontrol Select – plugin format allows third-party instruments to achieve deep integration previously reserved for Komplete instruments
  • VST support – Full integration of third-party VST instruments with KOMPLETE KONTROL software
  • Komplete Kontrol owners can load and play their entire software instrument collection
  • Integrated scale mapping
  • Automatic parameter mapping
  • Chord and Arpeggiator modes turn single notes into full, dynamic performances
  • Record directly into a DAW for further tweaking
  • Send MIDI to hardware synths and access software instruments and external gear from one controller

Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S88 Specifications:

  • System Requirements
    • Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10, Intel® Coreâ„¢ 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2
    • Mac OS X 10.8, 10.9 or 10.10 (latest update), Intel® Coreâ„¢ 2 Duo
      • 4 GB RAM (6 GB recommended for large KONTAKT Instruments)
      • USB 2.0 or higher (cable included)
      • Requires power connection (adapter included)
  • Compatibility
    • The included KOMPLETE KONTROL software provides unparalleled integration with KOMPLETE Instruments.
    • KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards double as MIDI controllers with 16 key splits, Light Guide support, and advanced touch-strip functionality.
  • Advanced Functionality in the Following Hosts
    • Ableton Live 9.1.4
    • Cubase 7.5.1
    • Nuendo 6.0.7
    • Logic X 10.0.7
  • Available Plug-in Formats
    • Windows: Stand-alone, VST 32 & 64-Bit, AAX 32 & 64-Bit
    • Mac OS X: Stand-alone, VST 64-Bit, AU 64-Bit, AAX 64-Bit
  • Connectivity
    • MIDI In/Out
    • 1/4" TS connections for expression and sustain pedal
  • Hardware
    • Dimensions: 349 x 126 x 1389 mm
    • Weight: 14.4 kg

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