Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S61 MK2

Keyboard Controller

  • For all your virtual instruments
  • Fatar keyboard with aftertouch and 61 semi-weighted keys
  • Ergonomic Pitch and Mod wheels plus Touch Strip
  • Pre-configured Mapping for all KOMPLETE instruments as well as hundreds of NCP-compliant (Native Kontrol Standard) instruments from leading third-party vendors
  • Full VSTi support
  • Tag-based Preset browsing: Find sounds quickly and hear instant previews
  • Two high-resolution colour displays for browsing, sound tweaking and more
  • Light Guide: RGB lights above each button signalise drum cells, key switches, chords, keys, and more
  • Smart Play: Recognises scales and modes with the Light Guide, play chord progressions and arpeggios with single keys, or map any scale to white keys only
  • Seamless integration with the MASCHINE Hardware/Software
  • Intuitive control of Logic Pro X, Ableton Live and GarageBand (Cubase and Nuendo integration will follow soon after the release)
  • Two freely assignable inputs for foot pedals
  • MIDI In/Out
  • Power supply via USB 2.0
  • Register your hardware to download the KOMPLETE KONTROL software, as well as KOMPLETE 11 SELECT free of charge (11 premium instruments and effects: Massive, Monark, The Gentleman, Drumlab, Reaktor Prism, Scarbee Mark I, Retro Machines, Vintage Organs, West Africa, Solid Bus Comp, and Replica)
  • Weight: 6.55 kg
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 1006 x 84 x 297 mm
  • System requirements: Mac OS X 10.11 or Mac OS 10.12 (Intel Core 2 Duo), Windows 7 or higher (Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2), Internet connection and a graphics card with support for OpenGL 2.1 or higher (for software download and activation only), 4 GB RAM (6 GB recommended for large KONTAKT Instruments), USB 2.0 or higher (cable included)

Further Information

Aftertouch Yes
Split Zones 16
Layer function No
Pitch Bend / Modulation Yes
Rotary Encoder 9
Fader (Amount) 0
Pads 0
Display Yes
MIDI interface 1x In, 1x Out
Pedal input Yes
USB-port Yes
Mains Operation Yes
Battery Operation No
Bus-Powered Yes

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Very good for some use cases
Shinyuu, 21.06.2018
I'm using this keyboard with Ableton Live and NI's Komplete Ultimate and the experience is very different between those two.

I'd start with stating that this keyboard has an amazing look & feel. The keys are exceptional and very pleasant to touch, the aftertouch feels just right. modwheel is solid and the touch stripe is unobtrusive and handy for a bunch of orchestral use cases. The screens allow you to do a good chunk of work without reaching for the mouse. The only hardware issue is that encoders are very close to each other so if you have big fingers you'll have to be careful.

Now, all the magic is contained within NI's own instruments. If you're a heavy used of Reaktor and Kontakt you'd feel at home. The keyboard has a few extra buttons for Maschine too but it doesn't come with a software so those would sit unused (which is sad given I'd love a few more buttons for ableton integration).

As soon as you leave the NI world ? e.g. to use your DAWs built-in instruments (NI is massive et al but I like my Ableton's synths) the keyboard changes. It still retains the basic DAW navigation features but now it's a VERY DUMB midi controller. No chords magic, no arp, everything is contained within the NI toolset (which is sad given how good the built-in arp is). You're left with eight encoders and the piano strip.

To sum it up: it's 10/10 for NIs toolset (unsurprisingly). The LED guide, the instrument picker ? everything is smooth and polished to let you focus on the music.

As soon as you're back to your DAW it's 6/10. It's not too bad ? e.g. you can do arp with ableton and you can load your other VSTs within the KK's tool so that they would avail of the extended feature set. It's just that the keyboard doesn't feel as capable anymore. Low-level Novation instruments would easily beat it in terms of raw midi capabilities.

Bottom line: worth the money if you are heavily investing into NI instruments too.
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Worth buying? Absolutely yes - wish I had had it before1
UK Beachboys, 24.05.2020
I use this keyboard with Cubase 10.5, and a decent Kontakt sample library I've been collecting for years. I bought the keyboard because my new studio desk didn't fit the 88 note weighted keyboard I normally use. The gizmos and gadgets were kind of interesting, but were not really part of my buying decision. How stupid I was. This thing is really, really useful in ways I'd not imagined. Most useful to me is the time saving. With Spitfire samples, the ones I use most, it can take quite a while to load a patch to discover it's wrong, so you pick another and another. This keyboard grabs a short sample of the sounds on offer from what you have in your library and turning the knob lets you hear a tiny sample. This small feature is worth the money alone. You must use the Kontakt control app, and not the normal Kontakt VST you used to use - on mine I couldn't;t work out why the features didn't work, until I noticed the extra VST in t he list, and as soon as you get used to using this, you can start using the keyboard screens and knobs. The less on each key also help with key switches and different sounds - I'm very impressed with it and wish I'd bought one when they first came out!
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Awesome controller
Anton Komkov, 07.06.2020
The first thing I noticed after unpacking is the excellent quality. The buttons are pressed gently, the handles rotate smoothly and with the same resistance. The plastic looks great and is pleasant to the touch. The base is solid, metal with rubber feet.

Is very difficult to describe any keyboard, since you need to touch it yourself. I can say it's very high quality. The keys have a soft stroke and the lighting is just great.

After switching on the keyboard connected with Logic Pro X without any additional installations. This keyboard comes with the Komplete Select package, which includes 45 GB of libraries and plug-ins that allow you to start playing music right away.

And here is where the full potential of this keyboard is revealed. Actually, this is not just a MIDI keyboard, but a full-fledged control station. You can switch between DAW tracks and configure virtual instruments and plug-ins directly from it.

So, NI Komplete Kontrol S61 MK2 is a high-quality product that has become an indispensable assistant for me in my home Studio.
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Irrigation, 06.07.2020
I have it plugged to the Steinberg UR22 mkII and no delay is notable. I work with it in the Cubase DAW and it is wonderful (especially when you use NI instruments and soundbanks).

Note that you can't play with it without a computer as it doesn't have any built-in sounds nor speakers.
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