Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6Item ID: KompAudio6
6-channel USB Audio/MIDI Interface with S/PDIF Digital I/O, Monitoring Functions, Virtual Instruments, DJ Software, and Sequencer/Production Software
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Do-it-all Production Solution, Compact Footprint!Whether you work with analog audio, MIDI instruments, or completely "inside-the-box" productions - or any combination, you'll absolutely love Komplete Audio 6 from Native Instruments. This amazing 6-channel USB interface gives you the connectivity, functionality, and production tools you need to get stunning results, and it's packed into a quality unit that won't hog space on your desktop or in your mobile rig. The bus-powered Komplete Audio 6 gives you four analog inputs and outputs plus digital I/O and MIDI capability. You'll also love the software that comes bundled with Komplete Audio 6 (including virtual instruments and effects and sequencing, recording, and DJ tools). What an outstanding value!
Going analog? Use the Komplete Audio 6's two XLR combo inputs to run mics or instruments. Premium preamps and phantom power give you the perfect "front end" for recording. Two 1/4" balanced line inputs are also included, as are four balanced line outputs. Plug in digitally with a stereo digital S/PDIF input, or use the MIDI I/O to get your controller involved. Komplete Audio 6 gives you direct monitoring options, so you can track without latency. The headphone output includes an independent level control and source switch, so monitoring is very flexible. USB bus power means you won't have to deal with external power sources.
Native Instruments took an already great value and added an amazing software package to this outstanding interface. The result? You get a total studio solution, right out of the box. Komplete Elements software gives you over 3GB of amazing NI instruments and effects, while Cubase LE adds excellent sequencing and recording tools. And, DJs will love the included Traktor LE software! To top off a stellar package, NI also included a $30 e-voucher for more instruments and effects from the Native Instruments Online Shop. Astounding deal!
Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6 USB Interface Features:
The Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6 interface gives you an amazingly complete production station - packed into a compact, desktop-friendly unit!
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Reviewsbased on 25 reviews
Slick Physical Hardware, Great Audio Interface
by Nick Bigelow from Seattle, WA USAI was using the TASCAM US-144MKII before this for about two years. It worked well, but was extremely finicky at times and you had to choose between low latency and higher sample rates. Since it was th... read more [+]e first interface I bought, I thought these trade offs were normal, because I could bare some dropped samples when I was recording and switch it back while I editing/doing something that doesn't require low latency.
March 17, 2013
Music Background: Hobbyist
Then I bought the Komplete Audio 6 and realized what a piece of crap that old interface was. This interface just look plain beautiful, which isn't a big deal, but if you look at same photos of the TASCAM US144MKII you'll see what a difference it is. The large volume knob in the middle is brilliant. All the knobs and controls on the interface are very solid, the build quality is top-notch. I like to play my guitar through my computer since I live in a small-ish apartment. I have a pair of headphone monitors with a telephone cord. The old interface didn't weight much, so if I moved away and try to extend the cord, the whole interface would move; not ideal. The Komplete Audio 6 has some nice weight to it, and this isn't a problem anymore.
The installation was a snap, never had to mess with the settings to get it to sound good and have low latency. And boy, is the latency low. I use Ableton with a number of the NI VSTs, especially Guitar Rig 5 and the Maschine. This beast process the audio so fast you think you are plugging directly into a amp. Amazing. Same with the Maschine. With the old interface, there was a little lag so my finger drumming was always a little sloppy. Now it feels like I am playing on whole new hardware. The audio is very good too, but what makes it sounds good or how much better it sounds than other device is outside my knowledge. I just know it sounds very crisp along side my M-Audio BX5 monitors.
Bottom line, it's a little pricey, but it breathes new life into your desktop recording experience. Such low latency, crisp audio, and a really solid piece of hardware. close [-]
Ditto, Ditto, Ditto!
by Justus from Mnpls. MN USAI don't really have anything to add that hasn't already been covered in the other reviews, but I'm SO impressed with KA6's performance that I'm more than happy to take a minute and give NI some well d... read more [+]eserved props. Also, Sweetwaters customer service is truely second to none! close [-]
November 13, 2012
Music Background: Hobbyist
High quality in a small package
by James Middleton from Orlando, FLThis box is well-designed and well-constructed. The push tabs at the tops of each XLR jack make plugging and unplugging cables refreshingly easy. The build is solid, and the drivers are too.
October 23, 2012
Music Background: Professional masochist (er, I mean musician...)
... read more [+]/>I have never owned a USB audio interface -- this is the first one that I have ever bought. I'm impressed with the sound and its relative low-latency. Playing virtual instruments is more fun to play than using the on-board chipset in my PC.
I recommend the Komplete Audio 6. It is easily competitive with FireWire boxes that cost twice as much, and that offer less connectivity. close [-]
by from Olympia, WAInstallation on Win 7 64 was a breeze and it performs flawlessly at all but the very lowest latency settings. Crystal clear sound, simple and intuitive functionality.
September 14, 2012
Music Background: Hobbyist
Why are you still ... read more [+]reading this review? BUY IT!!! close [-]
The Komplete Audio 6 is a seriously heavy-duty interface. If you were blindfolded and held it in one hand and had any other similarly-sized interface in the other hand, you'd choose this because it has some serious weight and a high-quality feel to it. The convertors in this are a night and day difference between almost ANY other interface in its category. I would put this head to head with almost any interface under $1000 dollars and I guarantee it would come out with flying colors in specs, performance, and customer satisfaction. This is the best interface for the price, it's the best interface if it were double the price. Do yourself a huge favor and add this to your rig, you will not be dissappointed. (BTW, it has Cirrus Logic convertors.)
Chrystal, McMinnville, TN
Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6
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