Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6

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:
  • 6-channel audio/MIDI interface plus sequencing, production, and instrument software
  • 4 analog inputs, 4 balanced analog outputs
  • Digital stereo input and output (S/PDIF / RCA) for lossless signal transmission
  • MIDI in/out for master keyboard, Maschine, or any third-party MIDI controller
  • Headphone output with independent level control and source switch
  • Completely USB powered, with an extra sturdy custom USB socket
  • Low-latency performance for using virtual instruments and effects
  • High-quality preamps with individual gain controls
  • Direct monitoring for live, latency-free recording
  • Mono input switch for recording vocals, guitar or other mono sources
  • 48V phantom power for using condenser mics and active DI boxes
  • 15 status LEDs provide visual feedback for all signals and indicate clipping
  • Includes Komplete Elements - over 3 GB of inspiring instruments and effects
  • Includes Cubase LE sequencer and recording software
  • Includes Traktor LE 2 DJ software
  • Includes $30 e-voucher for Komplete instruments or effects at the NI Online Shop
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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Tech Specs

Computer Connectivity USB 2.0
Form Factor Desktop
Simultaneous I/O 4 x 4
A/D Resolution 24-bit/96kHz
Analog Inputs 2 x XLR Combo, 2 x Line
Analog Outputs 4 x TRS
Digital Inputs 2 x S/PDIF
Digital Outputs 2 x S/PDIF
Number of Preamps 2
Phantom Power Yes
MIDI I/O In/Out
Bus Powered Yes
Depth 6.3"
Width 4.8"
Height 2"
Weight 1.9 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 21066

Customer Reviews

4/5
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5/5

Komplete Audio 6, look no further

Don't hesitate buying the Komplete Audio 6 it will blow your socks off. Out of the box I had zero issues. It provides plenty of volume to your monitors. That is amazing since it is USB powered. The large volume dial on the top makes recording and playback amazing. All around an A + unit and I would strongly recommend this.
5/5

BLOWN away!

I run this little guy through my XP SP2 system (shut up, it runs flawlessly!) and it works perfectly, even though it is not certified for XP. The converters SMOKE my M Audio & Echo cards. Can't believe I was using that crap after hearing the NI 6. Super stable, super sounding, and for a couple hundred bucks. I feel like I robbed Sweetwater! I was prepared to spend far more for a converter upgrade.... I won one for a change : )
Music background: recording artist
5/5

Lowest latency out of any audio interface I've used.

I defiantly like this audio interface a lot. I was shocked about how low the round trip latency between the card and the PC is. At 256 samples/sec, there was just barely a faint hint of phasing when running the signal into Live and back out and I was able to track vocals with software effects without a problem. The headphone output is just loud enough, but not blaringly loud... I expected it be a bit louder, but it is sufficient for DJing. Its defiantly not weak, just not defining. As for the mic-pres, same thing, just enough gain. They are very quiet though and very transparent. There is a small bit of noise that come from them when the gain is cranked all the way up but its a lot quieter then the background noise the mic is picking up and is not distinguishable from it because of the transparency of the pres. Its actually rather pleasing. As for the converters, the specs list it at being around 101 dB dynamic range, which is low for on paper, but specs on paper do not equal real life performance... they use Cirrus Logic converters, which are FAR superior then most of the other converters on the market. Most companies list the specs of the converters on paper, but do not distinguish between the connection straight into the chip and the actual full circuit, which is something that a German engineer would not do... There are other components in between the ADC/DAC and the actual audio input/output that reduce the on chip specs. When you turn volume and speakers all the way up with no audio playing, there is absolutely no noise, which is a very good thing. Its a very beautiful audio interface though. Defiantly a product of German engineering. Very elegant looking and feels very well built. It can also direct monitor the audio inputs so you can hood an external audio device into inputs 3/4 and not convert from analog to digital and back to analog, which is critical. And best of all, it has a SPDIF IO and its bus powered. I would have given it 4 1/2 stars, but the low round trip latency makes up for any deficiencies in the audio interface. Its way better then any of the other USB options anywhere near this price point. If your looking for a mobile interface that does what you need it to do, this is defiantly it.
Music background: Musician, Audio and Recording Enineer, Computer Engineer, Music Technology Expert, Student, Horn Player
5/5

Excellent Audio device

I purchased this device from Sweetwater. Cheers to my Sweetwater engineer Chris Lewis. This is a very user friendly audio interface. This replaces my M-Audio Fast Track Pro USB. If you have an existing internal card (PCI or PCIe), this will not conflict with the cards. This audio interface will install with no issues. If you have an onboard card, make sure to disable it from the BIOS. Low latency and excellent sound. If you experience dropouts, pops, and crackles, make sure to turn off non-essential programs running in the background. The less background software you are running, the more you can allocate CPU resources. Overall, this device is great for recording and generating softsynths, or any type of audio medium you wish to use it for. Highly recommended.
Music background: Hobbyist
5/5

Rock solid!

Bought it originally for my MacBook Pro. I liked it so much I bought a second on for my iMac setup! This thing is bad-a** and full of possiblities!
Music background: Artist, Producer, DJ, Leathersmith!

Sweetwater Advice

Carson McClain

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.)
See also: USB Interfaces, Native Instruments, Native Instruments USB Audio Interfaces