Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S25

25-key Controller with Fatar Keybed and Custom Controls Designed for Total Integration with Native Instruments Komplete 11 Select
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Compact Control for NI Komplete!

Take command of your Komplete instrument collection like never before, with the Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S25 keyboard. Far from a typical MIDI keyboard, this unique controller interfaces directly with your NI Komplete instruments, making it freakishly easy to find the sound you want, adjust parameters in real time, and create music in your favorite DAW. Use the Komplete Kontrol S25's purpose-built browser section to navigate through NI's tag-based preset system, remap parts of the smooth-playing Fatar keybed to play chords or scales, and even control your DAW right from the transport section — it's all there!

Designed for perfect integration with Komplete

When Native instruments introduced their universal tag-based preset system, the Maschine users here at Sweetwater were absolutely stoked. Now they've extended the same capabilities with their Komplete Kontrol S series keyboards. Using the Komplete Kontrol S25's intuitive browser controls, not only can you call up any NI instrument in your collection, you can select individual presets, narrowing down your search by descriptive keywords. Once you've loaded your sound, a set of touch-sensitive controls lets you dial in and tweak your tone on the fly via Native Instruments' Native Map, and the Clear View display lets you view the instrument's most important details at a glance.

You'll love playing on this amazing Fatar keybed

There are a few good reasons why keyboardists and keyboard makers love Fatar keybeds like the one in this Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S25. In addition to being extremely well built, they feel fantastic, offering enough resistance so that you can really lay into the keys while recovering fast enough for synth-style repeats. Whether you're playing a piano patch courtesy of The Giant or a lead via Monark, these keys won't let you down. For added expression, Native Instruments also gave the Komplete Kontrol S25 a pair of touch strips, which let you pull off mod and pitch-bending moves out of reach for ordinary control wheels. What's more, the Komplete Kontrol S25's integration with Komplete 9 and up includes its multicolor Light Guide — a series of LEDs above each key that offers performance feedback and reveals advanced playing features.

Advanced control options enhance your workflow

There are several additional functions onboard the Komplete Kontrol S25 that make playing virtual instruments and writing music even more fun and productive. For instance, you can play chords with single keys or map key ranges to different scales, and the onboard arpeggiator goes far beyond typical arpeggiation, offering you creative new ways to come up with melodies. And to make controlling your DAW of choice simpler, Native Instruments gave the Komplete Kontrol S25 a full set of transport controls.

Includes Komplete 11 Select software bundle

Komplete Kontrol S-Series keyboards include Komplete 11 Select — a premium collection of 11 instruments and effects. Includes Massive, Monark, Reaktor 6 Factory Selection, Reaktor Blocks Wired, Reaktor Prism, Retro Machines Mk2, Drumlab, Kontakt 5 Factory Selection, West Africa, The Gentleman, Scarbee Mark I, Vintage Organs, Replika, and Solid Bus Comp. Komplete Kontrol, Kontakt 5 Player, and Reaktor 6 Player are also included. Komplete 11 Select is provided as a download after hardware registration.

Komplete Kontrol NKS and more

Native Instruments has expanded the power of the Komplete Kontrol S keyboard series by introducing the Native Kontrol Standard (NKS) plug-in format, adding VST compatibility, and providing new parameter customization options. The NKS plug-in format invites third-party plug-in developers to include support for Native Map, Light Guide, and Smart Play functions right into their virtual instrument. You can also load VST instruments, taking advantage of Komplete Kontrol's browsing, custom tagging, and personalized parameter mapping for all of your favorite soft synths. And with the new parameter customization control panel, NKS makes it easy to create your own instrument mappings to get ideal hands-on control of your virtual instruments.

Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S25 Controller Keyboard Features:

  • Powerful, great-playing keyboard that gives you unrivaled integration with Komplete 11 Select
  • 25-key Fatar keybed offers smooth action and excellent response that lets you get the most from your instruments
  • Tag-based unified browsing across all Komplete instruments lets you quickly find the sounds you want, right from the hardware
  • Clear View display shows all the most important details at a glance with easily legible text that you can read in any environment
  • Dial in the main parameters of any Komplete instrument, which automatically map to the touch-sensitive controller knobs
  • Highly flexible touch strip controls with advanced physics offer a level of expression that goes far beyond pitch and mod wheels
  • Create arpeggiated melodies at the touch of a button, play chords with single keys, or map the whole keyrange to scales
  • Dedicated transport section gives you full access to your DAW's playback and recording controls

Additional Media

Native Instruments Updates KOMPLETE KONTROL Software
Komplete Kontrol S-Series Controller Software Updated to Version 1.1
Hands On: Native Instruments Komplete 10 & Komplete Kontrol S Series
Native Instruments KONTROL S-Series

Tech Specs

Number of Keys 25
Type of Keys Semi-weighted
Aftertouch Yes
Other Controllers 2 x Touch Strips
Encoders/Pots 8
Dedicated Transport Control Yes
Pedal Inputs 1 x Expression, 1 x Sustain
Hardware Requirements - Mac Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB RAM (6GB Recommended for Large KONTAKT Instruments)
Hardware Requirements - PC Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2, 4GB RAM (6GB Recommended for Large KONTAKT Instruments)
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.9 or Later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 or later
Height 3.38"
Width 19.94"
Depth 10.8"
Weight 7.16 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 22803

Customer Reviews

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Fantastic Control of Software Instruments

Native instruments has made an impressive array of instruments for quite some time, but with the addition of their hardware interface, things hove moved from impressive to amazing. Gone are the days of tedious mapping of your midi controls. Combine this with LED light guides, a key bed with fantastic action, and sensible transport and menu controls, you have an instrument that's impossible not to love. Hey, did I mention build quality? How about top-notch support from Sweetwater? Stop reading, and start buying. You wont regret it...
Music background: Home Studio

Very Helpful Midi Controller!

I have had this controller for some time now, and the most used featured it the chord /scale controls. I have no experience in playing the piano but the scale feature now lets me play chords and construct songs. I think obviously the reason someone would buy this controller is for the Komplete Kontrol and that is exactly what this keyboard does. I have Komplete 10 and I can navigate all of my sounds. ( Now as far as Native Instruments goes with their software ; i have been really frustrated at times ) but for the midi controller this is awesome! If you don't have Komplete then this controller is not for you.
Music background: Recording Engineer


This is an incredible product! Amazing versatility and functionality. So much fun to dig in. This product has easily quadrupled my productivity in recording and writing, and has also helped enormously in the demo-ing process. For me, being able to flesh out ideas and bring them to life is the most important part of my work in the studio. This product makes nearly anything possible.

the best for native instruments complete

This keyboard is wonderful. Makes my work flow fast and easy. The lights will help one so much more than without. This has to be a revolutionary product. I have the S49 and the S25. Hooray for NI !
Music background: recording artist

Sweetwater Advice

Mitch Gallagher

Imagine how tough it is for the developers at Native Instruments. You've got this package called "Komplete" that comes loaded with basically everything you can think of including software instruments, sound libraries, effects plug-ins...a full selection. Not bad...until you realize that you have to top yourself! Somehow, NI keeps coming up with new instruments, new effects, and more of everything! Which brings us to Komplete 10 and Komplete 10 Ultimate. Komplete 10 includes 39 virtual instruments, processors, and effects. Its libraries total more than 12,000 sounds. Ten new titles have been added to Komplete 10, including new synths such as Rounds, Kontour, Polyplex, and Drumlab; instruments such as Session Horns and The Grandeur, The Maverick, and The Gentleman pianos; and effects such as Driver and Supercharger. Adding these 10 to the existing list of Komplete mainstays -- Absynth, FM8, Battery, Reaktor, Kontakt, Massive, and more -- gives you an array of sounds at your fingertips that is truly mind-blowing. Komplete 10 Ultimate offers a whopping 75 virtual instruments and effects, with over 17,000 sounds! Everything in Komplete 10 is included, plus Session Horns Pro, Molekular, Rise & Hit, and loads more libraries. It's so big that it comes on a hard drive for easy install. Komplete Kontrol Big news from NI: keyboards! There are three members in the new Komplete Kontrol S Series family: 25-key, 49-key, and 61-key versions. The Komplete Kontrol S keyboards connect to your computer via USB, but there are also MIDI ports. Komplete Kontrol S comes with an app/plug-in called Komplete Kontrol for browsing Komplete. You can search through the various Komplete instruments, load sounds, and navigate, all from the dedicated buttons and data knob on the keyboard. The keyboard's eight knobs automatically map to each Komplete instrument. The Scale button changes the scale that the keyboard is playing -- you can even assign any scale to just the white keys. The Chord function allows playing a complete chord using one key. A powerful arpeggiator can perform in a variety of modes, and transport controls are below it. On the left are two touch-strip controllers that serve as pitch bend and mod wheel controllers, or they can be assigned to other parameters or put into unique modes. A deceptively powerful feature of the Komplete Kontrol S keyboards is the innovative Light Guide -- a series of color-changing LEDs, one above each key. These serve a variety of purposes. In Scale Mode, they indicate the keys in the scale. Or, they can show the range of various samples on the keyboard, for example, the drum assigned to each key in Battery. Light Guide can also be used to indicate which keys perform key switching on certain patches and more. In Use Using a Komplete Kontrol S Series controller keyboard with Komplete brings an entirely new perspective to the experience. The Komplete Kontrol S integration with Komplete allows you to keep your attention on the keyboard and on what your ears are hearing, without shifting thought and attention toward what is happening on the computer's display. The software, computer, and keyboard become one instrument that you can play and use to create. Komplete itself is amazing. It's not hyperbole to say that any sound or any effect is in there -- even some you've never thought of or imagined. You can, of course, use Komplete 10 without a Komplete Kontrol S keyboard. But combine it with a Komplete Kontrol S Series keyboard, and you have an incomparable studio and live instrument, with thousands of sounds and effects. Unbelievably powerful!
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