Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S49

49-key Controller with Fatar Keybed and Custom Controls Designed for Total Integration with Native Instruments Komplete 11 Select
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Discover the Full Power of Komplete!

Take command of your Komplete instrument collection like never before, with the Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S49 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 S49'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 S49'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 S49. 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 S49 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 S49'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 S49 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 S49 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, Raktor 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 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 S49 Controller Keyboard Features:

  • Powerful, great-playing keyboard that gives you unrivaled integration with Komplete 11 Select
  • 49-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

Tech Specs

Number of Keys 49
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 32.95"
Depth 10.8"
Weight 12.23 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 22811

Customer Reviews

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Komplete Kontrol C49

I really wasn't sure if I wanted this thing. I have a Fantom G8 which serves as my controller so I really didn't think I needed this. But as a Kontakt user this tool is invaluable. The ability to scroll through patches superfast makes it worth its weight in gold. Finding patches I never knew existed and finding them fast. The colored keys makes it easy to identify kick. snares and hi hats. I'm not a fan of NI customer service but this product is great. however I am a fan of sweetwater customer service.. my guy Ben is tops.
Music background: Producer

So cool

I have Komplete Kontrol 49 and Komplete 10 Ultimate. All I can say is, "Wow!" This is a great system. There is so much it can do. It controls hundreds of sounds easily. You can sit for hours just going through and tweeking with the sounds. Totally worth the money. It makes a very complex program manageable.
Music background: Home recording, used to perform live

NKS+S49+Komplete 10 Ultimate=THE Ultimate!

I've been using Komplete 10 Ultimate along with the NI S49 keyboard for over 6 months and it all works together nearly seamlessly. he amount of work in coding the NKS system, must have been daunting, giant kudos to Native Instruments. When using Komplete Kontrol, you rarely have to touch the mouse or the QWERTY keyboard. 95% of the application parameters are available at your fingertips by using the twist-knobs on the keyboard. The Fatar keyboard is THE BEST feeling keyboard I've EVER laid my fingers on. Not only that, you also get the added ease of use to control your DAW from the “S” series keyboard too!I'm BLOWN AWAY with this system of applications and the NKS integration!Special thanks to my Sales Engineer Nathan Parker for finding the answers to all my questions which is the reason I decided to purchase everything!

Komplete kobtrol s49

Amazing product, integration with 3rd party vsts makes it a must for producers looking for a better workflow.

This is the best controller so far

I originally had a novation impulse 49. It was ok,yet limited compared to the new controllers out there. So when looking for a new one i was torn between the Akai Advanced with vip and the Komplete Kontrol. At the time i already had all Komplete ultimate and all the plug inns that were offered with Komplete Kontrol and at that time the komplete kontrol only worked with native instrument plug inns. So i chose the akai advanced because i own lots of different plug inns. It was a good build and solid and the screen was nice.Yet when i tried to use it with Kontakt and massive it was limited.You can only use 4 pages of parameter settings and assign them yourself. On the Komplete you have 16 pages full of parameters already mapped out.WOW!! What a difference. So after having the akai advance for a couple of weeks native instruments announced there new software would work with other plug inns ..So with sweetwater it was no problem returning it and getting the komplete Kontrol. I was Blown away how much more intuitive and responsive this keyboard was compared to the akai advanced. You will not be sorry for this purchase especially if you like to design and shape your sounds while playing. It also works great with arturia v collection 4. Sweetwater is the way to go. don't waste your time at the gtr center. You can call and talk to a Representative that is a knowledgeable musician as well and can answer any question you have. Brandon was a great help.
See also: Controller Keyboards, Native Instruments, Native Instruments MIDI Controllers