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!

Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S49 Controller Keyboard at a Glance:
  • Designed for perfect integration with Komplete
  • You'll love playing on this amazing Fatar keybed
  • Advanced control options enhance your workflow
  • Includes Komplete 11 Select software bundle
  • Komplete Kontrol 1.5 introduces NKS and more
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 1.5 introduces NKS and more

With the introduction of the Komplete Kontrol 1.5 software, 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, Komplete Kontrol 1.5 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
Experience Native Instruments Kontrol like never before with a Komplete Kontrol S49 keyboard!

Additional Media

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

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

N.I. Quality and Sweetwater quality Service,

A great instrument that is made great and once you get it, you will see it's really easy to learn to use! I read a lot of reviews and I haven't read one that doesn't say how wonderful this keyboard controller is! Only comment is it would be even better with an USB/Audio interface. Besides that, it will take hours to load depending on what other N.I. products you have on your computer! Well worth the wait, however, because it gives you back instantaneous "Kontakt" with every Program contained in Kontakt, Machine Studio and Absynth, FM8, Reaktor,, Battery and the rest of Native Instruments products! Of course I would like it to read all of my VST and AU instruments, but this is an enormous colloection of over 17.000 presets. In my case close to 100,000. My miinimoog didn't have just one. We "old schoolers" remember instruments with 256 -512,presets and cost thousands of dollars, so we shouldn't be complaining. My OBXA stored 128 presets on a cassette tape and cost $4,200, so I look at it that way and really feel pretty blessed to have an instrument like this! The lights are no gimmick, they are beautiful, but more importantly very functional!! If you own a Machine Studio, the two work together like magic!
Music background: purchased my Minimoog at 13, so Forty Two Years

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

Highest Quality & tightly integrated with Kontakt

I am extremely happy with the S49. The touch of the keys, the feel of the pots and buttons, as well as the case are all of the highest quality. Yes, there are less expensive midi keyboards but I doubt you will find one better made. Since keyboard is not my primary instrument, I was looking for something to help me leverage the huge set of NI Kontakt Komplete instruments. This helps me find the sound I am looking much more quickly than I ever could do using the mouse. It encourages me to dig deeper into and leverage all that Kontakt Komplete has to offer. This is exactly what I was hopping for. For me, that alone justifies the price. As one would hope, It also works flawlessly with my non-NI software instruments.
Music background: Singer Songwriter, Composer, Pro Musician

Komplete Kontrol S49

I am new to Komplete in general, Not a Keyboard player and after some download issues with NI I have everything up and running. It is truly amazing where tecknology has gone, the future is here and this is it. I highly recommend this gear and also Sweetwater Service is unmatched in the industry. Lot of people selling gear but these guys really care about their clients.
Music background: Musician, Pro Studio Owner

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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