Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S88

88-key Controller with Hammer-weighted Keybed and Custom Controls Designed for Total Integration with Native Instruments Komplete 11 Select
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Komplete Kontrol with Amazing Hammer Action

Take command of your Komplete instrument collection like never before, with the Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S88 fully weighted keyboard. Use the Komplete Kontrol S88's purpose-built browser section to navigate through NI's tag-based preset system, remap parts of the professional-grade, hammer-weighted 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 S88'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 S88. 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 S88 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 S88'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 S88 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 S88 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 S88 Controller Keyboard Features:

  • Powerful, great-playing keyboard that gives you unrivaled integration with Komplete Select
  • Professional-grade 88-key keybed offers fully weighted hammer action for a full range of natural playing expression
  • 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

Tech Specs

Number of Keys 88
Type of Keys Fully-weighted
Velocity Sensitive Yes
Aftertouch Yes
Other Controllers Mulit-purpose touch strips for pitchbend, Mod Wheel, modulation and more
Pedal Inputs 2 x 1/4" (sustain, expression)
USB 1 x Type B
Software Komplete 11 Select included
Hardware Requirements - Mac 4GB RAM minimum
Hardware Requirements - PC 4GB RAM minimum
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.9 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 or later
Height 4.96"
Width 54.69"
Depth 13.74"
Weight 31.75 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 23588

Customer Reviews

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I love this thing. Keybed is really great; feel is solid, action is really smooth and responsive. Integration with NI software is smooth and easy, and really helpful. I love the speedy reactions of the pitch bend & mod control strips. Shifted to this board from an older M-Audio Pro 88, and I'm really glad I made the conversion. A really great keyboard. Simple, elegant, well-built, and ideal for any keyboard need.

A Must

If you're a programmer or piano player you will love this piece!!!! It's a game changer as far as work flow and functionality and the action is great!!!

Komplete Kontrol

If you are invested in the NI realm, this instrument is for you. Great keybed (a bit on the lighter side for me, but I have my personal piano regulated to be a bit heavy so, take that with a grain of salt). Incredibly responsive dynamic ranges, smooth DAW integration (Logic Pro X) The only real complaint that I can possibly think of is that the controller doesn't send midi data out from the arpeggiator and harmonizer functions (granted this could be patched in a later update to the Komplete Kontrol Software). PROS:Solid Build LightweightGreat Dynamic Response and ControlKomplete IntegrationLight Guide makes keyswitches a BREEZECONSHammer action is great, slightly lighter than comparable yamaha/casio boards (Privia series is slightly heavier)No Midi Output for Automated Features (Arpeggiator/Chord)Navigating Komplete Kontrol software is still faster with mouse (Though this could be from inexperience).I wavered back and forth for weeks on wether or not I should pull the trigger on the S88. I'm glad I decided to move forward and would do it again every time.
Music background: Music Educator/Composer

Action Alone Worth the Price of Admission

When I purchased my Alesis Wireless Vortex from Sweetwater in October, I had a conversation with my sales rep, Alan Finkbeiner regarding my plan to replace my old Alesis Fusion 6HD with some type of controller in early-mid 2016. Little did I know that less than a month later, my Fusion would die in the middle of a show, forcing me to pull the trigger more quickly.When I discussed my "wish list" with Alan, the S88 wasn't even available yet. I already used some elements of Komplete 5 and Komplete 7 in my virtual rack, so I was already familiar with NI as a whole. As Alan and I review the specs of the S88, it appeared that the NI Komplete Kontrol fit virtually all of my wish list. I didn't think that was possible. My wish list was a well built 88-note weighted controller that would integrate well with my existing virtual rack, have a ribbon controller, , come in at under $1000, fit in my car and weigh less than 40lbs. I figured this would be an impossible find, but I was completely wrong.NI has just about hit it out of the park with the Komplete Kontrol S88. The action is simply to die for. Barring the fact that it doesn't have true hammer action, I actually prefer the feel of this keyboard to my Roland KR-15m intelligent grand piano. I have become completely spoiled at the feel of this keyboard in a live setting. Like my review says, the action is worth the price of admission alone. But wait, there's more! The ribbon controllers are an absolute blast to use. I'm a huge user of continuous controllers and these do not disappoint in the least. Top that off with the integration with Komplete Kontrol software and you can find 'anything' in Komplete 9 and higher at light speed. I've discovered instruments I didn't really know I had.Now, to be fair, I did go ahead and upgrade to Komplete 10 along with buying the S88, but again, totally worth the expense. I won't go into a detailed review of Komplete 10 as part of this review, but I will say this. Up until I made this purchase, I always used the pianos on my Roland Fantom X7 in favor of the pianos that come with Komplete 7. Once I played and heard "The Prestige" and "The Maverick" included in Komplete 10, I replaced all my Fantom X7 piano sound routing in my live rig to use one of these two pianos. The combination of the feel of the S88 with these sampled grands absolutely blew me away.If you already have bought into the NI ecosystem and want the ultimate 88 note weighed controller, this is it right here. If you haven't already bought into the NI ecosystem, this is still a fantastic engineered keyboard and I can't recommend it enough.
Music background: Former full-time performing musician now playing part-time with The Suburbans

Love this thing

I ordered an upgrade from Komplete 9 to Komplete 10 Ultimate along with this keyboard because my Sales Engineer made me an offer on the two that I couldn't refuse (thanks Jeff!) It's a massive thing and arrived in an enormous box. It was very well packed. The pictures don't convey what a thing of beauty it is. Overall it was very easy to get things up and running after downloading the appropriate documentation from the NI website. I love EDM and techno and so on but at present I'm primarily a pianist. So I confess I've barely scratched the surface of the plethora of instruments available in Komplete 10 Ultimate! I've been using the keyboard to play Pianoteq 5 and Ivory II. I dearly love the action on the keyboard. It is very responsive and allows one to effortlessly play very expressively. I'm extremely pleased with this purchase.
Music background: Drummer turned pianist
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