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3 September 2014

 

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Native Instruments could probably learn a little bit more about timing its teaser videos. Yesterday, the company released a teaser for a new product to be used with Komplete. There was also a hint, that more news would be leaked today. Well, it’s a little more than news, the company unveiled its new Komplete Kontrol S-Series keyboard controller. We totes called it.

The new keyboard comes with a Native Browser and Map, along with a new Light Guide system, the video makes it look like a holographic display – it’s not.

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The Light Guide system allows you to to identify drum cells, key switches, phrases, and it also lights up the scales and keys so you know which to play.

It’s just like a cyborg version of the old 70s mass-produced Hammond synthesisers, with light-up keys for the kiddies learning to play at home.

The Native Browser is a universal plugin for all of the Komplete collections, so you can access any instrument (you own) within the one plugin. The Native Map, allows you to map key parameters to a series of touch-sensitive knobs, on the face of the keyboard.

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There are two touch-sensitive strips for pitch, mod wheels, or physical objects like springs and bouncing balls for interesting modulation curves.

Other features include an Arpeggiator, integrated scales functionality & mapping, chord mode (with light guide), MIDI control and more.

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Pricing & Availability

The keyboard will begin shipping on Oct 1st and comes in three sizes.

Komplete Kontrol  S25 :

  • 25-key, semi-weighted Fatar keybed with aftertouch
  • Dimensions: 506.5 x 85.8 x 274.3 mm
  • AU$699

Komplete Kontrol S49:

  • 49-key, semi-weighted Fatar keybed with aftertouch
  • Dimensions: 837 x 85.8 x 274.3 mm
  • AU$849

Komplete Kontrol S61:

  • 61-key, semi-weighted Fatar keybed with aftertouch
  • Dimensions: 1002 x 85.8 x 274.3 mm
  • AU$999

The S-Series is available for pre-order directly from the NI website or from it’s national distributors. You can find a dealer here.

Watch the unveiling video below:

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