Native Instruments’ forthcoming update to Komplete includes an all-new MIDI controller keyboard designed for smooth integration with all of the instruments in the suite.
As with previous Komplete upgrades, there are tweaks in a variety of areas this time around. The big news on the software side is the introduction of three new Reaktor-based instruments – Rounds, Kontour and Polyplex – and a new multi-sampled piano pack for Kontakt.
Rounds is a sequence synthesiser with dual analogue and digital sound engines. Kontour is a phase modulation synth with motion recording options for modulation. Polyplex is a drum layering instrument with very interesting randomisation options. The Definitive Piano Collection includes huge multi-sample libraries of three pianos, nicknamed the Gentleman, the Grandeur and the Maverick.
But the biggest news of all is the introduction of the Kontrol S keyboard range. Available in 25-, 49- or 61-key variants, the Kontrol S is a controller designed to integrate with Komplete’s options and workflow. Komplete 10 can run through the Komplete Kontrol software shell, unifying the browsing framework across all of the instruments and enabling automatic parameter mapping. All three sizes feature identical feature sets – the only difference is the number of keys.
In addition to the obvious keyboard and rotary control options, the Kontrol S has some really interesting features. The traditional pitch and mod wheels are replaced by two multi-touch ribbon controllers which can be assigned to parameters and offer physics-based modulation options. There are also powerful built-in arp, scale and chord features which combine with the Light Guide system of multi-coloured LEDs above each key to give visual feedback during performance.
We had the opportunity to check out Komplete 10 and the Kontrol S range a couple of weeks ago and we were very impressed with the seamless integration of features. Full review to follow soon.
Komplete 10 and the Komplete Kontrol S series keyboards will go on sale on October 1st. Full specs and prices are available at NI’s site.