Native Instruments has announced the release of the second generation of computer MIDI keyboards Komplete Kontrol S-series. It is interesting that not all four models of the line were updated, but only two of them – Komplete Kontrol S49 and Komplete Kontrol S61. Both got the MK2 prefix to the title and several significant improvements aimed at optimizing the workflow.
Unlike their predecessors, the Komplete Kontrol S49 MK2 and Komplete Kontrol S61 MK2 keyboards are equipped with two full-color high-resolution displays. Thanks to these screens and a lot of additional controls (both models got 17 extra function buttons and a four-position joystick / encoder, the same as the Maschine MK3), users of the updated controllers can search sounds, navigate, mix and edit projects directly from the devices themselves.
Komplete Kontrol S second generation keyboards also offer deep integration with Maschine software / hardware and such popular DAWs as Logic Pro X, Ableton Live and GarageBand. By the end of the year, NI plans to expand this list, adding support for Steinberg Cubase and Nuendo.
Among other features of the MK2 keyboards, one can note that they have full rubberized Pitch Bend and Modulation wheels (they were replaced by Touch Strip touch sliders) and a horizontal Smart Strip sensor controller, which can become an alternative to the dedicated expression pedal.
Komplete Kontrol S49 MK2 and Komplete Kontrol S61 MK2 price
The updated MIDI keyboards will go on sale on October 5th, like the aforementioned Maschine MK3 controller. However, they are available for pre-order right now at the following prices: Komplete Kontrol S49 MK2 – $ 599, Komplete Kontrol S61 MK2 – $ 699. Both products will be accompanied by a set of software Komplete Select 11.