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Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6 USB Interface

Capture up to four analog channels through high-end Cirrus Logic A/D converters on the Komplete Audio 6 USB interface, including S/PDIF digital and MIDI I/O. (5) Read 4 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Electronic music producers and DJs know Native Instruments as the minds behind such indispensable tools as the Maschine controller and Traktor Kontrol interfaces. With NI's obvious grasp on musicians' need for solid hands-on tools and powerful software integration, it stands to reason that they would build a compact, yet heavy-duty USB audio interface like the Komplete Audio 6. From its instant-visual-feedback indicator lights and big, tactile analog volume knob to the high-end Cirrus Logic analog-to-digital converters under the hood, it's obvious that the Komplete Audio 6 interface is meant to meet the demands of any task you throw at it: studio production, mobile recording, live DJ gigs, or just laying down demos at home. And with all the software that Native Instruments has included -- Cubase LE 6 for recording and mixing, Traktor LE 2 for live DJ performances, and the must-have virtual instruments, effects, and sample library in Komplete Elements -- you'll have all the tools you need to start making tracks right out of the box.

One Big Volume Knob with Intuitive Indicator LEDs

The first thing you'll notice about the Komplete Audio 6 USB interface is its intuitive top panel, with one big, fat analog volume knob smack in the middle. Whether you're using your audio interface for casual listening at home, or for cranking up the PA at a packed gig, it's a lot easier to grab this main volume knob instead of mousing a volume slider on a screen. The volume control is surrounded by 15 easy-to-read, professional-looking indicator LEDs: signal presence and clipping for all four analog inputs and both pairs of analog outputs, S/PDIF digital sync, MIDI I/O signal presence, USB and +48V phantom power indicators, and lights to indicate which pair of outputs you're hearing over headphones or the monitor outputs. Considering that all this intuitive visual feedback fits into a compact 6.3" x 4.8" footprint, it's easy to see how this built-like-a-tank bus-powered interface can integrate with any studio desk setup, DJ booth, or mobile recording rig.

Four Analog Ins and Outs with High-End A/D Conversion

If you're going to do serious audio production, you need serious preamps and A/D converters -- and that's where the Native Instruments Komplete 6 interface really shines. On the simple, elegant front panel, you'll find two combination XLR-1/4" jacks for plugging in any analog inputs: microphones, instrument-level sources like a guitar or bass, or line-level signals. Both of the Komplete 6's transparent-sounding preamps has their own gain knob for dialing in a healthy level. Together with two more 1/4" line inputs on the back panel, four channels of analog audio sail through Cirrus Logic converters over USB into your PC at up to 96 KHz/24-bit resolution. With an extremely low noise floor and low round-trip latency between the sound card and your PC -- plus zero-latency monitoring when you monitor the inputs directly -- the Komplete Audio 6 is excellent for recording vocals and live instruments.

More I/O for Stage or Studio

On the NI Komplete Audio 6's back panel, you'll also find four analog outputs. Use these four line-level balanced 1/4" outs to feed your main speakers plus a second pair of monitors, an outboard processor, or a headphone amp. There's a front-panel knob for controlling the volume to outputs 3/4 independently, and a pushbutton to convert a stereo signal to a mono signal -- great for checking to see if your stereo recording is in phase, or just for feeding a pair of mono subwoofers from outs 3 and 4. There's also a 1/4" headphone jack with its own volume control, and a button for toggling the headphone output between stereo out pairs 1/2 and 3/4 (no messing around in a software control panel just to select what you're monitoring). Of course, you'll also find stereo S/PDIF I/O for connecting digital outboard gear, and MIDI I/O for connecting keyboards or other controllers.

Included Software: A Complete Studio In a Box

The Komplete Audio 6 USB interface would already be a great value without bundled software, but Native Instruments has sweetened the deal by including several applications to help you get started right out of the box. Komplete Elements includes over 3 GB of NI's virtual instruments, effects, and samples, while Cubase LE gives you a serious DAW that's ideal for sequencing and audio recording. Plus, Traktor LE is included -- an entry-level version of NI's rock-solid DJ and live-performance software that allows you to make seamless loops and tweak your tracks with effects and filters. There's also a $30 electronic voucher that you can redeem for more software instruments and effects from Native Instruments' online store. All this bundled software truly makes this interface a do-it-all solution for your studio or mobile recording rig.

Features:

- Bus-powered USB 2.0 interface with 4-in/4-out analog I/O plus 2-in/2-out digital I/O
- Up to 96 kHz/24-bit audio resolution
- Two clean, clear microphone preamps with +48V phantom power with front-panel XLR-1/4" combination jacks
- Two back-panel 1/4" analog line inputs
- Four analog balanced 1/4" TRS line ouputs
- Zero-latency monitoring
- Cirrus Logic A/D converters
- Bundled software: Cubase LE 6, Traktor LE2, and Komplete Elements

You'd be hard-pressed to find a more complete audio solution in such a compact footprint. Don't let its low price fool you -- the NI Komplete Audio 6 is a heavy-duty interface with incredibly well-spec'd A/D converters that will help make the most of your instruments and microphones. The 6x6 I/O gives you just enough routing options to build your studio around, and the bundled software is easy to install and use. Whether this is your first interface or your fifteenth, the Komplete Audio 6 is a killer solution for getting sound in and out of your computer.

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System Requirements:

- Monitor with 1024 x 768 screen resolution
- USB 2.0
- DVD drive
- Windows(R) XP (latest Service Pack, 32 Bit), Windows Vista(R)/Windows(R) 7 (latest Service Pack, 32/64 Bit)
- Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 2.4 GHz or Intel(R) Core(TM) Duo or AMD Athlon(TM)64,
- 1 GB RAM
- Mac OS(R) X 10.5 or 10.6 (latest update)
- Intel(R) Core(TM) Duo
- 1 GB RAM
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 3 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 4 in
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 866-556-6487

Product Description

The Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6 USB interface is a high-quality 6-channel audio interface with everything you need to record, play and perform music: four analog ins/outs, digital in/out, MIDI and low-latency performance. Two mic inputs are armed with high-end preamps while Cirrus Logic converters deliver pristine, transparent sound. Komplete Audio 6 is the perfect studio upgrade for those who want pro-level recordings at an affordable price.

Features:

- 2 balanced mic/line/instrument (XLR) inputs
- 2 balanced line (1/4-inch TRS) inputs
- High-quality preamplifiers with individual gain controls
- +48V phantom power for using condenser mics and active DI boxes
- 4 balanced analog outputs (1/4-inch TRS)
- Digital stereo input and output (S/PDIF / RCA) for lossless signal transmission
- MIDI in/out for master keyboard, Maschine or any third-party MIDI controller
- Headphone output with independent level control and source switch
- Low-latency performance for using virtual instruments and effects
- Direct monitoring for live, latency-free recording
- Mono input switch for recording vocals, guitar or other mono sources
- 15 status LEDs provide visual feedback for all signals and indicate clipping
- Completely USB-powered, with an extra-sturdy custom USB socket
- Also accommodates DJs looking for a DJ interface

Included software:

- Komplete Elements: 3GB+ library of over 1000 inspiring instruments and effects
- Cubase LE 6 sequencer and recording software
- Traktor LE 2 DJ software
- $30 e-voucher for Komplete Instruments or Effects at the NI Online Shop

Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6 lets you experience every facet of your sound, whether you're playing virtual instruments or recording audio. After all, if you're using Maschine or Komplete Instruments and Effects, you're armed with an array of sounds in the highest-possible audio fidelity. Komplete Audio 6 gives you the hardware to match.

Pristine sound doesn't happen by accident; it's the result of knowledge, experience and close attention to detail. Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6 has been designed in-house by Native Instruments. From the custom, streamlined circuit design, through the hand-picked components to the analog volume knob on top of the unit, every part of the interface is designed to preserve signal clarity.

Upgraded chips, audio drivers, and circuitry ensure that latency is low, and the direct monitoring option provides 100% latency-free monitoring for recording guitars, vocals, or other live sources.
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "One of the best Audio Interfaces on the market"
Sound: Quiet smooth running A / I Feature: Separate monitoring from 1/2 or 3/4. Several inputs. Included Cubase AI Elements 6 Ease of Use: EASY, EASY, EASY Quality: Well built. Quality for a small price Value: As with all equipment, this will last a long time with proper care. Manufacturer Support: I have not had to get in contact with themas I have not needed them. The Wow Factor: WOW!! I love it. Overall: I own this and I love it, Clear, precise and smooth. I have this connected to a Intel Core I5 and it runs with precision. I am able to take it on the go as it fits easily into a pc/mac bag along with my engine (pc) and midi cables. Buy this powerful little machine as you will NOT go wrong!!!
Style of Music: I produce MUSIC
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Cute but Powerful"
Sound: Seems like the drivers and chips are pretty solid, so the sound is great. Feature: Nice volume knob on top! I've been using this thing as my main sound card and it sounds pretty nice. I just wish they had more specifications in terms of processing power required. I'm using a 2007 Macbook with 2.16 intel core 2 duo with 2.5 GB RAM, which I thought would be plenty of power, but I get lapses. I imagine these issues would be resolved with either a clean install or a better performing system. There's a good amount of I/O, but be aware that if you want to use this for live applications and intend on sending a stereo signal, then you must use 2 inputs/per instrument you hook up. The small size is also an added bonus. Ease of Use: Very easy to use. Throw disc in, wait for driver's to install, plug in the interface. Quality: As others have said, this things is built very solid. Value: Well worth the purchase. I always love NI's stuff. Manufacturer Support: Can't rate, but I've heard some bad things about NI support, hope I never have to find out! The Wow Factor: The indicator LED's are very pretty in addition to the small size (as mentioned above). Overall: I see this interface lasting me for at least the next 4 years if not longer, with a nice system, I can see this thing being realllly good.
Style of Music: Experimental, Electronic, Rock
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