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Native Instruments Audio Kontrol 1 Interface

A superior solutions for DJs, this 2-in, 4-out interface delivers 192 kHz, 24-bit audio and comes equipped with a huge software package. (49) Read 6 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

The new Audio Kontrol 1 is a high-end audio interface. Offering crystal-clear 192 kHz, 24 bit-quality, it is far more than just a sound card. Freely assignable buttons and controller knob combined with advanced MIDI and key command functionality grant full control of software applications -- setup files for popular programs ensure it's hassle-free. Audio Kontrol 1 merges innovation and quality and does so with an ear for practicality.

Universal Appeal

Audio Kontrol 1's adaptability makes it the perfect audio interface for musicians, producers and DJs. Versatile connection configurations, included controller assignment preset files as well as the full versions of Xpress Keyboards, Guitar Combos and Traktor 3 LE guarantee its universal appeal.

Features:

- High-quality, portable audio interface with sturdy aluminium casing
- 24-bit / 192 KHz quality, high end Cirrus Logic A/D, D/A converters and 103 dB-A SNR
- 2 balanced inputs: 1 line/mic (XLR/1/4 in. TRS Neutrik, phantom power supplied) and 1 line/HiZ (TRS); individual gain controls with acitvity and clip LEDs
- 4 balanced outputs (1/4 in. TRS ) with 2 stereo level controls
- Headphone output with A/B source switching and level control
- Direct monitoring with mono switch and mix control
- Low latency ASIO/Core Audio driver
- USB 2 bus powered, MIDI I/O
- 3 freely-assignable buttons and 1 controller knob. MIDI and key commands support for control of professional audio software and other media applications such as iTunes, Winamp or Final Cut Pro

Included Software


New York Concert Grand
This instrument represents the Big Apple's most popular contemporary concert grand. Adapted from Native Instruments' legendary AKOUSTIK PIANO software, this recording captures a particularly special three-year-old piano in excellent condition. Indistinguishable from the original in expression and authenticity, this KOMPLETE Instrument belongs to an elite club of outstanding re-creations.

Cubase LE 5
Cubase(R) LE 5 is a powerful music workstation combining audio and MIDI recording, editing and mixing in a single, integrated software package. Based on the same technologies as Steinberg's award-winning advanced music production system Cubase(R) 5, Cubase(R) LE 5 is the perfect entry ticket into the world of computer-based music production.

Guitar Rig 4 Essential
This software is the direct route to your perfect custom tone. Equipped with a versatile selection of eight classic and contemporary amps, 27 effects and 19 cabinets from the ingenious GUITAR RIG 4 software, the ESSENTIAL version puts a world of studio-quality sounds at your fingertips.

Thanks to the Hi-Z TRS input, all you need is your guitar or bass, a computer and the AUDIO KONTROL 1. Just plug in and rock.

Traktor LE
TRAKTOR LE makes it easy to mix your digital music files on Mac or PC. This convenient DJ software, based on the latest version of the award-winning TRAKTOR PRO, offers two playback decks, a 2-channel mixer, and a host of forward-thinking features and effects.

AUDIO KONTROL 1 sports four balanced outputs: both a monitor and a main mix signal as well as a headphone output with A/B source switching makes it the ideal solution for DJs.

$30 e-Voucher Included
Along with all this fantastic software, a $30/25 [euro] e-voucher* is also included with AUDIO KONTROL 1, valid when you purchase additional KOMPLETE Instruments & Effects.

*The e-voucher will be sent to your registered email address within 24 hours after hardware registration and is valid for three months. More info about the e-voucher...

Cubase is a registered trademark of Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH.

The individual components of AUDIO KONTROL 1, (e.g. the included software packages), are subject to licenses and may not be sold separately.

zZounds is an authorized dealer of Native Instruments products.
Import and Compatibility
ASIO, Core Audio, DirectSound

System Requirements
- Mac OSX 10.4.x, G4 1.4 GHz, 512 MB RAM
- Win XP, Pentium / Athlon 1.4 GHz, 512 MB RAM
- Windows systems must have Service Pack 2 installed.
- USB 2.0 Interface

*Guitar Combos and Traktor 3 LE require registration/activation.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 866-556-6487
Customer Reviews
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"Compare quality, sampling rates and features...hard to beat for the money"
Sound: This thing has a nice clean and fat sound (probably due to the sampling rate). Nothing is lost. You must have a decent PC with good usb ports because this unit seems to tax it pretty good. I compare to my friends Emu recordings and we both agree mine sounds better. The headphone could be louder but again mercy on the port. Great dynamics! Feature: The balanced 2 in and 4 out plus the insane MIDI control capacity (which I haven't mastered) are great. I think an external power source might help take the load from the usb port. Otherwise no complaints. I haven't used the extra software bundle yet. I bought this for the sampling rate and the 4 balanced outs and am not disappointed. Ease of Use: I had some audible unexplainable glitches when I first fired this up and like some others experienced some bad thoughts. I have since learned to go back and set a lot of the assignments and settings not changing them but clicking off and then back on again. This shouldn't be necessary but is now routine. I think it's mostly because of Vista incompatibility. Quality: This is a fine and sturdy metal device. Well labeled and quality controls...nothing cheesy here. The lighting scheme and indicators are just plain cool. This thing is virtually noiseless. I use it with N-track (cheap but good) recording software on a modest Gateway PC and I can rival much more expensive studios. Value: Native Instruments are not for the weak of wallet. Again the sampling rate and features sold me. If they knocked off another $50 I think they'd gain a lot more potential customers. Manufacturer Support: Haven't used support but their website is useful for FAQ's, downloads and upgrades. The Wow Factor: This fit my criteria... External USB Interface 4 balanced outputs High sampling rate And it Didn't cost $300 or more to get these features Overall: I've had mine about 8 months and use it mostly on weekends. It continues to amaze me with quality recordings of guitars, bass, vocals, drums and keybords. The more I use it the more I like it.
Style of Music: all
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"Best drivers ever, OK build quality."
Sound: All outputs sound very clean. Overall, very high quality. My only gripe is that the TRS sockets are not the best out there, and if you waggle the headphones male TRS, for example, you will hear crackle as the ground contact makes and breaks. I am just surprised that NI used cheap connectors on a device with fine electronics and hardware. For only a few extra bucks they could have made possibly the best audio interface of its kind. Feature: Monitoring is no good. The inputs only have a clip indicator. There is no software monitoring. What I really don't like is the output activity LEDs, of which there is one for each stereo output. These LEDs indicate POST-FADER activity, not pre-fader. If you turn down the level knobs, the LEDs won't come on at all. I like to 'see' the sound before it comes out of my monitors, to protect my ears. Then I gradually turn knob to a comfortable level. Because most devices monitor input levels, rather than output levels, this feature is redundant. I have my Audio Kontrol connected to a Mackie Big Knob which, of course, has input monitoring, and that's what I look at, not the silly LED on the Audio Kontrol. I wish the unit had 4 buttons on the top, not 3. That way I could map set them up for Play, Stop, Rewind, Fast Forward, and the knob for Volume. With three buttons I am pretty much stuffed. The best feature of the AK1, and the main reason why I bought it, are the audio drivers. I think this is the only audio interface on the market to offer such flexible ASIO multiclient functionality. This means you can have several DAWs, Winamp, Reason, stand-alone virtual instruments, etc, running simultaneously in sweet harmony. RME say that the Fireface 400/800 is ASIO multiclient; I own it and it is nowhere near as good as the AK1, be assured. The unit is bus-powered which is good for laptop use. Also, this unit does not get hot at all, unlike my Fireface 400 which is like a radiator. Ease of Use: Very easy. The drivers are by far the best feature of this product, which works every time. I put my computer to sleep, wake it up and playback dutifully resumes. I have had many more problems with my Fireface 400. Quality: The product, for the most part, is made well but: - The PCB material has a strong smell. - The TRS sockets feel cheap, at least compared to those found on Mackie equipment (e.g. the Big Knob). They are not secured to the outer shell by a nut and so the wobble. In addition, the internal contacts make and break some times when you wobble the connector, which does not happen on my other gear. - I don't like the top panel because it is made of shiny plastic which can be easy to scratch wiping it with certain cloths. Some people will love this feature though because it looks beautiful. - The knobs are made of injection-moulded plastic, and on my unit they have not been manufactured particularly well because if you turn all knobs all the way to the right, the knob markers don't point in the same direction (e.g. one is pointing to 5 o'clock and another one to 5:30). In general, Mackie products are better built in my opinion and experience. The sound of the AK1 is beautiful though. Value: A little pricy. The Mackie Satellite offers more I/O at a lower price. However, mackie drivers are not ASIO multiclient. Manufacturer Support: In my experience, NI have been supportive when I have contacted them. They can take several days to reply though, and NI staff don't always speak fluent English. The Wow Factor: I care about quality, not appearance. Overall: Satisfied till it breaks. And if it does, I hope it happens within the warranty period!
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