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Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol A61 USB MIDI Keyboard, New

With touch-sensitive control knobs, an OLED display, and a responsive keybed, the Komplete Kontrol A61 puts you in touch with your software instruments. (2) Read 2 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol A61

Get hands-on with all of your instruments and effects from a smart, streamlined keyboard at an affordable price with the Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol A61 USB MIDI Keyboard. Find, tweak, and capture your sounds, perform on a best-in-class keybed, and express yourself with the included collection of pro-grade instruments.

Introducing NI's Komplete Kontrol A-Series:


Features:

- Smart, streamlined keyboard controller for all your virtual instruments and effects
- Affordable entry point into the NI world
- Best-in-class, semi-weighted custom NI keybed
- Informative OLED display for at-a-glance navigation
- 8 touch-sensitive control knobs
- Ergonomic pitch and mod wheels
- 4-directional push encoder for one-handed sound browsing and project navigation
- Tag-based preset browsing via the KOMPLETE KONTROL Software: Find sounds quickly and hear instant previews
- Smart Play: Stay in key with over 100 scales and modes, play chord progressions and arpeggios - with single keys, or map any scale to white keys only
- Pre-mapped control of KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects plus hundreds of Native Kontrol Standard (NKS) plug-ins from leading manufacturers via the KOMPLETE KONTROL Software
- Full VSTi and VST FX support
- Deep integration with MASCHINE software
- Intuitive control over Logic Pro X, Ableton Live, and GarageBand at launch. Cubase and Nuendo integration coming soon after initial release
- TRS pedal input, assignable to sustain or expression
- USB 2.0 bus powered
- Can be used / assigned as a MIDI controller
- Includes a comprehensive collection of KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects, KOMPLETE KONTROL Software, and MASCHINE ESSENTIALS (full MASCHINE software plus 1.6 GB MASCHINE Factory Selection)

Includes Select Software Instruments from Komplete 12

Register your hardware to download the KOMPLETE KONTROL software, plus a collection of KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects and MASCHINE Essentials for free, including...
- THE GENTLEMAN - classic upright piano
- MONARK - iconic mono synth
- SCARBEE MARK 1 - electric piano
- REAKTOR PRISM - polyphonic synthesizer
- REAKTOR BLOCKS WIRED - modular synths
- REAKTOR 6 PLAYER - powerful player for REAKTOR instruments
- KONTAKT 6 PLAYER - including 50 instruments
- KOMPLETE KONTROL Software
- MASCHINE ESSENTIALS

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- Dimensions: 984 x 257 x 89 mm / 38.7'' x 10.1'' x 3.5''
- Weight: 4.7 kg / 10.4 lbs
- System Requirements:
- Windows 10 (latest Service Pack), Intel Core i5 or equivalent CPU, 2GB RAM
- macOS 10.12, 10.13 (latest update), Intel Core i5, 4 GB RAM
- USB 2.0 or higher (cable included)
- Graphics card which supports OpenGL 2.1 or higher
- Internet connection (for software download and activation only)
Weight, Dimensions, and Manufacturer Part Numbers
Shipping Weight: 13 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 42 x 13 x 6 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 25244
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"Very Nice Controller!"
Sound: It's a MIDI controller, there are no sounds. Feature: Being able to browse the entire Komplete library right from the board and having the knobs already mapped is the best feature of this board. Ease of Use: It was very easy to install and set up. No hassles with software or drivers etc. Even on a PC it is basically plug and play Quality: I haven't had it very long so only time will tell, but it feels very well built. The keys are solid and smooth. Value: It's value definitely lies with the integration to other NI products. If you aren't using them, then there may be better choices with software agnostic controllers. Otherwise, it's well worth it. Manufacturer Support: I haven't had any issues with this product, but I did recently engage NI support on another matter. My issue was resolved within a day so I can't complain about that. The Wow Factor: The appeal will be to NI users looking for a tighter integration. There's a lot of WOW in that alone. Overall: For reference, I am a guitar player not a keyboardist. I've been around synths since the 80's but they have never been my primary instrument. Now that I do a lot of home recording I've found I really needed more to my music so I've delved back into the world of samplers and synthesis. My take on the product may not be the same as someone who lives and breaths keys.I recently got Komplete 12 and was overwhelmed by the number of sounds in the package. I was spending more time on my computer keyboard mousing around than I was actually playing music. I saw the A61 on a YouTube video and saw how easily it integrated into Komplete Kontrol and wanted to give it a try. It is very easy to set up and use, and takes away a lot of PC face time and lets you really dig into the sounds available. All you need to do is install Komplete Kontrol and then update the firmware on the board and you are off and running.The keys themselves are very nice and feel great. Leaps and bounds better than my budget Nektar 61 key controller. The buttons are clicky and the capacitive knobs are really cool, but take a bit to get used to. As soon as you touch one the display tells you what that knob controls. They are mapped to most of the 'front panel' Kontakt instruments and also to the various control parameters within the other synths in Komplete.This is a great fit for a home studio where you may still need to use the PC at times. If you are looking for more of a performance based controller to use, you might want to look at the S61. The full display seems like it would be great for live use.Also, yes you can certainly use this for non Native Instruments VST, but it really shines with the NI products because of the full integration.
Style of Music: Rock, prog, jazz, Christian
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"Great MIDI Controller but NI Support - not so great"
Overall: Purchased this from zZounds last week and I was really looking forward to it. Mine arrived with the highest G and B keys giving out a horrible squeaking sound, so much so that you can feel the vibration in your finger as you key the note. I contacted NI Support via their website and have not received a response. I tried calling but their phones are only open 4 hours a day (ridiculous!!!) and tried again today and they were closed for a company event??? This is horrid customer service. If this was any other brand my friends at zZounds would have gladly started the return process and my replacement would be on the way by now. Aside from the support nightmare and bad keys, the board is really nice and I like how easy it is to use Komplete Kontrol now. With so many sounds in Komplete the A61 makes browsing through them a breeze, and having the capacitive knobs already mapped is a nice plus. The keys that work, work very well and have a very high quality feel to them. Leaps and bounds better than my budget Nektar 61 key controller.
Style of Music: Rock/Jazz/Prog/Christian
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