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Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol A61 USB MIDI Keyboard

Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol A61 USB MIDI Keyboard

With touch-sensitive control knobs, an OLED display, and a responsive keybed, the Komplete Kontrol A61 puts you in touch with your software instruments.

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Submitted January 18, 2019 by Allan B in TEMPE, AZ
"Very Nice Controller!"
Verified Customer zZounds has verified that this reviewer made a purchase from us.
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.
Sound
It's a MIDI controller, there are no sounds.
Features
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.
Musical Background:
Playing for over 45 years
Musical Style:
Rock, prog, jazz, Christian
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Submitted January 22, 2019 by AJ B in TEMPE, AZ
"Great MIDI Controller but NI Support - not so great"
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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.
Musical Background:
Hobbyist
Musical Style:
Rock/Jazz/Prog/Christian
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Submitted September 28, 2019 by Cory Evertz in Denver, CO
"Ive struggled all night to figure out issues"
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Its a good keyboard controller but I want ZERO issues. Unfortunately i had hours of researching involved to figure out why it kept changing other channel fader values when it was supposed to be changing the NI instrument values. NOT one video from them or others told me to change the tab in the instrument (Vintage Organs) to the amp page. If i stayed on the default tab of the instrument on load up, and try to change values it changed other faders in my MIX! This is not cool. My experience thus far with Cubase is..no support from the company provided tutorial. Just marketting hype and leave you hanging. Very upsetting after years of these companies not helping in the specifics. Did they make a good keyboard, sure. Did they design it correctly.....hell NO!
Musical Background:
Pro Audio Engineer
Musical Style:
Rock
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