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Rating and Reviews: NI Komplete Kontrol S49 MK2

NI's 2nd-gen MIDI controller comes pre-mapped to your KOMPLETE software instruments, with a semi-weighted 49-key Fatar keyboard and 2 high-res color screens.

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"Komplete Kontrol S49 MK2" submitted January 4, 2018

By kyle v in charleston, SC
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Musical Background: I have been making instrumentals on computers since Cakewalk on my Compaq 286!
Music Style: All forms of electronic (hip-hop, edm, industrial), but getting more into the standards and scoring as well
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Overall: It is a great controller, especially combined with Komplete 11 Ultimate. Keys feel fantastic. Buttons are firm and "clicky". The knobs are a bit close together, and I tend to move an adjacent knob when turning another. I would definitely opt for the 61 key version. Many of the NKS instruments do not allow for remapping the key switches, so beware of that. Sound How would you characterize the sound quality of this product? How does the sound respond to your playing? Is it compatible with your musical style? How does this product sound in different settings? Do you have any tips to make it sound better? The sounds that come in Komplete Select are very good. I went ahead and upgraded to Ultimate because of the sale, but the free version is very adequate, especially when you consider you are getting Alchemy, Monark, etc. Fantastic synths. Features What are the most/least useful features? For guitars, what materials and parts were used, and how do you feel about this selection of components? The knobs could definitely use some more space between them. The Native Access software can be a bit flakey, for example it will not recognize my Output Exhale VSTi. Also note that none of the keyboard features work outside of a Komplete Kontrol software instance, either standalone or plugin. The arpeggiator, note repeat, auto chord stuff, etc. are ALL DEPENDENT on the software running on your computer. Just FYI. If you have Maschine, then some of this functionality is available in that software. Actually, the keyboard has A LOT of functions that ONLY work with Maschine software, which you can not buy without the Maschine hardware! :( Ease of Use How easy is it to get great sounds from this product? How easy is it to use this product with your other products? Is there a learning curve? For instruments, how playable is it? It changes the way you go about finding sounds. The preview function, which is a 7GB download, is nice. I still haven't completely given in to finding sounds from all my VSTi's in the Komplete way, but it is still quick and easy to specify which synth/library you want and then audition from there. Quality Is the product made well? How reliable is the product? How long does it seem like it would last (mechanical parts, cosmetic aspects)? The quality of the Kontrol-ler is impeccable! It is really a beautiful machine. Solid. Heavy. Sleek. My favorite keyboard in quite awhile. Hold down Mute and Solo to put it into Vegas mode for a nice light show. Manufacturer Support Have you dealt with the company that made the product? Were they easy to reach? Were they friendly? Did they solve your problem? The contact tech support button on NI's website has not worked since I bought this. Haven't had time to call. I assume it is because of the holidays, and will try again when I get time. Value In short, is this product worth its typical selling price compared to other items? Worth it if you like NI's instruments. There are also a bunch of 3rd party companies with NKS integration (Output!). It is even a nice looking/feeling controller without the Komplete interfacing. The Wow Factor How would you rate the appeal of this product? Is there something about this gear that makes you want it even if you could make good music without it? The light guide system is a game changer, and will only get better. I can already imagine games, piano lessons, etc. utilizing this keyboard for a fantastic user experience
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"Waste of Money" submitted January 15, 2018

By a customer from icloud.com
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Overall: I am a long time user of NI software including Mashine and Komplete so this keyboard, with all it's functionality really intrigued me. While the keyboard itself has great action, none of the buttons, knobs or screen display feature work with Windows 10. The drivers are useless and NI is nonresponsive to when they will update them. I know for a fact that this keyboard works fine on the Apple platform but not on Windows 10.
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