Native Instruments releases first keyboard controller, we go hands on

Last week, the guys from Native Instruments' L.A. office dropped by to give us an advance sneak peek of their new Komplete Kontrol, the first MIDI keyboard controller the company has made. In this exclusive sneak-peek video, we go hands-on with a prototype.
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Last week, the guys from Native Instruments' L.A. office dropped by to give us an advance sneak peek of their new Komplete Kontrol, the first MIDI keyboard controller the company has made. As you might expect, it boasts extensive pre-mapped control of their Komplete virtual instrument suite and a lot of procedural overlap with their popular Maschine series of pad controllers. It's also decidedly high-endy, with a great feeling action with aftertouch, silky smooth endless knobs, and gorgeous (if Teutonic) industrial design.

Scroll past the video for NI's official press release and feature specs. You can bet we'll be doing a full review the second we get our hands on a longer-term loaner unit. 

Berlin, September 2, 2014 – Native Instruments today announced the next
generation of their industry-standard production suites. KOMPLETE 10 and
KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE come with six brand-new instruments – ROUNDS,
KONTOUR, POLYPLEX, and the three new sampled pianos that comprise THE
DEFINITIVE PIANO COLLECTION. KOMPLETE 10 now includes 39 instruments and
effects. KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE includes all 75 current KOMPLETE
Instruments and Effects at the time of release and over 440 GB of
content. Notably, the prices of these bundles remain the same,
increasing the saving to almost 90% over the cost of purchasing the
instruments and effects separately.

Both KOMPLETE 10 and KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE debut the brand-new ROUNDS,
KONTOUR, and POLYPLEX. ROUNDS combines powerful sound design
capabilities with advanced sequencing techniques, allowing users to play
melodies, chords, and arpeggios while sequencing and morphing sounds in
real time. KONTOUR is the latest synthesizer from NI founder Stephan
Schmitt – an extremely responsive synth capable of organic textures from
mallets to plucked and bowed strings to distorted, aggressive and noisy
sounds. POLYPLEX delivers an intuitive, fun way to design drum kits. Up
to four samples per sound slot are randomized on the global, sound or
sample level. A host of effects including dynamics, reverb, glitch, and
more are also on board for additional sound shaping.

Also included in both KOMPLETE 10 and KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE is THE
DEFINITIVE PIANO COLLECTION – three new high-definition pianos offering
unprecedented detail, and a varied and nuanced sonic range. THE
GENTLEMAN is a sampled instrument based on an upright piano from 1908.
Sampled with all the original parts, the instrument’s delicate and
expressive sound gives producers distinctive, turn-of-the-century
character with a supreme level of control for their recordings. THE
GRANDEUR is a detailed sampled instrument of a beloved concert grand
piano. Its bright, silky top end and booming, full bass are equally
suited to a variety of styles including mainstream pop, jazz, and
classical productions. THE MAVERICK is a recreation of a sonically
singular instrument – a 1905 concert grand made for the Prince of
Prussia. THE MAVERICK delivers a wide range of color and an
unconventional sound where each note is full of character. These three
pianos are also available for purchase separately or as a
specially-priced bundle.

software. This allows users to browse all KOMPLETE Instrument sounds
from one interface, accelerating workflow and providing a clear overview
of all related sounds tag-based simplicity. KOMPLETE KONTROL also allows
producers to access key functionality directly from the new KOMPLETE
KONTROL S-Series keyboards. Registered users of KOMPLETE 9 and KOMPLETE
9 ULTIMATE will receive a free download for the KOMPLETE KONTROL
software, giving them the same functionality on KOMPLETE KONTROL
S-Series keyboards as KOMPLETE 10 and KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE users.

Along with these brand-new instruments, each bundle comes with several
new additions released since KOMPLETE 9. KOMPLETE 10 now features 39
products, over 12,000 sounds, and over 130 GB of instruments and
10 ULTIMATE delivers 75 products, over 17,000 sounds, and over 440 GB of
instruments and effects, such as ACTION STRIKES, MOLEKULAR, and RISE &
HIT - all stored on a USB hard drive for convenient installation. Both
bundles also feature best-selling KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects such
as the award-winning KONTAKT 5, GUITAR RIG 5 PRO, and NI’s flagship
modular synthesizer REAKTOR 5. MASSIVE, FM8, and ABSYNTH 5 cover the
complete spectrum of synthesis for any production task.

KOMPLETE 10 and KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE will be released online and in
retailers October 1, 2014. KOMPLETE 10 costs $499 / 499 €. KOMPLETE 10
ULTIMATE costs $999 / 999 €. Special pricing for KOMPLETE 10 and
KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE upgrade, update, and crossgrades, as well as
preorder are also available.