Native Instruments today announced several updates to its Komplete Kontrol line:
- Native Kontrol Standard, a new plug-in format allowing third-party instruments to achieve the same deep integration previously only reserved for Komplete Instruments;
- VST support lets Komplete Kontrol owners load and play their entire software instrument collection; and
- Komplete Kontrol S88 is a new keyboard controller with 88 fully weighted, hammer-action keys.
Here’s the official intro video:
Native Kontrol Standard (NKS) is a new plug-in format that lets VST and Kontakt instrument developers integrate their plug-ins with Komplete Kontrol and Maschine at the same deep level as Komplete Instruments.
Instrument developers can use Native Map to create parameter mappings for the eight controller knobs on the S-Series keyboards or Maschine. NKS instruments can also access the Light Guide, so that third-party instruments can display key switches and sample assignments, for example.
NKS also allows plug-ins to access the Smart Play features in the Komplete Kontrol software – including the touch strips, scale mapping, Chord Sets, and the arpeggiator.
These partners have committed to releasing NKS versions of their instruments as a free update to current owners:
- Output Audio
- XILS Lab
- Evolution Series
Komplete Kontrol 1.5 also introduces VST compatibility, letting you play and control VST instruments on an S-Series keyboard. Komplete Kontrol 1.5 also provides a new ‘Control Panel’ – a dedicated interface for customizing instrument parameter mappings to the eight control knobs on the hardware.
Komplete Kontrol S88 rounds-off the Komplete Kontrol S-Series range of keyboards with an 88-key version.
The keyboard provides a ‘piano-like’ playing experience, with an 88-key Fatar keybed, featuring fully-weighted, hammer-action keys and aftertouch.
The keyboard also provides the same set of controls and features as the other S-Series keyboards, notably Smart Play (a set of melodic features controlling chords) and Light Guide (colored LEDs that indicate key switches, sound types, and more).
Komplete Kontrol 1.5 and Komplete Kontrol S88 will be available on October 27, 2015. The S88 is priced at US $999. See the NI site for details.