At Musikmesse 2015: Native Instruments has introduced three “major innovations” for their Komplete Kontrol keyboard portfolio:
- NI announced the inclusion of the new Komplete Select instruments and effects suite with Komplete Kontrol keyboards,
- a “significant update” to the Komplete Kontrol software,
- and the debut of Native Kontrol Standard (NKS) – a new format allowing “deep integration” of third party plug-ins.
Now with VST support and third party plug-ins. With the introduction of the Komplete Kontrol S-Series keyboards last year, NI established a new level of integration for its software instruments. The company is now expanding on this technology with the addition of VST support this summer, opening up the Komplete Kontrol software to third party plug-ins.
NKS: deep plug-in integration, developer kit. NI is concurrently introducing their Native Kontrol Standard (NKS). This standard will allow plug-in developers to integrate their products as deeply as NI’s own Komplete Instruments. This integration capability will include full parameter mapping, Komplete Browser support, access to exclusive Komplete Kontrol technology such as the Light Guide, and more. A comprehensive development kit, provided by NI, will open up the NKS framework to third-party developers. NI is already working with major software instrument manufacturers, as well as the wider development community, to ensure that the leading software instruments use NKS to provide the deepest integration possible with the Komplete Kontrol system.
Komplete Select instrument and effects collection. Beginning next month, with the release of Komplete Select, all Komplete Kontrol S-Series keyboards will include a premium selection of Komplete 10 Instruments and Effects. (Registered owners of Komplete Kontrol S-Series keyboards will also receive the Komplete Select package.) List of included Komplete Select instruments here.
Updated Komplete Kontrol software. Komplete Kontrol 1.1 (coming May 2015) improvements include ability to route and record MIDI output from Komplete Kontrol’s Smart Play functions into your DAW or send MIDI to outboard gear. Adjust touch strip parameters and mod wheel functions directly from the hardware. Save, recall, and manage presets more easily. Furthermore, 2015 will also see an addition to the S-Series keyboard portfolio.
Pricing and Availability. Komplete Select is included in all Komplete Kontrol S-Series keyboards, and is also available free to all registered Komplete Kontrol owners. Owners will receive a download link and serial number via e-mail upon software registration. Registered Maschine users will also receive Komplete Select as a free download. The Komplete Kontrol 1.1 software update is available as a free download from Service Center.
For additional information, check out the Native Instruments website.