NAMM 2019: Native Instruments Komplete Masterclass
Making music on the move…
Native Instruments step things up a gear with the launch of their awesome Komplete Kontrol M32 Controller and Audio 1 & 2 interfaces. Whether or not you already incorporate NI gear into your music making setup, these beauties help you to streamline your workflow and get creative without the fuss.
The Komplete Kontrol M32 is a delightfully compact USB controller with micro synth-action, velocity-sensitive keyboard that responds to your playing dutifully. Laying down ideas and performing on the fly is a breeze with 32 custom-made keys at your disposal. Alongside the keys are intuitive touch strips for dynamic expression control, whilst a plethora of rotary dials and buttons pave the way for deep-level editing with assignable transport and function controls.
Plug-in and play, play, play!
USB connectivity means that you can connect readily to your laptop to plug in and play whenever inspiration strikes. There’s a raft of built-in instruments and performance-ready features that includes an Arpeggiator button, and access to Scenes and Patterns in Native Instruments’ MASCHINE via the Ideas button. DAW control comes at the push of a button too, with access to Play/pause, record, set tempo, level adjust, quantization, loop brace adjustment, undo/redo and so much more! The built-in OLED display provides visual feedback with regard to what sounds, parameters, and more.
The M32 is both lightweight and modestly sized, so much so that you can slip it into your backpack with ease. However, just as we’ve come to expect from the team at NI, the M32 is as robust and they come and built to last. Tactile control is spot on and the interface is intuitive enough for you to instantly lock into.
Make it yours
Native do their utmost to make sure that no two devices need be the same, handing total control over to the user. With that in mind, you can tweak the M32 and set it up to suit your idiosyncratic style. The Smart Play feature allows you to setup the keyboard to play techniques that you’ve not yet mastered such as chords, scales, and arpeggios, whilst more experienced players can push their past their limits into ground-breaking territory.
As well as syncing up with KOMPLETE software, the Komplete Kontrol M32 plays well with many others too such as Logic Pro X, GarageBand, and Ableton Live. Included with each controller is Ableton Live 10 Lite, as well as MASCHINE Essentials, KOMPLETE KONTROL software, MONARK, REAKTOR PRISM, SCARBEE MARK I, KOMPLETE Start, Sounds.com access, and a £22 e-voucher to spend in the Native Instruments online shop. All that power and potential to explore – what are you waiting for?
Audio 1 & 2 Interfaces
In keeping with the compact ideal, Native Instruments’ Audio 1 and Audio 2 interfaces make the process of music making, audio production/recording, broadcasting, podcasting, etc., as effortless as possible. Both units boast pristine audio quality, are USB 2.0 bus powered, feature a clean and easy to use control layout, boast headphone outputs and direct monitoring, and come fully loaded with a host of software to take your ideas from spark of inspiration to finished product.
The differences between the two are in their connectivity options.
Komplete Audio 1
The Audio 1 features an XLR mic input with 48V phantom power and a single jack input with individual gain control. If you’re a singer songwriter who needs to connect a vocal mic and guitar/line-input device, then you’re all set. A pair of stereo RCA outputs allows you to connect to external speakers’ hi-fi speakers for direct playback. If you’re only ever going to need a single mic input, then the Audio 1 is the way forward.
Komplete Audio 2
The Audio 2 features a pair of combi-XLR/jack inputs with 48V phantom power, which allows you to connect a pair of mics togethers (or instruments), which makes it ideal for podcasting, instrument and vocals performances, etc. If you need more than one mic input at a time, then the Audio 2 is the one for you.
Streamline your performance
Native Instruments are all about empowering musicians to make it as simple as possible to get their ideas down, perfected and polished to the highest standards possible. We are well aware of what their software is capable of, but in recent years their hardware has pushed the limits of what we can expect. The M32 and Audio 1 & 2 live up to the NI standard and make it even more affordable for musicians to become a part of the growing Native Instruments family.
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