Spent a few hours today working with our new Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S61 MK2 controller.
First thought? Love it.
Second thought? Going to take some time to integrate it into our day to day workflow. Not a complaint, just very different vs. what we are used to.
We have two setups, one running on a Mac with Logic Pro X and the second on a Win10 based PC running Sonar Pro. No question, the Komplete software integrates much tighter with the Logic setup. We knew that going in, although we would love to see Sonar added as a fully supported DAW. Speaking of software, along with the controller, you can download Komplete 11 Select which features 2,500+ studio-quality sounds and over 25 GB of samples. There is a good chance we will never use some of the included samples, but there are some really good samples that we are pretty sure will be able to use on some upcoming Latin and Jazz arrangements. Did we mention, you also get a $25 e-voucher good for six months to purchase any downloadable Native Instruments software?
One thing we did run into on the Mac side. We were running “Hear”, which is an audio enhancement utility allowing you to modify the sound quality of your headphones and internal or external speakers. That caused a conflict with the Komplete Kontrol software and initially we did not have full functionality. After removing the Hear *.dll file and a quick reboot of the Mac, everything worked as expected. On the Windows side, everything worked out of the box and we were up and running within 10 minutes.
We have a ton more to learn. Bottom line – If you are running Kontakt and NKS compatible sample libraries this is a h/w and s/w bundle that is certainly worth a closer look.