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Seize Kontrol of Your Sound Like Never Before


Since the inception of the Kontrol smart keyboard controllers, Native Instruments has embarked on an uncompromising odyssey to bridge the physical and digital divides, seamlessly integrating their cutting-edge NKS technology with nuanced, tactile control that makes any Virtual Instrument feel as real as possible. With the Kontrol S Mk3 controllers, they’ve elevated the series to new heights of expressivity, available in 49-, 61-, and 88-key options and loaded with cutting-edge Fatar keybeds developed in collaboration with Native Instruments to ensure that the highly detailed polyphonic aftertouch captures every nuance of your sound. While the S49 and S61 feature semi-weighted keys, the S88 boasts one of the world’s first widely available hammer-action polyphonic aftertouch controllers, blending worlds of sound, form, and function like never before. Producers and keyboardists at Sweetwater are amazed by this keyboard’s comprehensive control, not just for expanding the DAW integration of its predecessors to go far beyond simple transport controls, but for its future-minded design via MIDI 2.0 compatibility and USB-C MIDI.


Native Instruments Kontrol S88 Mk3 Features:


  • Onboard polyphonic aftertouch means deep, customizable expression with your virtual instruments, breathing new life into every sound
  • MIDI 2.0 compatibility means uncompromising control of your sound with stunning detail
  • 1200 x 480mm high-resolution full-color display allows for precision browsing, tweaking, mixing, and more
  • CNC-machined housing comprises anodized aluminum with a bead-blasted surface for a design that’s both aesthetically pleasing and engineered for long-term use
  • RGB-backlit encoders, soft switches, buttons, keys, touch strip, and wheels enable the use of the extremely versatile Light Guide
  • Redesigned Light Guide provides real-time and interactive information that includes scales, key zones, switches, and more
  • Keybed was designed in collaboration with Fatar for unparalleled expressivity
  • Expanded connectivity includes dedicated 1/4-inch jacks for sustain and expression pedals, as well as two more assignable jacks for flexible sonic control
  • 5-pin DIN MIDI in/out allows for extensive interoperative use with most arrangements, including polyphonic aftertouch data for compatible instruments
  • Ergonomic pitch and modulation wheels, as well as bidirectional Touch Strip, support versatile assignment options to maximize the potential of every supported DAW and NKS instrument
  • 4-directional push encoder supplies one-handed sound browsing and project navigation
  • USB-C bus-powered design doubles for MIDI over USB to reduce cable clutter while increasing data transmission speeds
  • Tag-based unified browsing across all Komplete instruments lets you quickly find the sounds you want right from the hardware
  • Dial in the main parameters of any Komplete instrument, which automatically map to the touch-sensitive controller knobs
  • Create arpeggiated melodies at the touch of a button, play chords with single keys, or map the whole key range to scales
  • Dedicated transport section gives full access to your DAW’s playback and recording controls, going far deeper than previous models for unmatched integration


Tech Specs

  • Type:Keyboard Controller
  • Number of Keys:88
  • Type of Keys:Fully Weighted, Hammer-action
  • Velocity Sensitive:Yes
  • Aftertouch:Yes, Polyphonic
  • Other Controllers:Pitch Wheel, Mod Wheel, Ribbon Controller
  • Encoders/Pots:8 x Encoders, 1 x 4D Encoders
  • Dedicated Transport Control:Yes
  • Zones:Yes
  • Pedal Inputs:1 x 1/4" (sustain) 1 x 1/4" (expression), 2 x 1/4" (assign 1, 2)
  • MIDI I/O:In/Out/USB
  • USB:2 x USB-C (host, power)
  • Computer Connectivity:USB
  • Software:Komplete 14 Select, Komplete Kontrol, Hypha, Stradivari Cello, Guitar Rig 7 LE, iZotope Element Suite, Ableton Live Lite
  • Format:AAX, AU, VST, VST3, Standalone
  • Hardware Requirements - Mac:8GB RAM minimum, Intel Core i5 or higher, Apple M1 or higher
  • Hardware Requirements - PC:8GB RAM minimum, Intel Core i5 or higher
  • OS Requirements - Mac:MIDI 2.0: macOS 13.5 or later, MIDI 1.0: macOS 12 or later
  • OS Requirements - PC:Windows 10, 11
  • Power Supply:USB Powered

Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S88 MK3 Smart Keyboard Controller

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