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Native Instruments NKS

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Since announcing the Native Kontrol Standard (NKS), Native Instruments has enticed over 50 developers to jump on board and integrate their plug-ins with the Berlin manufacturer’s Komplete Kontrol and Maschine controllers. Among the names is Waves, which is going all-in and enabling NKS support in a total of 70 plug-ins. You can check out the complete list over at Waves’ website.

The new batch of 63 NKS-enabled plug-ins provide plug-in mapping from NI’s Komplete Kontrol and Maschine controllers, as well as tag-based preset browsing. The plug-ins and instruments have their key parameters mapped across the controllers’ knobs and buttons, with Maschine’s displays providing a visual overview. It’s a very convenient and tactile way of using the plug-ins, assuming you already have a NI-based set-up.

Waves says it worked closely with Native Instruments to ensure each plug-in’s most important parameters are mapped to the most appropriate controls. Their NKS-ready plug-ins and instruments and their presets will show up within Maschine and Komplete Kontrol’s browsers, letting you search presets and instruments by type and keywords, among other parameters. This way, you can quickly find a suitable sound and start tweaking it right away.

Recently, Eventide added NKS support to its Blackhole software reverb as well. Additionally, Maschine MK3 integrates with Logic Pro X after the latest software update. It gives access to the mixer and other aspects of the DAW right from the pair of screens on the controller.

Update: NI and Waves launched a sale on NKS-ready plug-ins, taking up to 90% off certain units. Check out the offerings here.

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