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Native Instruments Komplete Audio 2

Native Instruments Komplete Audio 2  ·  Source: Native Instruments

Native Instruments Audio 2

Native Instruments Audio 2  ·  Source: Native Instruments

Native Instruments Audio 1

Native Instruments Audio 1  ·  Source: Native Instruments

The Komplete Audio 6 is one of the best performing USB audio interfaces and has been a decent purchase ever since it was released in 2011. 8 years later Native Instruments finally get around to building a couple more interfaces along similar lines. The Komplete Audio 1 and Komplete Audio 2 are designed to be simple, entry-level interfaces and they look quite tidy.

Komplete Audio 1

First up is the imaginatively named Komplete Audio 1. It has 1 XLR microphone input and 1 regular jack input for instrument or line level. Outputs are on RCA phono for connecting to your hi-fi speakers and a headphone output with its own level control. It’s got some sweet VU LED meters on the top and a lovely big volume knob like the Audio 6 before it. It has direct monitoring and an input/host mix knob so you can hear playback while recording. Simple, elegant, USB powered, good quality recording and playback for your computer or laptop.

Native Instruments Audio 1

Native Instruments Audio 1

Komplete Audio 2

Slightly more exciting is the bonus featured Komplete Audio 2. This has twin XLR combi inputs so you could record two mics, or stereo line sources, or two instruments or a mix of those possibilities. The outputs have been upgraded to proper jacks but everything else is the same. It’s even the same size and weight.

Native Instruments Audio 2

Native Instruments Audio 2

Software

With either interface you get a good bundle of software including full Maschine software and Ableton Live 10 Lite.

  • Replika
  • Solid Bus Comp
  • Phasis
  • Monark
  • Maschine Essentials (full Maschine software with a limited Factory Library)
  • Ableton Live 10 Lite

Has to be number 2

The price difference is $30 being $99 for the Audio 1 and $129 for the Audio 2. The Audio 2 is worth the extra in my opinion giving you a bit more standard flexibility for different situations and looks like it could be a very useful little box to have in your laptop bag. I always like a good volume knob on the top rather than fiddling around with little knobs on the front of interfaces. So, nice and neat I think and if the drivers can match the performance of the Audio 6 then I’ll be very happy.

More information

  • Komplete Audio 1 and 2 webpage.
  • More from Native Instruments.

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