Following on from the A-Series of MIDI controller keyboards Native Instruments has introduced the Komplete Kontrol M32. It’s portable, compact and full of NKS magic.
Komplete Kontrol M32
Into its very compact form they’ve squeezed 32 “synth-action” keys, 2 touch strips, 8 touch-sensitive control knobs, 1 extra knobby 4-way push encoder, a bunch of buttons and an adorable OLED display. Connect it up to your computer running Komplete Kontrol software (included) and you have instant, pre-mapped control over Komplete instruments and effects along with any third party plug-ins that support the NKS standard.
You can browse directly from the M32, navigate your way through the software and select what you want to play. The knobs then come alive with instant control. It’s a very satisfying and playable way to access software instruments. It also comes with the full Maschine sequencing and performance software and has total integration.
Built in is a Smart Play feature that applies scales and modes (over 100) to keep you in key. You can map any scale to just the white keys if you want. There’s also single key chord progressions and arpeggios.
It can, of course, also be used as a regular MIDI controller for anything that responds to the banging of keys. There’s a sustain pedal input and it’s all USB 2.0 powered.
In the box you get:
- Reaktor Prism
- Scarbee Mark 1
- Komplete Kontrol
- Maschine Essentials (full Maschine software with a limited Factory Library)
- Ableton Live 10 Lite
- And you get Komplete Start thrown in, which you probably already have as it’s free.
At $119 the Komplete Kontrol M32 is a great starter pack and a useful sized keyboard for people on the move.