by Lyubomir Dobrev | 4,5 / 5,0 | Approximate reading time: 2 Minutes
Native Instruments Komplete Kontor

Is Komplete Kontor real life, or just fantasy?  ·  Source: Great Bergens


The laborous birth of Maschine+ must have proven a worthwhile effort as Native Instruments is priming its second major entry in standalone music hardware. The Berlin manufacturer is forever known as a synth & DJ powerhouse, and that’s a given. But NI Komplete Kontor being a cutting-edge hybrid synthesizer is really the sole predictable thing about it. Judging by the leaked marketing render – itself a piece of hardcore synth porn – this thing is loaded! Let’s discuss the evidence…


Go big or go home!

When it comes to its products, especially hardware, Native Instruments likes it B.I.G! I vividly remember the flagship variants of its Maschine and Traktor controllers, both impressively huge and resembling Star Destroyer control desks. NI gear tugs on our primal “ooh, lights, knobs, screens, I wanna touch it!” urges with the best of them, and the Komplete Kontor synth is where I feel they scaled the summit.

Flaunting a 5-octave keyboard with RGB lights and dual mod wheels (screw touch strips), Kontor has a primary giant color OLED screen and a secondary not-so-giant, not-so-color screen to ensure sensory overload is delivered top-to-bottom. The synth’s middle control layout is mostly borrowed from Maschine and Komplete Kontrol. Users of these will be instantly familiar with their surroundings. I think having seemingly all the sequencing and arrangement functionality of Maschine+ contained in a standalone hardware synth is pretty rad!


The top section, however, is more of an uncharted territory. It’s where NI pays homage to the greats of analog and digital synth design. There are per-function knobs, buttons for menu diving and parameter adjustments (facilitated by the secondary screen), and what seems to be a full-blown hardware step sequencer keeping company to the one from Maschine.

NI Komplete Kontor – Our Expectations

The possibilities are just wild with this thing! Then again, everything is possible when it’s April Fools and you are an Adobe Photoshop master like the Gearnews design crew. Komplete Kontor will be out never, priced nothing. That’s okay, I’m pretty sure NI has something even better in the works! Thanks for sticking around and let’s hope we get some good laughs today! I think we all need them.

Native Instruments Komplete Kontor

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13 responses to “NI Komplete Kontor: standalone hardware synth blurs fantasy & reality”

    LeaMon Kitz says:

    Haha, you got me just a bit. I was like, that top rack portion looks awfully familiar. Then I realized it was from the Sequential Pro 3. Nice works gents lol.

    Anomalous says:

    I hope they’re reading this site. It actually would be pretty amazing.

    Bob says:

    LMAO. The upper portion is from a Dave Smith synth.
    Even as a rendering it’s awful.

    Handsome Randy says:

    If they made this, it wouldnt be powerful enough to run Reactor.

    Avon Marshall says:

    Okay, you got me!! 🤣🤣🤣🤣 I was about to post this in an MPC group on Facebook until I got to the end!! Cheers!!

    Ab. says:

    It’s that time of the year, again…. 😐

    iixorb says:

    I would however like to see a re-release along the lines of SM Audio’s V-Machine.

    I had one for a while; great little concept smaller than a Korg Volca, but way too underpowered to run most VSTs. Although DEXED and PG8X did run quite well.

    2022 technology would surely make something like that, more feasible and capable?

    I can live in hope !!

    Greg says:

    People already complaining about i lt being trash 😂

    Phil says:

    Not enough knobs.

    Ant says:

    HA ! Good one !! Also word has it Behringer is already working on a clone !

    Gustav says:

    We do not need no April fools, there are more than enough everyday. Just quit this childish thing.

    Bourian Boubbov says:

    You guys are so friggin’ awesome!
    You got me thinking they are teasing us with sth… Then I thought, hmm, the render has different light on the various “modules” so defs a render but the gear lust was activated like oh boy!!!

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