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Komplete Kontrol S88 & v1.5 software


Kit Komplete Kontrol S88 keyboard and v1.5 software

Manufacturer Native Instruments

Price £729 (S88). Other keyboards in the range are now at a lower price: S25 is £299; S49 £369; S61 £429

Contact T: +44 207 9207500 W:

Tech Req

PC: Windows 7 later; Intel® Core™ 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2 Mac: OS X 10.9 later Intel® Core™ 2 Duo 4 GB RAM (6 GB recommended)

Key Features

88-note keyboard

Features Komplete Select bundle of 10 plug-in titles worth £850

NKS standard opens KK up to other developers

Features Light Guides, Native Map, Smart Play

Size (mm): 349x126x1389

Weight: 14.4kg

There are some products that follow trends and some that create them. Komplete Kontrol definitely sits in the latter camp, and since its release in both software form and the S-Series keyboard range, it has set the bar, not just for controller keyboards but for the very way that music production software integrates with hardware. And it’s also helped the computer to be relegated to less than the main player in the recording studio.

OK, you might think that’s overstating the impact of this range, so a quick recap might be in

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