Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S61 MK2 MIDI Keyboard Controller

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91 out of 100. Incorporating 325+ ratings and reviews.

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Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S61 MK2

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Our rating of 91/100 is based on analysis of 325+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

NB: At publication time this was on our recommended list for The Best 61-Key MIDI Controller Keyboards.

Native Instruments is well known in DJ circles because for the quality of their Traktor software, they also expanded into music hardware which includes the Komplete Kontrol S61 MK2, a 61-key MIDI keyboard controller.

While it does not have many DJ friendly functions, it does retain the company's standard for quality, as evidenced by its many good ratings.

To achieve its success, NI equipped this controller with a semi-weighted Fatar keybed, and paired it with essential controls that include pitch bend and mod wheels, 8 touch-sensitive knobs, a touch strip and a 4-directional push encoder.

It doesn't have much else in terms of design features, but the keys themselves are more then enough to make it a viable top rated instrument.

Specifications:

  • Keys: 61-Key
  • Pads: Fatar Keybed Semi-Weighted
  • Controls: Pitch Bend Wheel, Mod Wheel, 8 Touch-Sensitive knobs, 4-Directional Push Encoder, Touch Strip
  • Octave: 2 Octaves (+/- )
  • Zones: Up to two (Split)
  • Automap: Yes (Via Software)
  • Connectivity: 5-Pin MIDI, USB
  • Control Hardware Directly: Yes
  • Compatibility: OSX 10.11 (Up), Windows 7 SP1 (Up)
  • Power: USB Bus powered / 15V DC Power Supply (sold separately)
  • Dimensions: 39.6" x 11.7" x 3.3"
  • Weight: 14.4 lbs.
  • Bundled Software: Komplete 11 Select Software Bundle

Pros
The Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S61 MKII continues to gather good reviews, most of which are from people who are impressed by the quality of its keyboard . Even those who owned its first iteration found that the MK2 brings with it significant improvements to their overall workflow and performance experience. A good number of users also commended it for the solid feel of the knobs, buttons and keys. And as expected, those who are already using Native Instruments' software are happy with easy it is to integrate into their setup.

Cons
There are some complaints about keyboard mapping not working as well as they hoped it would. There are also a few who noticed that some of the Fatar keys produce unwanted mechanical noise as they release them.

Overall
If you're using Native Instruments software, or if you're looking for a more streamlined 61-Key MIDI keyboard controller then check this out.

NB: At publication time this was on our recommended list for The Best 61-Key MIDI Controller Keyboards.

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