Native Instruments announce new Maschine Mk3 as well as Komplete Kontrol KKS 49 MK2 & Komplete Kontrol 61 Mk2 models
The team at Native Instruments have unleashed 3 new products this week that are sure to send producers and musicians into a frenzy! The introduction of the Maschine Mk3 and Komplete Kontrol KKS 49 Mk2 & Komplete Kontrol 61 Mk2 models has got us a bit giddy here at PMT, so we’re going to take a closer look and see what these new units have to offer.
The Maschine has long been a mainstay in the music industry, allowing producers, home studio owners and live musicians to create stunning tracks in seconds via this powerful and extremely compact music production system.
This year, the Maschine gets a complete overhaul with the Maschine MK3 model which is a completely integrated hardware/software system that can act as a sampler, arranger, and mixer, add FX to your musical arrangements and so much more.
With this model, there’s been a change up with the front panel design, most notably the addition of a Smart Strip for strumming notes, pitch bending sounds, changing your FX on the fly – and that’s just scratching the surface.
Upon registration of your hardware, you also get a huge amount of downloads as part of the package including 8 GB library of high-quality sounds. This includes a vast amount of drum kits, multi-sampled instruments for diverse sonic palettes, patterns, projects, and sliced loops right out of the box. In addition you also get Drum Synths: 5 fully tweakable, automatable drum plug-ins built exclusively for MASCHINE.
If that’s not enough, the Maschine MK3 also comes with the 25 GB KOMPLETE 11 SELECT library that also includes 11 premium instruments and effects to get to grips with.
Here’s a quick run-down of the details:
- 8 GB MASCHINE Library
- 25 GB Komplete 11 Select Libray
- 25 studio quality effects including filters, EQ, delay and more
- 2 hi-res RGB colour displays for greater control over your sound
- 16 touch and velocity sensitive pads for 2 handed drumming and triggering
- Four-directional push encoder for adjusting parameters, browsing and navigating sounds
- Can be powered via USB 2.0 or via included power supply
- Compatible with all major DAWs
- Plus loads more cool features!
Check out the Maschine MK3 over at PMT Online today and get all the details!
Komplete Kontrol KKS 49 & 61 Mk2
Improving on something that has already achieved industry standard status can sometimes be cause for concern, but the team at Native Instruments have actually made the Komplete Kontrol S49 MK2 and Komplete Kontrol S61 MK2 smart keyboard controllers even better than their predecessors.
So, what’s new?
Well, the addition two high-res colour screens for browsing, tweaking, mixing and superior control over your sound will surely be a welcome addition to your workflow. Especially for those who perform live and like to change things up without the use of a laptop.
In both the 49 & 61 models you get pro-grade Fatar keybeds with aftertouch and all keys are semi weighted to provide you with a great overall feel and response.
The Komplete Kontrol KKS 49 & 61 MK2 models have also been updated with ergonomic pitch and mod wheels, so you can choose to use these or the touch strip for expression control, depending on your preference.
There’s 2 assignable pedal inputs, you have MIDI in/out connectivity for control over your existing workflow and both keyboards are USB 2.0 powered for ease of use.
On top of that, once you register your hardware, you get a free download of KOMPLETE KONTROL software as well as KOMPLETE 11 SELECT which is packed with 11 premium instruments and effects such as vintage organs, percussion classic pianos and more.
Here’s a quick look at the finer details:
- Fatar keybeds with aftertouch and semi-weighted keys
- Two new hi-res screens for tweaking and browsing effects and sounds
- Full VSTi support
- Tag-based preset browsing for quick sound call-up and instant previews
- Light Guide: RGB lights above each key highlight each chord, scales, drum cells and more
- Intuitive control over Logic Pro X, Ableton Live, and GarageBand, with Cubase and Nuendo integration coming soon
- 4-directional push encoder for one-handed navigation and sound selection
- Plus loads more cool features!