Native Instruments Launches KONTROL-S-Series MK3 Keyboards

KONTROL-S-Series An intelligent keyboard controller in three size options, designed to be at the core of any studio. Virtual instruments meet the real world with seamless Kontakt integration and a high-resolution screen. Plus, polyphonic aftertouch delivers intuitive parameter control across all three models, in combination with weighted, hammer-action keys in the S88. All contained in an overhauled design that looks incredible and is built to last

Key features

• Unparalleled software integration with next-generation NKS technology ensures a direct and immersive connection to Kontakt and partner instruments, effects, and sounds

• Choose between 49 or 61 semi-weighted keys, or 88 hammer-action keys, all set in a Fatar keybed

• All three models come with polyphonic aftertouch as standard, plus Kontrol S88 is the first widely available hammer-action polyphonic aftertouch keyboard controller

• High-resolution full-color screen for intuitive browsing, tweaking, and mixing

• Beautiful, design with metal and glass elements, manufactured to the highest quality

• Stay in key with a redesigned Light Guide, that also pinpoint sounds, key zones, switches, scales, and more

• Anodized aluminum knobs and pitch and modulation wheels

• USB MIDI, USB-C bus-powered, plus sustain, expression, and two assignable pedal inputs

• Integration with all major DAWs that goes far beyond standard transport controls

Thousands of instruments made real 

Virtual instruments are brought to life in a genuinely immersive experience. Whatever you’re playing, get in-depth control and integration through advanced NKS technology. Find sounds quickly with intuitive on-screen navigation. Then fluidly adjust and play them thanks to intelligent auto-mapping. This unparalleled direct connection means you can play completely real-feeling Kontakt instruments, plus thousands of partner sounds, instruments, and effects, with no interruptions to your workflow

Polyphonic aftertouch

Take expression one-step further and instinctively control parameters with the slightest pressure on each individual key. Modulate cutoff, pitch, vibrato, and much more without reaching for an extra control. All three models have an industry-leading keybed, developed in collaboration with Fatar to deliver the best possible polyphonic aftertouch experience.

Hardware specification

• 1 high-resolution color screen with glass surface (1280 × 480)

• CNC machined, bead blasted and anodized aluminum, 8 × encoder caps, 1 × 4D encoder cap, 2 × wheels (pitch and mod)

• RGB illuminated pitch and mod wheels

• New button-islands that form a continuous dustproof control surface and are grouped by function

Included software

• Komplete Select

• Komplete Kontrol Software

• Stradivari Cello

• Guitar Rig LE

• Elements Suite

• Hypha

System requirements

• MIDI 2.0 compatible

• Intel Core i5, Apple M1 (and equivalent or higher)

• macOS 13 (Ventura) or higher (compatible with macOS 12 in MIDI 1.0 mode)

• Windows 10 (latest service pack) or higher

• 8 GB RAM 

An internet connection and a graphics card that supports Direct 3D 11.1 (feature level 11_0) or higher are required to download and activate this product. Once installed and activated, the product can be used offline

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