Komplete Kontrol A-Series – most affordable Komplete MIDIs ever
Native Instruments introduces a new series into its Komplete line of music production products – The Komplete Kontrol A-Series.
The Komplete Kontrol A-series is made up of three options which share all their features except for the number of octaves on the keyboard. The new range of keyboard controllers delivers a similar level of intuitive control in a much more affordable and streamlined solution. The transport section on the new Komplete Kontrol A-Series mimics the iconic Kontrol S-series, with the same advanced chord and arpeggio settings.
The original Kontrol S-Series featured two high-res displays for intuitive feedback of plugin settings and preset libraries, the newer Komplete Kontrol A-Series has done away with the displays in favour of a much smaller “at-a-glance” style display, which simply displays the parameter you’re currently editing or the preset you’ve just selected.
The new Komplete Kontrol A-Series features eight of the same touch-sensitive pre-mapped encoders which we saw on the Kontrol S-Series, alongside the intuitive browser section.
What are the major differences between the Kontrol A-Series and Kontrol S-Series?
Firstly, like I mentioned, the most obvious difference is the dual high-res displays as seen on the Kontrol S-Series, this allows Native Instruments to hugely reduce the cost. They’ve also removed the LED key feedback, which made using Kontakt’s modifier keys very intuitive. The Komplete Kontrol A-Series is also missing the touch-strip style ribbon controller, however all things aside – the fact that the A-series is on average a third of the price of the S-Series, makes them serious competitors in the market.
The new Komplete Kontrol A-series is set to launch on the 23 October 2018, and the retail prices on the three options is set as follows:
Komplete Kontrol A25 – USD $149 (Around R2300 excl. duties)
Komplete Kontrol A49 – USD $199 (Around R3000 excl. duties)
Komplete Kontrol A61 – USD $249 (Around R3800 excl. duties)
For more information check out the Native Instruments website.
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