Native Instruments releases Komplete Kontrol to version 3.0 with new NKS 2 and discontinues MK1 MIDI controller series.
In mid-September, Native Instruments announced the third generation (MK3) of its Kontrol S MMIDI keyboard series, for the first time with polyphonic aftertouch keybeds. All Komplete keyboards across generations have one thing in common: Komplete Kontrol. A host software/plugin that enables the use of the NKS.
Kontrol MK3 series has recently been available. With this release, Native Instruments also published Komplete Kontrol in version 3.0. The news is also accompanied by bad news.
Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol 3.0
Komplete Kontrol 3.0 is now available for download in Native Access. The software remains the same. It is a host software/plugin that makes using the NKS standard possible. Talking about NKS, the new KK 3.0 introduces NKS 2.0.
As users, we are still in the dark about this. Native Instruments has not yet shared in detail what the big new features of NKS 2.0 are. I’m not sure, but the extensive user interfaces on the new S MK3 keyboards are probably one of the new features. Plus, the ability to work with polyphonic aftertouch.
Then, it supports the Kontrol S MK3 controller keyboard, HiDPI mode(s), and host plugin resizing. Komplete Kontrol 3.0 also features a new visual browser and VST 3 support with parameters information on the new keyboards. Besides this, it has the ability for the play assist arp to respond to channel pressure.
It also comes with many bug fixes, including a fix for the broken scrolling in sampler audio audio module, and more.
RIP Native Instruments Komplete S MK1
With new hardware and software release, old products are often left to die. Here too. With the release of Komplete Kontrol 3.0, Native Instruments officially discontinued the Kontrol Mk1 keyboards. In detail.
The MK1 keyboards are no longer supported and will not work with the new Komplete Kontrol 3.0 and future updates. But will still work with the latest version of KK 2. (2.9), which includes Apple Silicon and VST3 support.
NI will no longer maintain older versions of Komplete Kontrol and cannot guarantee they will be supported by future versions of your computer’s operating system.
As with all technology companies, our resources are not unlimited; it is not possible for us to continue the maintenance of all our older software while also focusing on research, innovation, and supporting new product releases and features.
Full details about the Komplete Kontrol S MK1 discontinuation you get here.
I downloaded the new version for a quick test. In the beginning, I had little difficulties, but after scanning the plugins, Komplete Kontrol 3.0 worked. At first glance, I didn’t see any big new features. Yes, there is a new UI and browser. Otherwise, it remains the same plugin, which is a bit of a shame. I expect some new features like instrument plugin layering and more.
Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol 3.0 is available now from Native Access. It runs as a VST3, AU, and AAX plugin on macOS (Intel + native Apple Silicon) and Windows. The minimum OS requirements are now macOS 12, 13… and Windows 10 (latest Service pack) and later.
More information here: Native Instruments