Ask me anything: Kontrol S-Series MK3



  • JesterMgee
    JesterMgee Member Posts: 2,088 Expert
    edited September 13

    Well, you have not read much of the forums over the years.

    MANY people (me included) do not wish to see the whole workflow cluttered up with static faders and mediocre pads. Sure a few users can use them for some things but many others want the simple control but deep integration that KK offers and having faders (that cannot sync to what is on screen unless they are touch or motorised) just makes it clunky to use. Plenty of standard MIDI keyboards out there with a gazillion controls, KK is not competing with them.

    As for audio interface, most users using these keyboards are using them with a DAW where they have interfaces already that are MUCH better in quality, performance and features than what would be shoe horned into a keyboard. Makes sense to have it for Push/Maschine as that is an "all in one" kind of solution but KK is really designed to integrate with your existing workflow. Now, if it was developed as a standalone product also like the Akai MPC Key that would make sense

    No, that would require plugin developers to completely recode their plugins to build the whole smarts of KK into them. Of course NI can do this for kontakt since KK is really mostly designed for Kontakt based instruments really but not many devs want to dump a heap of proprietary code in their plugins to support a specific feature like that (unless NKS was opened up as an actual open standard but that will never happen). KK is the whole librarian and point of the eco system in the first place

  • Kubrak
    Kubrak Member Posts: 2,448 Expert

    I can see only one real use for built in audio interface. If one takes keyboard to live performance and does not want carry external audiointerface (cabling and so....). But is that 1% of keyboard users? Or even less....

    I agree with Jester that faders if they are not motorised or touchstripe are highly impractical... And those who need pads may buy separate pad controller and place/glue it to keynoard.

    It might be good if NI made modular plugin blocks for those who cannot live without faders and/or pads. Also display could be in two modules one touch and one normal....

    One could configure keyboard to taste. Even the audio interface could be optional plugin for those who are willing to pay for that.

    The question is, if there would be enought demant for those modules, if payed separately.....

  • GuidoGuido
    GuidoGuido Member Posts: 4 Member

    Unfortunately USB-C ist the new standard for the EU market. Get yourself a USB-C/USB-A Adapter for around 80 ct. :)

  • Gryphon304
    Gryphon304 Member Posts: 1 Newcomer

    Hi, is there any chance that Reaper will make it on the "supported DAWs" list eventually?

    Wouldn't mind if was through a third-party plugin, but I guess you would need to provide some API/documentation also for that.

  • phynal
    phynal Member Posts: 2 Newcomer

    Any ideas on a black edition on the MK3?

  • Casper's Kitchen
    Casper's Kitchen Member Posts: 5 Newcomer

    I am here becauz i am curious.

    Had thoughts of getting the small S-Series Keyboard, but still unsure if i can make use of it.

    ALDREAD Member Posts: 30 Member

    This is the list from the spec webpage

    • Ableton Live
    • Bitwig
    • Cubase – support coming in late 2023 
    • Digital Performer
    • FL Studio
    • Logic Pro
    • Pro Tools – support coming in late 2023
    • Studio One

  • myalteredsoul
    myalteredsoul Member Posts: 155 Advisor

    Does it have scales mode built in, or does Komplete Kontrol have to be running?

    Does it works as a standalone controller for hardware with knob mapping profiles?

    willl you need to use the Komplete Kontrol wrapper for plugin control while using ableton?

  • Keith Cocker
    Keith Cocker Member Posts: 62 Helper

    Will it bring decent Komplete Kontrol software? I.e. fixing the many things that were broken on the Apple Silicon update last year and that still haven't been fixed.

  • Duffcat
    Duffcat Member Posts: 3 Newcomer

    Are Smart Play options available in stand alone MIDI mode? I am assuming that since the MK3 has a computer onboard and since Smart Play is listed as a feature of the keyboard that this has or at least will be implemented.

  • Duffcat
    Duffcat Member Posts: 3 Newcomer

    It looks like I'm not the only one asking that question. Please NI could you comment on this? You are listing the Smart Play as a keyboard feature after all. If it's not a keyboard feature then that specification should be under the software 'features' rather than the hardware ones.

  • mraak47
    mraak47 Member Posts: 22 Newcomer

    Hi, not a question about KK SMk3 but just wonder if there are any plans to release a standalone version of KK keyboard to compete with AKAI MPC key. If yes, please consider option of being able to load (in standalone mode) at least one Kantakt library of our choice (3rd party as well) as well as some sort of Guitar Rig 7 (with at least one clean and one metal amp sim and at least one 4 x 12 speaker cabinet sim with option of loading IR). Thanks!

  • AdelV
    AdelV Member Posts: 114 Advisor

    Is Reason integration planned? I love Reason, Reason = life <3 :D

  • Kymeia
    Kymeia Member Posts: 1,952 Expert

    You can control Reason transport already but it doesn’t have deeper integration yet

  • Wouter De Muynck
    Wouter De Muynck Member Posts: 186 Pro

    Unversal Audio LUNA DAW integration would be very nice!

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