Feedback - Komplete Kontrol 3.0

Vagus Member Posts: 351 Pro
edited October 12 in Komplete Kontrol

I'm going to go with complete honestly, because transparent feedback is really important.

The Good:

Looks much nicer, more modern, with better fonts- a lot learned from Kontakt.

The Bad - Usability:

How on earth did you implement the Kontakt Browser, and manage to make even less presets visible?

Why would you have a resizable Kontakt 7 window, but make the KK window fixed - meaning less is visible than before?

In 3.0 you've actually removed features that were present in KK 2.9. The only thing we can now edit, even on our own presets, is tags. This is obviously a design decision, but effectively, it further limits users creating their own libraries.

Could we get an explanation as to why these decisions were made, please?



  • Matthew_NI
    Matthew_NI Product Team Posts: 421 mod

    Appreciate the positive, and also the constructive feedback!

    Regarding explanations, of course! Here goes:

    Preset visibility with regards to resizability:

    • You are not alone: this came up in beta too, particularly with regards to M or A series users who don't have the same on-device screen-centric user experience as S MK2 and S MK3.
    • WHY NOW?
      • By design: more users than not browse on-device (for S MK2, and in tests, for S MK3 too), and so our initial focus was on the keyboard-first experience, where it's quicker for most to bash through a great many sounds.
      • Not yet seen, but coming, are efforts to make the browser more semantically searchable, which offer newer and more interesting ways to explore presets. That doesn't really help here, as you're asking about today...
    • WHAT NEXT?
      • A compromise: we have on our backlog a work package to update to a user experience more similar to that of Kontakt. I cannot promise a delivery timeline, just that it's in the "to be considered" pipeline for all the reasons you mentioned. Resizability in KK is a continued focus from now on, as you've seen.
      • What I will say, is that the extreme (and I think bad) example of how this could go is in the non-serious image as posted below. So we're doing our best to be thoughtful about how this shows up if (likely if) and when it does.

    A regression in tag editing capabilities

    • Again, you are not alone: this came up in beta too.
    • WHY NOW?
      • By design: it's something we deprioritised for the initial release, but we intend to improve in future. Very very few users actually use this area of the product - many just consume presets as they are. As the new frameworks were introduced, not everything was brought along immediately, even if there are plans to do so with time. Whereupon this affects a small minority of users - it still matters. So...
    • WHAT NEXT?
      • It's on our backlog, basically. We'll get to it hopefully before too long. Not this year though, as we have higher priority things that must come first.

      A note on beta: in the past, we used to do beta sparingly. The team are aiming to get into a more continuous delivery type mode, meaning a lot of the beta requests are continually addressed (if appropriate) over time, rather than delivered occasionally in monolithic drops followed by radio silence. You've touched on two we'd be looking at.

  • Matthew_NI
    Matthew_NI Product Team Posts: 421 mod

    Not to totally change the subject (we'll bring it back to the topic at hand right)... but I only just noticed "world's biggest Liverpool fan" in your footer.

    Sorry to say that I lived in Manchester for many years...

    But I'm actually from Hereford, so it's Hereford United all day for me. Not the most illustrious of teams to support, but there you have it.

  • Vagus
    Vagus Member Posts: 351 Pro
    edited October 12

    Thanks so much for the feedback. Two counter points to that EXCELLENT reason not to have a resizable window.

    1. You've pointed out that's possible in Kontakt - but I doubt you'll remove the resizing - although I understand your point, I'm not sure why the same codebase was used, but limited for this release - it's a choice over function (IMO). I have 94,000+ presets in factory, and 41,000+ in my user library in KK. I totally get I've got a problem, but the ability to edit, and search via specific things I could add to my own presets was increidbly useful.
    2. Steinberg did a good job with their mediabay enhancement. If they had previews, and on-device support, I'd probably use that more than KK. However, they don't and won't, so KK is a big part of my workflow. An additional preset window - or expanding (but width-limited) external window would fix this to list presets. This is already done in Maschine in displaying the Plugin - so there are ways to do this within your deisgn philosophy. I'm not trying to be difficult, just honest in feedback.

    Finally, Hereford isn't a bad club at all - lots to be proud of there.

  • Madman
    Madman Member Posts: 8 Member

    @Matthew_NI can you speak on why the FILES tab is completely missing and also the ability to see both the plain GUI and the browser/presets? Removing theability to drag and drop one shots into battery or the likes of serato sample etc?

  • AdelV
    AdelV Member Posts: 173 Advisor

    No sample drag n drop? :((((

  • Kymeia
    Kymeia Member Posts: 2,807 Expert
    edited October 12

    Yeah this is why both views need to be openable side by side

  • Dave Schulze
    Dave Schulze Member Posts: 9 Member

    Yeah bummed at the lack of resizing most of all. The “Support for HiDPI” is a bit misleading.

  • momos
    momos Member Posts: 18 Member

    I can't scroll in the preset menu. It always goes back to the select preset. Is this a bug? How am I supposed to go through presets if I can't scroll through them?

  • Eight4aWish
    Eight4aWish Member Posts: 52 Helper
    edited October 12

    The shiny new nearly but not quite HiDPI browser is wrapped on screen by a traditional low DPI grainy outer border that includes a grainy Kontrol logo, links back to browser, plugin button etc. Does this mean all content is automatically imbued with 8 bit grainy lo-fi goodness?

  • Gorilla Texas
    Gorilla Texas Member Posts: 42 Member

    One-shot sample drag drop was the biggest reason to use KK for those without the hardware. It's really no reason to use it now over Maschine as a NI sound hub.

  • Vagus
    Vagus Member Posts: 351 Pro

    User presets can no longer be deleted from inside KK.

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