Kontrol S 61 V 88 & key switching limitations … Are there any? If so how is the issue bridged

Db1 Member Posts: 2 Newcomer

I’m curious about the new Kontrol at 61 and wish to find out if there are limitations in regards key switching because of there being less keys on the 61 V the 88. So does anyone have any experience / knowledge with this that could throw some light on my question. Thank you.

PS: I prefer the feel of a 61 because it allows me be more dexterous versus the 88 which has some sluggish issues relating to playing synths and percussive issues because of the hammer action….


  • Brad Yost
    Brad Yost Member Posts: 350 Pro

    Since most VSTi's put the keystrokes at C0 (some @C-1) or C7 octaves, the S61 makes it difficult to play them IRT. Some instruments will allow you to move the Keyswitches, but not many.

    I usually just play the parts and add keyswitching post-facto, with the concept in my head as to what articulations that I need where.

    I used to create a parallel MIDI track just for Controllers & Articulations, but now I use Articulation Maps mostly.

  • Db1
    Db1 Member Posts: 2 Newcomer

    Thanks for your input on this … I am also wondering if I can use a secondary KB which I already have on the same midi channel and assign its key range starting at C0 that way I could use that for key switching without having to do a second pass on each part / track. I am not sure how NI would handle that as the USB is the likely route for midi as well as 2 way plug-in communication… perhaps setting the DAW to receive midi Omni in might allow dual midi inputs which might facilitating this possibility … any thoughts of better experience with this concept in action?. thanks

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