Can I use two keyboards with latest Komplete Kontrol?

Ojustaboo
Ojustaboo Member Posts: 138 Helper
edited January 9 in Komplete Kontrol

Hi all, I know the NI Knowledge base says the following about using two keyboards with Komplete Kontrol

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Using more than one Kontrol S MK3 keyboard simultaneously on the same computer (e.g. Kontrol MK3 and another Kontrol MK3 / MK2 / A or M keyboard) is not supported.

This can lead to inconsistent communication between your computer and the keyboards and cause a number of instabilities.

If you want to use two MIDI keyboard controllers simultaneously, it is possible to use a second non-Kontrol MIDI keyboard controller, as this should not interfere with the Kontrol integration.

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but I wondered whether I can do the following (last paragraph above doesn’t make it totally clear).

I have Arturia Keylab S61 mk2 as my synth/organ keyboard.

On Friday I’m ordering NI S88 mk3 as my piano/weighted keyboard.

Watching the Native Instruments “How to use everything in Kontrol S-Series mk3 midi keyboard controller from 35:45


the next gen NKS looks awesome. The example in that vid is exactly the sort of thing I want to be able to do and has been a huge part in me buying the mk3 now rather than waiting to see what happens further down the road.

What I want to know, can I use my new S88 mk3 as shown in the vid to change things on my Arturia CS80 software synth, while using my Arturia Keylab S61 to actually play the notes?

So I want to use my Arturia S61 keyboard to play the sounds from Komplete Kontrol while using my NI S88 mk3 to select and alter the patches etc.

Thanks

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  • Jeremy_NI
    Jeremy_NI Customer Care Posts: 8,801 mod
    Answer ✓

    @Ojustaboo So, the article concerns using two Komplete Kontrol keyboards at the same time and expecting to have integration with the Kontakt or the Komplete Kontrol plug-ins or standalone applications, you should not have any issue with setting up your Arturia keyboard.

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  • Jeremy_NI
    Jeremy_NI Customer Care Posts: 8,801 mod
    Answer ✓

    @Ojustaboo So, the article concerns using two Komplete Kontrol keyboards at the same time and expecting to have integration with the Kontakt or the Komplete Kontrol plug-ins or standalone applications, you should not have any issue with setting up your Arturia keyboard.

  • Ojustaboo
    Ojustaboo Member Posts: 138 Helper
    edited January 16

    It worked superbly:

    Both my S88 mk3 and my 61 Keylab mk2 control my DAW, for example I can press play on the 61 note and then press stop on the s88.

    Likewise, I have 8 knobs on the Keylab that do the same as the 8 knobs on the s88 (again I can turn first knob on s88, then turn first knob on Keylab 61, both happily control it and so far, don’t seem to mind sharing.

    Have also assigned two buttons on the Keylab to next/previous page and two to next/previous preset.

    I’ve only been messing around with this tonight, I’m sure I’ll tweak it further.

    I was expecting to be able to have a sound loaded via s88 and play the 61 keyboard, I didn’t expect to be able to adjust the sounds, or control my DAW, from both instruments at the same time, this is going to be awesome, I’m a very very happy man.

  • reffahcs
    reffahcs Member Posts: 708 Pro

    And if there's a way to change the default MIDI channel on your MK2, you can play an instrument with your MK3 on Channel 1 and another instrument on a different MIDI channel at the same time with your MK2.

    I might have to mess around with this. I have the S61 MK3 as well as an Arturia Keystep 37, which doesn't get a lot of love these days after I got my Mk3.

  • Simchris
    Simchris Member Posts: 182 Advisor

    Would love a 'mirror' mode for just this situation; having 88key mk3 for my pianos, but then the S61 mk3 above for synth playing. Seems like there could be a 'mirror to all' mode to simply have one master and slave follow. Anyway, would love this option, personally. Especially since I just bought both the new Mk3 models to replace older Mk2 models.

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