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Smart, Streamlined Keyboard Controller

Music-making is at its best when it's fast, fun, and physical. Find the right sound, make it your own, perform, and capture the results all from a responsive, semi-weighted keyboard. Complete with four premium instruments plus MASCHINE Essentials, A-Series keyboards come with everything you need to bring your ideas to life.

  • Intuitive pre-mapped control for hundreds of KOMPLETE and NKS plug-ins, plus full VST support

  • Perform on a custom NI keybed with 25, 49, or 61 semi-weighted keys


  • Full integration with MASCHINE, Logic Pro X, and GarageBand - Ableton Live, Cubase, and Nuendo coming soon after release

With hundreds of presets to choose from, finding the right sound can be a chore. With KOMPLETE KONTROL, however, all of your KOMPLETE and NKS presets are intuitively tagged and organised, so finding the right one is fast and easy. What's more, you can hear a preview of each sound as you browse, without loading individual instruments.

All of your KOMPLETE and NKS instruments and effects are pre-mapped to the KOMPLETE KONTROL hardware by the people who know them best - the instrument designers themselves. Essential parameters like envelope controls and filter cutoffs are instantly displayed on the OLED display as you touch the corresponding knob. That means you can see exactly what you're adjusting in real time whether it's in kHz, dB, or BPM.

With Smart Play, you never need to worry about hitting a wrong note - just pick a scale and play. Activate chord mode to create a rich progression by playing single keys, then switch on the arpeggiator and turn it into an expressive musical performance. And for keyboard novices, Easy Mode maps the white keys to whichever scale you like.

No matter your setup, A-Series is designed to fit right into your existing workflow, with immediate access to transport, mixing, and editing controls in your favourite DAW. Logic Pro X and GarageBand are currently supported, with advanced integration for Ableton Live, Cubase, and Nuendo coming soon after launch. And if you're just getting started, the included MASCHINE Essentials allows you to capture and arrange your ideas direct from your hardware no additional software needed.

With more than 4,500 sounds and 9.7 GB of content included, A-Series keyboards come with everything you need to start making music. Register your hardware and get two powerful synths, two meticulously sampled pianos, and more. Plus with MASCHINE Essentials, you'll have all the tools you need to go from inspiration to finished track.

And when it's time to expand your collection, you'll be eligible for a discounted upgrade to KOMPLETE 13 SELECT, KOMPLETE 13, or the full MASCHINE library.

Pair your A-Series keyboard with its compact beat making companion MASCHINE MIKRO (sold separately) for a fun, intuitive production setup: Tap out a groove on the MIKRO's RGB-backlit pads and layer on chords and melodies to ignite your idea. Once your tracks are wrapped up, it's time to kick off the party: TRAKTOR KONTROL S2 (sold separately) is a club-standard DJ controller that lets you take your mix anywhere.

Features and Specifications

• Smart, streamlined keyboard controller for all your virtual instruments and effects
• Best-in-class, custom NI keybed, available with either 25, 49 or 61 semi-weighted keys
• Informative OLED display for at-a-glance navigation
• 8 touch-sensitive control knobs
• Ergonomic pitch and mod wheels
• 4-directional push encoder for one-handed sound browsing and project navigation
• Tag-based preset browsing directly from the keyboard or via KOMPLETE KONTROL Software: Find sounds quickly and hear instant previews
• Smart Play: Stay in key with over 100 scales and modes, play chord progressions and arpeggios with single keys, or map any scale to white keys only
• Pre-mapped control of KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects plus hundreds of Native Kontrol • Standard (NKS) plug-ins from leading manufacturers via KOMPLETE KONTROL Software
• Full VSTi and VST FX support
• Deep integration with MASCHINE software
• Intuitive control over Logic Pro X and GarageBand at launch. Ableton Live, Cubase, and Nuendo integration coming soon after initial release.
• TRS pedal input, assignable to sustain or expression
• USB 2.0 bus powered
• Can be used as a MIDI controller
• Includes a collection of KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects, KOMPLETE KONTROL Software, and MASCHINE ESSENTIALS (full MASCHINE software plus 1.6 GB MASCHINE Factory Selection)

Hardware Specifications

• Dimensions: 488 x 257 x 89 mm / 19.2" x 10.1" x 3.5"
• Weight: 2.4 kg / 5.3 lbs

• Dimensions: 820 x 257 x 89 mm / 32.3" x 10.1" x 3.5"
• Weight: 4 kg / 8.8 lbs

• Dimensions: 984 x 257 x 89 mm / 38.7" x 10.1" x 3.5"
• Weight: 4.7 kg / 10.4 lbs

Kontrol A61 Includes:

- Keyboard, USB cable.
- KOMPLETE KONTROL Software, a collection of KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects plus MASCHINE ESSENTIALS provided as downloads after hardware registration.
- Setup Guide and documentation supplied as downloads.


- Can be used as a USB MIDI controller
- TRS pedal input, assignable to sustain or expression

System Requirements

• macOS 10.12, 10.13, 10.14 (latest update), Intel Core i5, 4 GB RAM

• Windows 10 (latest Service Pack), Intel Core i5 or equivalent CPU, 2GB RAM

• An Internet connection and a graphics card that supports OpenGL 2.1 or higher are required to download and activate this product. Once installed and activated, the product can be used offline.

• 4 GB RAM (6 GB recommended for large KONTAKT Instruments)

• USB 2.0 or higher (cable included)

Available Plug-In Formats

Mac OS X (64-bit only): Stand-alone, VST, AU, AAX
Windows (64-bit only): Stand-alone, VST, AAX

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I researched a lot of smaller keyboards and decided that 49 full sized keys was good for me to record MIDI to my DAW in my home studio as I have limited space. I'm not a keyboard player so I'm not too picky about the keybed. I have the Korg M1 but it's very heavy and takes up a lot of space so I only use it as a sound module. I looked at M-Audio, Alesis, Novation, Akai, Arturia, Korg, Yamaha, Nektar, Roland and narrowed it down to Native Instruments, Akai, Yamaha and Alesis. I bought Kompete 11 and was sold on the integration with the A49. When I purchased this on Dec 7, I was really excited about using it right away. I installed Kompete Kontrol on my Mac and PC and found that the load times are very long which makes me regret buying this keyboard. While the integration features are very nice with the 8 touch sensitive knobs, the frustrations of waiting for the instrument to load is very unbearable. I've been reading the same type of frustrations from other A49 owners on the Native Instruments Community Forum so in hindsight, I wished I would have waited a bit longer before pulling the trigger on this keyboard. Now I wish I went with my gut on the Yamaha MX49 and paid a little more for an established keyboard with built in sounds. I hope NI will release a firmware update to "fix" this and the other bugs that it has.
Posted by TJ on Feb 17, 2019
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