Native Instruments has announced new Kontrol S-Series MK3 MIDI controller keyboards (S49, S61, and S88), offering seamless hardware and software integration, expressive control and an industrial design.
The Kontrol S-Series keyboard controllers are equipped with new features and control capabilities that enable creators to stay in the flow with an intuitive connection to instruments, effects and DAWs – all with easy navigation via a high-res screen.
They are available in three size options: 49 semi-weighted keys, 61 semi-weighted keys, or 88 fully weighted hammer-action keys.
New polyphonic aftertouch functionality means only the slightest pressure is needed on individual keys, controlling cutoff, pitch, vibrato and more without reaching for an extra encoder or dial. All three models include polyphonic aftertouch on a keybed that was developed in collaboration with Italian manufacturer Fatar.
Kontrol S-Series controllers offer in-depth control via extensive Kontakt integration and next-generation Native Kontrol Standard (NKS) technology. NKS brings software instruments, effects, loops and samples into one smooth workflow, creating seamless integration between NI software, all major DAWs and thousands of partner sounds, instruments and effects.
All three models feature an industrial design with a large glass screen, touch-sensitive anodized aluminium encoders and mod wheels and redesigned tactile buttons.
Meanwhile, a lighting system makes it easy to stay in the creative zone with an intelligent Light Guide that illuminates switches, key zones, scales and more.