KONTROL Tutorial

KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series Explained®

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  • Layout Overview 7:41

    Layout Overview

    Multiplier explores each section of the keyboard to familiarize the viewer with the layout of buttons and encoders.

  • Setup 1:48


    This video walks through how to set up the keyboard and install the necessary software.

  • Loading Instruments 8:14

    Loading Instruments

    You can load an instrument using the keyboard and filter instrument searches by preset type.

  • Scale Smart Play 6:32

    Scale Smart Play

    Multiplier demonstrates how scale Smart Play works for playing in key and triggering chords.

  • Arp Smart Play 6:47

    Arp Smart Play

    Learn how arp Smart Play works to turn a chord into an interesting arpeggio.

  • Controlling Your DAW 2:20

    Controlling Your DAW

    Transport controls can be used to play and record directly into the DAW.

  • Using Smart Play with Plug-Ins 2:14

    Using Smart Play with Plug-Ins

    This video explains how to use Smart Play modes with plug-ins not included in Komplete Kontrol.

  • Recording Smart Play MIDI Output 3:38

    Recording Smart Play MIDI Output

    Learn how to record and/or output Smart Play MIDI to another MIDI track.

  • Third Party NKS Instruments 2:23

    Third Party NKS Instruments

    Third party NKS-ready instruments can be loaded and played using the Komplete Kontrol S-Series keyboards.

  • Favorites 2:07


    This video demonstrates how to use favorites when auditioning and playing sounds in the browser.

  • Advanced Touch Strip Configuration 12:01

    Advanced Touch Strip Configuration

    Learn how to configure the pitch wheel and how to get creative with the mod wheel.

Product Overview

In this in-depth tutorial series, Adam Pollard aka Multiplier explains Native Instruments’ game changing KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series MIDI controller inside and out, showing you the basics, how to use it with both NI libraries and 3rd party plug-ins and more!

Multiplier begins with an overview of the layout of the S-Series keyboards, as well as how to install the software you’ll need. That leads directly into a video on how to load instruments into the S-Series, and use the browse filters when searching through presets.

From there, Multiplier explores the creative tools you get with the S-Series. See how Scale Smart Play allows you to always play in key and to trigger chords, and how Arp Smart Play allows you to turn a chord into an arpeggio.

You’ll then learn how you can use the KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series to control your DAW and use Smart Play with plug-ins that aren’t part of the KOMPLETE KONTROL software bundle. After that, Multiplier teaches you how to record the output of Smart Play as MIDI into your DAW.

Wrapping it up, Multiplier demonstrates how to load 3rd party NKS-ready instruments into the KOMPLETE KONTROL software and onto the hardware, and how to create and use Favorites when auditioning and selecting sounds in the browser.

If you’re new to the KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series MIDI Controllers, or if you want more tips and tricks to get the most out of it, watch “KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series Explained” today!

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KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series Explained® is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 25 .
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from On target The presentation seems thorough and to the point yet enough time is spent on each topic to soak it all in. The presenter needed to spend time learning how to operate the controls without blocking the view; he got better as the videos progressed. The video provided a good overview of NKS so the user manual should make more sense because I now have the "end in mind" ...
Date published: 2021-07-14
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Helpful but needs a good edit. I came here because the S series tutorials he also covered needed more basics covering. Too many discrepancies between the two different keyboards. Not his fault but neither of the tutorials completes my understanding.
Date published: 2021-01-22
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by from Very Helpful! I appreciated this course. I'm pretty much an analogue guy; guitar, bass, drums, songwriter. However, I have the Series S to expand my composition capabilities. This course helped me understand the functionality of the instrument and I'm sure I'll use it and the software a lot more now. Adam's instruction was clear and I appreciated his enthusiasm. Perhaps another course will dive deeper.
Date published: 2020-09-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Every Feature Covered and Well Demonstrated I have owned my Komplete Kontrol MIDI controller for over a year but hadn't really taken the time to get a more thorough understanding of its full capabilities. This video series really broke everything down and what made it better than any of the other videos by other companies (including Native Instruments) that I watched this one gave relatable examples of how to use each function.
Date published: 2020-08-17
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Not a bad basic introduction. Gave a good overview however I thought it might be a little longer and go into some detail regarding using the keyboard with the Maschine 2.2 supplied software DAW however not a bad effort and please do more.
Date published: 2020-07-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Well Done! The series of videos explained many parameters of the hardware in detail, and I am overall pleased with what the author had to offer.
Date published: 2020-06-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Nice quick and condense tutorial I got a lot of info in a short amount of time. Well worth a listen!
Date published: 2020-04-27
Rated 2.5 out of 5 by from An 'Ok' overview This was useful to give me a quick overview but I was a little disappointed at how little depth there was. I found the approach taken by the 'tutor' to be a bit amateur. Did we really have to see him play around at the end?! My main gripe would be that one key element is how KK works within your daw but there was precious little.. except Ableton which as a Logic user is unhelpful. I had to look at some youtube videos to explain some stuff (which defeats the object of Groove 3 then!). Still don't know if I can record smart-play in Logic X (as others have asked here). Happy to have learned something but this is the most disappointing video I've watched here.
Date published: 2019-02-13
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Helpful! Tutorial 8: Recording Smart Play Midi Output NOT POSIBLE IN Logic Pro X RIGHT???
Date published: 2018-07-24
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by from easy to understand very clear and to the point
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from good really saved me much time from figuring it out on my own..
Date published: 2017-11-18
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Good Straight talking, no nonsense approach, learned a lot, especially about the mod wheel
Date published: 2017-08-12
Rated 1.5 out of 5 by from Not up to date and too simple I did not find this tutorial very helpful, I don't think it deserves the 'explained' label, as it is not very deep. The functionalities described can be found on youtube also. Furthermore, this tutorial is not up to date as the KK software has many more possibilities now, including browsing ON the keyboard. I was hoping for an in depth look into the software, actually, like how to edit the control scheme and how to import 3rd party, non-NKS libraries. Too bad, maybe some time later.
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Realy hepled me to star using Komplete Kontrol in the best way possible.
Date published: 2017-07-02
Rated 2.0 out of 5 by from Im glad I didnt have to pay for this series... He keeps repeating the obvious and seems to not know what he is doing.
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from It's an OK intro to using kontrol Has a habit of stating the obvious
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Very good It has helped me to decide to buy or not a S-series keyb.
Date published: 2017-05-20
Rated 2.0 out of 5 by from Well, got one useful tip I think it would have been more relevant for me if the author had been a keyboard musician. Also, the author could have spent more time familiarizing himself with his material.
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 2.0 out of 5 by from Not very thorough Was looking at this because I was trying to decide if I would buy an S-Series keyboard ( the 88 key ). Almost from the beginning I questioned the accuracy because he said that there was no difference between the different versions, but the 88 key is the only one with fully weighted keys. I was hoping that he would spend some time going into the general MIDI configuration, for adding control of non-NKS ready items. Just seemed pretty thin overall.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 2.0 out of 5 by from Good 'Basic' tutorial but need more in depth I really needed to hear more about how 'power user' Orchestral Template folks set up KK on networks, record midi CC's (via knobs), etc...
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 2.0 out of 5 by from Much left out Though a good overview of the most basic features, the various "Shift" features were given short shrift, as were many of the other features. This video was made with little actual experience behind it (Look up, "Why I hate Kontrol S-Series Keyboards" on YouTube to see the fumbling, made well after the making of this video series.)
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Very informative A great overview of the Komplete Kontrol series of keyboards. Highly recommended for new NI Komplete Kontrol users, such as myself.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Thorough & clear I've had Kontrol for months, but never discovered how much more I can get out of it
Date published: 2016-09-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent review Late last year I was deciding betweek AKAI & S61 keyboards. I watched a good video to help me decide. Although I was leaning to S61 as I have so much NI software. However, I decided to give Adam's tutorial a go as I've enjoyed his dance music tutorials. I was astonished at how much I didn't know. Virtually ever video taught me something new & really usefull. Thanks Adam.
Date published: 2016-09-01
Rated 0.5 out of 5 by from Useless Not up to Groove3 standards. Host seems clueless. Quick search will reveal that he doesn't like the product he is "teaching." And it shows.
Date published: 1969-12-31
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