Ableton really has most of the bases covered No, Ableton doesn't have it covered with Suite. New features include: - Integration for Komplete 11 and Push ready for automation. It provides 48v phantom power to supply your microphone with enough power to function. Costs Both options will retail about the same price with the Komplete Kontrol having a slightly higher price tag over all options. Your software choice is a major distinguishing factor between these two units and should be the first decision you make before committing to a purchase. In fact I had to adjust how I play lightly to fit into one of the velocity settings and wish there was a diagram available for each velocity curve. These are nicely illuminated so make for easy location in low light levels and they have a very nice feel to them with soft rubber grip and smooth but firm operation.
Your scene view will allow you to trigger pre-made tracks, much like a launchpad, making it ideal for performance as well. Step by Step setup instructions, pictures and discussion on the Native Instruments forum:. Or even if I do, I like other synths better. Conclusions Honestly, it's a tough decision and mostly will come down to personal taste. That's my way and does not need to be any other's unless they want to. I have to admit I prefer the feel and quality of the Akai encoders but like the features and setup of the Komplete way more.
Komplete 9 or was required to really get the most out of the keyboards. For more experienced producers, Smart Play lets you play around outside of your comfort zone, taking your music in a new direction. I also have Kompete and I hardly use it. There's nothing wrong exploring what Ableton offers. Selecting a sound works fine. I have an s-25, which I use with Komplete Kontrol for auditing and for playing accidentals.
The tiny display informs you of the current function of a knob if you only touch it. Trying to gauge opinions from both sides here. The big standouts in this bundle are of course Massive and Monark with The Gentleman being a very nice piano and Retro Machines offering some neat classic synth sounds. It may seem simple but in a dimly lit environment you cannot see the bracket markers over the controls and often I would be watching the screen and randomly grasping at controls until the one moved I wanted. The Ableton software is undoubtedly more powerful if you are prepared to put in the work to learn that it's deep and do some laptop editing. Ableton Live 10 Lite is included with the keyboard, so you can start producing right out of the box. I'm not aware of anything like it in hardware.
My go to virtual synth is Ableton Operator Komplete is great and very powerful but if you don't have Ableton Suite I would consider that first. Smart Play lets you play chords with single keys or map the keyboard to musical scales, and create melodies at the touch of a button with the advanced arpeggiator. As time goes by I dislike the sound of the native Live synths more and more and I love my choices more. By all means it is not that easy to get to all the good stuff, but at least its there. After the first day of excitement I was soon frustrated and worried that my issues would not be resolved and I would be stuck with an expensive keyboard.
The controller knobs control the mixer levels of the Session channels. For me the initial issues I suffered with the Advance and the initial feeling of lack of support did not fill me with confidence. Those are two very strong reasons for Suite. I can't and I won't waste my time trying to any longer. One issue these present though is the accuracy of a physical control. The transport controls remain dead.
For instance, the step sequencer, scaling and arrangement on the Push 2 is a joy to use, everything is laid out in front of you and changeable at the touch of a pad. Lightweight and road trip ready, where will your music take you? But you'd be surprised what a little Googling can do for you. Machine is just missing that part. Why you write so much nonsense? Then there is the issue of tagging everything. Multiple plugin paths can be added and the software reads sub folders which is good. For comparisons sake, my Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 has 48-50dB.
So what's changed in 2015 and how will these work for users now and into the future? The question is, which one do you choose? I could not really say one is better than the other, only my preference is with the Komplete Kontrol after testing both. It blurs the line between Maschine vs Push. Native also offers cheaper upgrades for their Komplete packages to further expand this library. This gets the prize for the most useless control on the whole keyboard as it is close to impossible to tap anything to these hard buttons. Beat making, sampling and creative endeavours are served best, but both also offer decent mixing facilities and some arrangement control.