The Komplete Kontrol range of keyboards have been designed to allow for comprehensive control over Native Instruments software such as Komplete and Maschine, but that said, they will also integrate seamlessly with other popular DAWs such as Logic Pro X, Ableton, and Garageband.
The M32 is the smallest and most affordable model in the Komplete Kontrol range, but it still provides a full range of control options. To keep the size down, it features 32 mini keys, but that is still half an octave more than on the 25 note keyboards on our list, there’s 2 assignable touch sensitive strips to add expression to your playing and 8 touch sensitive knobs, which out of the box are pre-mapped to the most useful controls on all of your Komplete and NKS plugins. There’s also a really handy OLED display, giving you a crystal clear visual indication of the parameters you’re adjusting, so you don’t have to keep looking up at your computer screen.
A 4 directional push button encoder allows for easy navigation of your software, and a pretty extensive transport button section gives you pretty powerful control over your recording software, and this includes shortcut buttons to tempo and quantise options as well as metronome and undo functions.
If you’re a Native Instruments Maschine user, there’s an ideas button that allows for quick access to your scenes and patterns, and a pretty unique smart play feature offers an easy way to play arpeggios, chords and scale with single keys, which can be a really inspiring way to get creative quickly.
As you might expect, the keyboard is USB bus powered so you can use it anywhere powered via your laptop, there’s a sustain pedal input and it comes bundled with software including Ableton Live 10 Lite, Maschine essentials as well as some great sounding synth and keyboard plugins. So that’s the Komplete Kontrol M32 from Native Instruments, a top quality, versatile and really portable MIDI controller keyboard, and this one’s definitely worth checking out if you use any Natives Instruments software or plugins as part of your production set up.