No. KOMPLETE KONTROL is included with purchase of any KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboard as part of KOMPLETE 11 SELECT. It also comes with KOMPLETE 11 and KOMPLETE 11 ULTIMATE.
Native Map®, sound browsing, performance features, and advanced Touch Kontrol modes will work for all instruments in KOMPLETE 9, KOMPLETE 10 or KOMPLETE 11 Instrument and Effect suites. Please note: You will need to use the KOMPLETE KONTROL software in order to use the keyboard with your current instruments.
The latest version of the MASCHINE 2 software is fully integrated with the KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series. Find out more on the What’s New in MASCHINE page.
Yes, you can browse all KOMPLETE Instrument sounds by sound tags and keywords, create custom mappings, and use the Smart Play features.
If you have KOMPLETE 11 or KOMPLETE 11 ULTIMATE, you already have everything in KOMPLETE 11 SELECT. But you still get a serial number for SELECT, just in case you decide to sell the keyboard or your KOMPLETE 11 software. If you have KOMPLETE 9, KOMPLETE 9 ULTIMATE, KOMPLETE 10 or KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE, SELECT provides some new instruments – notably THE GENTLEMAN, which is a great piano.
Please find detailed information about support and integration with different host applications in this Knowledge Base article.
Yes, you can send MIDI through the 5-pin port without connecting the keyboard to a computer via USB cable. Make sure you’re using the latest firmware – find out more in this Knowledge Base article.
All VSTs feature some automatic mapping. You can load VSTs via KOMPLETE KONTROL. All the Smart Play functions will work with your VST instruments. You can also save presets, add user tags, create custom mappings, and more.

Many 3rd party KONTAKT and REAKTOR instruments are NKS instruments, allowing the same deep integration mentioned above.

This table shows you the features available to KOMPLETE Instruments, NKS Instruments, and VST Instruments in the KOMPLETE KONTROL software.

Light GuideSound TaggingSound Browsing from HWControls mappedCreate Custom PagesPlay AssistanceMultiple View SizesBrowser ArtworkIncluded in Factory Tab
KOMPLETE Instruments

- created by the instrument developer

NKS instruments

- created by the instrument developer


VST instruments

User creates tags

- automapped (no section names, etc)

NKS is Native Instruments’ extended plug-in format that opens up the KOMPLETE KONTROL system. It allows VST and KONTAKT instrument developers to integrate their plug-ins with KOMPLETE KONTROL and MASCHINE at the same deep level as KOMPLETE Instruments. This means that even instruments not built by NI can be fully integrated in the KOMPLETE KONTROL and MASCHINE browsers, with instrument parameters intelligently mapped straight out of the box. NKS instruments can access the Light Guide, Smart Play features, and the full creative potential of KOMPLETE KONTROL. The NKS version of an instrument will be a free update for existing owners.
To see the complete list of instruments currently compatible with NKS, please click here.
The KOMPLETE KONTROL S88 features a fully-weighted hammer action keybed. The KOMPLETE KONTROL S25, S49, and S61 keyboards feature semi-weighted synth action.

All keybeds are manufactured by Fatar and feature monophonic aftertouch.
Traditional sustain pedals are supported via the Sustain jack. Half-damper sustain pedals are supported via the Expression jack. Follow the instructions in the Knowledge Base article here to set up your half-damper pedal.
For detailed information on compatibility with specific hosts, MIDI setup, troubleshooting, and more, visit the NI Knowledge Base.