Kontrol S-Series MK3 FAQ

For the first time ever, Kontrol S-Series MK3 keyboards have their own embedded processing power. Unlike previous generations, which relied on Komplete Kontrol desktop software to process and render images and parameter mapping, MK3 does this internally.
This means you no longer need to use Komplete Kontrol with Kontakt instruments. The NKS experience is directly connected to Kontakt instruments, so thousands of virtual instruments and effects feel “real”, as if they are embedded on the keyboard.

For more information on direct Kontakt connection and plans for the future, check out this Knowledge Base article.
NKS (Native Kontrol Standard) brings all your software instruments, effects, loops, and samples into one intuitive workflow, whether they’re NI products or those from other leading developers. It gives you streamlined browsing, consistent tagging, instant sound previews, pre-mapped parameters, and Smart Play features. The new NKS takes this integration much further with advanced parameter mapping, fluid browsing and navigation, and an immersive visual experience on the Kontrol’s high-res screen.
The following DAWs are currently supported:
Logic Pro
Ableton Live
Digital Performer
Studio One

Support for the following DAWs is coming by the end of 2023:
Pro Tools
FL Studio
Kontrol S-Series MK3 is compatible with MIDI 2.0, and prepared for the future when more operating systems, DAWs and plugins will support and use MIDI 2.0.

MIDI 2.0 requires MacOS 13.5 or higher.
The Fatar keybeds are unique polyphonic aftertouch models, specially designed for the S-Series keyboards.

Fatar models
Kontrol S49/61 MK3:
  • TP/90 + polyphonic aftertouch

Kontrol S88 MK3:
  • TP100 + polyphonic aftertouch
Polyphonic aftertouch lets you apply extra pressure to individual keys in order to send a MIDI signal that can be used to control different parameters like cutoff, pitch, vibrato, and much more. Unlike monophonic aftertouch, the signal is sent per-key so you can use aftertouch in a more expressive way.
MPE (MIDI Polyphonic Expression) is an industry-wide extension to the MIDI protocol that allows additional signals to be sent on individual keys. Some plugins can receive multiple different MPE messages. Because Kontrol keyboards feature polyphonic aftertouch, they are compatible with MPE plugins that are able to receive polyphonic aftertouch signals.
We are committed to making our products as accessible as possible.
Accessibility features for visually-impaired users will be made available before the end of 2023. These will be the same features available in the MK2 keyboards, but they will also be directly connected to Kontakt.
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