THIS IS NATIVE KONTROL STANDARD

Native Kontrol Standard (NKS) is an extended plug-in format that enables a unified creative experience across hundreds of virtual instruments from Native Instruments and other leading developers. Supercharge your workflow with universal, tag-based browsing, instant sound previews, and seamless integration with KOMPLETE KONTROL and MASCHINE.

THE NKS COLLECTION

Over 50 renowned manufacturers have already enhanced hundreds of the world’s finest plug-ins with NKS. And the list is constantly growing.

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PRE-MAPPED AND READY TO PLAY

No one knows a software instrument’s most important parameters better than the people who built it. Manufacturers using the NKS standard carefully design the mappings, tags, and performance of their instruments for KOMPLETE KONTROL and MASCHINE hardware to react with the feel of a custom instrument.

SPEED OF SOUND

Accelerate your creativity. NKS-ready instruments appear with their presets in the powerful tag-based browsers in the MASCHINE and KOMPLETE KONTROL software. Instantly shape the sound of these industry-leading plug-ins with the same deep control you find in all KOMPLETE Instruments.

PERFECT HARDWARE INTEGRATION

NKS delivers seamless integration between your virtual instruments and KOMPLETE KONTROL and MASCHINE hardware.

UNIFIED BROWSING

Browse all your NKS-ready instruments simultaneously with unified, tag-based browsing across sound type, instrument, vendor and more. Hear instant sound previews of each preset as you browse, making it faster than ever before to find the perfect sound.

EXPERT MAPPING

NKS-ready instruments load with their key parameters pre-mapped across the control knobs on KOMPLETE KONTROL and MASCHINE hardware. Mappings are assigned by the instrument designers themselves, so the most important controls are always at your fingertips.

LIGHT GUIDE

NKS-ready instruments give visual feedback to KOMPLETE KONTROL keyboards via the industry-first Light Guide. It shows key switches, sample mappings, and keyboard splits as well as scale, chord and note on/off information for a unique playing experience.

SMART PLAY

Every NKS-ready instrument can be used with creative Smart Play features. Find inspiration through hundreds of scale mappings, Chord Sets, powerful arpeggiator modes and unique Smart Strip expressions.

A NEW GENERATION OF HARDWARE

Experience full NKS integration with the latest generation of KOMPLETE KONTROL and MASCHINE hardware. Get creative with high-res displays for browsing and parameter tweaking, the versatile Smart Strip, accessibility features, and enhanced Light Guide and Smart Play functionality.

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TAKE KONTROL

Native Instruments works closely with partners to update their products to the growing NKS standard. Are you a professional software instrument developer? If you want to update your plug-ins to the NKS format, get in touch to find out about the NKS Developer Kit.