Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6

Native Instruments went (in my book) from a very hated company to one of the most respected names in live and studio audio. The reason I hated them so much was because of a program they released called “Battery.” It was awful. The sounds were like cheap 80’s Yamaha keyboard and it crashed alot in Pro Tools, but now that I went out on a limb (at the advice of my rep Keith at Sweetwater) and bought Maschine, I have to say, they’ve grown by leaps and bounds. And now they’re coming out with an update to their Audio Kontrol 1 interface with the Komplete Audio 6, which comes with Komplete Elements as an available to step up your production both live and behind the console.

Native Instruments has just announced KOMPLETE AUDIO 6, a high-performance six-channel audio interface for studio and live usage. As the successor to the acclaimed AUDIO KONTROL 1, it provides more connectivity, increased audio performance and a host of practical new features, complemented by a versatile software package for music production and DJing. Based on the latest generation of Native Instruments’ USB audio interface technology, the KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 addresses the typical needs of musicians and producers in a highly portable and affordable package. With four balanced analog inputs and outputs, complemented by a digital S/PDIF stereo I/O and an integrated MIDI interface, the unit can be used as the centerpiece for a wide range of setups. Due to 24-bit/96kHz Cirrus Logic converters and powerful +11dBu analog output stages,
KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 delivers pristine audio quality for studio and stage, while revised Mac OS X and Windows audio drivers enable robust low-latency performance. KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 accommodates a wide range of recording scenarios with its dual microphone preamps with XLR connectors and phantom power, individually switchable hi-Z inputs for electric guitar and bass assignable headphone section, and flexible zero-latency direct monitoring function with mono switch. The completely bus-powered interface is protected through a rugged aluminum enclosure that also provides 15 status LEDs for convenient signal monitoring, and also features a specially designed USB socket that prevents accidental disconnection during live sets. A large analog volume control on the top of the unit allows users to easily adjust the main output level, avoiding the loss in audio resolution inherent with common digital volume reduction.
KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 also includes a versatile software package for music production and DJing. It comprises KOMPLETE ELEMENTS, an all-round instruments and effects collection with over 1,000 studio-grade sounds; the new entry-level DJ software TRAKTOR 2 LE based on the latest TRAKTOR PRO generation; and the Cubase 5 LE sequencer from Steinberg. Also included is a $30/25 € voucher that can be used towards any download product in the Komplete Instruments and Effects range.

KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 will be available in May 2011 for a suggested retail price of $339 / 299 EUR.
Additional information on KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 is available HERE.