beats me wrote:If you are already invested in Komplete (need at least version 9 for the keyboard to work with everything) then I think the keyboard makes a lot of sense. And really if you have Komplete, do you really NEED anything else? But if you already have Komplete then odds are you already invested in a quality keyboard and don’t need another one.
On my end I thought I would use the controls on keyboards or controllers for the mixing end of things but in practice I really don’t. I think I would get a lot more use out of controls that map to plug-in parameters, at least more use than faders that only have access to 8 faders at a time.
Well as someone who really liked Kore, I'm not willing to invest in any more of NI's proprietary mapping and sorting ideas, especially when they're looking like they're doing two at the moment that aren't 100% integrated. Maschine does a lot of the same things as Komplete Control, but does't requiter the software. So at this point I would say it's likely that you buy a keyboard for the mapping in Komplete 9 and 10, and by 11 that software is abandoned.
As far as mapping goes, Kore did that too, and it's useful, but in the end I only use a knob or two. The plug ins I end up using more than a couple knobs on are regular FX plug ins, (EQ's etc.)and most of those for me are not in Komplete. The lack of aftertouch is annoying, and the fact that it only is truly useful with Komplete plug ins is also annoying.
I've used Komplete since 2, own Rig Kontrol and a Kore 1 controller (still is a good two in four out audio card). But owning a Novation Remote SL I can't think of a single reason to get the new keyboards? In a lot of ways the AKAI is a better choice, aftertouch, drum pads etc. Also Behringer of all companies just released a keyboard with motorized faders for about half the price. Yeah it's Behringer, but that's 100% what I wanted 6 years ago, endless encoders, drum pads, and motorized faders in one device.