A QUICK GUIDE TO USING NATIVE INSTRUMENTS A-SERIES KEYBOARDS
Also Applies to the M32 Mini Controller
There are a few fundamental differences in the way we navigate around the Komplete Kontrol A-Series keyboards using accessibility mode, let’s take a brief tour to get you started.
Turning on the Accessibility & Training Modes
Firstly accessibility is turned on using the top row, top left shift button and the second row, last right ideas button in the block of six buttons located on the top left of the keyboard.
training mode is still turned on and off using double presses of the shift button, and remains a great way to become familiar with the keyboard controls, as all button actions are inert when this is on.
Browsing and Loading Presets
In the latest version of the Komplete Kontrol software, browsing of Komplete products on the A-series has had to be restricted to the four way encoder rotary dial, and as such there have been a few categories removed in order to facilitate good workflow.
Clicking the encoder far left will place you in the initial file type column, where you can choose between Instruments and Samples which can be either loops or one shots.
the next column when you click right puts you in the product column where on the factory side, all your Licensed NKS libraries/plug-ins are listed.
Another click right brings you file types, followed by Characters and finally on the far right are a list of presets.
the basic method of product and preset selection would be to simply click through each column, rotating the encoder to find and make your various choices, before ending up with a final list of presets from which to scroll.
A fast scroll system is now in place in order to speed up this process, so by holding down the shift button and then rotating the dial you can rapidly whizz through the available list at a rate of around 20 entries per click (especially handy for those non NKS Kontakt NKI files on the user side!).
selecting a preset is done by depressing the encoder dial, which will then load your preset and place the keyboard into plug-in edit mode, whereby the previously redundant row of 8 knobs now become functional to enable preset parameter editing where assigned.
Progressing through edit pages is done via the back and forward page buttons in plug-in mode, and when in browser mode these buttons allow you to switch between Factory and user based content, Instruments and Samples.
In order to get to FX slots on the A-Series, you will need to be in plug-in edit mode, so having first loaded an instrument or sample and in plug-in mode, click the encoder right and you should hear ‘slot 2’ announced, you can then press the browser button again to enable you to peruse your available FX plug-ins in the same way as you would instruments and samples.
To remove a plug-in from a slot you have loaded into, ensure you are in plug-in mode then hold down shift and click the encoder upwards, you should hear a prompt asking if you wish to remove the plug-in and to press the encoder to confirm this.
You can also swap the positions of loaded plug-ins between occupied slots, and this is achieved again in plug-in mode by holding down the shift button and clicking the encoder left or right, depending on which slot you wish to move.
Filtering by and Setting Favourites…
If you wish to set a particular preset as a favourite choice for later recall on the A-Series, first choose and load your preference, and then ensure you are on or navigate to the far right preset list column, press and hold down shift and then depress the encoder, it should announce ‘set favourite on’.
Similarly to later recall or filter by your stored favourites, with the keyboard in browse mode, press and hold down the shift button and then press the browse button, it will announce ‘filter by favourites on’, you can then use the encoder dial to scroll through a list of presets you have previously set as favourites.
Scale and Arp…
As with previous Komplete Kontrol keyboards, scale and Arp functions are turned on and off directly with their dedicated respective buttons, and editing or altering the parameters within them is done by holding down shift and pressing either Scale or Arp again, subsequent editing in either mode is achieved via the eight rotary knobs, and where applicable the page buttons move you to extended page options.
This brief guide should enable you to get up and running, loading, playing and editing sounds, it is not intended to be exhaustive, and as such I would encourage you to turn on Training Mode and explore for yourself the various functions, by doing this the operation will soon become familiar and part of your muscle memory, it’s also a lot more fun doing something than reading about it!
February 22, 2019