When that spark of musical inspiration strikes you you just want to jump right in to your toolbox and start creating. Native Kontrol Standard (NKS) is Native Instruments‘ plug-in format that allows third party instruments to achieve the same deep integration with Komplete Kontrol and MASCHINE hardware previously only reserved for their own Komplete software instruments. This level of integration means that when inspiration strikes you can effortlessly start producing music straight away.
At the time of writing, several Time+Space brands including Soundiron, Output, Heavyocity, ProjectSAM and Rob Papen have already adopted the NKS format for many of their instruments with more planning to join the ranks in the near future.
So what does this deep integration mean for the user?
If you own a Komplete Kontrol S-Series keyboard, your third-party instruments will show up alongside any Komplete instrument you own in the Native Browser for easy, unified browsing. In addition to this, instrument parameters are intelligently mapped to the eight control knobs straight out of the box – saving precious music-making minutes.
Third party instruments can also use the revolutionary Light Guide – an industry first technology that easily displays key switches, sample mappings and keyboard splits whilst the Smart Play features in the Komplete Kontrol software such as touch strips, scale mapping, Chord Sets and the powerful arpeggiator make for a creatively empowering experience.
Users of NI’s Maschine hardware including Maschine Studio, Maschine Mk 3 and Maschine Mikro Mk2, can take advantage of being able to seamlessly browse, edit and perform with their favourite third-party plugins.
Software instruments installed using the NKS extension will appear with their presets in MASCHINE’s powerful tag-based browser for quick and easy access. And, like the keyboards, Native Map technology means that the key parameters of NKS-formatted titles are pre-mapped to MASCHINE’s hardware controls.