Native Instruments (http://www.native-instruments.com) has released Komplete Audio 6, a six-channel audio interface for studio and live usage. As the successor to the 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, according to the folks at Native Instruments.
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 portable 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 range of setups.
Due to 24-bit/96kHz Cirrus Logic converters and +11dBu analog output stages, Komplete Audio 6 delivers audio quality for studio and stage, while revised Mac OS X and Windows Audio drivers enable low-latency performance.
Komplete Audio 6 accommodates a 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 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 voucher that can be used towards any download product in the Komplete Instruments and Effects range.