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Native Instruments KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 - USB 2.0 Digital Audio Interface

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Product Highlights

  • 6 Input / 6 Output
  • 2 Microphone Preamps
  • Zero Latency Direct Monitoring
  • MIDI I/O
  • S/PDIF I/O
  • Phantom Power
  • Includes Software
  • USB Bus Powered
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows XP/Vista/7
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KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 from Native Instruments is a 6 input/6 output USB 2.0 audio interface that provides everything needed to record, play and perform music. The interface is housed in a rugged metal casing and includes four analog inputs and outputs, S/PDIF digital I/O, MIDI I/O and features low-latency performance. Two high-end microphone preamps are complemented by Cirrus Logic converters that deliver pristine, transparent sound.

The direct monitoring option provides 100% latency-free monitoring while recording guitars, vocals, or other live sources and the package includes KOMPLETE ELEMENTS, with over 1,000 sounds and effects, plus software for recording, sequencing and DJing. The later include Cubase LE sequencing and recording software, TRAKTOR LE DJ software, along with an E-Voucher for purchasing additional instruments or effects from Native Instruments.

Hardware
  • 6 input/6 output portable audio/MIDI interface with sturdy metal casing, USB 2.0 bus powered
  • 24-bit/96kHz Cirrus Logic AD/DA converters deliver premium sound quality
  • Low latency via newly developed chip technology and driver architecture
  • Two balanced microphone/line/instrument inputs with individual gain controls
  • 48V phantom power for using condenser microphones and active DI boxes
  • Two balanced line inputs (1/4" TRS) with activity and clip LEDs plus digital stereo input (S/PDIF) on RCA connector
  • Four balanced analog outputs (1/4" TRS) plus digital stereo output (S/PDIF) on RCA connector
  • Headphone output with level control and source switching between channels 1/2 and channels 3/4
  • MIDI in/out for master keyboard, MASCHINE or any third-party MIDI controller
  • Direct monitoring with zero latency including mix control knob and mono switch
  • Mono input switch for recording vocals, guitar or other mono sources
  • Large volume control knob and 15 status LEDs for full visual monitoring of the signal chain
  • Headphone output with independent level control and source switch
  • High performance drivers for Mac and PC (ASIO/Core Audio/DirectSound/WASAPI)
  • Custom-built USB port for extra-solid connection
Included Software

KOMPLETE ELEMENTS
  • 2GB distilled version of KOMPLETE 7 with over 1,000 production-ready sounds and effects
  • Instruments for all styles of music are included - vintage drums from ABBEY ROAD, orchestral instruments from the Vienna Symphonic Library, band and world instruments, REAKTOR synthesizers plus 8 powerful guitar amplifier models, matching cabinets and 27 stomp-box effects

TRAKTOR LE
  • DJ software provides two playback decks to spin tracks directly from a hard drive, with full iTunes integration and iPod compatibility
  • High-resolution colored waveforms and automatic beat-sync functions make it simple to use the looping, cueing and effects
  • Upgradable to TRAKTOR PRO 2

Cubase LE
  • Digital audio workstation software for composing, recording and mixing music on a Mac and PC computer
  • Provides up to 48 audio tracks, up to 64 MIDI tracks and plenty of scope for recording and arranging songs
Converters 16- or 24-bit
Sample Rates 44.1, 48, 88.2 and 96 kHz
Analog Input 2 x XLR/TS combo Microphone/Instrument
2 x 1/4" TRS phone Line
Input Impedance Inputs 1/2
Microphone: 3.4 kohm
Line: 44 kohm
Instrument: 1 Mohm

Inputs 3/4
44 kohm
Maximum Input Level Inputs 1/2
Line: +14.3 dBu
Instrument: +8.4 dBu

Inputs 3/4
+12 dBu
Analog Output 4 x 1/4" TRS phone
1 x 1/4" TRS phone Headphone
Maximum Output Level Line: +11dBu
Digital Input 1 x RCA coaxial S/PDIF
Digital Output 1 x RCA coaxial S/PDIF
Gain Inputs 1/2
Microphone: ∞ to +47 dB
Line: ∞ to +15 dB
Instrument: ∞ to +21 dB

Inputs 3/4
-1.0 dB
MIDI In/Out 2 x 5-pin DIN MIDI I/O
Headphone Output Maximum Output Level: +12 dBu, 3.0 Vrms
Maximum Output Power: 20 mW @ 100 ohms, 11 mW @ 33 ohms
Dynamic Range: 102 dB, A-weighted
THD + N: 0.014% @ maximum level, 100 ohms
Frequency Response: 9 Hz to 45 kHz, -1.0 dB @ 96 kHz
Dynamic Range Inputs 1/2 (Inst/Line): 98.3 dB, A-weighted
Inputs 1/2 (Microphone): 98.0 dB, A-weighted
Inputs 3/4: 98.5 dB, A-weighted
Outputs: 102 dB, A-weighted
THD + N Inputs 1/2: 0.013%
Inputs 3/4: 0.02%
Outputs 1/2: 0.01%
Outputs 3/4: 0.02%
Frequency Response Inputs 1/2
Microphone: 13 Hz to 45 kHz, -1.0 dB @ 96 kHz
Line: 13Hz to 42 kHz, -1.0 dB @96 kHz
Instrument: 12 Hz to 42 kHz, -1.0 dB @ 96 kHz


Inputs 3/4: 12 Hz to 43 kHz, -1.0 dB @ 96kHz
Outputs: 10 Hz to 45 kHz, -1.0 dB @ 96kHz
Noise Microphone EIN: -127.5 dBu, A-weighted
Power Requirements USB bus power
System Requirements Mac
Intel Core 2 Duo
10.8, 10.9 or 10.10 (latest update)
4 GB RAM (6 GB recommended for large KONTAKT Instruments)
Available USB 2.0 port
1024 x 768 screen resolution
DVD drive (for software installation)

PC
Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD AthlonTM 64 X2
Windows 7 or Windows 8 (latest Service Pack, 32-/64-bit)
4 GB RAM (6 GB recommended for large KONTAKT Instruments)
Available USB 2.0 port
1024 x 768 screen resolution
DVD drive (for software installation)
Dimensions (WxDxH) 6.3 x 4.8 x 2" (159 x 122 x 52 mm)
Weight 1.9 lb (0.9 kg)
Native Instruments KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 - USB 2.0 Digital Audio Interface
  • USB Cable
  • KOMPLETE ELEMENTS
  • TRAKTOR LE
  • Cubase LE
  • E-Voucher
  • One (1) Year Warranty on Hardware
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    Native InstrumentsKOMPLETE AUDIO 6 - USB 2.0 Digital Audio Interface
     
    4.8

    (based on 14 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (11)
    • Compact (9)
    • Good audio (9)
    • Durable (7)
    • Lightweight (6)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home studio (10)
      • Performances (8)
      • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (6)
      • Professional recording (6)
      • Amateur recording (3)
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      5.0

      Great!

      By J Dan

      from Central Coast, CA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Mobile DJ
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Native Instruments KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 - USB 2.0 Digital Audio Interface:

        Got this hooked up to my MacBook Pro very easily and quickly! Love the additional sounds and apps as well! Great sound and great deal!

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        5.0

        Absolutely amazing.

        By PF Studios

        from California

        Comments about Native Instruments KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 - USB 2.0 Digital Audio Interface:

        Pros:
        1. Heavy duty and reliable.
        2. Portable, easy to carry around
        3. High quality sound
        4. Perfect number of inputs and outputs

        Cons:
        1. Found a recording glitch when using with Logic Pro X where the pitch was increased every time at measure 24.

        I don't know what is causing the recording glitch, but aside from that, the NI Komplete Audio 6 is simply an amazing product and well worth the price. I would definitely recommend this product to others.

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        5.0

        nicenicenice - extremely happy

        By lux7luther

        from Columbus, Ohio

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Nothing Just Yet

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Native Instruments KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 - USB 2.0 Digital Audio Interface:

        Loving this product so far, low latency, awesome bundled software Komplete Elements with a bunch of Kontakt and Reaktor stuff (don't use cubase though), and great features that would go well for studio and live performanceThey gave an eVoucher for $ in their store that came a bit late due to registration issues on their site, but that was the only hangup. Took a few days to respond and I missed the cyber monday 50% sale :( - I highly recommend Skanner XT, $ with the couponI use this to record voice and guitar, plus for a bit of mixing and and production (EDM, some acoustic and vocal harmonies, arrangements). In the future I may use this to do some live Ableton type performances and some DJ sorta things. Traktor LE is included but you have to use a mouse unless you have a specific DJ controller that is supportedI have only had it since around Black Friday so I cannot tell what is wrong with it if anything....

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        5.0

        Works Great!

        By B Boi the B Boi

        from Chicago

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

          Comments about Native Instruments KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 - USB 2.0 Digital Audio Interface:

          This product has worked well for the few weeks that I have had it. I have no complaints. Easy set-up. Easy listening.

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          5.0

          Solid audio interface

          By Kalin

          from Philadelphia, PA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Mobile DJ
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Native Instruments KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 - USB 2.0 Digital Audio Interface:

            I got the Komplete 6 to primarily use it to record my DJ sets for promotional use. I know I could have bought the NI Audio 2 to do that, however, I have been thinking about getting into production as well and and the purchase of Komplete 6 was the first step in that direction. Setup was a breeze and it works just as expected under Soundforge. I've also tested it with Traktor 2 and Ableton and found no issues. It is built very solidly, there's no play when plugging the cables or using the knobs, it feels like it will last a pretty long time. It comes bundled with a host of audio production software, which is a very nice touch on NI's part.

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            5.0

            Good performance audio interface

            By BorsingStudios

            from Southern Tennessee

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Mobile DJ
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Native Instruments KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 - USB 2.0 Digital Audio Interface:

              Purchased for use in our project studio..This NI KA 6 package was a steal, even w/o the free Guitar rig Pro 5 (registered download), in case you missed the 12/31 deadline to register, you still qualify by providing a copy of your invoice/receipt. Use this interface in conjunction with my on board 8 outs AISO4ALL V2 Beta (and prio_x64_200_2960.exe used to keep its CPU Priority setting permanent). Now I have 10 analog outs to mix and choose from but so far only 2 BX5 Studio monitors.. Still it's a good start because this interface may be expanded with a mixer / other Firewire or USB interface as more inputs are needed since I'm using it together with my Blue Yeti USB mic/audio interface w/o any problems..

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              5.0

              Oustanding interface

              By BorsingStudios

              from Southern Tennessee

              About Me Experienced

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              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Cowbajs Le

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Mobile DJ
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Native Instruments KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 - USB 2.0 Digital Audio Interface:

              Purchased this interface mostly since I've started to play keyboard and guitar again and I got guitar rig 5 pro free besides the usual included software. Leds on top changes color to let you know when you're to hot, Pro quality sound, all connections are balanced, if you buy it, you won't be sorry. Got reminded once more why I should'nt even "look" at other DAW's than my absolute favorite REAPER since I (like an idiot) decided to check the "included" Cow bajs (cowpoo in Swenglish :). 30 Days to register? So why would this J-ware ask me for a Lic#? It immediately went the same place "Blow Tools" and "SampliNude" is, in the trash, especially since Reaper is the most powerful and stable Daw in the known Universe...

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              5.0

              Fast, stable and nicelooking

              By Carlos Mundalah

              from Monterrey, Mexico

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • FAST

              Cons

              • Limited Functions

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Mobile DJ
              • Performances

              Comments about Native Instruments KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 - USB 2.0 Digital Audio Interface:

              First of all, I've only used it for 2 weeks. But it has worked like a charm! I run Live and Guitar Rig 5 Pro at the same time on a live gig and it works flawlessly (as of now). Very happy! I've also done some quick mixes on it, and recorded several tracks for an album.
              The latency is really low for me (15.2ms), and with the monitoring I can keep up with those lossy times.
              THe only bad thing is that u can't assign monitors for all channels. I do it in Live or any other DAW though.

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              5.0

              Great Audio Interface

              By Bronny

              from Kaunakakai, Hi

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Native Instruments KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 - USB 2.0 Digital Audio Interface:

                I have no problems with it at all. It looks nice and its sturdy. Its your audio interface for whatever genre of music you plan on making. I really like the presentation.

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                4.0

                Works as adevertised

                By LukasL

                from Colonia, NJ

                About Me Experienced

                See all my reviews

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Native Instruments KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 - USB 2.0 Digital Audio Interface:

                    I bought this to use as an audio signal generator and analyzer to do loudspeaker frequency response and impedance measurements, after having bad luck with M-Audio products and their unstable drivers. The KA6 seems to be rock stable after 2 weeks.However, THD and IMD are not as good as native Instruments claim. Fortunately this does not affect my application.

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                    5.0

                    Phenomenal Sound, Great Pre's

                    By FRONTFL!¡P

                    from West Lafayette, IN

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Great Look
                    • Lightweight
                    • Solid
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                    • none

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio
                    • Mobile DJ
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Native Instruments KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 - USB 2.0 Digital Audio Interface:

                    This is my 3rd interface after owning both a Pre Sonus USB and a Focusrite Saffire 6. While those were decent interfaces, the Komplete 6 beats them out across the board. I've had it for about 2 weeks now and the sound is unbeatable; I play through 2 KRK Rokit 6: clean, and clear. I also haven't yet gotten any interference sounds, clicking or popping that I would sometimes get with the others.The pre amps I haven't worn in to much yet, but I have recorded a little from a Martin acoustic/electric so I could see how clean the sound records and I was very impressed. Focusrite claims to have award winning pre amps (which is probably true) but still did not sound near as good as Komplete's.There is also a separate Control Panel controlled from your computer, which monitors in real time, the latency (if any) and eliminates it. If there is latency, a red box displays telling you what you should do to get rid of it. I mean, there is ZERO latency. ZERO! You can also change sample rates (96000 Hz max) and process buffers from here that will also change in your DAW you are using. (At least it changes for you in Ableton) Other controls in this panel include: Digital Sync Source, Direct Monitoring, Drop-Out Detection, Connection Monitor, System Performance Test (latency detection), and Infomation (telling you what driver you have and a guide for troubleshooting)Aside from those things, the look and design is very slick and unique to any other interface I've seen. Very solid feeling and compact with a modern looking LED display and giant dial volume on top. The in/out indicate exactly when it's receiving a signal. So if you are tapping a key on your MIDI device, the green LED is flashing along in real time, which I know, is not important or necessary, but it's a cool feature. All knobs are free moving as well. I can't stand volume/gain knobs that are set to move in small increments. Drives me crazy. The smooth moving giant volume knob is my favorite aesthetic feature.Overall: great buy, well worth the money. I would say this is the best USB interface for less. You might get better sound with a top end MOTU or something, but if your funds are limited and you need a great interface that will last you a long time, then this is the one for you.I honestly can't say enough good things about this. I wish I would've just spent the little extra money at the beginning for this interface, instead of going through the first 2.

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                    5.0

                    Great interface

                    By tomicdesu

                    from los angeles, ca

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Native Instruments KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 - USB 2.0 Digital Audio Interface:

                        All of NI's hardware is great. I have three audio boxes, Audio 2 DJ for portability, Audio 6 for a general-purpose "media" computer, and Kontrol 6 for music/sound work. The two 6-port boxes are similar but finely tuned for specific tasks.

                        Kontrol is better suited for my "studio" work due to connectoring and specific features like phantom power and the handy Main outpu gain knob on top.

                        I'll have to double-check, but I think that I saw the Kontrol driver/hardware has slightly lower overall latency than even the Audio 6. The built-in tools for monitoring and tuning buffer size/latency, and the near-instantaneous re-connection are modest and crucial for reliability.

                        Build quality is great -- road-worthy construction. Sound quality, noise, etc exceed my needs.

                        I try to be brand-agnostic, and if I needed another high-quality interface, I'd certainly look again before rebuying, but today, I wouldn't hesitate to buy another of these.

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                        4.0

                        Impressive Soundcard and Software

                        By qwerty

                        from corona, ca

                        About Me Quality Oriented

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Install
                        • Easy To Navigate
                        • Fast
                        • Great Value
                        • Virtually no latency

                        Cons

                        • No external power option
                        • Not firewire

                        Best Uses

                        • Educational Purposes
                        • Home Studio
                        • Home Use
                        • Multimedia

                        Comments about Native Instruments KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 - USB 2.0 Digital Audio Interface:

                        The sound quality of this device is pretty impressive, but I've only used it as an output device to a pair of studio monitors so I can't provide feedback on recording. It is heavy enough to where it feels sturdy, and the whole device feels solid. The knobs are rubber coated and are easy to adjust to the right level. The top knob is extremely convenient and similar to the Apogee Duet. Its texture makes it easier to turn. The device was a lot better than I expected and the only problem I have is that there is no optional external power source. It isn't necessary, but it would be nice to have.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • Mac

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                        4.0

                        KOMPLETE AUDIO 6

                        By AFRO DX

                        from ST LUCIA WEST INDIES

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Install
                        • Easy To Navigate
                        • Great Value

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Native Instruments KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 - USB 2.0 Digital Audio Interface:

                            BUILT IS GREAT.
                            THE HEADPHONE OUT SOMETIMES MAKES NOISE BUT I'M GUESSING THAT'S MY FAULT
                            USING IN LOGIC PRO 9 RECORDS VOCALS REALLY WELL

                            • Computer Platform:
                            • Mac

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