Native Instruments KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 - USB 2.0 Digital Audio Interface

Native Instruments KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 - USB 2.0 Digital Audio Interface

Native Instruments KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 - USB 2.0 Digital Audio Interface

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Product Highlights

  • 6 Inputs / 6 Outputs
  • 2 Microphone Preamps
  • Zero-Latency Direct Monitoring
  • MIDI I/O
  • S/PDIF I/O
  • Phantom Power
  • Includes Software
  • USB Powered
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows XP / Vista / 7
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Native Instruments 21066 overview

  • 1Description

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 1000 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.

  • 6-input / 6-output portable audio/MIDI interface with sturdy metal casing, USB 2.0 bus powered
  • 24-bit / 96 kHz 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

  • 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

  • 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


In the Box
Native Instruments KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 - USB 2.0 Digital Audio Interface
  • USB Cable
  • Cubase LE
  • E-Voucher
  • One (1) Year Warranty on Hardware
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Native Instruments 21066 specs

    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)

    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)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.38 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.9 x 7.7 x 3.4"

    Native Instruments 21066 reviews

    KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 - USB 2.0 Digital Audio Interface is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 22.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid 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.
    Date published: 2013-11-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oustanding 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...
    Date published: 2013-01-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best audio interface for under $300 This audio interface is amazing! I use it for my Yamaha HS8s, and to record vocals/guitar. Pure sound and has the perfect amount of inputs, headphone, MIDI interface etc...even has a button to switch monitoring to mono which is immensely helpful for mixing and testing how your music will sound on club systems/iPhones and so on. Beautiful design, big volume knob, & lights for which inputs/outputs are being used. Highly recommend this interface - sounds great, and looks awesome in my studio!
    Date published: 2017-03-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast, stable and nicelooking 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.
    Date published: 2012-12-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid audio appliance, works a charm. For my needs this unit works marvellously well. It is solidly built and works straight out of the box. The included Cubase Software and the Complete Audio package makes this an all around complete interface solution. It enhanced the gain and volume on my dynamic microphone, and was an especially good intermediary input device for my large diaphragm microphone which required phantom power. Pleased and satisfied with this purchase. Shipped quickly and was reasonably priced.
    Date published: 2016-05-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for small home studio I use the Native Komplete 6 interface with my JBL LSR305's and i couldn't be any happier with the quality. This is perfect for anyone who simply wants to record vocals and maybe an instrument or two such as guitar or bass. All the extra software it comes with also is a big plus, a big reason as to why i got it. it comes with tractor for djing and Cubase as a DAW if you don't have any and also komplete elements 6. what more could you want for the price?
    Date published: 2016-02-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Impressive Soundcard and Software 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.
    Date published: 2011-12-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal Sound, Great Pre's 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.
    Date published: 2012-05-17
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