Arturia has released an update for the V Collection 4, which now supports Native Kontrol Standard (NKS) present in Native Instruments Kontrol. We have already published an extensive review of the V Collection 4 (written by Walid Feghali), so I will only be looking at how its integration with the Native Instruments protocol. Detailed information about KOMPLETE Kontrol can be found on the Native Instruments Website.
What is Native Kontrol Standard (NKS)?
Native Kontrol Standard (NKS) is Native Instruments’ extended plugin format that allows 3rd party VST and KONTAKT instrument developers to integrate their products with KOMPLETE Kontrol as well as MASCHINE. Those products would get the same deep level of support as KOMPLETE Instruments. They can be loaded by the native browser and tagged by the developers for easy integration. Developers can map musically relevant parameters to eight control knobs that specifically suit the selected instrument. Additionally, the light guide to easily display key switches, sample mappings, and keyboard splits is supported.
One of the first confirmed partners for the Native Kontrol Standard (NKS) was Arturia and its V Collection 4. Arturia has now provided an update for full Native Kontrol Standard (NKS) support, and we will take this occasion to have a look into this update.
To get the Arturia V Collection 4 into KOMPLETE Kontrol, you need to install the latest updates by Arturia. This is conveniently done via the Arturia Software Center, which will automatically show when updates are available. If they are, simply click on the update button, and the Arturia Software Center will take care of everything.
Besides the update, you will naturally need the KOMPLETE Kontrol software installed on your computer. The software comes with your Komplete 10/Komplete 10 Ultimate installation, and can also be found in your Native Instruments user account. The KOMPLETE Kontrol hardware is not actually needed to run the software, so you can in fact run it alone, without the hardware integration.
Loading V Collection 4 Presets in KOMPLETE Kontrol
After having installed all the software and the updates and starting KOMPLETE Kontrol, V Collection 4 will appear in the instruments pane. If you press Browse on the KOMPLETE Kontrol hardware, you can scroll via the dial through all the instruments, and all the presets for the highlighted instrument will appear on the right pane.
After having selected the preset you are looking for, the instrument will appear in the KOMPLETE Kontrol window. Again, if you use the hardware, predefined parameters will appear on the 8 dial knobs.
As you can see from the screenshot above, there are 15 mapped pages available on the keyboard. The problem is that you would have to scroll a long way through the parameters. Here again KOMPLETE Kontrol helps: the mappings are also available on the software and can be selected much more quickly, as they are grouped by name and function.
Native Kontrol Standard also supports the scale and arp section of the software. This can be done with both the hardware and software. As you can see on the light-pipe of the keyboard in the screenshot below, only the notes in the C minor scale are selected.
Saving V Collection 4 Presets in KOMPLETE Kontrol
Saving custom presets in KOMPLETE Kontrol are unfortunaltely only limited to the preset name. You can’t tag them, nor can you save them in any other bank. This is very limited, and for people like me who like to program their own sounds, it is a huge barrier to using V Collection 4 in combination of KOMPLETE Kontrol.
If you are a composer who works a lot with presets, KOMPLETE Kontrol and the support of V Collection 4 of the Native Kontrol Standard is a real time saver. V Collection 4 is perfectly integrated and takes advantage of most of the features. I am a bit disappointed that saving your own presets isn’t as well implemented as I had wished. If this were improved, I think KOMPLETE Kontrol could really be a good preset archive system. I don’t want to be limited to presets, and want to be able to save mine on my own, within my personal system, which makes this more difficult for me to integrate into my workflow.
Tipp: If you don’t own Arturia V Collection 4 yet it could be a good occasion to buy it now as V Collection 4 is available with 50% off for EUR 199/$199 only instead of EUR 399/$399 until January 10th, 2016.