Note: If you are looking for information about the KOMPLETE KONTROL MK2, A-Series or M32 keyboards, please refer to this article instead.
This article provides an overview over the first-generation KOMPLETE KONTROL MK1 integration in various host applications, including the advanced integration in Live, Cubase, Nuendo, and Logic, as well as the features available in other hosts.
Learn more about the configuration steps required for advanced KOMPLETE KONTROL MK1 integration here:
- Setting Up Ableton Live for KOMPLETE KONTROL
- Setting Up Apple Logic X for KOMPLETE KONTROL
- Setting Up Apple Garageband for KOMPLETE KONTROL
- Setting Up Steinberg Cubase Artist/Pro or Nuendo for KOMPLETE KONTROL MK1
Advanced Integration of KOMPLETE KONTROL MK1 in Logic Pro X, GarageBand, Live, Cubase Artist/Pro and Nuendo
The first-generation KOMPLETE KONTROL MK1 keyboards offer advanced integration in supported versions of Logic Pro X, GarageBand, Live, Cubase Artist/Pro and Nuendo (see table below). This enables you to control the transport functions of your sequencer (play, stop, etc.) from the hardware, navigate through the tracks in your projects and control important functions such as undo, redo, metronome, count-in and Loop position (Logic Pro X, GarageBand, Cubase Artist/Pro and Nuendo only). You will also benefit from automatic track focus, which means that the hardware will always be mapped to the KOMPLETE KONTROL plug-in instance inserted in the currently selected track. Additionally, the selected track in your host will be armed for recording. This is required to route the MIDI notes from the hardware's keybed to the currently selected plug-in instance. If the selected track contains a third-party plug-in instead of KOMPLETE KONTROL, the hardware automatically switches to MIDI mode.
Note: The INSTANCE button on the hardware will not be active when using a host with advanced integration. In this case, switching between the KOMPLETE KONTROL instances is handled by the automatic track focus.
|Required Host Version||Transport Control||Track Selection||Automatic Track Focus||Instance Switching
(via On-Screen Overlay)
|Full Plug-in Control|
|Ableton Live 9.2.3||not required|
|Steinberg Cubase Artist/Pro 8.5.2||not required|
|Steinberg Nuendo 7.1.0||not required|
|Apple Logic X 10.2.2||not required|
|Apple Garageband 10.1.1||not required|
If you are using the KOMPLETE KONTROL plug-in in other hosts, track selection and automatic track focus are not supported. However, by pressing the INSTANCE button on your first-generation KOMPLETE KONTROL MK1 keyboard, you can call up an overlay on the computer screen which enables you to switch between all loaded instances of the plug-in.
This also works across multiple hosts, which will be listed in the on-screen overlay. After calling up an instance from the on-screen overlay, you will get full control over the KOMPLETE KONTROL plug-in from the hardware. Since automatic track focus is not supported in these hosts, you have to manually arm the corresponding track in in order to route the MIDI notes from the hardware's keybed to the plug-in.
The transport control buttons of the first-generation KOMPLETE KONTROL MK1 keyboard can be used with any host which supports the MCU (Mackie Control Universal) protocol.
Note that full KOMPLETE KONTROL plug-in control (including KOMPLETE Browser, Native Map, Light Guide and the perform features) is available in any host software which supports the available plug-in formats:
- OS X: VST 64-Bit, AU 64-Bit, AAX 64-Bit
- Windows: VST 32 & 64-Bit, AAX 32 & 64-Bit
|Transport Control||Track Selection||Automatic Track Focus||Instance Switching
(via On-Screen Overlay)
|Full Plug-in Control|
|Avid Pro Tools|
|MOTU Digital Performer*|
|Presonus Studio One*|
|Image-Line FL Studio*|
|Other hosts with MCU support*|
|Other hosts without MCU support|
*In order to enable transport control, you have to configure your KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series as an MCU control surface in your host. Please consult the manual of your host software for more information.
Using Multiple Hosts with KOMPLETE KONTROL MK1 at the Same Time
You cannot run two supported hosts with advanced integration at the same time. Running one supported host and one unsupported host at the same time is possible, however, the track selection buttons on the hardware will always shift the focus to the supported host and its plug-in instances. For hardware control of KOMPLETE KONTROL MK1 in the unsupported host, you have to manually bring the plug-in instance into focus using the computer mouse and keyboard. Note that the INSTANCE button and on-screen display are not available when a supported host is running on the system.