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Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6

100% Positive Reviews
Rated #39 in Sound Cards

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Pros: Multiple Inputs, Balanced TRS outputs, Multiple outputs, Amazing build quality

Cons: Headphone amp is quiet, mic pre-amps aren't super loud, can't listen to inputs 3/4 or Coax in real-time

First thing you'll notice is a very elegant design, brushed aluminum and nice LEDs for it's input/output displays. The unit has amazing build quality for something of this price, it's got some weight to it and the USB connector fits very snug and the unit has nice tolerances all around. Top volume knob is very large and gives you very fine control.  Headphone output isn't the loudest or most powerful, for harder to drive cans I recommend using the fixed volume outputs 3/4 using TRS to RCA adapters to connect to external headphone amplifier like a Magni or O2. 

 

I needed a small interface for using my Yamaha HS8 monitors and connecting my Shure SM7B mic.  I've used a few budget interfaces, the Focusrite 2i2 and the Audiobox USB both ended up failing, the Audiobox was awful.  I really recommend spending the extra money for this one if you are looking for a nice interface under $250. 

 

The microphone input is a little quiet for the Shure SM7B (which is a very demanding mic) so if you are using a dynamic mic I'd recommend getting a Cloudlifter or Fethead to give them a little boost by using phantom power.  I haven't tested with a condenser mic but I'm sure it's much more usable with one of those if you are going for a cheaper solution.  It has MIDI support so you can feed a keyboard into it. 

 

Also includes 4 TRS inputs, 2 of those being XLR/TRS combo inputs.  Also has Digital Coax I/O which could be useful for connecting other devices, personally I haven't really used them and would of preferred Optical SP/DIF but that's just me.  Overall I'm impressed with the quality for the price and would recommend this unit.

Be aware you can't listen to inputs 3/4 (the back TRS inputs) in realtime but you can use the headphone output to listen to inputs 1/2 (the XLR/TRS combo with volume controls) in real-time, which is great if you want to hear your mic through your headphones or speakers, as inputs 1/2 can be monitored on outputs 1/2 or 3/4 which you can use the headphone selector to choose which output to hear.

It's transparent to my ears, I'm not really sensitive to hearing if a DAC is "good" or "bad" but that's up for you to decide.  I would of liked XLR outputs as those connectors are much sturdier but it would make the unit larger and more expensive.

Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6
Description:

Komplete Audio 6 Komplete Connectivity KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 is designed to be flexible, with plenty of options for connecting mics, guitars, MIDI instruments or outboard gear: 4 analog inputs: 2 balanced mic/line/instrument (XLR); plus 2 balanced line (1/4" TRS) 4 balanced analog outputs (1/4" TRS) Digital stereo input and output (S/PDIF / RCA) for lossless signal transmission MIDI in/out for master keyboard, MASCHINE or any third-party MIDI controller Headphone output with independent level control and source switch Completely USB powered, with an extra sturdy custom USB socket

Details:
DetailValue
BindingElectronics
BrandNative Instruments
EAN4042477210670
FeatureLow-latency performance for using virtual instruments and effects High-quality pre-amps with individual gain controls Direct monitoring for live, latency-free recording Mono input switch for recording vocals, guitar or other mono sources 48V phantom power for using condenser mics and active DI boxes
LabelNative Instruments GmbH
ManufacturerNative Instruments GmbH
Model21066
MPN21066
PublisherNative Instruments GmbH
StudioNative Instruments GmbH
TitleNative Instruments Komplete Audio 6
Warranty2 years
SKU78130-A
CatalogNumberList - CatalogNumberListElement##-NATIVEINSTRUMENT-CABLE-AUDIO-
Item Height7 inches
Item Length11 inches
Item Weight2.2 pounds
Item Width4 inches
Package Height3.7 inches
Package Length11.2 inches
Package Weight2.8 pounds
Package Width7.2 inches
PackageQuantity1
PartNumber21066
ProductGroupMusical Instruments
ProductTypeNameSOUND_AND_RECORDING_EQUIPMENT
NumberOfItems1
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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