NI Komplete 6

After having clipping issues with Scarlett 2i2, I wanted to avoid further frustration and get an interface that is less likely to cause any issues, so I almost doubled the budget and order a Komplete 6 after reading pretty much nothing but very positive reviews.

It comes bundled with tons of software, but I didn’t need anything except for the ASIO and WDM drivers. Most of it is for DJs and people who need instruments, samples and whatnot. I just want to play guitar through it 🙂 .

Important specs
  • 2 XLR balanced mic/line/instrument
  • 2 TRS 1/4″ balanced line
  • Digital stereo input and output (S/PDIF / RCA)
  • MIDI in/out
  • 48V phantom power
What I like about it?
  • It sounds really good. The preamps are transparent and don’t bring any noise. This is important for guitar because we will amplify and distort the input signal a lot and any noise introduced by the preamp will be amplified significantly.
  • There’s no noticeable latency when playing guitar with VST amp sim and several effects.
  • It has enough inputs to record several instruments at the same time.
  • Drivers are really well written, fast, stable and expose enough settings and diagnostics.
  • Instrument input has enough headroom even for hot humbucker equipped guitar.
  • It’s really well built. I’ve had it for 5 years and had zero issues with it.
  • It looks great – modern and robust.
  • Although I haven’t used that feature yet, MIDI support can be very handy. You can connect a MIDI instrument or a MIDI controller that can be programmed to do all sorts of cool things in the DAW (it’s on my TO-DO list).
What I don’t like about it?
  • I can’t think of anything bad to say about it.
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