I went out and bought the Komplete Audio 6 since I am running alot of other NI on my Macbook Pro and got it for the discount price. I hooked up the Komplete Audio 6 via its own USB port on one side of the Macbook Pro and then a unpowered hub connecting NI Maschine, NI Kore2, and a Novation Remote 49 SL MKII on the other Macbook Pro USB port and it all works solid ...no drop outs, no glitches...and I have ported all my external sound libraries for Komplete and Spectrasonics off onto a Glyph FW 800 drive running off the FW 800 port. Altogether, it works!
ZERO LATENCY MONITORING IS GREAT!
Tested it with some keys going in inputs one and two and sync'd to Live 8 sending midi out via the Midi Port and I got No slapback effect or phasing...
I imagine same will go for vocals, too. Nice, Finally.
IMHO It also sounds better than both my Profire 2626 and my old SSL AlphaLink...yeah...I will go out on a limb and say that....two thousand dollar converters & IMHO...the Komplete has a pleasing, beefier low end. Can't vouch for the converters going in as I have only had this unit a day and only tested the MIDI and audio monitoring via input without recording but venture to say that USB 2.0 is probably too slow roundtrip to do any kind of processed monitoring via plug ins and whatnot but for tracking and overdubbing live vocals or external instrument purposes, the direct monitoring is a life saver. As a matter of fact, my Profire doesn't have this luxury. I can live with doing all my fancy processing after the fact. At least I am staying in sync and can sing or play some keys without there being slap back. It is USB 2.0 only, though, so if you have a machine running only USB 1.1 the manual states it won't work.
Still, the I really like the SOUND at the outputs and at the measly price I paid for the Komplete ($199 special...since I had already purchased Maschine and Komplete 8) http://newsletter.native-instruments...rce=newsletter
I am going to say that this thing really is a great piece of kit for the small footprint and price. It is small enough to fit in a laptop bag, powered by the USB bus and has a a really glossy, slick hardware interface that .
LOOK and SOUNDS SWEET
It has a really smooth, heavy and nice build quality for a little metal box that fits in one hand and it has blinking indicative LED's that are embedded underneath a very rugged translucent acrylic fascia that looks like it could take a hell of a drop off a DJ table and keep working....furthermore, the LED's indicate just about everything and flash when there is signal ( all inputs, output, midi, power, Monitor S/PIDIF)
I love the sound of the thing....its unique...extremely dance music friendly in the boom and beef area.
I can only compare its sound to my old Seasound Soloist www.pcrecording.com
that sadly became defunct when Seasound ( Seasound was a prouduct of Tom Oberheim so it wasn't trash by any means) went out of biz back in the 90's and no longer updated their drivers beyond XP and the cards were PCI only. Sadly computers outgrew Seasound sales and although Tom O made great stuff, for some reason he's not much of a business man...regardless, to place the Komplete Audio 6 into the same league as the Seasound is giving it quite a thumbs up IMHO.... .... As I moved over to the Mac, I missed my Seasound cause it was the closest thing to the beefy low end quality that one would find in something like a nice analog desk if that makes any sense...it just had a way of capturing low freqs in a way alot of convertors cant. I don't know what was in those converters but they were great sounding...
Anyway, after the Seasound, I suffered with alot of bad converters from the likes of Digidesign... I'd say that I even like the sound of the Komplete Audio 6 better than what came out of my SSL AlphaLink and THAT is saying alot since those SSL converters sounded damned fine., before I sold them for a ZED-R 16 for my Mac tower setup, they were the best I had heard since my Seasound...until the Komplete audio 6.... But I digress.
I will go out on a limb and say I like the Komplete Audio 6 sound better than the SSL's and as setup and use the Komplete is 100 times easier to be sure. When you are tyring to lay down ideas, its nice when something just works and doesn't interfere with your creative flow...this unit doesn't ...and did I say..I LIKE its sound?...
It is more Like the Solist, in that it has a very 'boutiquish'? (sp?) quality that is really pleasing to my ears... Its got this juicy analog-ish low end to it, that is soft yet still crisp without sounding clinical... and it is very warm as opposed to say Apogee or the Profire which seem more 'airy' to my ears if that makes any sense. That's all just my opinion of course, and specs are specs but even so, they don't mean much if you don't like the sound...and everyone is different that way..
I am truly happy with this unit and did I say it worked flawlessly out of the box on a Macbook Pro? I installed the driver and set it up in my prefs and it worked before I even had to reboot the machine. Ha.
Now that is an easy setup.