Version 1.5 of the Komplete Kontrol software also lets users create their own custom mappings.

Native Instruments’ Kontrol keyboards are getting a major software update later this month, which will open the devices up to third-party plug-ins.

Komplete Kontrol 1.5 introduces what NI calls the Native Kontrol Standard, a new plug-in format that lets third-party instruments access the Kontrol keyboards’ unique features including the light guide, which shows chords, scales and other data on the keyboard. Previously the Kontrol system was limited to NI’s own software, but the company is now looking to make it into an industry standard.

Rather than just a catch-all solution that makes attaches parameters to controls automatically, NI is working with other companies to ensure their instruments are fully integrated with the Kontrol hardware. The list of companies on board so far is impressive – Waldorf, U-he and Softube are among the names, as well as Arturia, which also compete with Native Instruments in the hardware business.

The update also allows users to create their own custom mappings for any instrument, which should be popular with fans of the recently updated Reaktor software. It also launches alongside a new 88-key version of the Kontrol keyboard with “true piano feel”, which will cost $999/£729.

Version 1.5 of the Komplete Kontrol software is released on October 27 – until then you can see some of the features in the video below.

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