Native Instruments sent the music world into a frenzy this week by announcing the release of a whole host of new music software and hardware. In fact it was the biggest announcement in the company's 22 year history!
The new range of Native Instruments software will include the updated Kontakt 6, Komplete 12, and Massive X virtual synth.
On the hardware front we saw the announcement of the Komplete Kontrol S88 Mk2, the Maschine Mikro Mk3, and the new Komplete Kontrol A Series, which is designed to provide affordable access to the Native Instruments ecosystem.
Chief Innovation Officer Mate Galic said, “Tearing down barriers like cost, product complexity, and interoperability has always been our focus, and with this release we address each of these hurdles for amateurs, hobbyists, and professionals alike."
Here's more information on the upcoming releases:
Komplete 12 - available late September
The latest release in the revered KOMPLETE family - KOMPLETE 12 - is the essential software tool for musicians, producers and sound designers. Available in four package sizes, KOMPLETE also includes a new Collector's Edition - celebrating KOMPLETE's fifteenth anniversary with 150 instruments, effects, and Expansions on a silver aluminium HDD.
Updates include the new KONTAKT 6 sample platform (more on this below), SESSION GUITARIST - ELECTRIC SUNBURST, the innovative kick/bass synth TRK-01, and (for the first time ever), Expansions sound packs.
KOMPLETE 12 also comes with MASSIVE X; a brand-new instrument that expands on the iconic MASSIVE synth (more below). If you're looking for a complete collection of instrument sounds and effects for any genre or sound design, KOMPLETE 12 is the new industry-leading option for musicians and producers.
Own a previous version of Komplete? Upgrades start from just £149 - pre-order yours now (due for release late September)!
As an industry-leading sampling platform, KONTAKT has evolved to host an entire generation of sampled instruments and comes complete with KOMPLETE 12.
KONTAKT 6 expands the onboard library with three new instruments: ANALOG DREAMS - classic synth sounds; ETHEREAL EARTH - combining sampled instruments with digital synthesis; and HYBRID KEYS - a modern twist on classic keyboard instruments. The instruments use the brand-new KONTAKT Play Series - a range of "sonically rich sample libraries that combine powerful sound design with simple playability".
KONTAKT 6 also includes new tools for developers and advanced users. Three new reverbs, a Replika delay module, and a wah-wah have been added, alongside a new wavetable engine. Creator Tools, a standalone application, is also added and helps improve the workflows of library builders and instrument creators with its Debugger and Instrument Editor.
Massive X - available as a free download for Komplete 12 users in February 2019
MASSIVE X is a software synthesizer included with KOMPLETE 12 (not Select edition). MASSIVE has become an essential tool for electronic producers, performers and sound designers in all genres. This version 10 update utilises unparalleled signal processing and a modular approach; it also adds new subtractive filters, insert effects and a performer for complex sound shaping.
Komplete Kontrol S88 – available late September
KOMPLETE KONTROL S88 is a fully-weighted MIDI keyboard controller for KOMPLETE 12. The MK3 version includes enhanced visual feedback with a high-resolution colour screen and Light Guide. This helps fully integrate the controller with KOMPLETE software, adding to the wide range of pre-mapped controls for effects, instruments, NKS plugins, DAW parameters, and VST plugins. The S88 is the ideal centrepiece for any professional stage or studio setup. Click here for details
Komplete Kontrol A-Series - available October
The KOMPLETE KONTROL A-Series is a brand-new range of affordable keyboard controllers from Native Instruments. Each keyboard offers the same semi-weighted keybed and many of the innovative features from the flagship S-Series at a new, lower price-point. The A-Series is here to offer a more accessible entry point into music making for aspiring producers and musicians.
Each A-Series controller has pre-mapped controls for DAWs, plugins, and virtual instruments. Every keyboard also comes complete with software including MASCHINE Essentials, along with the virtual instruments MONARK, THE GENTLEMAN, REAKTOR PRISM, and SCARBEE MARK I.
With three sizes to choose from, the A-Series is the ideal affordable music-making solution for any setup, from the bedroom to the studio and onto the stage. More information coming soon!
Maschine Mikro Mk3 - available October
MASCHINE MIKRO Mk3 is a compact beat-making companion, based on the popular MASCHINE Mk3. This controller is perfect for tapping out beats, playing melodies, and building up tracks with intuitive, tactile control. A new Smart Strip allows you to control parameter changes with the slide of a finger.
MASCHINE MIKRO is packed with 1.6GB of sounds, kits, samples, effects, and instruments, courtesy of the MASCHINE Factory Selection library. The popular NI synths MASSIVE, MONARK, and REAKTOR PRISM are also included, so aspiring producers will have a professional range of sounds, right out of the box. More information coming soon!