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Native Instruments KOMPLETE 12 is Here! Along with a Bumper Launch of Software and Hardware
Native Instruments has released a plethora of new products including KOMPLETE 12 & other software, alongside a raft of hardware releases and updates
Native Instruments has just announced a bumper release of products for 2018. With updates and new releases across multiple pieces of software, hardware, and online platforms, this marks the biggest release in the 22-year history of the company.
The new range of Native Instruments software includes the updated KOMPLETE 12, KONTAKT 6, MASSIVE X, and TRAKTOR 3, alongside major updates to the online platforms Sound.com, Metapop, and Loft Loop.
The new hardware announcement includes a specific focus on entry-level products. The updated MASCHINE MIKRO MK3, TRAKTOR KONTROL S2 MK3, and the new KOMPLETE KONTROL A series is designed to provide affordable access to the Native Instruments ecosystem for aspiring musicians, DJs and producers.
Elsewhere, at the professional-end of the hardware spectrum lies the next-generation KOMPLETE KONTROL S88 MK2 and the TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 MK3; ready with updated features for top-end music production and DJing.
This announcement reflects Native Instruments' vision of creating a complete musical ecosystem of creative tools at multiple price points for performers, producers, and DJs,
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."
Shop the complete range of Native Instruments products at Gear4music.
Here's an overview of the new Native Instruments products for 2018.
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.
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 on-board 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 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.Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S88 MK2
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.
KOMPLETE KONTROL A-Series
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.
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, courtesty 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.
TRAKTOR PRO 3 Software
TRAKTOR PRO 3 is the latest iteration of this DJ software family, designed to be the most stable version yet. The program is included with both of the TRAKTOR KONTROL controllers. This software has been updated with the new "Elastique 3" time-stretching engine for "noticeable audio improvements". The software has also undergone a visual redesign, offering a more intuitive workflow and easier readability in performance environments.
TRAKTOR PRO 3 now includes Mixer FX – one-knob effect and filter controls that can be assigned to each channel independently and used for big buildups and transitions. For DJs using an external mixer, unprocessed audio can be routed directly out of the program.
The TRAKTOR KONTROL S2 Mk3 is the new entry-level DJ hardware and software bundle for aspiring DJs.
This ultra-portable device, powered by USB, has been equipped with upsized jog wheels that offer more responsive touch-sensitivity and give DJs pinpoint control when scratching and nudging.
The TRAKTOR PRO 3 software is included and matches the complete redesign of the hardware, based on the TRAKTOR's club-standard heritage. If you're looking for the best possible start to DJing, learning the skills that will take you through to professional setups, the TRAKTOR KONTROL S2 is the perfect starting point.
The TRAKTOR KONTORL S4 Mk3 is a DJ controller with the world's first "Haptic Drive" - "high-torque, motorized jog wheels that provide performers with haptic feedback in three modes: Jog Mode, Turntable Mode, and Beatgrid Adjust Mode."
This new Haptic Drive creates unparalleled tactile feedback, letting DJs feel cue points and loops when scrolling though tracks or get the natural feel of a turntable. Native Instruments has provided interfacing software and hardware within Haptic Drive technology, giving the potential for future updates and exciting new ways for DJs to interact with their music.
A key part of the TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 is its sharp visual feedback, courtesy of high-resolution displays for vital performance information, alongside RGB light rings surrounding each jog wheel.
An on-board, pro-grade audio interface allows the integration of external gear, meaning DJs can expand their rig with external synths, drum machines and more.
For more information, see the complete range of Native Instruments products at Gear4music.
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By Matt Wilkinson
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Native Instruments has released a plethora of new products including KOMPLETE 12 and a raft of hardware and software releases for producers and DJs.