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Native Instruments Kontakt 3

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The Native Instruments Kontakt 3 Virtual Instrument Software: Sampler. The ultimate software sampler for serious musicians and producers.

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The Native Instruments Kontakt 3 Virtual Instrument Software: Sampler. The ultimate software sampler for serious musicians and producers.

Now in its third incarnation, Native Instruments KONTAKT 3 builds on its reputation as the industry standard for professional sampling. The outstanding audio engine – combined with KONTAKT 3’s state-of-the-art modular architecture – provides unlimited sonic potential for your music. Universal file import ensures compatibility to virtually every sample format available. A huge sound collection connects you to a multitude of instruments – now even more powerful and flexible with a reworked GUI that makes playing and tweaking instruments effortless. A staple among Hollywood film composers, KONTAKT 3 is also the premier sampler for artists and producers from across the musical spectrum.

The main features of the Native Instruments Kontakt 3 include:

  • Six Instrument Collections (Orchestral, World, Vintage, Band, Synth and Urban Beats) form a sample library of over 33 GB of sounds
  • New intuitive ready-to-rock “Performance View“ for each instrument
  • Reworked Wave Editor with tools for intuitive looping, slicing, destructive audio editing
  • Improved navigation & browser: Modulation quick jumps, instrument navigator
  • Over 18 effects, including high-end filters, cabinet simulations and convolution effects
  • Enhanced Workflow for Scripts with tabbed views
  • Universal import of virtually any sample format on the market (now 26 formats)
  • Become an expert easily: new Info Pane in the GUI, comprehensive tutorial videos, cheat sheet poster
  • Suited for music production, live performance, instrument and sound design
  • High-quality audio engine delivers perfect sound quality
  • Huge possibilities to create new sounds
  • Intuitive user interfaces for fast and efficient workflows
  • Stand-alone, ideal for live performances on stage
  • Supports all major plug-in and sample formats for perfect integration in all professional recording environments
  • Interfaces: Stand-alone, Audio Units, VST, DXi, RTAS under Pro Tools 7, ASIO, Core Audio, Core MIDI, DirectSound
  • System Requirements: Mac - OSX 10.4.x, G4 1.4 GHz or Intel Core Duo 1.66 GHz, 512 MB RAM. Windows - Windows XP Service Pack 2, Pentium or Athlon 1.4 GHz, 512 MB RAM. DVD drive
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8/10

Kontakt

Awesomely powerful sampler, which most people will treat like a ROMpler and only ever use the included sounds. These included sounds are, however, simply amazing and cover pretty much all bases from world to jazz and big band, to dance and harder styles.
There are hundreds of aftermarket libraries available for Kontakt, for a staggering range of prices, and the sampler itself imports most of the common filetypes from samplers past and present. Hardly any excuse for running out of sounds!
If there\'s any fault with the library, it\'s that the \'electronic toys\' section seems a little like the poor relation - we bought the latest/greatest software sampler to avoid tinny, home-keyboard sounds, and they\'ll find little use in my recordings. However, if you\'re into lo-fi stuff, then they\'ll be right up your street. Of course, if you\'re into lo-fi, then buying the high-fidelity, uber-powerful, massively-multisampled Kontakt library seems like an expensive way of going about it!
The real power of Kontakt comes in the scripting - which, when instituted, allows note-offs, guitar slides, round-robin samples and other nuances. The net result [even if you never program a script yourself] means that you can play a sax line, or finger-pick a guitar, and it\'ll sound as realistic as ever you\'ll hear. Saxes blow, toit, mis-fire and vibrato perfectly, and guitars slide, string-noise, resonate, twang etc just as if you\'d close miked the real deal. Of course, you can import samples and set up any script you like, to enable arpeggios, gates, tape flutter etc.
There\'s a huge number of effects available, from simple delays and reverbs, to complex convolutions and filter types [many coming from other synths in the NI range.] This means you can take a raw Moog waveform, and run it through the Kontakt filters [HP, BP, LP and any number more esoteric] to make the raw waves sound unique.
The orchestral library is from the VSL samples; take it as read that they\'re quality items; however, there\'s few solo instruments, so you\'ll have to look elsewhere for a solo violin or French Horn. There are a number of good fiddles/trombones/horns [from Chris Hein] included in the library, though.
It\'s a 33GB library, so laptop users like me may worry about available space - fortunately, you can move the library wherever you like [including to an external drive] and it\'ll be fine, as long as you point Kontakt in the right direction once you\'ve moved directories.

In summary, it\'s the present king of software samplers, with a degree of available realism like never before.

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