Native Instruments has announced Kontakt 5, major update for its software sampler. Native Instruments Kontakt 5 takes a bold leap forward with 37 new filters, four new on-board studio effects, updated time stretching, a new instrument bus system and more. it’s a deep-rooted update to the Kontakt platform, allowing everyone to create even better instruments and more powerful, expressive sounds.
Native Instruments Kontakt 5 New Features
NEW PRO EFFECTS
An authentic re-interpretation of a classic studio effect – a uniquely clean and musical 4-band EQ switchable to shelf on the low and high bands, plus two full parametric mid-bands.
SOLID BUS COMP
Also available as a fully-fledged product in its own right, this virtual reproduction of a legendary compressor adds presence and drive without blurring the detail. Though traditionally used to “glue a mix together”, it’s not just for bus compression!
Another premium-grade effect, also available separately – TRANSIENT MASTER is an incredibly musical and versatile tool for re-shaping any kind of percussive sound. Make a sound hit harder, or shorten the resonance tail of a sound that rings too long. Bring instruments to the front of the mix or smooth out spikiness.
By simulating the natural, harmonic compression of analog tape, the TAPE SATURATOR adds a pleasing warmth to your sound. And pushed a little harder, it delivers a smooth, organic overdrive.
37 NEW FILTERS
Native Instruments Kontakt 5 enhances your creative sound design palette with 37 new, high-quality filters, developed by the creative mastermind behind Massive. The range covers the whole spectrum from classic state variable low-pass filters to avant-garde formant filters, and nine of the new additions employ groundbreaking adaptive resonance technology. These ‘AR’ filters manage resonance peaks automatically – like an intelligent limiter inside the instrument — to avoid sudden harshness, unpleasant volume bursts, and unwanted distortion.
VINTAGE SAMPLING MODES
Native Instruments Kontakt 5 offers vintage sample modes, straight from the MPC school of beatmaking. These re-create the unique sound and feel of the MPC60 and the SP1200, and are authentic enough to bring a nostalgic tear to the eyes of veteran beatheads everywhere. The algorithms used come from Maschine.
An important addition in Native Instruments Kontakt 5 is the new Time Machine Pro algorithm, providing super-high-quality time-stretching — particularly suited to melodic and tonal material. Use Time Machine Pro for complete audio fidelity and imperceptible tempo-changes with all harmonic content intact.
FEATURES FOR BUILDERS
16 CHANNEL BUS SYSTEM
The new 16- bus system introduces comprehensive routing options with integrated insert and send effects. This is a powerful tool for creating detailed effects chains within an instrument. For example, when building a drum kit, you might want to use completely different effects on the kick, toms and snare, while still sending the whole kit to a stereo master channel. Now you can.
MIDI FILE SUPPORT
Native Instruments Kontakt 5 provides a new feature in the Kontakt Script Processor: the MIDI file player. Useful for creating instruments that can play patterns, loops and grooves as opposed to single notes. As used in STUDIO DRUMMER’s groove library, which provides over 3,500 exclusive beats and fills as production-ready MIDI patterns.
RETRO MACHINES MK2 INCLUDED
Customers who buy Native Instruments Kontakt 5, or update / cross-grade to Native Instruments Kontakt 5, are eligible for a free copy of RETRO MACHINES MK 2. You’ll receive this collection of 16 definitive analog synthesizers and keyboards once you have registered Native Instruments Kontakt 5 – we’ll send you a download link for your free copy.
Sources: Native Instruments Press Release