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Native Instruments Kontakt (Macintosh and Windows)

The flagship sampler with a vast ready-to-play instruments library. (56) Read 11 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Native Instruments Kontakt

Now in its third incarnation, KONTAKT 3 builds on its reputation as the industry standard for professional sampling. The outstanding audio engine and state-of-the-art modular architecture provide unlimited sonic potential for your music. Universal file import ensures global compatibility.

A huge sound collection connects you to a multitude of instruments, and the reworked interface makes playing and tweaking them effortless. KONTAKT 3 is the premiere sampler for artists and producers from across the musical spectrum.

Immense Library including 33 GB and 1000 instruments:
KONTAKT 3 contains an immense arsenal of instruments. Six stunning Instrument Collections are included: Orchestral, World, Vintage, Band, Synth and Urban Beats - containing over 33 GB of world-class samples and 1000 instruments, all instantly accessible with the lightning-fast Quick-Search function. Rich and diverse, every instrument in KONTAKT 3 now also features Performance Views that group together all the important parameters - connecting you to any sound - immediately.

Unprecedented Tweak-ability:
For really getting inside your samples, KONTAKT 3 delivers endless possibilities. Edit, loop, slice or tempo-sync your samples with the powerful Wave Editor. Freely draw customized envelopes directly into the sample waveform to modulate any parameter, with ease and precision. Perfect your sound using the 18 high-quality effects, including new amp and cabinet emulations and a powerful convolution effect.

Features:
* Six Instrument Collections - over 33 GB of sounds
* Ready-to-rock "Performance View" for each of the 1000 instruments
* Reworked Wave Editor with tools for intuitive looping, slicing and editing
* Freely drawable envelopes per sample
* Improved navigation: Modulation Quick-Jumps, Instrument Navigator
* Over 18 high-end effects
* Enhanced Workflow for Scripts with tabbed views
* Universal Import of virtually any sample format
* MIDI loop drag & drop into host application
* New Info Pane in the GUI, 7 tutorial videos

Crossgrade Offer Details
The Kontakt 3 Crossgrade is valid for registered users of NI samplers such as INTAKT, KOMPAKT and the NI samplers on third party sample libraries plus GigaStudio owners.

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Compatibility:
EXS-24, KOMPAKT, Akai S-x000/Z8, BATTERY, GigaStudio, INTAKT, Apple Loops, Reason NN-XT, REX I/II, HALion 1/2, REAKTOR, ACID WAVs, Emu EOS/ EIV/ EIII/ Esi/ Emax II and many more

Interfaces:
Stand-alone, VST, Audio Units, RTAS (Pro Tools 7), ASIO, Core Audio, DirectSound

System Requirements
Mac: G4 1.4 GHz or Intel Core Duo 1.66 GHz, 1 GB RAM

Windows: Windows XP (SP 2) or Windows Vista, Pentium or Athlon 1.4 GHz, 1 GB RAM
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"Kontakt Rocks my world"
Sound: Out of all the other soft samplers I've used I'd say what makes this best is how good it sounds stretching or compressing samples. Using the Time Machine 2 mode I'm able to get great results and then modify it live for instant granular fun. Feature: I love the import functionality, I was able to easily import my Akai sample CDs and keep them in my database. There are tons and tons of things this thing can do, but the routing seems confusing sometimes. Ease of Use: Once you learn the workflow in Kontakt it's really easy to get in and edit one or multiple samples I'd definitely recommend getting the tutorial to get you up and running. Quality: No other soft sampler sounds nearly as good. Value: Pretty good price, just wish the tutorial was free with it. Manufacturer Support: I had to move Kontakt from my old laptop to my new one and I was able to have it all taken care of in a reasonable amount of time, but what was great was that I got some good suggestions for working with Kontakt. The Wow Factor: I wasn't so sure that I wanted it till I got it and found out how much more editing I could get done in a short amount of time. Overall: What else do I need for software sampling? Nothing I think.
Style of Music: Orchestral, jazz, and ambient
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Sound: After using Kontakt 2 and 3 extensively I can tell you there are awesome sounds and some others are not so great. Some will fool the harshest critics, this I know for a fact!! (fooled a couple pros already with it, believing the sample was a live recording) this does not come without a smidge bit of effort though. Realism does not come easy with most samples. Feature: Good features, you can do a lot within the sampler itself. Ease of Use: compared to some other samplers it isn't bad for ease of use. Quality: Again, quality here depends on what sample you are using. Value: The grand piano alone is worth the money, try recording a steinway then compare, they did a really good job here. The flute (if you need one) is amazing. I have yet to fool anyone with the strings though.. bit lack luster here in the professional world. I will keep trying as I have not done a lot of effort in trying to fool anyone with the strings. One listen and you know your agaisnt the 8-ball. It is a battle to avoid a "synth pad sound" here as most of the strings are in ensemble form. Sort of sticking you with a pad sound out of the gate. I would MUCH prefer if they gave us solo instruments then we could lay down mutli tracks of our own to get an ensemble if we need. ONE thing I do want to mention here.. YOU CAN RESELL Native Instruments products, they don't screw you in that fact. IF you find it isn't what you want there is a good chance someone else will. Which is WAY cooler then most software companies where, you buy it, you have it for life.. like herpes. HAHA Manufacturer Support: I have had AWESOME dealings with their support... and horrible dealings. I believe it really depends on how busy they are at the time (ie... how bad did a programmer screw it up this time and is EVERYONE calling??) and who you get as your "helper" The Wow Factor: I own it... I guess it looks cool when loaded on the computer.../shrug NOT near as cool as an Old Strat or a Les Paul though. haha Overall: Be ready to be a bit overwhelmed if you are new to software samplers. This package comes with a lot and has a fair amount of tweeks available from within. You will have to learn this (like any quality sampler) as if it is an instrument on it's own.
Style of Music: many styles
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