PRESS RELEASE — Berlin — Native Instruments announces new software for music production, including Komplete 12, Kontakt 6, and Massive X, a completely new successor to the much-celebrated synth that spawned subcultures after it was launched 11 years ago.
Since its release in 2003, Komplete has undisputedly become an essential purchase for producers, musicians, and sound designers, by bundling a wide range of innovative and high-quality software instruments and effects at an unbeatable price. Each successive Komplete generation offers artists a jolt of inspiration, and the biggest update ever, Komplete 12, is no exception.
Komplete 12 is available in four differently-sized packages: Komplete 12, Select, Ultimate, and the new Collector’s Edition – a fifteenth anniversary celebration that packs 150 instruments, effects, and Expansions on to a silver aluminum HDD. New additions include Kontakt 6, Session Guitarist – Electric Sunburst, the innovative kick and bass synth TRK-01, and for the first time ever, Expansions sound packs. Komplete 12 also includes Massive X – an entirely new instrument that honors and expands on the legacy of the legendary Massive synthesizer.
Kontakt 6 is the next generation of the world’s leading sampler. Continuing the development from sampler to sampling platform, Kontakt has evolved into the host for an encyclopedic range of sampled instruments from countless instrument builders. As a platform, Kontakt supports the whole music production industry, powering the instruments used by composers and producers, and providing a development framework for instrument builders.
For those using Kontakt mainly as a host for instruments, version 6 expands the on-board library with three new instruments: Analog Dreams invokes legendary synth sounds, Ethereal Earth combines sampled traditional instruments with digital synthesis, and Hybrid Keys provides a modern digital twist on classic keyboard instruments. The instruments debut the Kontakt Play Series – a range of sonically rich sample libraries that combine powerful sound design with simple playability.
For instrument builders and advanced users who work in the edit view, new possibilities for sound design exist thanks to five new effects – three new reverbs, a Replika delay module, and a wah-wah – plus a new wavetable engine. Creator Tools, a standalone application, rounds off the package. Designed to improve the workflows of library builders and instrument creators, it consists of a Debugger and an Instrument Editor.
To say that Massive helped define the sound of electronic music over the last decade would be an understatement. Spawning subcultures and permeating pop sounds globally, the celebrated synth has long been an essential for serious producers, performers, and sound designers of all genres.
In February 2019, NI welcomes Massive X to the stage. With unparalleled signal processing power and a powerful modular approach, this entirely new synthesizer rips up the sound design rulebook to offer unprecedented sonic potential. Created by the same team that built the original, Massive X reimagines what a state-of-the-art sound engine can be, with new subtractive filters, new insert effects, and a new performer for complex sound shaping.
Pricing and Availability
Komplete 12 — Available on 1 October 2018 for $599. Komplete 12 Select will be $199, Komplete 12 Ultimate $1199, and the Komplete 12 Ultimate Collector’s Edition will be $1599. Upgrades start at $99. The world’s leading production suite receives its biggest update ever: New synths, new sampled instruments, new effects, and, for the first time ever, Expansions sound packs.
Massive X — Available in February 2019. The forthcoming sequel to NI’s legendary virtual analog synth is more extreme, more expressive, and more expandable in every way. On its release, Massive X will be made available as a free download to owners of Komplete 12, Komplete 12 Ultimate, and the new Collector’s Edition. Pricing for crossgrades and individual purchases will be announced at a later date.
Kontakt 6 — Available on 1 October 2018 for $399. Update from Kontakt 1-5 for $99. The sixth generation of the industry’s leading sampling platform adds new builder tools and brand new instruments.