IK Multimedia Total Studio 3 MAX: IK’s “everything bundle” gets an upgrade
IK Multimedia has brought its Total Studio MAX bundle up to spec with the latest virtual instruments and mixing and mastering plug-ins from its line-up. The Total Studio 3 MAX bundle now offers over 440 GB of sounds and almost 500 effects.
IK Multimedia Total Studio 3 MAX
The IK Multimedia Total Studio bundle is the prime competitor to Native Instruments Komplete, and the latest update is even more, well, complete. Like Komplete, Total Studio aims to be an all-in-one solution that covers all stages of music production, from virtual instruments to mixing to mastering.
While numbers alone don’t tell the whole story, they’re certainly very impressive. Total Studio MAX 3 packs a staggering 14,600 instruments across the SampleTank 4 MAX, Hammond B-3X, Miroslav Philharmonik 2, MODO Drum and MODO Bass plug-ins. You also get the full version of Syntronik Deluxe, which is a massive collection of sampled vintage synthesizers. All in all, the size of the library has more than doubled to over 440 gigabytes.
For mixing and mastering, the bundle includes no less than 487 effects, ranging from the popular AmpliTube 5 MAX for all your guitar and bass needs to the T-RackS 5 MAX mastering suite, MixBox, ARC 3 and Lurssen Mastering Console. This means that you not only get a huge selection of creative effects for production, but also a full mixing and mastering environment and even a room correction system. They weren’t kidding when they said “complete”.
To help you get started with this huge collection, IK Multimedia says that they’ve included thousands of presets. Total Studio 3 MAX also includes a new IK Product Manager application, which handles the installation and authorization process and keeps everything up to date.
Options and pricing
The full version of IK Multimedia Total Studio 3 MAX is now available for $/€ 899.99. You can also get it pre-installed on a USB drive for an extra 50 bucks. The slimmed-down SE version, which includes seven applications and 21 plug-ins, costs $/€ 499.99 as a digital download.
If you’ve previously purchased any IK Multimedia product priced at $/€ 99 or more, you can crossgrade to Total Studio MAX 3 for $/€ 599.99 (or 649.99 with the USB drive), or 399.99 for Total Studio 3 SE.
There’s also a ‘Maxgrade’ offer for owners of Total Studio 2 MAX, AmpliTube 5 MAX, SampleTank 4 MAX or T-RackS 5 MAX, who can upgrade to Total Studio 3 MAX for $/€ 499.99 or 549.99 with the drive.
That’s a lot of prices – it’s probably best to log into your IK Multimedia account and see what your options are.
Total Studio 3 MAX requires macOS 10.10 or higher (10.12 or higher recommended) or Windows 7 or higher (Windows 10 recommended). It comes in stand-alone, AU, VST, VST3 and AAX versions (64 bit only).