We’ve known it was coming for a while since a leak on their own forum appeared to give the game away. But that doesn’t make the actual arrival any less thrilling. Native Instruments mega bundle of products has just got the upgrade we’ve been waiting for. Komplete 12, let’s get into it.
Komplete 12 Ultimate
The Komplete concept has a bittersweet edge to it. One the one hand there’s new stuff, but on the other the majority is made up with products (if you are an existing owner) that you already have. So the key to investing in the upgrade is whether there’s enough new stuff to justify the cost. This time I think there might be.
The two big releases are Massive X and Kontakt 6. These are the two that really elevate this upgrade above what the last few have been. Kontakt 5 has been around so long now that it’s almost embarrassing and so the long overdue version 6 is very welcome indeed. Massive X, on the other hand, we’re going to be denied for a couple more months. It’s not scheduled for release until February next year, but it is still included as part of the Komplete 12 package.
Details on Massive X and Kontakt 6 are scarce at the moment but more information will no doubt be along shortly.
Other new products included are the MOD and CRUSH effects packs, TRK-01 and Thrill, Kinetic Toys and Session Strings Pro 2 for Kontakt 6. We also pick up some Middle East sounds, Electric Sunburst and Strummed Acoustic 2.
If Ultimate is not enough for you then Native Instruments can sort you out with the Collectors Edition. This ups the ante in terms of library content rather than individual products. You get 50 expansions as opposed to 20 in Ultimate, and you get the full-fat Symphony Series Collection rather than the “Essentials”.
Both bundles come with the rather redundant $25 e-voucher to put towards something you don’t think you might already have.
For a new user the Komplete bundle offers absolutely extraordinary value for money. For the current user Kontakt and Massive upgrades may well be enough to make this the upgrade worth getting – particularly if, like me, you’ve lingered on version 10 or earlier. The cost of the upgrade is the same for users of Komplete 8 and above.
Mustn’t forget the regular Komplete 12 with a slightly less comprehensive product list and Komplete 12 Select which no one is worried about. You’ll find the full comparison on the NI website. All versions of Komplete 12 will be available from the 1st October.
Here’s the pricing:
Komplete 12 – $599, £479
Komplete 12 Ultimate – $1199, £959
Komplete 12 Ultimate Collectors Edition – $1599, £1279
Komplete 12 from Komplete 8-11 – $199
Komplete 12 Ultimate from Komplete 8-12 – $599
Komplete 12 Ultimate from Komplete 8-11 Ultimate – $399
Komplete 12 Ultimate Collectors Edition from Komplete 8-12 – $999
Komplete 12 Ultimate Collectors Edition from Komplete 8-12 Ultimate – $599