Long awaited and perhaps overdue, Native Instruments has finally announced the immediate availability of Kontakt 6, the de-facto industry standard sampling platform. So, what’s new this time around?
If you tend to use Kontakt mainly as an instrument host, you’ll be thrilled to know that version 6 expands the factory library with three new sampled instruments: Analog Dreams, which is all about vintage synth sounds, Ethereal Earth, which combines sampled traditional instruments with digital synthesis, and Hybrid Keys, which pulls off a modern digital twist on various classic keyboard instruments. These instruments debut the new Kontakt Play Series – a range of sample libraries that mesh extensive sound design possibilities with simple playability.
Speaking of sound design, there are new possibilities there too, enabled by five new effects – three new reverbs, a Replika delay module, and wah-wah along with a new wavetable engine. There is also the new Creator Tools, which is a standalone application meant to improve the workflows of library builders and instrument creators with a Debugger and an Instrument Editor.
Overall, Kontakt 6 brings the world’s favorite sampler up to scratch and has enough new content to warrant an upgrade from the almost 7-year old Kontakt 5 engine. How much will that cost ya?
Price and availability
Native Instruments’ Kontakt 6 is available now for USD 399 / EUR 399 / GBP 339 in all the usual formats (including standalone) for Windows and Mac computers.