Native Instruments today released KONTAKT 3.5, a major free update for its leading software sampler. The new version fully utilizes the capabilities of today’s computer systems to overcome existing performance barriers, and includes many improvements that make KONTAKT even more powerful and convenient.
At the heart of KONTAKT 3.5 is a new high-performance sample engine with unrivaled capabilities for sophisticated orchestral scoring and similar complex projects that are a mainstay of professional KONTAKT users. KONTAKT 3.5 is fully compatible with Windows Vista 64, and takes advantage of 64-bit memory addressing to utilize practically unlimited amounts of RAM. On the Mac, KONTAKT 3.5 introduces the new “Kontakt Memory Server” which can make use of up to 32 GByte RAM on OS X 10.4 and beyond.
KONTAKT 3.5 also uses a new “zero-memory” DFD technology for highly efficient disc streaming with a strongly reduced memory footprint, and true multiprocessor support now enables additional performance benefits
on modern multi-core and multiprocessor setups.
To better accommodate its unparalleled arsenal of third-party instrument content, the new KONTAKT version displays all installed libraries and KONTAKT PLAYER instruments in a virtual rack, giving producers improved
overview for even the most extensive sound collections.
Further enhancements in KONTAKT 3.5 include direct MIDI learn for sound parameter controls, improved automapping, individual bypass for effect slots, optimized Pro Tools compatibility on Mac OS X 10.5, KSP
aftertouch interpretation, and a localized info pane in six languages.
The 3.5 update is now available as a free download for all owners of KONTAKT 3. More information on KONTAKT 3.5 can be found at www.native-instruments.com/kontakt35.info.