NI announces new Komplete range, Kontakt 3 and Guitar Rig 3

Big news from Native Instruments today. They announce the October arrival of five first-class new products destined to enrich your studio or live set-up. Three brand new KOMPLETE bundles, KOMPLETE 5, KOMPLETE SYNTHS and KOMPLETE CLASSICS, deliver the very best in software instruments, luxury items at incredible prices. Not only this, but KONTAKT 3 and GUITAR RIG 3 herald the arrival of the third generation of two industry leading products, both with immense new features and maximum ease-of-use.

The new KOMPLETE bundles that combine its acclaimed software instruments and effects into highly affordable collections for musicians and producers of all styles and genres. This includes the fifth revision of the KOMPLETE package, which contains new product versions and is now even more affordable, as well as the new KOMPLETE SYNTHS and KOMPLETE CLASSICS bundles that combine the award-winning software synthesizers and vintage emulations from Native Instruments.

The new KOMPLETE 5 builds on its position as the most powerful all-in-one collection for contemporary music production, live performance and sound design. The new bundle adds the acclaimed MASSIVE synthesizer as well as the latest versions of the industry-leading high-end sampler and digital guitar studio, KONTAKT 3 and GUITAR RIG 3. Further products included in KOMPLETE 5 are ABSYNTH 4, AKOUSTIK PIANO, BATTERY 3, B4 II, ELEKTRIK PIANO, FM8, PRO-53 and REAKTOR 5. The new KOMPLETE bundle is now even more affordable with a
lowered price point of $1149 / EUR 999, with several update and upgrade offers being available.

Two new bundles extend the KOMPLETE range with thematically focused instruments collections that provide maximum sonic versatility in their respective field for a price of $449 / EUR 399 each, an effective discount of over 50% compared to the price of individual products. The new KOMPLETE CLASSICS package specializes on vintage emulations and contains AKOUSTIK PIANO, B4 II, ELEKTRIK PIANO and PRO-53, while the new KOMPLETE SYNTHS provides a comprehensive synthesizer arsenal by combining ABSYNTH 4, FM8,
MASSIVE and PRO-53. Both bundles allow for a discounted upgrade to the KOMPLETE 5 package at any time.

KONTAKT 3, the latest version of its industry-leading software sampler. With its powerful high-resolution audio engine, comprehensive sound shaping capabilities, unique KSP script programming, and universal sample format compatibility, KONTAKT has established the cutting edge of sampling technology for music production, live performance and sound design. The new version is centered around a highly sophisticated next-generation instrument library that sets new standards both in its musical scope and in its creative value, while also adding a wide range of new functions and refinements in all areas of the

The new instrument library in KONTAKT 3 goes far beyond what samplers have offered so far in terms of universal musical value. Over 1.000 highly expressive and ready-to-play instruments enable KONTAKT 3 to fill nearly every imaginable musical role and application “out of the box”. The library consists of six themed collections titled “Band”, “Orchestral”, “Synth”, “Urban Beats”, “Vintage” and “World”, all based on over 33 GB of
high-quality source material that takes full advantage of the unrivalled sound shaping capabilities of the KONTAKT engine.

To unlock the full creative potential of the sample material, every single instrument in each collection of the KONTAKT 3 library is outfitted with a specialized “Performance View” panel that puts all essential sound parameters at the user’s fingertips for quick and convenient control. Drum kits even include their own programmable step sequencer, world instruments offer sophisticated tuning scale options, synthesizers come with
arpeggiators and detailed voicing controls. This advanced functionality is based on KONTAKT’s unique KSP scripting technology, and is unparalleled in a software sampler instrument.

GUITAR RIG 3, the next generation of its award-winning digital guitar studio. The third version expands on nearly every aspect that sets GUITAR RIG apart as the most capable digital guitar solution. It now offers more amps and effects, powerful new live features, a completely reworked tone library complete with improved preset handling, and
a redesigned Rig Kontrol pedal board with optimized control and audio interface functionality. Both a “Kontrol Edition” with foot pedal and a software-only “Software Edition” of GUITAR RIG 3 will be available.

GUITAR RIG 3 offers four additional emulations of highly sought-after original guitar amplifiers, all based on Native Instruments’ Dynamic Tube Response technology to provide the unique dynamics and full tonal charisma of tube amplification. New amps include the “Ultraschall”, the “Tweed Delight”, the “Citrus” and the “Hi-White”. A new “Matched Cabinet” module now also provides a carefully matched combination of cabinet and microphones for every amplifier in GUITAR RIG 3, and is especially straightforward and
effective to set up and tweak.

The effects arsenal of GUITAR RIG 3 has also been further expanded with six new units, including a sublime analog-modeled emulation of a legendary vintage tape delay. This outfits GUITAR RIG 3 with a powerful arsenal of 12 true-to-life amps as well as 44 stomp boxes and effects, providing an immeasurable sonic variety to guitarists and producers.

The redesigned Rig Kontrol foot pedal included in the “Kontrol Edition” of GUITAR RIG 3 offers immediate and intuitive control of the software at any time. Two additional buttons, integrated signal level indicators and concise button labeling all make sure that GUITAR RIG can be controlled hands-free and away from the computer screen. The integrated audio interface has also been upgraded with studio-grade Cirrus Logic converters that provide pristine audio quality for all applications.

To provide guitarists and producers with a rich sonic resource right from the start, GUITAR RIG 3 includes a new preset collection with more than 300 production-ready guitar tones that focus on highly playable amp sounds, spanning a wide range of musical eras and styles. Preset handling is more convenient due to the redesigned browser with improved search functions, new “bank categories” and a new snapshot feature that allows guitarists to quickly switch between multiple variations of a tone.

To further accommodate guitarists who take GUITAR RIG on stage or to the rehearsal room, the new version also introduces a Live View feature that displays a large-scale full-screen view of the most vital parameters for live use. Preset lists, button and pedal assignments and tuner functions can now all be monitored through the Live View at a glance.

Pricing and availablility:
– All components of the KOMPLETE bundles are also fully compatible with KORE, the advanced host system from Native Instruments. KOMPLETE 5, KOMPLETE SYNTHS and KOMPLETE CLASSICS will be available in October 2007.

– KONTAKT 3 will be available in October for a suggested retail price of $449 / EUR 399. An update for owners of KONTAKT 2 will be offered at $149 / EUR 129.

– GUITAR RIG 3 will be available in October as “Kontrol Edition” and “Software Edition” for a suggested retail price of $559 / EUR 499 and $339 / EUR 299 respectively. Discounted updates and upgrades for existing GUITAR RIG owners will also be available.

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