updated 12:49 pm EDT, Tue September 2, 2014
Komplete gets new Rounds, Kontour, Polyplex instruments
Native Instruments has announced Komplete 10, the next version of its audio production suite, bundling together all its instruments with some extra perks. This version adds several new instruments, including Rounds, Kontour, and Polyplex. Rounds combines sound design and sequencing functions, while Kontour is a synthesizer with "organic" textures. Polyplex designs drumkits, combining up to four samples per slot; randomization can be applied on a global, sound, or sample level.
Also present are three new pianos. The Gentleman is based on a 1908 upright piano; the Grandeur is concert grand piano, and the Maverick "delivers a wide range of color and an unconventional sound where each note is full of character."
In total, the regular edition of Komplete 10 combines 39 products, over 12,000 sounds, and some 130GB worth of instruments and effects. The Ultimate edition has 75 products, more than 17,000 sounds, and a 440GB library. Both versions should ship on October 1, the former coming in at $499, and the latter at $999. Upgrade discounts will be available.
Launching at the same time will be new Komplete Kontrol S-Series keyboards. These are tailored to support Komplete 9 and 10, and are divided into 25-, 49-, and 61-key models. A Komplete Browser lets users locate presets according to tags, and a feature called Native Map automatically assigns key parameters to controller knobs. The appropriate keys for a particular instrument -- and keys being hit -- are highlighted via multi-color LEDs.
Some other features include Chord mode, which allows complex chords to be triggered with a single key, and a Chord Set mode, which can play an entire progression. Bad notes can be automatically remapped to stay in tune, and two touch-sensitive controls can stand in not only for pitch and mod wheels, but also simulating objects like springs and bouncing balls. Those controls -- and some other functions, such as key splits -- will still operate when the keyboards are used as generic MIDI controllers.
The S25, S49, and S61 will cost $499, $599, and $699, respectively.