Native Instruments - Kontakt v2.1 (Pc/Mac)

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KONTAKT 2 embodies the future of sampling. No other software or hardware sampler offers such a comprehensive set of features, so much flexibility and performance or such a high degree of compatibility. From authentic library playback of virtually any format to the intuitive creation of new instruments, from profound sound design to lively and dynamic surround sound mixes - KONTAKT 2 opens the doors to creativity.

Unrivalled Range of Features
Explore a whole new world of sampling combined with unprecedented convenience and flexibility. KONTAKT 2 incorporates five different sampler modes, ranging from classic sample playback to real-time pitch shifting, time-stretching and precise drum loop slicing. Ingenious mapping, group and loop editors as well as over 30 filters and effects including Convolution Effects pave the way for fantastic sounds. And the vast modulation section lets you add constant variations.

More Than Just Sampling
KONTAKT 2 offers numerous new and innovative features. Create inspiring 3D soundscapes: The powerful new surround sound features offer up to 16 channels of enveloping, spatial manipulation. The KONTAKT Script Processor fuses conventional sampling with intelligent MIDI processing and elements of macro programming. Use the included scripts to create instrument simulators and other custom features, such as chord generators or dynamic tuners. Or write your own scripts and witness the power of KONTAKT 2's open architecture. The potential within these features is immense!

Flexible, Modular Architecture
KONTAKT 2's modular architecture guarantees near limitless possibilities. Arrange the modules within the interface to meet your exact, individual needs. Customize the signal flow within KONTAKT 2 for truly unique results. The browser offers a concise overview of your samples, the modules, the virtual rack and more. This invaluable feature distils all essential information into a compact yet detailed summary and by keeping processes transparent, enhances your creative potential. Simply drag and drop the various effect and filter modules, surround panner and modulators displayed in the browser into your virtual rack and create distinctive, iindividual instruments.

Powerful New Engine and Universal Import
The highly advanced new sample engine delivers sparkling sound quality and performance-enhancing efficiency that exceeds all expectations. Having established its place in studios and on stages all over the world, the next generation of this state-of-the-art sampler supports almost every single professional hard and software sample format making it a truly global player. Not to mention the huge, high-quality library that is already part of KONTAKT 2.

Top Features

* 192 KHz, 32-bit sample engine with 64 fold multi-timbrality and unlimited voices
* Sample library with more than 15 GB
* Brand-new, intuitive user-interface offering dozens of innovative features
* Advanced surround sound features allowing up to 16 channel mix-downs
* KONTAKT Script Processor for profound engine and feature customization
* Convolution effect adds real-life reverb characteristics or special effects to the sound
* 6 different sample modes: Classic, DFD, Tone, Time I and II as well as Beat Machine
* Detailed browser functionality affording a concise overview of essential information
* Universal Import ensures compatibility with virtually every sample and library format
* Vast selection of effects, filters and modulators. Convenient Group, Mapping and Loop editors for easy use of zones and slicing loops

VST®, Audio Units™, RTAS™, DXi™, Core Audio™, ASIO™, DirectSound™
System Requirements
Mac OS 10.2.6, G4 800 MHz, 512 MB RAM
Windows XP, Pentium III 1 GHz/Athlon 1.4 GHz, 512 MB RAM
DVD Drive
Recommended System
Mac OS 10.3.x or higher, G5 1.8 GHz, 1 GB RAM
Windows XP, Pentium IV/Athlon 2.8 GHz, 1 GB RAM

Performance and Usability:
Several enhancements have been made to the performance and usability. Here are the major improvements:

Performance Enhancements

* Shorter Loading Times: Loading times are now much faster, especially when using several banks with many instruments
* Less Memory Usage: RAM usage has been reduced for internal objects (everything but samples)
* Lower Processor Load: CPU load has been dramatically reduced in idle mode, especially when using several banks with many instruments
* Better Multi-Processor Support: Multi-processor support has been enhanced with better load balancing for group voices and insert effects and additional load balancing for instrument insert and send effects when using several instruments.

Usability Enhancements

* New sample Search: The sample search function has been greatly improved. It is now much easier to find missing samples. There are several ways to look for the files and Spotlight, on Mac OS X, has also been integrated, which helps to find files much faster.
* Batch re-save: IIf you have renamed or moved files or folders and subsequently lost the sample references of your KONTAKT instruments or multis, the batch re-save function helps restore your file references. Simply select a folder with the batch re-save and all instruments in this folder will automatically re-assign all samples to the instruments and re-save each instrument.

KONTAKT 2.1 is now fully compatible to BANDSTAND, AKOUSTIK PIANO and KONTAKT PLAYER 2. The instruments of these products can be loaded, used, and edited in KONTAKT and are fully compatible with their original versions. After editing instruments, these can even be re-used in BANDSTAND or AKOUSTIK PIANO again.

Plug-in compatibility - RTAS:
KONTAKT 2.1 is now compatible to ProTools 6.9 and 7 (7.0 and 7.1) with enhanced performance. For the best performance results, it is recommended to use the latest version of ProTools.

Import formats:
With SampleCell and BeatCreator, a further two formats have been added to the list of import formats. Kurzweil, Gigastudio 3 and Ensoniq formats were added with version 2.0.1.
Performance and Minimized View
Customizable instruments racks
Customizable instruments racks
Performance View
Every instrument can now have its own, individual and customizable graphic background (skin). You can also add your own top-level parameter control with the KSP Script engine and bring it to the front.

This allows the most important control elements to be accessed without having to go into the edit mode of the instrument.

Minimzed View:
An additional minimized view of KONTAKT 2 can be activated, offering a simpler view of one instrument at a time. Left and right arrow buttons allow easy switching between all loaded instruments.
Audio Quality
HQI - High Quality Interpolation Mode
When transposing audio signals, occasionally aliasing effects become audible. The new HQI – High Quality Interpolation mode allows the transposition of audio over a few octaves without any audible artifacts. 3 different modes are available: “standard”, “high” and “perfect”. The following are two examples that illustrate the difference between “standard” and “perfect” mode. In these examples, a pulse sample is being played at its original pitch (C2) and then transposed 2 octaves higher (C4) and 4 octaves higher (C6).

Righ-click (Mac : Ctrl + click) to download:
Sound Example 1: Pulse Standard .wav (1 MB)
Sound Example 2: Pulse High Quality .wav (1 MB)
Left view shows standard quality. Right view shows high quality interpolation.
Left view shows standard quality. Right view shows high quality interpolation.
New Effects
The new limiter can be used to maximize an audio signal with a compression ratio of infinity:one. It can be inserted as a group effect, instrument insert effect or output mixer effect.

Pro Compressor
The compressor effect has a new "Pro" mode, offering a high quality algorithm for audio signal compression.

Pseudo Stereo
The Stereo Modeler Effect now includes a pseudo stereo effect, which can be used on Mono signals in order to create a stereo effect.
Improvements and Fixes
KONTAKT 2.1 comes with many smaller optimizations and fixes. A detailed list will be available with the update readme information.