updated 10:50 am EST, Tue November 22, 2005
NI ships Bandstand
Native Instruments today announced the general availability of , its global music player and MIDI interface module that leverages the Kontakt 2 sound engine. Designed as a solution for musicians, performers and producers that work with the General MIDI format, Bandstand includes a true studio-quality GM sound library, which the company says "sets new standards in terms of musical expressiveness, and is equipped with a host of powerful and easy-to-use General MIDI features that make working with GM-based arrangements efficient and convenient, both in the studio and on stage." It features a 2GB sound library with 128 carefully selected high-end instruments and 9 drumkits along with a high-quality library, integrated effects, and editing tools. Bandstand ($220) is available as a standalone application or in VST, Audio Units, RTAS, DXi, ASIO, Core Audio, and DirectSound interfaces. It requires Mac OS X 10.3 or later on a 1.5GHz G4 machine.