updated 07:40 pm EST, Fri January 20, 2006
NI Kore, reorganization
Native Instruments (NI) today unveiled Kore, which it says is "the world's first" Universal Sound Platform that includes both a hardware controller and a new software interface. The company says that Kore will revolutionize how performers and producers work with software instruments and effects. "Following a decade of evolution in music software, KORE opens up significant new possibilities for the operation of software instruments both in the studio and on stage. It also marks the first host system by Native Instruments." The company also announced that it has formed separate internal divisions for Instruments, Guitar and DJ products in an effort to better address the diverse needs of today's musicians, producers and DJs.
Each division specifically focuses on one of the three markets, while each includes its own product design, marketing, and sales facilities. The Instruments Division of Native Instruments specifically caters to music producers, keyboarders and sound designers of all styles and genres. The Instruments Division also incorporates the company's range of software synthesizers, samplers, and effects, as well as the newly announced universal sound platform Kore. Native Instruments' Guitar Division focuses on providing innovative solutions for today's guitarists and bass players, while the DJ Division is dedicated to the further evolution of digital DJ technology--based on the Traktor product range as well as the close partnership with Beatport.
Kore: Universal Sound Platform
Kore features both plugin and standalone functionality, a new sound format, an integrated database for easily access info about sounds, advanced live features, and more.
"After ten years of developing software instruments, our goal was to create the one solution that finally makes everything come together," says Stephan Schmitt, founder and president of Native Instruments. "We believe that KORE will be a significant step forward for musicians and producers in many ways, and that it will make their individual process of creating and performing music much more efficient, convenient and fun."
Kore operates both as a stand-alone instrument host and as a plug-in in every major sequencer. By integrating all VST- and AudioUnits-based software instruments and effects into a single, unified interface, NI says it provides greatly increased control, overview and ease of use in all creative situations. Both NI's own range of instruments and effects as well as third-party products are supported.
"The seamless integration with Kore's advanced hardware controller gives hands-on control with unprecedented analog feel, finally turning today's software synthesizers and samplers from applications into true instruments."
The company said that Kore enables musicians to access the right sound quickly in every situation. It features an integrated database that holds the sounds of all software instruments on a computer, and allows for searching for them according to musical categories like genre, articulation or texture. Kore is equipped with categorization data for each of the over 11.000 preset sounds of all NI software instruments and sound libraries.
Live features, new file format
The versatile performance system offers a wealth of advanced live features, including sophisticated layer and split configurations for any combination of instruments and effects and a Performance Manager that allows for seamless switching between different scenes and sound sets on-the-fly--either manually, pre-programmed or remote-controlled.
A KoreSound format is billed as a revolutionary universal file format that can include complex sound, routing, configuration and categorization data, laying the foundation for easy and reliable transfer even of complex sounds between any set-up and system, and between studio and stage.
The Kore hardware controller also offers a high-resolution, touch-sensitive knobs and 'Organic LED' (OLED) display technology,; NI says the controller "turns a computer-based set-up into a powerful tactile instrument, offering bi-directional communication between controller and software for quick context-specific overviews using USB 2.0 interface.