updated 04:40 pm EDT, Wed September 13, 2006
Komplete 2006, FM8 synth
Native Instruments today announced Komplete 4, a new version of its powerful software for professional musicians and producers around the world and also debuted FM8 (pictured at right), an update to its software sythesizer. In addition to FM8, Komplete 4 incorporates the latest Absynth 4 and Battery 3, which add significant creative capabilities over their predecessors and offer increased integration with Native Instruments' host system KORE and its KoreSound format. The new Komplete package also includes Akoustik Piano, its grand-piano emulation that gives musicians and producers access to a comprehensive range of world-class, performance-ready piano sounds. Komplete 4 will be available in October 2006 for $1500/€1300. An update for owners of Komplete 3 will be available for $340/€300. Owners of KORE or two qualifying products will be able to purchase an upgrade to Komplete 4 for $1150/€1000.
NI has refocused the content of Komplete 4, which now offers 12 instruments and effects that cover the full range of applications and musical styles in modern audio production; however, the sampling instruments Intakt and Kompakt are no longer part of Komplete and will be discontinued as individual products effectively immediately. Comparable functionality is provided by the more powerful Kontakt 2 and Battery 3 samplers. Owners of the individual versions of Intakt and Kontakt can make use of a special crossgrade offer for Kontakt 2.
All owners of Komplete Care 2006 will receive a free update to Komplete 4; however, the company said that the Komplete Care update program will not be extended beyond its current 2006 version due to a change in Native Instruments' product-release policy. NI said that relevant product releases will be consolidated and combined with a corresponding annual revision of the Komplete bundle, which will be made available to existing Komplete users at "attractive update prices."
Absynth 4, Battery 3 and FM8 include Universal Binary versions that support both PowerPC- and Intel-based Macintosh computers with other Universal updates expected later this year; they will be free of charge for owners of Komplete 4.
FM8 brings hi-res audio, intelligent sound-morphing
Native Instruments today announced FM8, the successor to its popular FM7 software synthesizer. Version 8 features a new high-resolution audio engine, an intelligent sound-morphing tool, a four-way sound-morphing matrix for natural transitions and blends between as many as four different parameter sets, an integrated advanced randomization feature, and a redesigned and reorganized user interface. FM8 ships with more than 900 preset sounds for all styles and genres, including both original FM7 patches and the complete FM7 Sounds Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 libraries as well as 200 new sounds that take advantage of the advanced capabilities of the new version.
FM8 also features a new sound browser based on the preset categorization and management system pioneered by KORE and leverages NI's KoreSound format. FM8 will be available in October 2006 for $340/€300; updates will be $120/€100.