updated 09:05 am EDT, Wed March 28, 2007
NI debuts KORE 2
Native Instruments on Wednesday announced KORE 2, the second generation of its advanced multi-functional host system. The new version significantly extends and refines the unified architecture, powerful realtime parameter control, and comprehensive sound access functionality. KORE 2 also integrates sonic capabilities with a comprehensive included sound library based on integrated NI instrument engines. While remaining an open platform for all software instruments and effects, KORE 2 now offers its own powerful sound capabilities, including a library of 500 specially designed studio-quality KoreSounds -- each with multiple sound variations, covering all relevant musical styles and genres. The new sound collection is based on the integrated engines of ABSYNTH, FM8, GUITAR RIG, KONTAKT, MASSIVE, and REAKTOR, and offers focused musical sound shaping functions, NI said.
The standard library offers production-ready sounds designed by Native Instruments, with additional sample-based instruments from sound provider Sonivox. KORE 2 also introduces a new "Sound Variations" concept that goes beyond the scope of conventional instrument presets by offering up to eight variations within a dedicated interface area -- which offers seamless, intuitive morphing between multiple varities of a sound.
In addition, KORE 2 also provides musicians with a revised user interface, and offers a new way of utilizing instruments and effects. The new Sound Matrix is a flexible channel grid that allows users to plug in, combine and route any combination of instruments, effects, KoreSounds and MIDI files via drag-and-drop. In any given channel, both audio and MIDI signals can be flexibly routed within instruments and effects, extending the creative sound design and dynamic live performance possibilities.
The update also features a significantly more powerful sound browser, featuring custom categories, a new MultiEdit function, an improved QuickSearch feature and a new Prelisten function to audition presets directly within the sound browser. Version 2 also offers a batch import function that can easily transfer preset libraries of third-party software instruments and effects into its database.
An advanced (included) hardware controller provides unique hands-on capabilities with its eight touch-sensitive high-resolution knobs. Revised and optimized for KORE 2, the controller integration with the on-screen interface has been significantly improved, according to the company. The KORE 2 hardware now focuses completely on control functionality and does not integrate an audio interface, delivering a smaller footprint, less weight and an overall reduced price. Other improvements include a USB cable hook and an anti-theft lock option.
NI said that KORE 2 also brings a freely assignable step sequencer and arpeggiator modules, a substantially extended effects section with more than 30 high-quality effect algorithms, multi-output capabilities for flexible routing of individual channels, a comprehensive context-sensitive info-pane system that explains all system features directly on screen, and a multi-lingual interface that supports five different languages.
KORE 2 will be available in June 2007 for €450/$500. Details regarding upgrade and update conditions for owners of KORE 1 will be announced at a later date, the company said.