updated 12:40 pm EDT, Wed September 18, 2002
Native Instruments is now shipping Kontakt 1.1, its software sampler that now adds support for HALion, EXS, and SDII files in addition to the Gigasampler, AKAI, Sound Font, and BATTERY file formats as well as AltiVec optimizations. It also announced that "Direct From Disk" technology will soon be available for KONTAKT as a free update for registered users in November 2002: "Sample size will no longer be limited by the amount of physical RAM - an instrument can be as large as available hard drive space. All instruments utilizing this technology will load many times faster than RAM-based instruments." Kontakt is $400.