NAMM: Natives Kompakt Sampler

Like Kontakt but spelt different      17/01/03

There was a real air of expectation preceding the NI press conference. There was a lot of speculation as to what was coming. In all, the Natives announced five new products, several being sort of 'lite versions of their existing technology plus several collaboration on new products. One such product is a result of collaboration with deck-masters Stanton Magnetics. Intakt - a sort of souped up Traktor - aimed at DJs with excellent record filing and beat matching capabilities (more info There were several more new products announced but we'll concentrate on the Kompakt here.

KOMPAKT is a streamlined sampler that ships with a comprehensive library and can import the most common sample formats. Powered by the KONTAKT engine, KOMPAKT combines intuitive handling and a capable architecture with excellent sound quality. The factory library contains a wide range of detailed and convincing instruments like pianos, basses, loops, drums, guitars, strings, and more from the outstanding East West and Zero-G libraries. KOMPAKT is the quickest way to build a production-ready instrument collection, and it can also import KONTAKT, Gigasampler(TM), HALion, EXS(TM), AKAI(TM), and other common formats. KOMPAKT makes no compromises playing and performing sample-based instruments. Powerful multi-mode filters, envelopes, and LFOs give a wealth of creative possibilities. Integrated high-quality reverb, chorus, and delay effects give each sample life and depth. KOMPAKT offers professional details allowing for convincing realism of acoustic samples. Direct from Disk* playback lets samples be as large as available hard drive space. Eight-part multitimbrality and 256 voice polyphony allow lush arrangements for top productions. KOMPAKT features an three CD (2GB) selection of sounds from the East West and Zero-G libraries. Including acoustic and electric pianos, basses, drums, loops, and guitars. Realistic orchestral strings and solo instruments plus choirs, brass, and percussion. The world of synths is also covered with leads, pads, basses, and much more. NI have aimed to make KOMPAKT with a clean and intuitive interface, so "technology get in the way of creativity". An integrated browser with full drag and drop support makes it easy to find the perfect sound. All important instrument parameters can be immediately adjusted without the need to page, scroll, or fumble through a manual. KOMPAKT puts the world's finest sample-based instruments at your fingertips. KOMPAKT will be available at the end of the first quarter 2003 at a suggested retail price of $ / Euro 199. More information about KOMPAKT can be found at

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