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