Today at NAMM (in a press conference re-arranged from a frankly ridiculous 9am to a more reasonable 11am) Native Instruments pre-announced the KORE system. It offers a combination of hardware and software to make the use of plug-in instruments easier, more logical and suited to a performance environment. Native Instruments have taken a bold step in producing a host system for the first time.
Hardware looks nice
The bulk of the story follows in their press release.....
First Universal Sound Platform opens up new ways to work with software
instruments, includes advanced next-generation hardware controller
Berlin, January 20th 2006 â€“ Native Instruments today disclosed KORE,
the worldâ€™s first Universal Sound Platform. KORE will revolutionize how
performers and producers work with software instruments and effects.
Following a decade of evolution in music software, KORE opens up
significant new possibilities for the operation of software instruments both
in the studio and on stage. It also marks the first host system by Native
"After ten years of developing software instruments, our goal was to create
the one solution that finally makes everything come together," says
Stephan Schmitt, founder and president of Native Instruments. "We
believe that KORE will be a significant step forward for musicians and
producers in many ways, and that it will make their individual process of
creating and performing music much more efficient, convenient and fun."
As a Universal Sound Platform, KORE operates both as a stand-alone
instrument host and as a plug-in in every major sequencer. By integrating
all VST- and AudioUnits-based software instruments and effects into a
single, unified interface, it provides greatly increased control, overview and
ease of use in all creative situations. Both Native Instruments' own range
of instruments and effects as well as third-party products are supported.
The seamless integration with KOREâ€™s advanced hardware controller gives
hands-on control with unprecedented analog feel, finally turning todayâ€™s
software synthesizers and samplers from applications into true instruments.
Addressing the issue of ever-growing sound libraries in today's software
synthesizers and samplers, KORE enables musicians to finally access the
right sound quickly in every situation. An integrated database holds the
sounds of all software instruments on a computer, and allows for searching
for them according to musical categories like genre, articulation or texture.
KORE comes equipped with categorization data for each of the over
11.000 preset sounds of all NI software instruments and sound libraries,
making it an especially powerful framework for the NI KOMPLETE 3
KORE also marks the introduction of an extremely versatile performance
platform with a wealth of advanced live features, finally making software
instruments stage-ready for keyboard players and other live performers.
Sophisticated layer and split configurations involving any combination of
instruments and effects can be created and recalled easily, while a
powerful Performance Manager allows for seamless switching between
different scenes and sound sets on the fly â€“ either manually, preprogrammed
KORE finally bridges the compatibility gap between different systems with
the introduction of the KoreSound format. This revolutionary universal file
format can include complex sound, routing, configuration and
categorization data, laying the foundation for easy and reliable transfer
even of complex sounds between any set-up and system, and between
studio and stage.
KORE also marks a new step in hardware controller design and integration.
With its high-resolution, touch-sensitive knobs and â€œOrganic LEDâ€� (OLED)
display technology, the KORE controller turns a computer-based set-up
into a powerful tactile instrument. Bi-directional communication between
controller and software gives quick context-specific overview even in
critical live situations, with the integrated USB 2.0 audio interface making
KORE a complete solution for all musical applications.
A first look at KORE is available at....
Further details â€“ including technical specifications, pricing and availability â€“ will be made available in Spring 2006.