Native Instruments has announced the next generation of Komplete. Komplete 9 and Komplete 9 Ultimate is expected to be in stores March 27th.
In my opinion, Komplete is in fact the most complete sound bundle one can buy today and I personally rely on it heavily. Komplete 9 will include 33 instruments and effects with six new additions, including the brand-new Monark monosynth, plus the completely redesigned Battery 4 drum sampler. The Ultimate version includes all 65 current Komplete Instruments and Effects at the time of release and over 370 GB of content.
The brand-new MONARK delivers the warm, organic sound of a classic analog monophonic synthesizer that has shaped four decades of popular music. Its smooth and natural sound is complimented by an intuitive, streamlined control panel that allows users to quickly dial in sounds and start creating music. Based on years of research, MONARK uses REAKTOR’s powerful modular DSP framework to faithfully recreate the interaction of complex analog circuits, including the behavior of the filter when overloaded, filter and oscillator drift, and snappy envelopes that make stabbing melodic lines and even punchy electronic drum sounds easy to create. The sound has been fine-tuned by ear by MONARK’s engineers to create a powerful mono synth with a level of richness and depth not previously found in software.
So a new Minimoog clone then? There’s something to be said about simplicity in softsynths (which Monark seems to be all about). I’ve often expressed that too advanced softsynths kill creativity unless they have a particularly well designed GUI. But for Monark to be interesting it better sound badass.
And Battery 4.
BATTERY 4 is a completely re-designed drum sampler delivering powerful contemporary drum programming options in a sleek, easy-to-use interface. It provides over 70 new and exclusive contemporary kits tailored to electronic and urban styles. All kits load with an adaptable color-coding system, providing instant visual recognition of their layout. Custom kits are quickly created with intuitive drag-and-drop actions. BATTERY 4 also features a number of new effects and effect enhancements: SOLID G EQ and SOLID BUS COMP from the SOLID MIX SERIES, TRANSIENT MASTER, plus tape saturation, LoFi, and a powerful convolution reverb. Users can create chains, re-order effects, and set up sidechaining with simple drag-and-drop actions. These features combine to deliver an advanced drum sampler with an instinctive workflow that aims to accelerate the creative process.
I haven’t worked very much with Battery myself but I would be interested in hearing what others think of the update.
Along with Monark and Battery 4, Komplete 9 adds a set of instruments and effects for the first time. The updated Solid Mix Series now operates as stand-alone plugins. Session Strings is also included, as is The Giant, and of course Kontakt 5, Guitar Rig 5 Pro, Reaktor 5, Prism, Spark, Massive, FM8, Absynth 5, Transient Master, Reflektor, The Finger and even Traktor’s 12. Komplete 9 Ultimate is even more massive.
KOMPLETE 9 ULTIMATE is NI’s all-inclusive production package with all 65 current KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects at the time of release, over 16,000 sounds, and 370 GB of content on a single USB hard drive for easy installation. This one-stop production suite features all products included in KOMPLETE 9, plus the REVERB CLASSICS and PREMIUM TUBE SERIES studio effects, the essential cinematic strings collection ACTION STRINGS, the playable horn section SESSION HORNS, and the Rickenbacker®-approved SCARBEE RICKENBACKER BASS. Also included are the epic DAMAGE industrial percussion instrument, the 11-piece SESSION STRINGS PRO ensemble, the futuristic RAZOR and SKANNER XT synthesizers, and many more.
Komplete 9 is available for pre-order at a suggested retail price of $559 / €499. Komplete 9 Ultimate is available for a suggested retail price of $1099 / €999.
Updates for owners of Komplete 2(!) through 8 are available from $149 / €149.