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Berlin, August 1st, 2011 – Native Instruments today announced KONTAKT 5, 
the next generation of its leading software sampler. The new version 
offers profoundly enhanced sound shaping through a host of new 
high-quality filters and studio-grade effect algorithms, superior 
time-stretching, vintage sampling modes, and more. Further accommodating 
its role as the central sample library platform on the market, KONTAKT 5 
also introduces two major new features for advanced instrument design.

In a further major expansion of its unrivaled sound shaping 
capabilities, KONTAKT 5 introduces a completely new suite of 
high-quality filters, developed by the creative mastermind behind the 
acclaimed MASSIVE synthesizer. Ranging from classic analog-style ladder 
and state-variable models to modern formant filters, some of the 37 new 
filters also employ the unique new "Adaptive Resonance" concept, which 
automatically manages the filter characteristics to prevent unpleasant 
sonic artifacts from excessive resonance peaks. At the same time, the 
superior new "TimeMachine Pro" time-stretching algorithm in KONTAKT 5 
enables unprecedented sound quality for harmonic solo instruments and 
similar demanding source material.

The comprehensive effect assortment in KONTAKT has been extended with 
several key additions that focus on studio-style sound processing. The 
new "Solid G-EQ" and "Solid Bus Comp" algorithms – derived from the 
upcoming SOLID MIX SERIES – enable studio-grade equalization and 
compression, while the separately available TRANSIENT DESIGNER has been 
integrated into the effect arsenal of KONTAKT in its original form. 
Additionally, a new analog-modeled Tape Saturator can add natural 
compression and subtle organic overdrive, while the acclaimed vintage 
sampling modes from Native Instruments' groove-production system 
MASCHINE have been integrated into the feature set of KONTAKT 5 as well 
to provide additional flavors of charismatic "vintage dirt".

For ambitious sound designers and professional sample instrument 
creators, KONTAKT 5 introduces both a powerful new "instrument bus" 
system as well as KSP-based MIDI file support. While the 16 internal 
stereo busses with their separate insert chains open up greatly 
increased routing flexibility, the MIDI file functions in the Kontakt 
Script Processor enable the creation of advanced types of KONTAKT-based 
instruments with versatile integrated MIDI playback features, as 
demonstrated in the upcoming separate KONTAKT-based STUDIO DRUMMER 

On top of its acclaimed 43 GB factory library with its eight separate 
instrument collections, KONTAKT 5 also includes a free download of the 
new KONTAKT-based RETRO MACHINES MK2 instrument, which offers an 
assortment of highly sought-after classic synthesizers complete with 
vintage-style arpeggiator and chord player, and also takes advantage of 
the new analog-type filter models.

KONTAKT 5 will be available in September 2011 for $399 / 379 EUR, and 
will also be included in the new KOMPLETE 8 and KOMPLETE 8 ULTIMATE 
bundles. An update for owners of previous KONTAKT versions will be 
available for $119 / 99 EUR.

Additional information on KONTAKT 5 is available at

A digital press kit including picture material is available at

About Native Instruments:

Native Instruments is a leading manufacturer of software and hardware 
for computer-based music production and DJing. The company's mission is 
to develop innovative, fully integrated solutions for all professions, 
styles and genres. The resulting products regularly push technological 
boundaries and open up new creative horizons for professionals and 
amateurs alike.
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