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Berlin, June 20th, 2011 – Native Instruments has just introduced 
DISCOVERY SERIES: WEST AFRICA, a new instrument that centers on the 
infectious polyrhythmic grooves of traditional African music. For use in 
KONTAKT 4 and in the free KONTAKT PLAYER, the instrument provides the 
full sonic spectrum of a West-African percussion ensemble, and 
represents a unique and highly versatile resource for film scoring as 
well as contemporary pop and club music styles.

Recognising the substantial influence of traditional African grooves on 
contemporary Western music, WEST AFRICA provides the typical percussion 
and melody instruments of the region, combined with a versatile array of 
authentic and instantly usable polyrhythmic patterns. The instrument 
faithfully recreates a typical six-person percussion ensemble centered 
around multiple types of Djembe and Dunun drums. This setup is 
complemented by Calabash and Krin, as well as unique melodic instruments 
like the Kora and Bolon harp, various Balafons, the distinctive Ngoni, 
and the Fula flute. All instruments were recorded with painstaking 
precision in Native Instruments' studios in Berlin, resulting in 3 GB of 
studio-quality sample material.

WEST AFRICA features a specifically designed sequencer that provides 
over 70 pre-programmed ensemble patterns with complex West-African 
grooves, complete with solos, fills and single hits that can be 
intuitively triggered via the keyboard. Patterns automatically sync to 
the tempo of a host sequencer, and can be easily edited or created from 
scratch using an intuitive visual interface. With advanced options to 
modify the feel and intensity of the groove, a choice between heptatonic 
and chromatic instrument scales, and a wide range of ensemble 
configuration options, WEST AFRICA provides all necessary means to 
recreate the profound sonic impact of traditional West-African music 
with all its intricacies and universal appeal.

DISCOVERY SERIES: WEST AFRICA is available as a download in the NI 
Online Shop for $119 / 99 EUR.

A video explaining the concept and workflow of the instrument is 
available on YouTube at

Additional information on DISCOVERY SERIES: WEST AFRICA 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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Note to editors: Press information and graphics are available for 
download at

Press Contact:

Constantin Köhncke
Public Relations Manager

Native Instruments GmbH
Schlesische Str. 28
10997 Berlin, Germany

Native Instruments North America, Inc.
5631 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA

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