Native Instruments Announces KOMPLETE 10 and KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE

Featuring six new instruments, the new Komplete 10 and Komplete 10 Advanced packs a big punch for music producers. Find out more about the latest additions to the ultimate music making package.  
Interested in the new Komplete Kontrol S-Series keyboards? Read our hands-on preview/overview here: http://askaudiomag.com/articles/handson-with-native-instruments-komplete-kontrol-sseries-keyboards

Berlin, September 2, 2014 – Native Instruments today announced the next generation of their industry-standard production suites. KOMPLETE 10 and KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE come with six brand-new instruments – ROUNDS, KONTOUR, POLYPLEX, and the three new sampled pianos that comprise THE DEFINITIVE PIANO COLLECTION. KOMPLETE 10 now includes 39 instruments and effects. KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE includes all 75 current KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects at the time of release and over 440 GB of content. Notably, the prices of these bundles remain the same, increasing the saving to almost 90% over the cost of purchasing the instruments and effects separately.

Both KOMPLETE 10 and KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE debut the brand-new ROUNDS, KONTOUR, and POLYPLEX. ROUNDS combines powerful sound design capabilities with advanced sequencing techniques, allowing users to play melodies, chords, and arpeggios while sequencing and morphing sounds in real time. KONTOUR is the latest synthesizer from NI founder Stephan Schmitt – an extremely responsive synth capable of organic textures from mallets to plucked and bowed strings to distorted, aggressive and noisy sounds. POLYPLEX delivers an intuitive, fun way to design drum kits. Up to four samples per sound slot are randomized on the global, sound or sample level. A host of effects including dynamics, reverb, glitch, and more are also on board for additional sound shaping.

Also included in both KOMPLETE 10 and KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE is THE DEFINITIVE PIANO COLLECTION – three new high-definition pianos offering unprecedented detail, and a varied and nuanced sonic range. THE GENTLEMAN is a sampled instrument based on an upright piano from 1908. Sampled with all the original parts, the instrument’s delicate and expressive sound gives producers distinctive, turn-of-the-century character with a supreme level of control for their recordings. THE GRANDEUR is a detailed sampled instrument of a beloved concert grand piano. Its bright, silky top end and booming, full bass are equally suited to a variety of styles including mainstream pop, jazz, and classical productions. THE MAVERICK is a recreation of a sonically singular instrument – a 1905 concert grand made for the Prince of Prussia. THE MAVERICK delivers a wide range of color and an unconventional sound where each note is full of character. These three pianos are also available for purchase separately or as a specially-priced bundle.

KOMPLETE 10 and KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE also ship with the KOMPLETE KONTROL software. This allows users to browse all KOMPLETE Instrument sounds from one interface, accelerating workflow and providing a clear overview of all related sounds tag-based simplicity. KOMPLETE KONTROL also allows producers to access key functionality directly from the new KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards. Registered users of KOMPLETE 9 and KOMPLETE 9 ULTIMATE will receive a free download for the KOMPLETE KONTROL software, giving them the same functionality on KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards as KOMPLETE 10 and KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE users.

Along with these brand-new instruments, each bundle comes with several new additions released since KOMPLETE 9. KOMPLETE 10 now features 39 products, over 12,000 sounds, and over 130 GB of instruments and effects, including DRUM LAB, SESSION HORNS, and SUPERCHARGER. KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE delivers 75 products, over 17,000 sounds, and over 440 GB of instruments and effects, such as ACTION STRIKES, MOLEKULAR, and RISE & HIT - all stored on a USB hard drive for convenient installation. Both bundles also feature best-selling KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects such as the award-winning KONTAKT 5, GUITAR RIG 5 PRO, and NI’s flagship modular synthesizer REAKTOR 5. MASSIVE, FM8, and ABSYNTH 5 cover the complete spectrum of synthesis for any production task.

KOMPLETE 10 and KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE will be released online and in retailers October 1, 2014. KOMPLETE 10 costs $499 / 499 €. KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE costs $999 / 999 €. Special pricing for KOMPLETE 10 and KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE upgrade, update, and crossgrades, as well as preorder are also available.

Additional information on the 10th generation of KOMPLETE Instrument and Effect suites is available at:

www.native-instruments.com/komplete

Interested in the new Komplete Kontrol S-Series keyboards? Read our hands-on preview/overview here: http://askaudiomag.com/articles/handson-with-native-instruments-komplete-kontrol-sseries-keyboards

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Discussion

Chris Polus
I'm always very interested in how NI bringt their Komplete series forward, owning Komplete 8 Ultimate myself. In the past I got those updates more regularly, Komplete 5 to Komplete 6 felt like a big upgrade with their flagship products being updated. But I feel like new versions of Komplete are just a wrap of all the products they released throughout the year.

I really like NI's design and UI of their new products. They're beautiful and look intuitive. They do a few things very good. I'm very interested also in the Kontrol app, the "spiritual little brother of Kore" so to speak. Is this going to be available without the keyboard?

All in all though I don't see any reason to upgrade, still, even though I'm 2 versions behind. I'd really like to see an update of their old flagship products like FM8, Massive, and especially Absynth. Also Kontakt could add some new functions (looking at some great features in MachFive 3 of MotU). Especially the interface of Absynth feels so old and outdated. At this point, NI could probably just transfer Massive, FM8 and Absynth into Reaktor and give it a great UI overhaul. I find Absynths and FM8's UI to be very fiddely and super annoying. Massive on the other hand is a near perfect product.

I'd really like to see this instead of 3 new pianos, another compressor (Supercharger, don't they have enough compressors already?), a drum synth (Polyplex, looks like being a lightweight Battery or a part of Maschine's internal drum synth). How many pianos and compressors does one need in a Komplete pack? The effort that went into those redundant products could have been directed to making a solid upgrade to their existing apps. Or maybe NI shifted strategy from a product company to a content company, always releasing new content around new user interfaces, then letting them as is, no need to update, as new things are ever coming.

Well, obviously this is only my personal opinion in the situation I'm currently in. And I personally think they could have used the energy to bringing their core products further than releasing mixed and matched bits of existing products in a new form. Of course, as things stand, Absynth, Massive and FM8 are not their core products for a long time anymore ;)
You-Lee
Agreed.

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