The big­gest name in mu­sic tech drops the mother lode

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A new ver­sion of Kom­plete – Na­tive In­stru­ments’ all-en­com­pass­ing soft­ware bun­dle – means up­dates to core NI ti­tles, giv­ing plenty for ’s eager new­shounds to chew on. But our news sen­sors weren’t quite pre­pared for the in­sane over­load of all the other stuff Na­tive an­nounced along­side Kom­plete 12. Here it comes…

Kom­plete 12

NI’s big, beau­ti­ful bun­dle now comes in four sizes: Kom­plete 12 (£479), Se­lect (£159), Ul­ti­mate (£959), and the new Ul­ti­mate Col­lec­tor’s Edi­tion (£1279), which in­cludes 30 ex­tra Ex­pan­sions. Stan­dard ad­di­tions in­clude Kon­takt 6 (su­per sam­pler), TRK-01 (kick ’n’ bass engine), Ses­sion Gui­tarist – Elec­tric Sun­burst (vir­tual riff­ing Stra­to­caster), Ex­pan­sions (“for the first time ever”), and last but not least…

Mas­sive X

Fol­low­ing months of ru­mours, Mas­sive X turns out to be a real thing af­ter all. It’s a se­quel to the ul­tra-suc­cess­ful Mas­sive hy­brid synth that launched in 2007 and soon be­came ubiq­ui­tous in mod­ern pro­duc­tion. X fea­tures a new “next gen­er­a­tion” sound engine, mod­u­lar ap­proach, and more. Un­for­tu­nately, that’s all we know right now, be­cause it’s not ac­tu­ally launch­ing till Fe­bru­ary 2019. Pric­ing is un­con­firmed, but get Kom­plete 12 now and Mas­sive X is yours upon re­lease.

Kon­takt 6

An­other long awaited up­date, Kon­takt 6 (£339) jazzes up the world’s favourite soft sam­pler. Three new in­stru­ments – Ana­log Dreams, Ethe­real Earth and Hy­brid Keys – de­but the Kon­takt Play Se­ries, com­bin­ing “pow­er­ful sound de­sign with sim­ple playa­bil­ity”. There are new ef­fects, a wavetable engine, and Cre­ator Tools, a stan­dalone app for in­stru­ment de­sign­ers.

Kom­plete Kon­trol S88 Mk2 & A Se­ries

The top-flight Kom­plete Kon­trol S88 (£799) MIDI key­board reaches Mk2 with “more im­mer­sive vis­ual feed­back and deeper con­trol”. As be­fore, it fea­tures a “ful­ly­weighted, ham­mer-ac­tion” Fatar keybed. If your wal­let is not fully weighted, how­ever, there’s the af­ford­able new A Se­ries ’boards. Avail­able in 25- (£119), 49- (£159) and 61-key (£199) mod­els, they fea­ture a small OLED dis­play for nav­i­ga­tion, semi-weighted keybeds, eight touch-sen­si­tive knobs, pitch/ mod wheels, 4-di­rec­tional push en­coder, Smart Play, Kom­plete Kon­trol in­te­gra­tion and more.

Mas­chine Mikro Mk3

This pint-sized “beat­mak­ing com­pan­ion” gets pumped up with big­ger pads based on those of the ace Mas­chine Mk3 and a Smart Strip touch-strip. It’s £199.

Trak­tor Pro 3, Kon­trol S2 & S4

In­dus­try-stan­dard DJ soft­ware Trak­tor Pro 3 (£89, out 18 Oc­to­ber) sports a new in­ter­face de­sign “for bet­ter read­abil­ity in club en­vi­ron­ments”, im­proved timestretch­ing, Mixer FX (“one-knob ef­fect and fil­ter con­trols… for big buildups and tran­si­tions”), a di­rect rout­ing mode, and more.

The flag­ship Kon­trol S4 (£719) DJ con­troller reaches Mk3 sta­tus, with high­torque mo­torised Hap­tic Drive jog wheels that “trans­mit cue points and more di­rect to your fin­ger­tips”. The Kon­trol S2 (£239) gets “up­sized” jog wheels with its im­proved touch-sensitivity.

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From in­stru­ment cre­ation, to pro­duc­tion and DJing, there’s some­thing for every­one in NI’s 2018 col­lec­tion

The Kom­plete Kon­trol A Se­ries, in 25-, 49- and 61-key va­ri­eties

The Trak­tor Pro 3 of­fers bet­ter read­abil­ity

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