Native Instruments on Wednesday announced the second generation of its platform for software-based instruments.
Kontakt Player 2
adds new features and builds on existing technologies that the company said would open up new possibilities for users.
Kontakt Script Processor (KSP), which will play an important role in Kontakt Player 2-based instruments, allows more flexibility and more authentic instruments.
Other advantages offered by the Kontakt Player 2 platform are virtually unlimited polyphony and up to 64-part multitimbrality, advanced surround capabilities, integrated effects including convolution and master effects, a versatile library browser and optimized DFD technology.
The first instruments to be released for the new platform will be “Stradivari Solo Violin” from Gary Garritan, a musical emulation of the legendary violin; “Chris Hein Guitars” from Best Service, a virtual guitar instrument that authentically recreates a vast range of typical playing styles; and “OTTO” from Fixed Noise, an electronic sound workstation designed and produced by musician and sound designer Otto von Schirach.
Kontakt Player 2 is based on the latest Kontakt 2.1 engine, with the corresponding update for KONTAKT users scheduled for release in April 2006. The new version will add numerous improvements to KONTAKT 2, including an ultra-high quality interpolation mode, a new “Performance View”, Akoustik Piano and Bandstand import, additional effects and a large number of performance and usability enhancements.