Native Instruments has updated its professional-level piano software instrument,
Akoustik Piano. Version 1.1 R2 adds a new Overtone technology delivers realistic string resonance for all three grand pianos and the upright piano, according to the company. The update also adds Stretched Tuning, the preferred tuning mode for classical solo piano performances, and adds realistic “Repedalling” behavior to its implementation of the sustain pedal. In addition to an enhanced user interface, the software also got an improved Recorder section with MIDI song import, MIDI automation for a wide range of sound parameters including volume and pan, an adjustable “bass boost” function, and an easy-to-use output limiter. The 1.1 update also allows all four pianos to be fully used in both Kontakt 2.1 and Kore — the also includes specific KONTAKT 2 patches for each instrument, containing individual matching Performance Views. The update is available free to existing users.