Native Instruments has announced Kore 2 (Mac/Win; $499), which now includes its own sound library, a revised user interface, a better sound browser for faster searching and auditioning, an improved hardware controller, and more.
The sound library—which is based on the integrated engines of Absynth, FM8, Guitar Rig, Kontakt, Massive, and Reaktor—has 500 KoreSounds, each with up to eight sound variations in different musical styles and genres. It also offers sample-based instruments from Sonivox.
In addition, Kore 2 features a revised user interface with a new Sound Matrix. This drag-and-drop channel grid allows you to plug in, combine, and route any combination of instruments, effects, KoreSounds, and MIDI files.
The hardware controller now focuses completely on control functionality and does not integrate an audio interface. It comes with a USB cable hook and a anti-theft lock option designed to accommodate live performers.
Other new features for Kore 2 include step sequencer and arpeggiator modules; an extended effects section with more than 30 effect algorithms; multi-output capabilities for flexible routing of individual channels; an info-pane system that explains all system features onscreen; and support for five different languages.
Native Instruments expects to release Kore 2 in June 2007. Details regarding upgrade and update conditions for Kore 1 owners will be announced at a later date. For detailed information, please visit www.native-instruments.com/kore2.info.