The new Kontakt Player, a free software instrument based on the Kontakt 3 sampler, provides universal playback functionality for the range of available Kontakt libraries, and is also the basis for a new category of "Kontakt-Powered" instruments.
The new Kontakt Player accomodates all regular Kontakt-format libraries and third-party Kontakt Player instrument, including Kompakt and Intakt formats, as well as the company's Akoustik Piano, Elektrik Piano and BandStand instruments.
The new Kontakt Player is based on the latest Kontakt 3.5 engine, and uses such features as 64-bit support, extended memory addressing, advanced DFD streaming, true multiprocessor support and more. It provides comprehensive playback functionality with full Universal Import and convenient sound manipulation via the Performance View panels, and only omits the in-depth editing features of the full-featured Kontakt 3.5 version. All sound libraries are managed in a graphical library browser.
Kontakt Player also establishes the basis for a new range of self-powered sample-based instruments, which will be available for download purchase directly from Native Instruments. This line of Kontakt-Powered instruments debuts with the new Maschine Drum Selection and Evolve Mutations by Heavyocity. The launch of Kontakt Player is also complemented with the free Kontakt Factory Selection, a studio-grade sound arsenal with 50 instruments taken from the Kontakt 3 library, available for download on the NI Website.