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Native Updates Kontakt

Version 1.2.1 offers bug fixes, performance improvements By Dave Nagel
Native Instruments has released an update to Kontakt, a software sampler that operates as a standalone application or as a plugin via VST 2.0. The new version offers several new and improved features, along with bug fixes, and is available now for Macintosh and Windows.

Kontakt is a sampler that supports up to 256 stereo voices, 16-part multitimbral and 32 outputs per plugin, 16 per standalone instance. It offers real-time granular time-stretching and resynthesis; drag and drop sample management; graphical display for sample mapping and setting of key ranges; integrated EQ, delay, reverb and waveshaper effects; 17 different filter types; tempo-synced step-modulators, LFOs and multi-stage envelopes; integrated loop editor with waveform display; and support for eight loop points.

The new 1.2.1 update includes additional features for the Mapping editor and DFD menu and export; polyphonic triggering of release notes; improved import for Gigasampler files; improved DFD performance; improvements to DXi 2 support; and enhancements to the Bounce button. The new version also fixes several bugs. A complete list of new features is available on Native's Web site.

Kontakt 1.2.1 is available now for Macintosh and Windows as a free update for current users. The full version runs $399. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Mac OS, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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