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Native's Kontakt 1.1 Available for Mac

Sampler offers time stretching and resynthesis By Dave Nagel
Native Instruments has released Kontakt 1.1 for the Macintosh. The new Mac version of the software sampler ships on a hybrid PC/Mac CD and operates as a stand-alone sampler or as a plugin via VST 2.0, DirectConnect and FreeMIDI/MAS. The company is also offering a crossgrade discount for users of GigaStudio, GigaSampler, HALion,Unity DS-1 and EXS.

According to N.I., the Mac version of Kontakt offers all of the features of the PC version, including the new ability to load HALion, EXS and SDII formats. And, in a free update to be released in November, both versions will support playing files directly from the hard drive. Features include:

  • Up to 256 stereo voices, 16-part multitimbral and 32 outputs per plugin, 16 per standalone instance
  • Realtime granular time-stretching and resynthesis
  • Drag and drop sample management
  • Graphical display for sample mapping and setting of key ranges, up to 128 velocity layers
  • Integrated EQ, delay, reverb and waveshaper effects
  • Adaptive GUI shows only the active parameters
  • Seventeen different filter types
  • Tempo-synced step-modulators, LFOs and multi-stage envelopes
  • Integrated loop editor with waveform display
  • Support for eight loop points

Kontakt includes more than 3 GB of license-free samples. Supported sample formats include AKAI S-1000/S-3000, Gigasampler, SF2, HAlion, EXS, SDII, BATTERY, REAKTOR Map, LM4, AIFF and WAV from 8 to 32 bits. The Mac version requires Mac OS 8.6 or higher. Both versions are available now for $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, 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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