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Hands On: Native Instruments Komplete 9 Ultimate

Where to start talking about the incredible Native Instruments Komplete 9 Ultimate? With 65 instruments and effects, over 16,000 sounds, and over 370 gigabytes of samples and content, Komplete 9 Ultimate truly offers an embarrassment of riches for anyone looking for a comprehensive package of virtual instruments and sonic capability. Guitar, bass, drums, keys, synths, it’s all there. Then there are the studio effects — EQs, compressors, reverbs, NI’s signature “creative” effects for making entirely new sounds, and more. Komplete 9 Ultimate is so big that it is delivered on its own hard drive! Komplete 9 Ultimate is compatible with Mac and PC, and supports VST, Audio Units, and AAX Native formats, and standalone operation.

Among the big news in Komplete 9 Ultimate is Battery 4, a complete redesign of the popular drum sampler; Abbey Road Vintage Drummer with authentic early-mid 1900s drums and sounds; Scarbee Rickenbacker Bass; 12 new studio effects (EQs, compressors, reverbs, and more); Driver, a distortion filter for creative sound design; Monark, a fat-sounding, modeled analog synth that everyone will recognize; Skanner XT for a wide range of synthetic textures and sounds; Giant, the world’s biggest upright piano; the 14GB Action Strings; the 4-piece Session Horns section; Damage, a creative percussion module; and more. All of these new additions sound phenomenal and only serve to expand on Komplete’s already awesomely versatile sonic palette. All the old favorites are also included: Kontakt, Guitar Rig, Massive, Absynth, Reaktor, FM8, and so much more. Let’s put it this way: if you can’t find or make the sound you want in Komplete 9 Ultimate, don’t blame Komplete!

If you want a single package for both studio and stage that delivers a comprehensive array of instruments, effects, and content, the Native Instruments Komplete 9 Ultimate is unrivaled. There’s simply nothing like it!

Mitch Gallagher

About Mitch Gallagher

Sweetwater Editorial Director, Mitch Gallagher, is one of the leading music/pro audio/audio recording authorities in the world. The former senior technical editor of Keyboard magazine and former editor-in-chief of EQ magazine, Gallagher has published thousands of articles, is the author of seven books and one instructional DVD, and appears in well over 500 videos on YouTube. He teaches audio recording and music business at Purdue University/Indiana University, and has appeared at festivals, conventions, and conferences around the world.
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