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Berlin, August 5th, 2009 – Native Instruments today introduced the new KONTAKT PLAYER, a free software instrument based on the industry-leading KONTAKT 3 sampler. It provides universal playback functionality for the vast range of available KONTAKT libraries, and is also the basis for a new category of “KONTAKT-Powered” instruments that establishes a unique price-performance ratio for sample-based instruments.

With its unparalleled arsenal of third-party libraries that take advantage of its advanced soundshaping and scripting functionality, KONTAKT has become the essential instrument platform on the market. The new KONTAKT PLAYER is the central instrument to utilize all KONTAKT-based sound material in an efficient and convenient way, both in studio and live performance environments. It accommodates all regular KONTAKT-format libraries as well as all generations of third-party KONTAKT PLAYER instruments, including KOMPAKT and INTAKT formats as well as Native Instruments’ AKOUSTIK PIANO, ELEKTRIK PIANO and BANDSTAND instruments.

The new KONTAKT PLAYER is based on the latest KONTAKT 3.5 engine, and utilizes all its technological achievements including 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 convenient graphical library browser, providing overview for even the most extensive sound collections.

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 with 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.

More information on KONTAKT PLAYER can be found at

Berlin, June 26th, 2009 – Native Instruments has just launched a new online presence that provides many benefits to its users. Comprehensive media content and advanced navigation concepts make it easy for visitors to find relevant information on producer, DJ and guitar products, and use the various services on the expansive NI site.

With over 700,000 unique visitors and 7,000,000 page views per month, the Native Instruments website is one of the most frequented online destinations in the musical instruments market. Designed and developed in collaboration with leading design agency Pixelpark, the new homepage is built on state-of-the-art web design paradigms and represents the increased focus on online resources in the industry.

The new NI website provides clear, concise product information through a wealth of rich-media content that includes comprehensive video tutorials, 360° hardware displays, and extensive image and audio galleries. All material is easily accessible through a central and highly functional stage area, and a sophisticated interactive “Product Finder” allows visitors to browse the extensive NI product portfolio in an especially efficient way.

To accommodate the different audiences of NI products even better, the new website also offers an innovative “Line Filter” that can narrow down the available topics to show only producer, DJ or guitar-related items, depending on the personal preference of the user.

“Online has clearly become the central communication tool for our customers,” says Pablo La Rosa, International Marketing Director at Native Instruments. “Strongly favoring internet channels over traditional avenues like tradeshows has proven to be the right approach for us, and the innovative feature set of our new website is just one more step towards further expanding the online resources for our users.”

The Native Instruments website is at

About Native Instruments:

Native Instruments is a leading manufacturer of software and hardware for computer-based music production and performance. The company’s mission is to develop innovative, fully integrated solutions for all professions, styles and genres. The resulting products regularly push technological boundaries and open up new creative horizons for professionals and amateurs alike.