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- Based on the Kontakt sampling engine -- up to 128 stereo voices, professional sound quality with 32 bit processing, up to 96 kHz sample rate support.
- Three sampler-modes: Beat Machine with ISE (Individual Slice Edit), Time Machine and Sampler mode.
- Easy synchronization of loops to MIDI tempo.
- Modulation section provides AHDSR envelope, two individual LFOs, envelope follower and a DBD pitch envelope.
- Integrated effects: Group filter including low-pass, high-pass, band-reject or band-pass modes, global filter, lo-fi, distortion, delay.
- Easy and intuitive user interface and file browser.
- MIDI file export.
- Total Recall.
- Includes an 1.2 gigabyte loop library by Zero-G and East West.
Reviewed By aaastronomer
January 8, 2007
Reviewed By willum
January 19, 2004
Its filters and effects are set up in a chain. The order of these can be changed. You can set up zones with different samples, and several different "modes" can be active. The modulation section consists of a pitch env, ADHSR env, env follower, and two LFOs. The effects section has a filter, lo-fi, distortion, delay, and a master filter. You can change the chain order of these effects (except for the master).
As one would expect from a Native Instruments product, the sound quality is excellent, and the fit and finish is quite nice. There is a printed manual, but it doesn't explain everything you would want to know. If you're strictly looking for a beat slicer, you could do better. Phatmatik Pro is, in my opinion, the very best beat slicer available. I think the two can certainly complement each other. Intakt has a really cool beat rearranger feature, but with Phat you can drag and drop MIDI patterns directly into your sequencer.
The main problems I have with Intakt are the following:
* The LFOs act weird when sync'ed to host tempo. I could not ever figure out which subdivision I was set for. It does not display a value (1/4, 1/8t, etc). The delay effect can also sync, and you can select subdivisions from a pulldown menu, but the UI does not display the correct values, and sometimes it seems like the value does not get set properly. So my major feature request would be to update LFOs to let you explicitly set subdivision values, and fix the odd behavior of the delay.
* It's too easy to lose track of which mode you're editing in. For example, I started out editing a zone, and ended up accidentally switching out of zone edit mode and applying all my changes to a single key. So you need to be mindful while editing.
* No velocity mapping capability.
* The VSTi version crashed on me a few times while loading samples. The DXi version seems to be much more stable.
* In Project5, loading large kits caused my machine to slow down, almost like a hang.
* No demo version (although I have heard that NI has one in the works).
What I like about Intakt is:
* It's fun to use, and you can get some pretty cool sounds out of it.
* Instruments can contain many different types of samples.
* Time stretching/pitch shifting abilities provide excellent utility.
* The 1.01 update gives you, among other things, 1400 new loops and instruments. That's quite a hefty pile of sounds for free.
* They have the most beautiful packaging in the industry. I hated to throw the box out because it was mesmerising.
BTW I'm using Sonar 3.1 (4.4.0 VST wrapper)Read more