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KontaktbyNative Instruments
 Kontakt by Native Instruments is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
Product Kontakt
Developer Native Instruments
Price (MSRP)
$399 / €379
Type / Tags
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Operating System Availability
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Supported Sample Formats (loads or saves) include
ACIDized WAV, AIFF, Akai, Apple Loops, Battery, EMU, EXS24, Giga, HALion, Kontakt, LM-4, Reaktor MAP, REX, REX2, Roland, SDII, SF2 (SoundFont), sfz, SND, STS, WAV
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Kontakt offers a comprehensive set of sample player / sound manipulation features, extensive flexibility and performance and a high degree of compatibility. From authentic library playback of virtually any format to the intuitive creation of new instruments, from profound sound design to lively and dynamic surround sound mixes - Kontakt opens the doors to creativity.

Top Features:

  • 7 "world-class" instrument collections – 43 GB of sounds.
  • Full-Featured Control Panel for each instrument.
  • Authentic Expression Technology for true instrument simulation.
  • Attribute-based browser and pre-tagged library.
  • Universal import of virtually any sample format.
  • 19 high-end effects.
  • True 64-Bit compatibility on Windows and Memory Server for Mac.
  • Library browser with new box view.
  • Enhanced convolution effect with more impulse responses.
  • Wave Editor for intuitive looping, slicing and editing with freely drawable envelopes and MIDI drag and drop.
Latest User Reviews Average user rating of 4.00 from 2 reviews

Reviewed By arturmeinild
June 6, 2017

Industry standard sample player, complex scripting, tons of additional content and continuous support. It's really a no-brainer as part of the Komplete bundle, which is very reasonably priced with it's upgrade path.

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Reviewed By pethu
June 19, 2010

2 major version upgrades to what is arguably one of the most widely used and influential software instruments on the market, and not a review in nearly three years? I mean - come on, people!

Then again, writing an even half-way comprehensive review in the space allotted here is impossible, so I won't even try.

Quite a few people still complain about the fact that the Kontakt “sampler” still does not sample. Fair enough. However, calling it a just sample player wouldn't really be very fair either. In fact, the entire concept has evolved so far beyond a traditional sampler that I think the best comparison nowadays is rather more the “instrument design environments” like Reaktor or SynthEdit.

The Kontakt Scripting Language together with a staggering amount of internal FX and sample-mangling/processing capabilities means you can take your basic raw samples in any direction you like – striving for the utmost in real-world instrument emulations, or making sure the sound that goes out the speakers have almost nothing to do with the sound of the raw samples.

Add to this the per-instrument GUI customization (introduced in Kontakt 3 and greatly enhanced in Kontakt 4) and more than ever before, you now have a feeling that each Kontakt patch acts as a discrete, solid instrument with at least the same diversity and level of real-time control as stand-alone plugins usually offer.

On paper, the changes in Kontakt 4 might have sounded a little underwhelming compared to the huge leap forward that was Kontakt 3. However – especially with the release of 4.1 – some usability enhancements has really transformed the product, and begs the question “why wasn't these very obvious features included years ago”?

First up, Kontakt f-i-n-a-l-l-y has a half-way decent database/patch browser allowing you to categorize all your Kontakt instruments in a meaningful way (although you have to “batch resave” (convert) all your instrument files to Kontakt 4 format first). Currently, the browser has its share of performance problems, most of which I expect will be addressed in upcoming updates. (However, working with the database on a discrete sample level could remain a very sluggish business, if you read between NI's own lines...)

Secondly, Kontakt 4.1 recently introduced intelligent background sample loading which means projects containing several huge Kontakt instruments now take seconds rather than minutes to load. It may then take a while before playing such a project becomes smooth and crackle-free, but the feeling of increased responsiveness is tremendous – as is the experience when loading single instruments for live play, or quick patch-browsing.

The amount of work that has gone in to re-designing Kontakt's instrument library is quite impressive – they have really gone to town on the old content from previous versions to make use of the new GUI possibilities, and the new additions are just the things that I were sorely missing – a decent choir, some mellotron tapes, and orchestral solo strings. Having gone from a haphazard collection of odds and ends in version 2, the library now feels coherent and fairly complete. Two recently killed-off NI products are “compensated” for by the inclusion of all instruments from the Elektrik Piano library, and a decent number or Hammond organ variations (which are usable but sadly don't hold a candle to B4 II.)

An amateur/casual musician could spend a long time making amazing music without ever leaving the confines of Kontakt and its included library.Read more
Discussion: Active


26 June 2012 at 10:55amDJ.DUCEdaKEEYS

One of the #best !



5 October 2014 at 9:38amdizzyfingers

Gentlemen-Question?-Certain wav files when played back sound jittery almost breaking up-Can any one explain-Regards-Dizzyfingers.

26 January 2015 at 10:40pmmatteogk

Dear dizzyfingers, it can be the file how it's designed (no bread and butter here, all patches are made with several layers to have a complex movement) or the way you play it back in Kontakt 5, the higher the key you play the more it sounds jittery... try to start from C3, and follow the note "try lower keys" for more subtle and soft soundscapes. Cheers.

13 December 2016 at 7:03amfrareinif

Major issue with 5.6.5 update, Kontakt does not display all sample libs and user instruments (about 25% of my libs).

21 December 2016 at 6:08amlunardigs

Hello! Just another kindly request to compile for Linux. Thanks.

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