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Kontakt

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Sampler/Sample Player Plugin by Native Instruments
$399 / €379
Kontakt
Favorite Sample Platform - Best Audio and MIDI Software - KVR Audio Readers' Choice Awards 2021Favorite Sample Platform - Best Audio and MIDI Software - KVR Audio Readers' Choice Awards 2020Favorite Sample Platform - KVR Audio Readers' Choice Awards 2019
Kontakt by Native Instruments is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
Product
Version
6.6.1
Product
Version
6.6.1
Instrument
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Sample Formats
Loads and/or Saves
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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My KVR - Groups, Versions, & More
1131 KVR members have added Kontakt to 53 My KVR groups 1468 times.
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+48 in private groups

KVR Rank

Overall: 60   53   60

30-Day: 142; 7-Day: 184; Yesterday: 153

Kontakt is the definitive sampling platform:

  • Kontakt powers the largest selection of sampled instruments available.
  • Included factory library puts 55+ GB of detailed, creative, and expressive instruments at your fingertips.
  • Shape your sound with on-board tools including modulation, wavetables, envelopes, and effects.
  • Build your own instruments with powerful sample-editing and instrument-building options.

With Kontakt, you can sound like a snare drum, a symphony orchestra, or anything in between, from a universe of sampled instruments. It's a simple sampler when you want it to be, and a deep sonic scripting laboratory when you need something more. The next generation of the world's favorite sampling platform gives you new instruments and new features under the hood – so you can layer, link, stretch, and shape your sounds any way you can imagine.

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Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 2.86 from 7 reviews

Kontakt
Reviewed By qsource
October 18th, 2021

Is Kontakt the best sampling platform I can imagine? Not even close. Worse yet, the version 6 pitfalls have been among the worst since early version 4 (about 10 years ago). Have they added features? Sure. And gigantic bloat.

Unfortunately, the bloat is not only in the size of the engine. The screen real estate it fills with useless graphics is even worse.

All that negativity aside, Kontakt is the standard of the industry for sampling that sits in your DAW. If you don't license it, you will be missing a significant chunk of available sound libraries and virtual instruments. And that's the cool part: if you want more sounds, get Kontakt for endless possibilities.

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Kontakt
Reviewed By AngelShark
October 5th, 2021

At this point, in 2021, Kontakt is very much a necessary evil. If you want to use many of the best sample libraries out there, you need to pay up the cash for the full version of Kontakt. But you probably won't be happy about it.

There are competing products out there that offer (at least) most of the same functionality, for a lot less money, and without using anywhere near the ridiculous processing overhead that Kontakt uses.

Oh, and those competing products have re-sizable GUIs as well. Still not figured that out in Kontakt, Native Instruments, despite what you charge for it?

It's become a bit of a joke how little regard NI has for its customers concerning this and other core products. They keep pumping out new expensive products and focus on drawing in new customers, whilst completely ignoring the problems with Kontakt that existing customers have been complaining about for years (yes, YEARS).

Sadly, it has gotten to the point where I will actively avoid buying Native Instruments products unless there's absolutely no alternative. Their market segment is ripe for disruption and frankly the day can't come soon enough...

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Kontakt
Reviewed By mixyguy2
April 1st, 2021

The worst piece of drek this side of Pro Tools. Overpriced, the ridiculously cramped screen with tons of real estate wasted, you can't resize or even simply maximize that cramped screen, the ridiculous cobweb of file extensions, the lame and inconsistent file navigation, the weak customer service, the short shelf life (it's not long before simply having Kontakt is enough, you need a newer version for newer plugins, and can only get the free upgrade for minor upgrades), I could go on. And really this plugin within a plugin thing is stupid in the first place. It's a shame that so many plugins were written just to appease this archaic software sewage, which is the ONLY reason to get it. Fortunately I there are a ton of great plugins which don't require it, and few if any sample libraries do anymore, so I'll never waste money on it (I'm only familiar with due to a friend having it and quickly realized how happy I was that I never bought it).

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Kontakt
Reviewed By choomaque
March 24th, 2021

This is a bad product.

Maybe it was a good (and better than all of it's competition) sometimes in the past, but not now. If you are about to purchase it, here's what to expect.

1. It's kind of heavy on resources. Some libraries can make my 2018 Hexacore Core i5 chug to the point of complete impossibility to work (and that's for 1 instance).

2. Expect locate samples manually all the time, because at least for 5th of libraries paths to samples won't work for some reason.

3. Expect to pay $100 on average per library.

4. Expect buyer's remorse. It's a bad value for the 50% Sale price, and terrible value for the fill price.

5. Expect to not being able to write your instrument as a markup file, and fiddling with the UI instead.

6. Expect to receive samples packed in a proprietary encrypted .ncw pseudo-format often with inability to unpack anything.

Kontakt is bad. And it's status quo is to blame.

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Kontakt
Reviewed By Photosynth
November 17th, 2020

Kontakt by itself is a five-star sampling application and the literal heart and centerpiece of all my music production. Kontakt as an MPE software ranges from 3.5 stars to 4.5 stars depending on a billion factors, like:

  • If you can find a Kontakt Library that's MPE-compatible that fits your project or use-purpose.
  • If you have to do any finnicky fiddling / routing to get your desired effect.
  • If you'll buy an MPE-enabled synth or plugin instead of even trying anymore.

So if you need Kontakt for its core functionality (loading up and playing your virtual instruments beyond the Kontakt Player functionality) and also found at least one MPE-enabled Kontakt library, then grab it for sure.

But if you think Kontakt is (as of 2020) a playground of enldess MPE-controlled fun, dig much deeper before pressing the buy button.

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Comments & Discussion for Native Instruments Kontakt

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Discussion: Active
DJ.DUCEdaKEEYS
DJ.DUCEdaKEEYS
26 June 2012 at 10:55am

One of the #best !

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dizzyfingers
dizzyfingers
5 October 2014 at 9:38am

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

matteogk
matteogk
26 January 2015 at 10:40pm

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.

frareinif
frareinif
13 December 2016 at 7:03am

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

lunardigs
lunardigs
21 December 2016 at 6:08am

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

Spitfire31
Spitfire31
5 October 2021 at 8:57pm

AngelShark's "review" is not a review – just a whining rant against NI in general. Kontakt is the standard, and for good reasons.

AngelShark
AngelShark
8 October 2021 at 11:32pm

Oh, come on. It's no less of a review because one NI fanboy doesn't agree with it. You're entitled to your opinion of Kontakt, just as I'm entitled to mine (as a dissatisfied paying customer). Prospective buyers of Kontakt should be made aware of the drawbacks as well as the benefits. However, feel free to refute anything within my review that you feel is factually incorrect. If you look again, you'll notice I did essentially say Kontakt is the standard, but if NI aren't prepared to bring it into the current decade, the industry should move on. Just because something has always been done a certain way, doesn't mean that should be the case in the future.

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