KONTAKT is everything from instant inspiration for music makers to the industry’s leading instrument-building tool. More than a sampler, this shapeshifting platform has powered two decades of blockbuster film scores and chart-topping hits, plus thousands of incredible instruments.
Orchestral covers all the traditional scoring essentials, with large-section woodwinds, brass, percussion, and strings, all from Orchestral Tools.
Find your sounds fast with the all-new resizable browser: Search, filter, and audition individual sounds, and import your own indie libraries.
Access 60 inspiring instruments from around the world with Acoustic – from flutes and pipes to bowed and plucked strings, lutes, and mallets.
Band is your new rock and pop go-to: Picked and strummed guitars, driving basses, and classic drum sounds and loops.
Get instant access to an eclectic range of sought-after modular and hard-wired synthesizers with Synths’ cutting-edge pads, basses, arpeggios, and drums.
Vintage coaxes timeless sounds from some of the 20th century’s most iconic synths and drum machines, for authentic retro vibes.
A NEW CHAPTER
For the seventh generation of KONTAKT, we’re bringing its 20-year legacy into the future. Find sounds easily with a new resizable browser. Explore new musical ideas and find fresh inspiration with an overhauled Factory Library, newly added effects, and under-the-hood audio improvements.
LOOKS GOOD, SOUNDS EVEN BETTER
The revamped Factory Library in KONTAKT 7 not only ups the bar for sonic quality and quantity, it also brings our flagship sampler right up to date with big, beautiful, HiDPI interfaces. Get to grips with an endlessly playable – and tweakable – selection of acoustic and electronic instruments, including a new collection of expertly sampled large orchestral sections from Orchestral Tools.
It’s hard to stay in the flow if you’re always having to hunt for your favorite sounds. So we’re putting them all out in the open with an all-new browsing experience. Now you can search, filter, and audition individual sounds from across your collection, view preset properties and edit tags, and even import your indie libraries and home-made instruments.
ACCESS THE BIGGEST COLLECTION OF VIRTUAL INSTRUMENTS
KONTAKT is your gateway to the widest collection of sampled instruments available anywhere. With hundreds of officially licensed instruments available from NI and other leading manufacturers, alongside thousands more from boutique developers, sound designers, and composers, you’ll never run short of inspiration.
All your favorite KONTAKT libraries are built right here in KONTAKT, and creating unique instruments of your own can be as simple as dragging in a single sample, or as deep as your imagination allows. And with new Psyche Delay and Ring Modulator effects from GUITAR RIG 7, plus an updated time stretching algorithm, your creations will sound better than ever.
STAY IN THE FLOW WITH NI HARDWARE
Load KONTAKT in KOMPLETE KONTROL or MASCHINE to browse and preview sounds directly from your hardware, control key parameters with dedicated knobs, and more. And with S-Series keyboards, the integration goes even deeper: All your key switches and zones are laid out on the Light Guide, right where you need them.
GET IT WITH KOMPLETE
KONTAKT 7 is included with KOMPLETE 14 STANDARD and above. Get it now, together with a huge collection of sampled instruments, all our flagship synthesizers, and a host of creative and studio effects – all with huge savings.
The KONTAKT Factory Library comes with an array of brand-new sounds, effects, and under-the-hood engine features, plus a stunningly modern, easy-to-use interface, making creativity with sampled instruments even faster and more intuitive. With over 43GB of meticulously recorded samples from nearly 900 individual instruments, it covers everything from deep-sampled acoustic instruments to vintage drum machines and classic analog synths.
Completely overhauled in KONTAKT 7 by Orchestral Tools, the comprehensive, integrated collection of sampled string, woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments in the Orchestral collection are all taken from OT’s flagship product range, The Berlin Series. Recorded with the finest musicians, in situ, on the same Teldex Scoring Stage in Berlin, these libraries are used by AAA-list film, media, and game composers.
Flutes, dulcimers, recorders, bagpipes, fiddles, plus a brand-new hurdy gurdy, and a range of gongs and percussion sounds with editable MIDI patterns. The Acoustic collection packs 60 meticulously recorded instruments that let you add layers of unique character to tracks. Cross borders and continents to tap into distinctive, authentic sounds from a huge range of locations, including Ireland, Turkey, Japan, Cuba, Armenia, and beyond.
Whether it’s rock, funk, jazz, or soul, you can find the authentic sounds you need in the Band collection with a range of acoustic and electric sounds – newly added guitars, plus basses, organs, horns, and e-pianos. The collection also has a range of drum kits, which come with preset grooves that can be exported with MIDI drag and drop. Choose from different articulations and playing styles, and dial in extra character with a range of controls, including vibrato and sustain.
Find your flow and lay down rhythmic patterns fast – the Beats collection is totally overhauled for Factory Library 2. Choose from 288 pre-made Grooves across 90 kits, or free-play your own rhythms with a keyboard or pads. You can also use MIDI drag and drop to export the Groove patterns into your DAW for editing, and further customize your drum sounds with a range of studio-grade effects including chorus, flanger, reverb, and delay.
The Choir collection delivers choral vocals that span the soprano, alto, tenor, and bass pitch ranges. New in KONTAKT 7 are a range of high-quality patches that include the vowels Aah, Eh, I, Ooh, Uh, and Mmm, as well as sustain, marcato, staccato, and staccatissimo articulations.
All the pads, leads, arps, and basses you could ever need, including a freshly added Soundscapes category for evolving, cinematic textures. From the earliest vintage gear to sci-fi-ready FM and modular rigs, the Synths collection contains a huge range of electronic sounds, along with high-grade effects that let you dial in sweeping filters, echoing delays, roomy reverbs, and more.
A collection of 292 deep-sampled electronic instruments that deliver the rich, timeless warmth of analog synthesis, tube compression, and tape saturation. Draw from the sounds of some of the most priceless, sought-after synths, drum machines, and classic gear, ready to add the highest quality textures and timbres to any production in any genre.
KONTAKT 7 ships with three Play Series instruments: ANALOG DREAMS, ETHEREAL EARTH, and HYBRID KEYS. These libraries combine two morphable sound layers, many of which utilize KONTAKT’s wavetable synthesis engine, for exciting hybrid textures.
KONTAKT Play Series instruments all feature eight carefully tailored controls, designed to control a number of complimentary parameters, allowing powerful performance and editing in a streamlined interface that automatically maps to NI hardware controllers.
16 all-time classic synthesizers and keyboards in a simple and streamlined interface, complete with an arpeggiator and chord generator. Enjoy painstakingly captured, editable versions of iconic, timeless machines.
AN ENTIRE UNIVERSE OF SOUND
KONTAKT powers a huge range of Native Instruments products. Its formidable sound engine and advanced scripting have built our reputation as a sampled instrument manufacturer.
KONTAKT enables the creation of thousands of sample-based instruments from hundreds of top builders – representing the cutting edge of sample instrument design, from the organic orchestral palettes of Landforms to the blockbuster sci-fi sounds of Symphobia 4.
Many of these instruments are made for the free KONTAKT PLAYER, so you don’t need the full version of KONTAKT to use them.
KONTAKT instruments offer unprecedented levels of hardware integration and enhancement, for both our own and partner-developed instruments.
For example, when used in conjunction with KOMPLETE KONTROL SERIES keyboards, they can fully harness the power of the Light Guide, allowing instant visual references for pattern-triggering, split key ranges, thousands of special articulations (such as muted brass notes or guitar slides), and step-sequencing.
Many KONTAKT instruments, both our own and those of third-party developers, use Native Kontrol Standard® (NKS) – Native Instruments’ extended plug-in format for all virtual instrument developers.
NKS allows for intuitive and seamless interaction between plug-in instruments and KOMPLETE KONTROL and MASCHINE hardware, including tag-based preset browsing, instant audio previews, and pre-mapping of key controls to hardware – definitive integration designed by developers themselves.
Intel Macs (i5 or higher): macOS 11, 12 or 13 (latest update)
Apple Silicon Macs (via Rosetta 2 & natively on ARM in Standalone or in hosts that support it): macOS 11, 12 or 13 (latest update)
Windows 10 or 11 (latest Service Pack), Intel Core i5 or equivalent CPU, 2 GB RAM
Graphics hardware support for Direct 3D 11.1 (Feature Level 11_0) or higher
4 GB RAM (6 GB recommended for large KONTAKT Instruments)
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