February 3, 2005
../ 2005 NAMM Report: Native Instruments
Our wish for a sequel to Kontakt was granted.
Kontakt 2 debuted with a new sampling engine, extensive surround sound
integration, a new script processor, and integrated convolution effects. The new surround integration in Kontakt 2 supports multi-channel formats
ranging from 3.0 up to 16.0, including industry standards like 5.1 and 7.1. All of the 13 effects in Kontakt 2 are also fully surround-enabled,
including a surround panning module that allows for precise sound field placement as well as creative panning effects. Kontakt 2 also features an
output matrix that provides an intuitive overview of its channel routing and output levels.
The Kontakt Script Processor (KSP) is a fully programmable processing engine
that transforms and generates MIDI and control events based on a new script language. A KSP module can be an arpeggiator or a step sequencer,
a MIDI recorder or a chord generator, a virtual guitar or a harp simulator, or whatever the user can program, complete with definable on-screen controls.
Kontakt 2 ships with a large assortment of pre-programmed KSP modules that can be used out of the box as well as modified according to individual
needs. Another welcome addition to the Kontakt arsenal is the new convolution effect engine. Ultra-realistic reverb effects, speaker and microphone
simulation, and much more are now available. A library of high-quality, versatile impulse responses is included with Kontakt 2.
Kontakt 2 is also the most compatible sampler on the market. It reads more than 30
different file and sample formats including Acid, Akai S-5000/S-6000, AppleLoops, Battery 2, Emu EIV/EOS/ESi, Halion, Korg Triton, Kurzweil, MachFive, Reason NN-XT, Reaktor, Roland S-5XXX/7XXX and SoundFont 2.
Kontakt 2 will be available in March 2005 for a suggested retail price of $579. An upgrade for all previous versions of Kontakt will be available
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