New Features in Kontakt 4

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New Features in Kontakt 4

The KONTAKT 4 update provides several major improvements and brand-new features that enhance the performance and ease-of-use for both new users and those already familiar with KONTAKT.

New in Version 4.1

Loading Times Improved

The new background loading feature improves your workflow: It makes opening large instruments incredibly fast, enabling you to play nearly immediately - without having to wait for all samples to be loaded. This applies to the stand-alone version of KONTAKT 4.1 and the KONTAKT 4 PLAYER as well as the plug-in versions.
> Watch the video on background loading


The image on the left demonstrates the radically improved loading behaviour. (System used: Mac Pro, 2x2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon, 8GB DDR2 DIMM, external 1TB Firewire drive)



Details on background loading:

Instant access: Imagine loading a 3GB sample library such as SCARBEE MM-BASS and yet being able to continue working after mere seconds. KONTAKT 4.1 frees the user interface so you can start working right away instead of watching a progress bar.

Prioritized loading: Samples that have been played since the most recent loading procedure are the first to be loaded the next time the Instrument is recalled. This makes sure that the samples most relevant to a particular host project are the first to be available.

Playing while loading: During the loading process it is possible to play samples (e.g. via a MIDI keyboard) that haven’t yet been loaded into memory. Whenever KONTAKT receives a MIDI note while the corresponding sample is not loaded yet, that sample will be loaded immediately. A small delay when playing the sample the first time may occur, affecting the timing of the concerned note.

True 64 Bit Support

64 Bit Support
This update delivers you complete and native 64 bit support for Mac®, Vista and Windows® 7. KONTAKT 4.1 can use virtually unlimited amounts of memory, which turns working with even the largest libraries into a pleasure. In other words: The times of 32 bit audio unit bridges in your 64 bit host are definitely over.




Note: KONTAKT’s unique Memory Server technology on Mac still allows breaking free from the memory limitation even on 32 bit systems.

New Authentic Expression Technology (AET)

New Authentic Expression Technology The new Authentic Expression Technology sees KONTAKT 4 radically redefining the authentic reproduction of acoustic instruments with all their dynamics and articulations, while adding completely new options for creative sound design. In addition to the traditional way of sampling different volume levels of an instrument statically, AET is able to capture specific spectral characteristics of samples and gradually apply them to another samples in real-time, allowing you to seamlessly “morph” between different instruments’ characteristics. This breakthrough allows for a new level in expression and realism when playing a sampled instrument.

AET is especially powerful applied to solo instruments with sustained sounds - such as strings, brass, woodwinds, and choir: You can hold down a key and then seamlessly fade with the Mod Wheel between different articulations (e.g. trumpet playing with and without mute) or volume/dynamic levels with different harmonics.

It’s often possible to merge the acoustic characteristics of different instrument such as the piano and celesta in real time, opening new horizons for creative sampling and new kinds of hybrid instruments.

> Watch the AET video

Expanded Sound Library: +10GB

Expanded Library In addition to the six collections available in the previous version, KONTAKT 4 now includes a comprehensive Choir Collection, recorded exclusively for Native Instruments, providing a complete set of soprano, alto, tenor and bass voices in different setups.

Several instruments of the Choir Collection makes use of the new Authentic Expression Technology giving you a new level of control: the choir voices can seamlessly morph the vowels (“A-E-I-O-U”) while holding a key/note, which is nearly impossible with other samplers.

In addition, the Orchestral Collection has been updated with a new Solo Strings section, taken form the legendary Vienna Symphonic Library, and a concert hall organ, while the Vintage collection gets the famed Mellotron keyboard. Plus, all the e-piano samples from ELEKTRIK PIANO are included.

All in all, an extra 10 Gigabytes of new material enrich the KONTAKT library.

> watch the library video

Expanded Convolution Effect Library

Expanded Convolution Effect Library KONTAKT 4 comes with more than 300 new and professionally recorded impulse responses from a wide rang of rooms, concert halls, churches, speakers etc, to add super-realistic reverbs to your instruments or the sonic characteristics of high-quality hardware equipment (amps, speakers, hardware reverbs etc.). The new impluse response samples are provided by Echochamber, Studiodevices and Acousticas.

Improved Performance Views Per Instrument

IMPROVED PERFORMANCE VIEWS PER INSTRUMENT PERFORMANCE VIEWS provide custom control panels, that make Instrument-specific settings available without having to switch to Edit mode. In KONTAKT 4, a much larger control panel is available so each instrument has more important parameters accessible, as well as giving each instrument a distinctive feel through the easy-on-the-eye graphics.





Advanced Script Processor

Advanced Script Processor The enhanced KONTAKT Script Processor gives many more options for designing custom Performance Views and for controlling other KONTAKT areas such as the master section (when writing ‘multi scripts’).







New Attribute-based Browser & Pre-tagged Library

New Attribute-based Browser & Pre-tagged Library It’s never been easier to find the right sound or instrument. With the attribute-based browser you can search via keywords or browse by instrument type (bass, piano, strings).

The complete KONTAKT 4 library has been pre-tagged for your convenience. You can also create custom attributes to tag your instruments according to your own criteria.

Attribute-based browsing works for Instruments, Multis, Banks, Groups, Presets, and Samples.







Lossless Sample Compression

New Lossless Sample Compression format ‘NCW’ with real-time encoding – reducing the size of samples by up to 50%. Instruments with high disk streaming load, such as Grand Pianos, benefit from the fact that less data has to be read from hard disk. Note that the complete KONTAKT library is delivered in uncompressed WAV format - the Lossless Sample Compression is just an option for your choice when you save instruments.

Other Enhancements Since Version 3.5

     
  • Redesigned Quick-Load feature: Gain instant and convenient access to all your patches. Customize it by creating your own folder structure and simply dragging and dropping any patch into the browser.
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  • Improved Samples Missing Dialog: Remembers selection of the search folder for subsequent appearances. Avoids frequent use of the dialog well-known to all of you who have ever moved a project to a different folder.
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  • Extended Memory Addressing: Full support for 64-bit memory addressing in both Windows and Mac OS X. This means you can load more than 4 GB samples into RAM in both stand-alone and plug-in mode.
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  • Enhanced Sampling Engine: Completely re-designed sample playback engine.
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  • Multi-processor support: True multi-processor / multi-core support.
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  • Direct MIDI Learn: MIDI Learn function for all sliders and knobs including Performance Views.
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  • Enhanced Library Management: Browsing and loading samples and libraries with visually enhanced library tab quicker and easier.
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  • Further improvements: A bypass button for effect slots, localized info pane in six languages, improved automapping, Pro Tools compatibility under Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, aftertouch interpretation added to KSP, a Play cursor for Beat Machine mode in Wave Editor and enhanced REX file support.
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