NAMM: Native Instruments KORE

As a universal sound platform, KORE operates both as a stand-alone instrument host and as a plug-in in every major sequencer. By integrating all VST- and AudioUnits-based software instruments and effects into a single, unified interface, it provides greatly increased control, overview and ease of use in all creative situations. Both Native Instruments’ range of instruments and effects, as well as third-party products are supported. The seamless integration with KORE’s advanced hardware controller gives hands-on control with an analog feel.
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As a universal sound platform, KORE operates both as a stand-alone instrument host and as a plug-in in every major sequencer. By integrating all VST- and AudioUnits-based software instruments and effects into a single, unified interface, it provides greatly increased control, overview and ease of use in all creative situations. Both Native Instruments’ range of instruments and effects, as well as third-party products are supported. The seamless integration with KORE’s advanced hardware controller gives hands-on control with an analog feel.

Addressing the issue of ever-growing sound libraries in today’s software synthesizers and samplers, KORE provides musicians with access to the right sound quickly in every situation. An integrated database holds the sounds of all software instruments on a computer, and allows for searching for them according to musical categories such as genre, articulation or texture. KORE comes equipped with categorization data for each of the more than
11,000 preset sounds of all Native Instruments software instruments and sound libraries.

KORE also marks the introduction of an extremely versatile performance platform with a wealth of advanced live features, making software instruments stage-ready for keyboard players and other live performers. Sophisticated layer and split configurations involving any combination of instruments and effects can be created and recalled easily, while a Performance Manager allows for seamless switching between different scenes and sound sets on the fly —either manually, pre-programmed or remote-controlled.

KORE also bridges the compatibility gap between different systems with the introduction of the KoreSound format. This universal file format can include complex sound, routing, configuration and categorization data, laying the foundation for easy and reliable transfer
even of complex sounds between any setup and system, and between studio and stage.

KORE also marks a new step in hardware controller design and integration. With its high-resolution, touch-sensitive knobs and “Organic LED” (OLED) technology, the KORE controller turns a computer-based setup into a powerful tactile instrument. Bi-directional communication between controller and software gives quick context-specific overview, with the integrated USB 2 audio interface making KORE a complete solution for all musical applications.

“After 10 years of developing software instruments, our goal was to create the one solution that finally makes everything come together,” says Stephan Schmitt, founder and president of Native Instruments. “We believe that KORE will be a significant step forward for musicians and
producers in many ways, and that it will make their individual process of creating and performing music much more efficient, convenient and fun.”

A first look at KORE is available at www.native-instruments.com/kore.info. Further details—including technical specifications, pricing and availability—will be made available in spring 2006.
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