Native Instruments' KORE Version 2 ($559) stand-alone instrument host and plug-in is now available in stores worldwide. The new version promises to extend and refine KORE's integration of software instruments and effects into a unified architecture, real-time parameter control and comprehensive sound access functionality. KORE 2 also includes a comprehensive sound library based on integrated NI instrument engines.
While remaining an open platform for all software instruments and effects, KORE 2 now also includes its own library of 500 specially designed studio-quality KoreSounds, each with multiple sound variations, covering all relevant musical styles and genres. The sounds are based on the integrated engines of Absynth, FM8, Guitar Rig, Kontakt, Massive and Reaktor.
Native Instruments also announces KoreSound Packs ($59 each), a new line of sound packs for use in KORE 2 that are available as downloads from the NI Online Shop. KoreSound Packs are carefully engineered sound collections that allow musicians of various genres to selectively expand the sonic scope of KORE 2, taking full advantage of its integrated sound engines and the system's sound morphing, control and categorization features. Four different KoreSound Packs are immediately available, and NI says that additional collections with original content will be released in the future.
Each sound in every KoreSound Pack comes with consistent parameter mapping for the high-resolution KORE controller, allowing users to quickly fine-tune and tweak sounds. Up to eight pre-assigned sound variations for every preset also promise extended tonal depth and variety, and a complete set of musical attributes for the KORE sound browser promise to make it easy to integrate the sound collections into an existing preset library.
The first four available KoreSound Packs are based on the existing sound libraries of several NI products: Best of Massive, featuring 200 KoreSounds taken from NI's wavetable synthesizer; Best of Reaktor, Vol. 1, a selection from some of the most popular and unique Reaktor ensembles; Synthetic Drums Reloaded, an assortment of 10 contemporary electronic drum kits; and 57 Drawbar Organ, a collection of sample-based sounds that represent a legendary tone-wheel organ, complete with individual drawbar controls.
Every owner of KORE 2 is also eligible for a free download of one KoreSound Pack of his or her choice.