KOMPLETE 8 is a bundled package of instruments and effects for modern digital music creation, composition, production, and sound design. There are three different versions of KOMPLETE 8 – KOMPLETE 8 ULTIMATE, KOMPLETE 8, and KOMPLETE ELEMENTS. Each one contains a variety of instruments and effects that provide value for your musical creation. Because there is so much contained within the package, his review will look at KOMPLETE 8 and will be broken down into 3 parts.
In this review I will look at the KONTAKT 5 as well as the piano and keyboards that come with KOMPLETE 8. KONTAKT 5 is a soft-sampler that is known for its audio engine, flexible architecture and the 43 GB worth of sounds that it brings along. It comes with new effects, filters, sampling modes, and more.
KONTAKT has been around for almost a decade and is an industry standard when it comes to software samplers. At a base level, this program allows you to play back and process audio samples, but it also does much more than just that. It gives you the ability to create complex sample-based virtual instruments, process their audio signals, build sophisticated performance setups with extensive modulation routings, and gain access to a large number of third-party sample libraries.
KONTAKT can be run either stand-alone or as a plug-in – a virtual instrument inside your sequencer or digital audio workstation (DAW). This later method gives you the ability run multiple instances side-by-side. As a plug-in, it comes as VST, Audio Units (AU), and RTAS formats.
KONTAKT has been updated to version 5 and while the interface has not changed, it does contain some large-scale enhancements including:
• SOLID G-EQ which is an authentic re-interpretation of a classic studio effect— a uniquely clean and musical 4-band EQ switchable to shelf on the low and high bands, plus two full parametric mid-bands.
• SOLID BUS COMP which is also available as a fully-fledged product in its own right, this virtual reproduction of a legendary compressor adds presence and drive without blurring the detail.