Komplete, and then some
Of the things I do (which are many), one of my favorites is writing for DJ Times Magazine, which I’ve been doing for a few years now. (For those who don’t know, I write DJ gear reviews and occasional features as well.)
The magazine also offers coverage of production and remixing, and I was recently tasked with reviewing Native Instruments‘ new software synthesizer and effects bundle, Komplete 8, which arrived the other day.
So far, all I can say is, “Awesome!” With all of NI’s flagship platforms (Guitar Rig, Kontakt and Reaktor), as well as all the key standalone synths (Absynth, FM8, Battery, etc.), Komplete covers an incredible amount of territory, especially given that there’s 80 Gig (compressed) of presets, samples and other content to go along with the 5 Gig or so worth of software—all of which is delivered in a “book” of 12 DVD-ROMs.
I’ve not spent much time with Komplete just yet; mostly it’s been trying out the various synths standalone to get a feel for how they’re put together and what sorts of sounds they produce. I’ve used NI’s Absynth for well over a year now, and I’ve dabbled with some other NI products, including Retro Machines (which was recently updated to a “MkII” version, and moved from the older Kore platform into Kontakt), so I have some sense of the quality and approach NI takes.
Over the course of the next month, I’ll be using the tools in Komplete 8 in a couple of remix projects that are on my plate—the perfect vehicles for truly digging into all of it. I plan to use everything in the bundle in some way across these projects, and will be giving a full run-down on the pages of DJ Times afterward.
Based on my initial playing around, as expected, there are some incredible sound-making capabilities in Komplete… Just digging into Kontakt is like being a kid in a candy store of sound, but I was perhaps most taken so far with FM8, NI’s (obviously) FM synthesis offering; for me anyway, there’s just a freshness and vibrancy of sound there that I found inspiring, and I can’t wait to run with it a bit farther. Massive is another one of the products in the bundle that stood out as being pretty darned impressive; in short, it lives-up to its name.
Look for my complete review in DJ Times soon.