Native Instruments Kontakt

Version5(as of 12/1/2014)
PlatformsWindows, Mac
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Main Features

  • Edit, loop, and slice sounds
  • Pitch shift in real time
  • Time-stretch sounds with the Time Machine Pro algorithm
  • Choose from Kontakt's library of more than 1,000 instruments
  • Interact with Native Instruments' diverse community of users

Software Overview

Native Instruments Kontakt is a professional audio sampling application. It is available as a standalone product but also part of Native Instruments' Komplete suite.

Kontakt provides advanced tools that allow you to edit, loop, and slice sounds and pitch shift in real time. You can time-stretch sounds with Kontakt's Time Machine Pro algorithm, re-shape percussive sounds with the Transient Master effect, and choose from 37 high quality filters to apply to your audio. Kontakt provides a 16 channel bus system which gives you routing options with integrated insert and send effects, while its MIDI file player lets you create instruments that can play loops, grooves, and patterns instead of just single notes.

Kontakt's most impressive feature is its large and diverse library, as it comes with more than 1,000 different instruments, each professionally recorded and processed. Instrument collections include synth, orchestral, choir, band, vintage, and urban beats. You can also expand the library by purchasing and installing "Powered by KONTAKT" instruments or third party instruments from other professional sound design companies and instrument manufacturers.

Kontakt is a professional sampler used in the music and film industry. It provides advanced editing tools, an array of high quality filters, and a huge library of instruments. Native Instruments Kontakt is an excellent sampler, as it will help you edit and control the exact sound you are looking to create.

Primary File Type

nkb icon.NKBKontakt Audio Bank

Supported File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.NKBKontakt Audio Bank
.NKCKontakt Library Data File
.NKIKONTAKT Instrument File
.NKMKontakt Multi Instrument File
.NKPKontakt Presets File
.NKSKontakt Monolith Container
.NKXKontakt Monolith Container File

Additional Related File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.AIFFAudio Interchange File Format
.MIDIMIDI Music Data
.NCWNative Compressed Wave File
.SF2SoundFont 2 Sound Bank
Updated 12/1/2014