Komplete 9 Ultimate

Native Instruments Komplete 9 – Including Monark and Battery 4

It’s not particularly hard to anticipate a new Komplete – the current one goes on sale, and there are teasers about new products. Komplete 9 is around the corner, and the aforementioned teased products have been unveiled…

Komplete 9

Komplete 9 is more jam packed than ever, and on top of everything that’s gone before it it now includes:

  • Monark
  • Battery 4
  • Solid Mix Series
  • The Giant
  • Session Strings

At €499 for the full version it’s a pricy, but undeniably tempting offer. It comprises more or less a full studio’s worth of fantastic quality instruments and effects, and integrates very tightly with Maschine. The upgrade comes in at €149, which is a pretty appealing price for anyone who owns a previous version of Komplete (except the inaugural 1.0 release) – even Komplete 8 users are getting a good deal if Battery looks like everything you’ve ever been waiting for. The crossgrade, available for Maschine (not Mikro), Reaktor, Konkakt, and Guitar Rig users, is €399, shaving €100 off the asking price.


Komplete Ultimate, on the other hand, is a full complement of just about everything you can get from Native Instruments; 370GB of software and sample content in 65 products means you’ll never be able to moan about not having the right tools ever again. Well, until Komplete 10 comes out, anyway. Komplete Ultimate is €999, with updates from €399, so it’s  definitely one for the completionists. That hard drive based install is such a timesaver, though!

Check out Komplete 9 and Komplete 9 Ultimate at NI!



That revolution in sound that was teased a couple of weeks back is now laid bare for all to see: Monark. It’s a Reaktor Instrument, meaning no saving of patches unless you own the full version of Reaktor, but it promises to be the best sounding virtual analogue synth anyone’s ever heard. The key, according to Native Instruments, is Zero Delay Feedback technology:

Using mathematical prediction, ZDF technology eliminates the sample delay normally produced when trying to digitally model analog circuits involving feedback, such as a resonant filter.

This isn’t just another Moog clone, according to NI (who say everything but which synth they’re basing Monark on), it’s a breakthrough in modelling technology. A combination of analogue circuit modelling and fine tuning by ear promises all the drift, overloading distortion, and everything else that makes the Minimoog the Minimoog. And it’s available on the 27th of March as an individual purchase or part of Komplete 9.

Check out Monark at NI!

Battery 4

Battery 4

We should have known. ‘Supercharge Your Drums’ was the giveaway, as Battery’s tagline has previously been ‘Charge Your Drums’, but I was a little too ambitious in my speculation last week. Battery 4 is the other new product from Native Instruments, and it’s still undeniably Battery.

The interface has been tidied up and simplified, adding more power but making things look overall less busy compared to Battery 3. At its heart though, it appears that Battery 4 is an evolution to the Battery name rather than a total revolution, which makes my ponderings from last week really look like I was overthinking things. Battery has always been a great piece of software, but it’s fallen by the wayside a bit of late. Improving its ease of use with the updated, colour coded interface, smoother and simpler MIDI mapping, grouping, and side chaining, and the tag based browser should catapult Battery 4 back to prominence – and the integration of the Solid Mix series of EQ and compression along with more of the the vintage modes introduced into Maschine and adopted by Battery 3 will only solidify it.

With a sound bank purportedly geared towards electronic and hip hop producers, the only question left is how big it’ll be, how much content will be new vs returning, and how many kits will be preloaded. Like Monark, Battery 4 is due out on the 27th of March.

Check out Battery 4 at NI!


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