Native Instruments’ hotly-anticipated solution for playing soft synths, cataloging sounds, and performing with software in the studio and onstage is here. KORE is now available in stores and shipping, with a street around US$500 (just under US$1500 buys you KORE plus Native’s insanely massive Komplete collection of instruments as part of a special intro).

Native is also launching a US tour with the product, a set of online video demos, and a range of limited-edition intro deals.

Pictured here: what happens if you use KORE in the middle of a global thermonuclear war. That or else what happens if you plug in the wrong kind of AC adapter. (KORE Meltdown? From the KORE Tour Intro video.)

If you are getting KORE, here’s what you’ll want to know about the update and getting started using the package . . .

First off, don’t miss this thread from the CDM Forums:

So I got my Kore 4 days early!

Forum reader Virgil has detailed some installation tips and observations. Thanks, Virgil!

Secondly, you’ll want to make sure you get the 1.01 update right away. Native Instruments’ Erin Hutton tells CDM:

The update includes several important features, such as new premade controller assignments for third-party instruments, detailed below:

  1. a new “Live View” mode, for live performance usage, that shows the essential controls and parameters in a special, zoomed layout
  2. premade “easy access” controller assignments for a wide range of third-party instruments, including those from Spectrasonics, Arturia, GMedia, Korg, Novation, Rob Papen and others
  3. six additional integrated effects, including a filter bank, a lo-fi effect, two compressors, a limiter and a frequency shifter
  4. an optimized audio driver for Windows and Mac with an improved latency adaption mode
  5. additional Multi Sounds

Pretty major stuff for a “point-oh-one” update. As usual, you can download that from the registered section of the NI site. I’ll be unboxing KORE and Komplete this weekend, so stay tuned.

If you do pick up KORE, please let us know about it in the CDM Software forum.

  • bathyscaaf

    I was initially very interested in Kore. Once I found out that I would not be able to work on compositions I had started with Kore without having the hardware connected…well, I was disapointed. I emailed NI and asked if they might at least have a USB dongle in the works so people could work while away from their Kore console, and they replied that I had to have the hardware connected and that's all they could tell me….

  • That's interesting. Back in January, I was told you would be able to use KORE without the hardware but "you wouldn't want to." (To which I said, sure I would!) That would have been consistent with the way Guitar Rig works. This does make for a really heavy dongle. More on this when I finally get to try it this weekend . . .

  • certainly sounds like an essential piece of kit, although the demo vid totally cheeses out!

    anyway, cheese aside the context based search queries are pretty cool and love the idea of a single, and tactile, interface between me and tons of software.

    i'm also excited by what seems to be interoperability between different sequencers.

    but if i can't sit up in bed or at the park and work on a track without dragging the controller around i'd had have some serious reservations.

  • That's in fact the case; you do need the hardware plugged in in order to use the software.

    But while I'm all for working on tracks in bed, in the park, and whatnot, the specific applications of KORE pretty much mean you'd never need to do that. And all the rest of NI's stuff is still software-authorized (not requiring plugged in hardware). Your track is likely to be stored in Ableton Live or SONAR or another program, and even if you wanted to tweak a synth in Reaktor or Absynth, you would still do that in the program itself. You're unlikely to open KORE at all unless you have a keyboard handy and are planning a more intensive session.

    Although, even as I say this, I see your point, because if you get into KORE and start using it exclusively every time you look for a sound, then your sequences will all become dependent on KORE.

  • Formant Five

    I've got the Kore. It's about as buggy as you could expect a first release (yes, I've installed the 1.01 update…). It just crashed for the 4th time and this time took out it's own sound library. I had this for 3 days and have yet to see it up and running. I've had Komplete 3 running just fine on this PC with a M-Audio ProjectMix before attaching Core. One of the crashes (actual blue screen) was due to the hardware driver. The other ones have seemed to be pure software.

    Also note about the hardware, there are little scratches about 1/2" long to the left of each knob. These look like they were probably caused by the factory assembly process. All of the silver buttons on the hardware feel good when clicked, but the black butttons under the LCD and around the jog wheel feel pretty spongy.

    On a 2nd laptop I get a USB over power message when plugging into the 2nd USB port (1st port has a Microsoft Intellimouse Optical). I didn't get the overpower message on the desktop PC with Komplete 3 installed. On that laptop the Kore HW control panel does not display correctly because the window won't resize. I think this may be related to the display resolution or dpi because the desktop PC doesn't have the same problem.

    Whoops, while writing this post the driver blue screened again while I was trying to reboot Windows after reinstalling Kore and the Kore update. On reboot it looks like the reinstall worked, but Kore software crashed when trying to add a Reaktor sound layer to a Absynth layer.

    This is pretty shameful stuff. I hope they get a handle on it because I've spent a bundle with Native Instruments over the last several years and I *really* want to like this product!