Yes, the Internet moves fast. Just hours after Native Instruments announces a free soundpack, it’s already popping up on Twitter – AudioGeekZine reports happy times with the new Compilations Volume 1 soundpack from Native Instruments.

Here’s the story: because Native Instruments uses the free Kore Player for its soundpacks, you can make use of the included sounds without owning Kore, on Mac or Windows. Soundpack Compilation Volume 1 is packed with nearly 100 MB of 100 Kore Sounds and 800 variations thereof, curated from the various soundpacks they’ve released this year. That includes synths designed in Reaktor, FM8, Absynth, and Massive, percussion, effects, and more. Aside from the variations, you get quite a bit of timbral control over the sounds with pre-assigned parameters, even without owning the software with which these were developed. (In other words, no need to use the presets as-is in recognizable form!) If you own any of the products, you can edit the sounds.

KORE Soundpacks: Free Compilation Vol. 1 [Native Instruments]

At the risk of pointing out the obvious, Volume 1 suggests more may be coming.

Since it works with everything, I figured it was worth putting here instead of our minisite. Let us know what you think of the pack, and if anyone else has freely-available sounds for the holidays.

And in other news, I suggest being as arcane as you possibly can on social networking services like Twitter and Facebook. For instance, “Peter is … jumping with joy because he’s found exactly the right granular size parameter for his new SuperCollider effect.”

People will think you’re about to cause the end of the universe, along with that Large Hadron Collider. Actually, excuse me while I Tweet that.

  • 🙂
    I was too lazy to post about this, so I tweeted (or is it twat?) it. Peter is picking up the slack!

    This really is a lot of fun now. Core player was pretty forgettable when it first came out, this is the first soundpack I could actually afford, and has done a good job at getting me interested in the other soundpacks.
    Hopefully vol. 2 comes out sooner than next Christmas.

  • Ableton also has a free 400MB "Live Pack" for Live available titled Solid Sounds:

  • Darren Landrum

    Ooh, is it my turn to say something horribly cynical now?


    "Great! Now we'll get a new flood of so-called 'producers' in their bedrooms all remaking the same old song with identical sounds thanks to NI."

    Thank you! I'll be here all week.

  • Darren Landrum

    For those reading my comment above, I'm not being completely serious.

  • This actually looks much more interesting than the Korg M1 LE that comes with the Nano series controllers. I lost about 20 minutes of my life installing and registering that hopeless mess… great, a collection of FM-pianos-with-strings and log-drums-with-narbly-vocal-pads. I don't remember the 80's actually being like that.

  • For the life of me, I cannot get the Kore Player to work on my system. I've got several other NI instruments, but for some reason this will not cooperate. I guess I should go back to the NI forums and try again, though they weren't able to get me beyond the infinite loop of the install I seem to be in.

  • @Puffer: hmmm, that's pretty unfortunate. Define "not working" — what does it do? Which OS?

    Maybe the forums will be some help.

    @Darren: well, the good news anyone who uses the presets exactly as-is probably won't have the sense to try out the variations or twist any of the knobs — those two things being the whole point of the koresound thing!

  • Oh, and it's your turn to say something cynical, because you're holding the Conch of Cynicism. Once that gets passed to someone else, of course, it's their turn. Happily, we also have a Fig Leaf of Blind Optimism to pass around…

  • Darren Landrum

    Hehe. I'll be sure to pass along the Conch of Cynicism as soon as I'm finished sampling it.

    As for my real view of this story, I think it's great that tools like this are available to people who can't afford the full set. There's no time like now to make music with no money, really. Will it create a lot of derivative knock-offs? Sure, but that's not to say there isn't some destitute but creative soul out there that can make something amazing.

  • Quintin


  • Peter, please add this to the post: there's an annoying issue with Kore Player after installing the Compilation Pack on OSX. For some reason, Kore Player can't find the sounds from the original soundpacks, but the files are there.

    Fortunately, there's a clunky but easy solution. Open the terminal and type the two following command lines exactly as they appear below:

    <code>cd "~/Library/Application Support/Native Instruments/Kore Player"</code>

    <code>rm Soundpacks.cache koredb</code>

    Close the terminal and open Kore Player. This removes Kore Player's cache and forces it to reload the sound database. Unfortunately you'll lose your ratings, but there's no way around it.

    It's incredible that NI could let a bug so easy to detect and yet so annoying, but I guess you get what you pay for.

  • HPHuey

    I downloaded both and the sound is excellent. It truly adds a notable fresh texture to my rig. I loosely "hate" NI's blocky-print GUIs, but this was a great idea on their part. I'll buy a couple of their packs, make them a little money and dodge the hassle of the larger items like Reaktor that don't really fit my goals. I recommend this setup; the sounds are clear without being too pristine or shrill. There is both delicacy and beef to be had here. Heck, that woodwind sound feels and sounds as sensitive as can be. Verdict: 5-star cool.