Native Instruments Komplete 13 aka the Guitar Update brings a redesigned Guitar Rig 6 Pro, new effects, Kontakt libraries & more
Native Instruments Komplete Bundle receives every two years a major update and always in September. The last was in September 2018 with Komplete 12 including Kontakt 6, Massive X in 2019, and more. So it is logical that the year 2020 will again be dominated by a new Komplete Bundle. NI has today released a preview of the upcoming Komplete 13 update with a planned release on October 1st. Unfortunately, it will not be a major Synthesizer update, rather one for effect and soundtrack fans.
The highlight of Komplete 13 will be a revamped and redesigned Guitar Rig 6 Pro with new amps, effects, and ways to manipulate your sound. The predecessor not only worked great as an effects processor on guitars but also nicely on hard- or software synthesizers. With the new effects content, GRP6 will be more versatile and flexible.
Guitar Rig 6 Pro
GR6Pro comes with a fresh look that features scalable, clean & easy-to-use interface making creativity with audio processing even more intuitive. Compared to the GR5Pro, definitely a big update that fits into 2020. The new version is based on a new intelligent circuit modeling technology (ICM) newly developed by Native that uses cutting-edge machine learning technology to reproduce the behavior of hardware devices from the ground up, giving a whole new level of depth and realism to our amp emulations.
Cool, NI will work closely with the community to discover new hardware and bring it to GR6Pro with regular updates. There is no kind of matching technology like Positive Grid, which is a shame. On the content side, it includes three newly modeled boutique and vintage amps as well as 14 new effects from Native and Softube.
GUITAR RIG 6 PRO comes loaded with an inspirational collection of presets from a variety of heavy-hitting guitarists, bassists, producers, and songwriters including Yvette Young, Tim Lefebvre, Pete Thorn, Zola Jesus, and Butch Vig, along with many more to come with future updates.
New Effects & One New Synthesizer
Guitar Rig 6 Pro is the only new effect plugin in K13. With RAUM Reverb (free during Christmas) and Crush Pack, four new effect plugins will join the Komplete bundle. For friends of synthesizers, there is the Super 8, an eight-voice polyphonic Synthesizer ensemble for Reaktor 6 designed for warm analog-style sounds and new expansions for Massive X.
New Sample-Based Content
A Komplete update without GBs of new sample content doesn’t exist. This also applies to the new Native Instruments Komplete 13 that comes with many new and already published libraries for Kontakt. It ranges from new orchestral content up to big atmospheric libraries using granular synthesis. It includes:
- Cremona Quartet: four ultra-rare string instruments from the world’s most renowned luthiers, meticulously sampled at their home in Cremona, Italy.
- Arkhis: a cutting-edge, contemporary orchestral layering engine for big-screen shine on tap.
- Noire: the signature sound of Nils Frahm’s evocative concert grand, captured at its home in Berlin’s Funkhaus complex.
- Mysteria: a cinematic performance instrument for ethereal and arcane choral textures.
- Pharlight: a vocal-based granular instrument that brings boutique sample content and cunning sound-design to a powerful granular engine. Suited to both cinematic and musical melodies, pads, and soundscapes.
- Session Guitarist: Electric Sunburst Deluxe: a powerful, expanded version of the popular playable electric guitar that’s perfect for contemporary productions.
At first glance, it looks like a nice update for Komplete. As already said: less an update for Synthesizer friends but more for fans of sample libraries & Guitar Rig Pro. Interesting observation: Komplete 13 will still be available as a full purchase and not a subscription model.
Native Instruments Komplete 13 will be available in four different versions on October 1st, 2020 starting at 199€ for K13 Select. Upgrades & crossgrades will be available for existing Komplete users.
More information here (partner link): Native Instruments