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Native Instruments KORE 2


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  • Unified software / hardware system to instantly find, play and control sounds
  • Includes audio engines from REAKTOR, MASSIVE, ABSYNTH, FM8, KONTAKT and GUITAR RIG with 500 unique KoreSounds®
  • Sound Variations enrich every KoreSound with up to 8 variations that can be morphed into each other
  • Perfectly integrated hardware controller for analog-style sound control and complete software navigation
  • Ultra-fast KoreSound®-Browser lets you find any sound according to its musical attributes

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 3.9 x 14.6 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds
  • ASIN: B000W90GC6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,394 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description

KORE 2 is the Super Instrument ? a powerful software / hardware system with a versatile library of more than 500 production-ready sounds with over 3,000 sound variations, plus over 100 effect settings. Find, play, and tweak sounds with unprecedented speed, power and ease. KORE 2 features six integrated audio engines, a dedicated hardware controller, and the ultra-fast KoreSound® browser. Additionally, KORE 2 is infinitely expandable with the KORESOUND PACKS, KOMPLETE 5 or any other Audio Unit?/VST®-plug-in.


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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mark Twain on November 30, 2010
UPDATE

Kore 2 is now official DEAD by the hands of Native Instruments.

NI is by far the worst customer service company I've ever encountered. You have my apologies if you bought this horribly-supported product!

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Awful product.

First off -- I have a very high degree of technical / system administration capability. This review is focused on the failed promises of integration for the product, and awful support.

In short -- it sucks.

This product is marketed as a complete integrator of all things Native Instruments. In reality it couldn't be further from the truth.

Kore 2 does NOT recognize sounds from the new Komplete 7 products.
Kore 2 does NOT recognize sounds from the Komplete 5 products.
Kore 2 DOES crash in x64 bit host sequencers (ProTools, Cubase, etc). Constantly.

Native Instruments refuses to respond to customer requests to issue an update to this.

There is NO recommended or clear-cut installation method. Not for Komplete 5, Komplete 7, anything. You're on your own.
The customer support is AWFUL. I also would be hesitant to believe this, but try it for yourself: Call their support (323.467.2693) and just chat with them. You'll see what I mean.

A little background on this company and their support:

I talked with a person that was self-professed as a manager of support that went on to tell me one day how frustrated the American-based support team was with the company, which is based in Germany. He told me that due to low budget and lack of personnel it was hard for them to care. They just don't get supported, and "Germany" doesn't get it.

Yeah.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Cloney on January 21, 2014
I'm so sad that NI decided to completely kill off this excellent product. Practically every track I have written since Kore 1.0 was introduced has something, a pad, a bassline, an appegiated lead, or that killer sound you can't get anywhere else, from Kore.

The thing is, NI billed this as "The Future of Sound." That's a pretty bold statement, but they followed through. The whole concept was that you could take any plugins, stack them together with any presets, define eight variations on those presets, and then MORPH BETWEEN THEM with a simple x/y pad swipe.

And. It. Worked.

Example: You could take a pad from Absynth, a pulsating lead from Massive, and a custom-built VST from Reaktor and layer them all together. You could define specific variations on all of those, and then just morph between them seamlessly in realtime.

If there's anything else out there on the market that does that, please let me know, because I will never change my setup until I can figure out how to support the *hundreds* of tracks I've written over the years with this amazing meta plugin.

There's a myriad of users out there (including me) who have refused to upgrade to anything beyond Komplete 7 because K7 was the last version of the NI plugins to work with Kore.

If it didn't work for you, I'm sorry to hear that, but it's been rock-solid for me since version 2.0, and is still a cornerstone of my creativity.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David Taylor on May 4, 2011
SUMMARY: A potentially brilliant product that simply refused to work.

POSITIVES: Excellent concept, beautiful physical design, great sounds.

NEGATIVES: Buggy software, cryptic menus, CPU hog, slow voice loading, long latencies, poor documentation, and useless customer support.

Kore 2 is basically a hardware and software system that combines playback-only versions of multiple Native Instruments virtual instruments (sound engines) and provides easy, hands-on access to all their key parameters. At least, that's the theory. In practice, Kore 2 in its present form comes nowhere near this ideal. The hardware is physically beautiful and very nice to operate, and when I was able to get the software to work, Kore 2 produced some amazingly lovely and exciting sounds. But I found it impossible to get the product to work with any consistency, and I finally gave up and returned it.

I'll spare you the sordid details, but I'll give you enough of a summary that you know what you may be getting into if you buy this product. I spent *three weeks* trying to get this thing to work properly, but never got it to run for more than brief periods. It not only crashed with appalling regularity, it crashed in multiple ways, making it very hard to diagnose the problem. And when it went down, it took my DAW (Sonar X1) and my OS (Windows XP, SP3) with it. I couldn't even bring up the Windows Task Manager, so every time this thing crashed, I had to power down the computer and restart everything from scratch.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kralnor on March 16, 2011
Sorry you had a bad experience with NI and Kore, and I know it's not helpful but I haven't experienced any of the issues you did. It recognized all my Komplete 7 stuff after a plug-in install and database rescan (which took what felt like a day, but still it worked.) I can't comment on their tech support because frankly I have never needed it. The hardware could be a bit more solid, and it took some getting used to but it's a time saver once you get it down. Frankly I don't really think it's worth the extra money, and I'd get just the software version if I could go back in time.. unless you are just really into gadgets and flashy lights more than anything. Kore makes it so easy to tweak, edit, combine, and interface with the overwhelming # of sounds you get in the Komplete package, I can't imagine working without it.

Waves may be putting out good software-- as far as I know it's mostly effects, not virtual instruments and synths like Kore and Kontakt from NI.. and at $4,750 + the mercury package may be a steal but I'll never know. I'd rather eat and wear clothes. :)
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