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Native Instruments Komplete 8 Software Suite

4.1 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews

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  • A powerful bundle of instruments and effects for music production
  • 27 products in total, with 110 GB of samples
  • The cutting edge in studio production, live performance, instrument and sound design
  • Includes latest versions of Kontakt, Guitar Rig, and Reaktor
  • Ready for Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Live and all other major DAWs

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Get a ton of great virtual instruments and plug-in processors for a fantastic price, with Native Instruments Komplete 8. With Komplete 8, you get over 110GB of absolutely AMAZING content - a total of more than 11,000 sounds! You get everything from NI flagships such as KONTAKT 5 and REAKTOR 5.6., to a world of other goodies. If you never want to run out of sounds to inspire your music, you need to pick up Native Instruments Komplete 8!

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Item Weight 2.9 pounds
Product Dimensions 11 x 4 x 10 inches
Shipping Weight 2.9 pounds
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ASIN B005KSUZPW
Item model number 21300
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4.1 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #62,144 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#39 in Musical Instruments > Recording Equipment > Computer Recording > Sound Editing & Recording > Virtual Instruments
Date first available at Amazon.com August 3, 2011

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In short, Komplete 8 from Native Instruments is a great bargain on lots of professional quality plug-ins and samplers for any producer. The included Kontakt 5 and Reaktor 5.6 alone make the purchase worth your money (not to mention Battery and Guitar Rig). I personally owned Komplete Synths before purchasing Komplete 8, so needless to say it was a giant step forward.

I'm not sure why the previous reviewer is mad about Retro Machines mkII or the evoucher not being physically included in the collection. I received an email a few days after ACTIVATING, not purchasing, the product. The email included a download link to Retro Machines mkII and my $30 evoucher. I'd bet the reviewer before me received both of these a day or two after activating / posting their review. There is no problem at all with Retro Machines mkII or the evoucher.

The "false advertising" claims aside (this is irrelevant), the fact is that Komplete 8 includes an insane amount of programs, samples, plug-ins, etc. The value of all this included content far exceedes the $549 pricetag, whether there are truly "27 included products" or not. With software like Kontakt and Reaktor retailing for $399 each, if you have the extra $150 dollars to spend, Komplete 8 is a no brainer.

The only cons of Komplete 8 are the software installation. Like the previous reviewer said, Komplete 8 is installed through 12 dual layer DVDs. This leads to long (2 hours plus) install times. However, considering installations are a one-time, this seems like splitting hairs to me. While an external harddrive for USB 2.0 installation would be ideal, the time it takes to install software is not a major factor in my opinion.

All in all, Komplete 8 is one of the best deals in the industry.
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I am mystified by the reviewer that seemed to think there was some sort of false advertising involved with this product or that the installation process was excessively painful. The software is installed using 12 DVDs and it does take some time to do that. I don't see that as a huge problem because you are getting a LOT of content and you only install one time typically. I didn't sit around staring at my computer while the installations were going on. I took that time to just play my instruments! It is not like you are getting asked a lot of questions during the installations. Pop a disk in and wait till it gets done with that and asks for the next one. I like that I can install samples on a different drive than the programs. My system has three drives for maximum performance. Some of the libraries are large and you are going to want to be careful to not overwhelm your system if you bunch everything together. Use more than one drive!

I am also surprised by the remarks about MKII not being available and deceptive advertisting about it. They clearly tell you that you get a link to download it AFTER you register the product. I registered and received via email my discount coupon and a download link to get MKII in under 24 hours. If your ISP does not let you download large files I would suggest seeking out a different ISP. That just is a silly reason to criticize the company. I WILL say that the Windows installation process for MKII has a slight issue in that there are two files to download. The larger one is a DVD image that you can burn to disk and install off of. The smaller file is an executable that allows you to load the larger downloaded file without burning to DVD. The problem is that the file does not have an .exe extension so Windows does not know it is an executable.
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I`ve been a happy user of Komplete 4, 5 and now Komplete 8. I`m still using 4 and 5 on my old G5 PPC 2.5 Quad but since I just got myself a Macbook Pro I needed to upgrade many of my plug ins and Komplete was way up on my list of "must have" plug ins.

They`ve included so much usable sound in these programs that IMO anyone who disputes that the included instruments and libraries are on the light side, and have false advertising, I would have to respectfully REALLY disagree..That`s not to say that some of the older products from previous versions might be redundant (that`s debatable) but from the sheer width of sound pallets to choose from, and the upgraded patches from some of the classics (Massive, Guitar Rig, Absynth etc) this package is a winner.

Without going into each plug I can say that NI sounds are always on my first call when producing music..The new Vintage Organs are as good as a simulated B3 can get.
The pianos, electric and acoustic are all usable and clean. The new West Africa perc program has already saved my ass when I got a call for something that needed that sound.

Reaktor alone could be worth the price of the whole package..Not to mention that you can go on the NI user page and download HUNDREDS of FREE ensembles for Reaktor (I`ve DL`ed a bunch of very usable and innovative ones) and I haven`t even tried to do the same with Guitar Rig and others..PS, the new Guitar Rig effects are a major leap from where I was back in Komplete 5. You can use lots of those GR efx for your mixes, on your EFX send channels as well as your master track.

I`ve only begun to explore the new additions like Prizm and all the others so maybe I`ll either update or leave that part to another reviewer.
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