KONTAKT powers a huge range of Native Instruments products. Its formidable sound engine and advanced scripting have built our reputation as a sampled instrument manufacturer.

Whether it’s the dramatic sound of ACTION STRINGS 2, the unmistakable twang of SESSION GUITARIST – ELECTRIC VINTAGE, or the inspiring, randomized sound design of PLAYBOX, our instruments provide creative inspiration for musicians and composers around the world.

And because we’ve developed these instruments right alongside our KOMPLETE KONTROL S-SERIES keyboards and MASCHINE hardware, their integration creates a unified playing experience.


KONTAKT enables the creation of thousands of sample-based instruments from hundreds of top builders – representing the cutting edge of sample instrument design, from the organic orchestral palettes of Landforms to the blockbuster sci-fi sounds of Symphobia 4.

Many of these instruments are made for the free KONTAKT PLAYER, so you don't need the full version of KONTAKT to use them.


KONTAKT instruments offer unprecedented levels of hardware integration and enhancement, for both our own and partner-developed instruments.

For example, when used in conjunction with KOMPLETE KONTROL SERIES keyboards, they can fully harness the power of the Light Guide, allowing instant visual references for pattern-triggering, split key ranges, thousands of special articulations (such as muted brass notes or guitar slides), and step-sequencing.


Many KONTAKT instruments, both our own and those of third-party developers, use Native Kontrol Standard® (NKS) – Native Instruments’ extended plug-in format for all virtual instrument developers.

NKS allows for intuitive and seamless interaction between plug-in instruments and KOMPLETE KONTROL and MASCHINE hardware, including tag-based preset browsing, instant audio previews, and pre-mapping of key controls to hardware – definitive integration designed by developers themselves.
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