Battery Now Supports OS X

Nov 12, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Native Instruments announced the Battery 1.3 update, which brings the drum sampler to Mac OS X and Pro Tools users on OS X; a Windows XP version will follow soon. Battery 1.3 now supports Audio Units, RTAS, VST, and stand-alone operation with CoreMIDI and CoreAudio.

The update is immediately available to all registered users as a $29 direct download. The update is also available on CD for $49.

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In other company news, Kontakt 1.5 is now available, which brings new and improved features, Mac OS X compatibility and new import capabilities.

Using an advanced peak-detection algorithm, Kontakt 1.5's newly developed Beat Machine divides any percussive loop into individual hits. Drum loops can be synched to the host sequencer without loss in sound quality. The individual slices can also be mapped on the keyboard and played as individual hits, while each slice can even have its own filter and effect settings. A MIDI file can be imported into the host sequencer to directly edit or rearrange each loop into breaks, fills and new grooves. The loop editor shows the individual slice markers in the loop and allows the markers to be set, deleted and moved. The automatic slicing algorithm can be fine tuned with the Sensitivity knob. Kontakt 1.5 also supports the REX-1 and 2 sample formats to load presliced loops.

Kontakt 1.5's time-stretching and pitch-shifting engine has been further developed and improved, resulting in the Time Machine II, which is available in addition to the original Time Machine from KONTAKT 1.2. The integrated "Transient Copy" technology allows for an authentic reproduction of a sample's attack phase. Another feature is the ability to time-stretch loops to automatically fit the tempo of the host sequencer.

In addition to the MIDI automation in Version 1.2, KONTAKT 1.5 also supports VST automation. Nearly all control element movements can be drawn as automation curves in the sequencer and be remote controlled. Because Kontakt is semi-modular, a VST automation number can be assigned to any Kontakt control element.

Kontakt 1.5 is available as a special time-limited offer for $29 (direct download) and $49 (boxed version) until December 4, 2003, after which it will cost $49 (direct download) and $69 (boxed version). Customers who purchased Kontakt after August 1, 2003, (online or from a dealer) can download the update for free if Mac OS X/RTAS support isn't already included.

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