KOMPLETE: one of the best music investments you can make
Over the years, I’ve made quite a few mistakes while building my collection of sound libraries. One of those is not becoming a Native Instruments Komplete user much earlier. In 2008. it was difficult for me to spend a larger sum of money exclusively on music software as I’ve needed to invest in many other things such as interior design, computer components, audio hardware and the musical instruments themselves. So I’ve thought it would be best to take one step at the time and build my sound library bit by bit. When I think about it now, it was a bad call. By doing so, I was spending money here and there on things I’ve never been quite happy with and which I now, after purchasing my very first version of Komplete (Komplete 9), hardly ever use anymore.
Native Instruments Komplete package is most definitely one of the cornerstones of my studio. Despite the somewhat high price, it is without any doubt one of the best investment you can make when it comes to music equipment. Depending on the genre of music you’re interested in, this package can cover almost all of your needs for quality virtual instruments, sound libraries and effects, all at once. And if by any chance the selection doesn’t entirely suit you, you can always upgrade to the larger Ultimate package or delve into an ocean of 3rd party boutique sound libraries for Native Instruments Kontakt.
I’ve picked the Standard version myself due to the more affordable price, but I’ve also concluded that I really don’t need the additional content available in Ultimate package, especially now when I’ve built quite a selection of quality 3rd party Kontakt libraries. However, one should never underestimate the quality of Native Instruments not only as the developer of premium music programs like Kontakt, Reaktor and Guitar Rig, but also as the maker of top-of-the-line libraries and effects. For example, ever since I’ve read and heard of Native Instruments Una Corda piano library, I couldn't stop thinking about it. This was, without any doubt, one of the most inspiring and beautiful sounds I’ve ever heard. Priced 150€ alone in Native Instruments Store, I’ve abstain myself from getting it for some time. But fortunately, Native Instruments rather frequently offers generous discounts, including the option for upgrading the whole package to a new version. Taking an advantage of that, I’ve updated my Komplete 9 to version 10 and finally to 11; this last update was largely inspired by the Una Corda. ;)
The only downsides of Komplete package I can think of is that you might not need everything included for your particular work, the fact that updating to a newer version occasionally doesn’t bring too many new things, and the somewhat high initial price of the package. However, this quickly becomes not so high when you think about the real value of all the individual products that are included. You only have to take a look at Native Instruments Online Store and do the math. Native Instruments Komplete packages really have a terrific value.