Native Instruments (NI) on Friday unveiled KORE, which it describes as "the worldis first universal sound platform." The first host system developed by the company, KORE operates both as a stand-alone instrument host and as a plug-in in every major sequencer.
KORE integrates all VST- and AudioUnits-based software instruments and effects in one interface, with support for NIis own products as well as third partiesi instruments. It features an integrated database that contains all of the software instruments loaded on a computer, with the ability to search according to genre, articulation or texture. It comes with data for all of the 11,000 preset sounds in NIis software instruments and sound libraries.
KORE also includes a Performance Manager for switching between scenes and sound sets manually, according to a pre-programmed sequence or via remote control. In addition, it introduces the KoreSound format, a universal file format that NI hopes will enable easy transfer of complex sounds between set-ups and systems, as well as between studio and stage.
The KORE hardware features high-resolution, touch-sensitive knobs, an OLED (Organic LED) display, bi-directional communication between the controller and the software, and an integrated USB 2.0 audio interface.
NI said it will provide more details, including pricing and the ship date, this spring.