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Old 16th April 2010
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NI Kore 2, Kore 2 controller and sound packs

What is the report on this product and the kore soundpacks available.
Old 16th April 2010
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Originally Posted by nyne ➡️
What is the report on this product and the kore soundpacks available.
Kore 2 is a stable and excellent product, especially if you own Komplete (version 6 is current). The controller is an essential part; I would recommend against purchasing the software-only version. It is really fun to play the KB with one hand and manipulate the controller with another to get all sorts of movement in a sound.

The Kore 2 software can host and combine multiple VST plugins (instruments and effects). If you own Maschine then you can host Maschine within Kore 2 along with several plugins and send MIDI from Maschine to drive the various plugins - making a mini-sequencer instrument um... thing. I should add that there is a new update for Kore 2 which I have downloaded but not installed yet. Today is a vacation day for me so it is one of my things to do.

I own licenses for a few of the Kore sound packs including Reaktor Spark, North India, and FM8 Transient Attacks. Since I own a Komplete 6 (and versions 4 and 5 too) license I also have all the Komplete 6 presets incorporated. For a synth-style add-on to the base Kore library I would recommend Reaktor Spark first, again especially if you have Komplete or Reaktor as it includes a very well-designed ensemble (Spark) for Reaktor. The Kore Sounds in the Reaktor Spark pack are designed to interact quite nicely with the controller (well all the packs I have are designed nicely). I like to be able to see how the controller programming changes the parameters in the Spark ensemble - very cool. You can pick and choose various Kore 2 sound packs to suit your needs and/or build your own sounds using your plugins. Also do not forget to try all the various button combos for a sound pack, especially if one is programmed to start/stop the internal step sequencer as I have found there is usually some sort of surprising and cool result programmed in.

I would read a bit on the NI Kore forums and search for Kore on KVR Audio as there have been numerous discussions there, too. Also there are several Kore 2 tutorial videos available. I watched them before buying and then watched a second time with the software installed and the controller on my lap, following along like an interactive lab and pausing the video when needed.
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Gribs, thanks for the details.
Yes, the combo looks great and the kore packs seem like a great way of adding to the system.

However, do u think the synthesis/programming options are limited on Kore ? Its sample based right ?

Hmm, i'll still buy it i think.
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