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Encyclopedia > Native Instruments
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Native Instruments (NI)
Type Privately Held Corporation
Founded Berlin (1997)
Headquarters Germany Berlin, Germany
Key people Stephan Schmitt, Volker Hinz, Daniel Haver
Industry Computer Software and Hardware centric on computer musical instruments and emulation of acoustic and legacy electronic instruments
Products Absynth 4, B4 Organ II, FM8, Massive, Pro-53, Reaktor 5, Akoustik Piano, Bandstand, Battery 3, Elektrik Piano, Intakt, Kompakt, Kontakt 2, Guitar Rig 2, Vokator, Spektral Delay, Traktor 3, Komplete 4, Audio Kontrol 1, Kore
Employees 130+
Website Native Instruments

Native Instruments was founded in 1996 and was based in Berlin, Germany by Stephan Schmitt and Volker Hinz with a goal to bring real-time sound synthesis to home computers. Their first product encompassed the modular nature of vintage sound synthesis in software form, originally titled "Generator" (which later evolved into the Reaktor product line). Image File history File links Please see the file description page for further information. ... Traktor Dj Studio is a very flexible two deck mp3, digital audio Djing solution from Native Instruments, the german music software company. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2362x469, 149 KB) http://www. ... ... Berlin is the capital city and one of the sixteen states of the Federal Republic of Germany. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... Berlin is the capital city and one of the sixteen states of the Federal Republic of Germany. ... Employment is a contract between two parties, one being the employer and the other being the employee. ... This page as shown in the AOL 9. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Berlin is the capital city and one of the sixteen states of the Federal Republic of Germany. ... Sine, square, triangle, and sawtooth waveforms The modular synthesizer is a type of synthesizer consisting of separate modules which must be connected by wires to create a so-called patch. ... An example of a Reaktor 5 ensemble Structure Reaktor is a graphical modular software sound studio developed by Native Instruments. ...


Since then, Native Instruments has become one of the largest names in the world of professional musical software, offering a plethora of products aimed at electronic musicians.


Native Instruments also co-develops the digital DJ system Final Scratch together with Stanton Magnetics, and has made an alliance with the online dance music store Beatport. Final Scratch is a DJ tool created by the Dutch company N2IT with input from Richie Hawtin (aka Plastikman) and John Acquaviva that allows manipulation and playback of digital audio sources using traditional vinyl and turntables. ... Stanton Magnetics, founded in 1946, is a manufacturer of professional audio equipment for DJs. ... Beatport is a U.S.-based online music store based in Denver, Colorado that specializes in dance music and remixes. ...

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Company History

The Beginning: 1995-1999

In 1995, Stephan Schmitt began looking for alternative ways of generating sound, a need inspired by his distaste for the massive commercial synths of the time. As a hardware engineer and a developer of mixing desks, an active live musician, and a synthesizer player, Schmitt criticized hardware synthesizers for their price, bulkiness, and limitations. Due to the rapid increase in computational powers of home computers at that time, it was natural for Schmitt to focus his attention on software methods.


His first idea was both a "new kind of instrument" and a software remake of an old 'cabinet-based' pure analog system. The vision, however, was remarkable: Schmitt combined the familiar time-tested interface for sound programming (utilized in classic analog units, such as Buchla and Doepfer) with the possibilities offered by software synthesis (polyphony, programmability, and large amounts of memory storage). Schmitt's idea was well-received by programmer Volker Hinz, with whom he developed the concept of the first modular software synthesizer. Buchla & Associates is a manufacturer of electronic musical instruments, notably synthesizers. ... Doepfer Musikelektronik GmbH Doepfer is a manufacturer of audio hardware based in Gräfelfing/Germany, founded in 1992 by Dieter Döpfer. ...


In early 1996, the software had been developed from the original concept into a fully working instrument, and was called Generator. Generator's first public showing was at Musikmesse Frankfurt, and it attracted huge international interest. Around the same time, Schmitt and Hinz registered their small 'company' as The Native Instruments GbR. In summer of 1996, Generator was released as a commercial product, which became an instant success in the thriving techno and electronic music communities. This article or section may contain original research or unverified claims. ... Electronic music is a term for music created using electronic devices. ...


Although musical software like CSound and SuperCollider were 'old news' around the same time, Native Instruments created something that had multiple levels of complexity, and involving different levels of both computer and musical knowledge. The instant commercial success of Generator has not only contributed to the continuing growth of Native Instruments, but also has inspired the birth and success of many other music software companies in the years that followed. Csound is a computer programming language for dealing with sound. ... SuperCollider is a real time audio synthesis programming language. ...


In 1997, Native Instruments GmbH was founded, consisting of six shareholders, with their first company offices established in Berlin-Mitte. Along with three other newcomers that helped make NI a full-scale economical enterprise was Daniel Haver, a man responsible for professional structures within the company. An internal organizational framework was put in place, and an international distribution network was created. Due to Haver's efforts, Native Instruments' products were distributed in over 20 countries by 1999.


1999-Present

On the software front, it was the original Generator code that continually expanded to include additional functionality that began breaking new ground in terms of sonic ability. Sampling, among other things, made many experience the power of a computer first-hand, due to the possibility for large, high resolution audio clips. Native Instruments began developing instruments using the Generator application as a base, which gave birth to other famous packages, like Dynamo, Reaktor, and Transformator, the first two quickly becoming favorites among the media and musicians alike. By the summer of 1999, the company grew to have 15 employees. An example of a Reaktor 5 ensemble Structure Reaktor is a graphical modular software sound studio developed by Native Instruments. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Old Farts by the Sometimes-United Nations. ...


During that period, Information Technology was undergoing a "boom" in both development and demand for technology, which increased the sales and enabled NI to establish partnerships, thus increasing their capital. The company moved to occupy a larger (and more expensive) office in Berlin-Kreuzberg, and hired additional personnel for the design and marketing of their products.


Software-wise, the end of millennium brought two software re-creations of "old-school" gear, in the form of B4 Organ (tone-wheel organ emulation), Pro-52 (an emulator of a Prophet 5 synthesizer) and FM-7 (an emulator of a Yamaha DX-7. These emulations could actually use the patches from their sometimes unreliable hardware predecessors. In many ways, the familiarity of interface and predictability of sound of these products have attracted a much wider user base than the original "futuristic" Generator. Drowning in critical acclaim, Native Instruments have finally brought software-based tools to an equal footing with expensive hardware based tools for professional sound generation. The Prophet 5 was an analog synthesizer manufactured by Sequential Circuits in San Jose, California between 1978 and 1984. ... The Yamaha DX7 Digital Synthesizer The Yamaha DX7 was a synthesizer manufactured by the Yamaha Corporation from 1983 to 1986, based on FM synthesis. ...


In 2001, Native Instruments continued to expand computer-based sound shaping tools, with Kontakt 2 (a software sampler), Traktor 3 (DJ Software), and a percussion sampler Battery 3, the latter has received a many favorable reviews from famous electronic musicians. Native Instruments has established Native Instruments, Inc. in 2002, with offices in Los Angeles, California, which has improved the appeal of their products for North American consumers. A sampler can be any of the following things: In general, a sampler is any broadly representative cross-section of some collection; for instance, food products are sometimes packaged in samplers containing a variety of chocolates or beers. ... Nickname: City of Angels Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Area    - City 1,290. ...


Currently, Native Instruments has over 120 employees, and remains an innovator in audio software. In 2006, They introduced and began shipping Kore, a "Universal Sound Platform," coupled with a "Host Unit" — a hardware component specifically designed for control of software components, "Bandstand", a GM compatible sound module and they also developed and released "Massive", a comprehensive new synthesizer product. In late 2006, they announced "Komplete 4" and a new audio interface, "Audio Kontrol 1" which further signified their expansion into developing hardware. 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A synthesizer (or synthesiser) is an electronic musical instrument designed to produce electronically generated sound, using techniques such as additive, subtractive, FM, physical modelling synthesis, or phase distortion. ...

Oberbaumbrücke illuminated with the NI-Versary logo.
Oberbaumbrücke illuminated with the NI-Versary logo.

In September 2006, Native Instruments celebrated its 10th anniversary with a party on the 23rd that began at midnight at Berlin's famous Watergate Club. Kreuzberg´s signature landmark, the historic Oberbaumbrücke, was completely illuminated with the NI-Versary logo. This party featured performances by many well-known electronic artists featuring Native Instruments products in the performances. Image File history File linksMetadata NiOberbaumbruke. ... Image File history File linksMetadata NiOberbaumbruke. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In November 2006, they released final versions of "Massive" and Kore 1.1 along with native "universal binary" versions of all of their products for the "MacIntel" Apple computers. They are scheduled to have their entire product line shipping with native versions by the end of 2006. They also updated their product line with new versions of Battery, the FM8 and Absynth 4. 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The company's scope among music artists is diverse and substantial with accolades from users such as Kraftwerk, Trent Reznor and Hans Zimmer Kraftwerk (pronounced [], German for power station) is a German musical group which has made significant contributions to the development of experimental and electronic music. ... Michael Trent Reznor (born May 17, 1965) is an American musician, singer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. ... Hans Florian Zimmer (born September 12, 1957) is a German Academy Award-winning composer, best known for composing film scores. ...


Products

Synth Line

  • Absynth (versions 1, 2, 3, 4)
  • B4 Organ and B4 Organ II
  • FM7 and FM8
  • Generator
  • Massive
  • Pro-52 and Pro-53
  • Reaktor (versions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Sampling Line

  • Akoustik Piano
  • Bandstand
  • Battery (versions 1, 2, 3)
  • Elektrik Piano
  • Intakt
  • Kompakt
  • Kontakt (versions 1, 2)

Guitar Line

  • Guitar Combos
  • Guitar Rig versions (1, 2)

Effects Line

  • Vokator
  • Spektral Delay

DJ Line

Powered by NI

  • Kompakt Instruments
  • Intakt Instruments
  • Kontakt Player
  • Finale 2006
  • Final Scratch

Bundles/Komplete

  • Audio Kontrol 1
  • Komplete versions (1, 2, 3, 4)
  • Kore

Absynth is a commercial, proprietary software synthesizer, currently in its 3rd generation, ported to both Microsoft Windows and Mac OS platforms. ... The Yamaha DX7 Digital Synthesizer Yamaha DX7 was a synthesizer manufactured by the Yamaha Corporation from 1983 to 1986, based on FM synthesis. ... An example of a Reaktor 5 ensemble Structure Reaktor is a graphical modular software sound studio developed by Native Instruments. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Kontakt. ... The user interface of NI Kontakt Kontakt is a software sampler made by a German-based company, Native Instruments. ... Traktor Dj Studio is a very flexible two deck mp3, digital audio Djing solution from Native Instruments, the german music software company. ... Final Scratch is a DJ tool created by the Dutch company N2IT with input from Richie Hawtin (aka Plastikman) and John Acquaviva that allows manipulation and playback of digital audio sources using traditional vinyl and turntables. ... This article is about the beverage. ...

References

  • [1], NI-versary Party Report

External links

  • Native Instruments, Official site
  • Native Instruments, Official German site
  • KVR Audio, Native Instruments developer page at KVRAudio.com

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