When Native Instruments first introduced their Kore hardware/software integration plug-in, it represented a huge step forward, but it did have a few issues that needed to be worked out. Thankfully, Native Instruments addresses all of those issues with Kore 2, which represents a significant renovation to Kore. The program still allows you to manage your huge sound library, especially if you use a lot of software synths.
Right out of the box, you’ll see the USB-connectable controller box. This handy little piece of hardware has eight rotating enobs, eight buttons, footswitch inputs, and more. The software that accompanies it runs in either stand-alone mode or as a plug-in for DX/RTAS, or VST. It has a nice router/mixer layout that allows you to easily apply effects, layer instruments, and build your different setups. If you like the original Kore controller, you can use that with the new software package. It includes an audio interface, which Kore 2 does not. Another change from the first Kore is that you do not have to have the Kore 2 controller connected to your computer when using the software (with the exception of installation).
The software package includes many of Native Instruments greatest plug-ins and programs. It includes Massive, Reaktor, FM8, Massive, and different effects processors. There are 31 different built-in effects like chorus, reverb, delays, and rotary speaker simulators. You can create a number of different presets and save them to your library.
There are a few areas that Kore 2 could improve on. There are some areas of the GUI, such as the inserts and channels pane, that could be a bit larger. The software manual is quite hefty and somewhat confusing, although the software is easy enough to understand that you may not need the book. Kore 2 is a great solution for anyone who uses a lot of plug-ins and needs to handle complex sounds and large libraries. At $559.99, it’s a good deal.