AKA – “When is Komplete 11 going to be released?”
Komplete List of Release Dates
Komplete 1 2003 (at AES)
Komplete 2 2004
Komplete 3 2005
Komplete 4 2007
Komplete 5 2008
Komplete 6 2009
Komplete 8 2011
Komplete 9 2013
Komplete 10 2014 (October)
Komplete 11 September or October of 2016 ??
This topic was of interest to me, because I definitely WANT to upgrade to Reaktor 6. Specifically because of Blocks, the cool new modular synth!
Some users complain that the number of blocks that come with Reaktor 6 is smaller than expected. But the good news, is that there are PLENTY of new blocks available in the Reaktor User Library!
Have you seen Deadmau5 explore Reaktor 6 and Blocks for the first time? I’m not a huge Deadmau5 fan, but knowing his expertise and experience with modular synthesis, watching him explore Blocks was pretty cool (fast forward to 14:00 in the video!)
(Deadmau5 Modular, just a portion of it!)
But if I pay the 99 bucks to upgrade to Reaktor 6, isn’t this just a product I’ll get when I upgrade to Komplete 11 ? And since I just bought some new Arturia synths, I did not want to spend money needlessly. I have enough synths to play with for a while! Even the modular Moog Modular and the Arp 2600 which both allow me to connect modules with virtual patch cables.
Product pages for Arturia Moog Modular and the (semi-modular) Arp 2600.
Komplete is usually released in September or October of a given year. Usually there is a new version every year, except between versions 5-6, 8-9, and currently version 10-11.
If history repeats itself, we can expect Komplete 11 to be released in September or October of 2016.
In 2009 Native Instruments announced that they would no longer attend the trade shows (AES, NAMM, etc). Before that time, the public could expect a new release of Komplete to be unveiled at the trade shows. But NI seems to be continuing the practice of releasing their new products in September or October. Sometimes the release is foreshadowed by a ridiculous sale of the former version, the drastic reductions in price has sometimes indicated that the release of a new version is imminent.
BTW – If you haven’t seen I Dream of Wires on Netflix yet. Watch it! Or buy the DVD/Blu-Ray!
Komplete 1 2003 (at AES) http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/oct06/articles/nifeature.htm
Komplete 2 2004 http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/oct06/articles/nifeature.htm
Komplete 3 2005 http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/oct06/articles/nifeature.htm
Komplete 8 2011 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hp2Qgdmw4JQ
Komplete 10 2014 (October) http://www.synthtopia.com/content/2014/09/02/native-instruments-komplete-10-adds-6-new-instruments/
No Longer at AES, Namm, etc http://www.loopinsight.com/2009/07/07/native-instruments-pulls-out-of-namm-aes-musikmesse/