I first fell for Komplete in 2009, when I bought version 5 on sale. I have then followed all updates up to version 7. I was seduced by the sonic quality of the instruments and effects. It's really impeccable. The interface is OK, without being an example of usability. The offer is so vast that can you can lose yourself easily: Almost 8000 instruments and 2000 effects. The versatility of the synthesis (additive, FM, subtractive, granular....) is incredible. The software instruments samples are excellent. Effects cover a wide palette for mixing and mastering, not to forget the extreme effects for artistic experimentation. The percussion lines are countless.
This pack was conceived for studio production with a DAW. It is harder to use live. There are several possible approaches, including Kore 2 Mainstage, Live, etc... But you need a lot of time to program everything.
Despite its superior audio quality, I returned to my all-in-one workstation (Korg Krome). Software instruments require a lot of programming and time to set up. They also lack a more user-friendly interface to allow faster working: Separate applications, too tiny on the screen, no arpeggiator, no dedicated hardware, etc. Machfive or Omnisphere seem to have better, more cohesive, interfaces. Komplete has no iPad-specific interface for all its plug-ins, like Omnisphere, for example.
In short, for creativity, fast working and live: All-in-one workstation. To fine tune an arrangement from the DAW: Komplete.
Sounds, diversity, originality and flexibility: Excellent or almost perfect, 9 to 10
Interface, ease of use, live usage: From fail to good, 4 to 7
If you purchase Native Instruments Komplete 7 you will get an amazing collection of VST plug ins that are ready to go right out of the box. The thing that I was upset with is how long it took to load all of these into the computer. When I purchased they sent me a box, and in that box where a few disc that you had to load in and inter the serial number for. But just the loading time for installation seemed to take me forever, I have even recently loaded it onto a laptop and it took over a hour to get all of this stuff loaded. I guess that’s good because you know you are getting a lot of software and patches to work with but man, it was a headache.
Like I said the installation took forever, it wasn’t hard or difficult. But it was a headache. But all of the software plugins are amazing and work perfect. I havent had a single set back or crash since I have been using Komplete 7. Komplete 7 isn’t sold anymore and has been upgraded. So if you really want Komplete 7 you can always buy it used and transfer the license from someone else. Then you could even upgrade it to 8 for a very cheap price, rather than just buy 8 and pay the full price.
Great, you will get massive, fm, reaktor, kontakt and all the good stuff. I had so many sounds to go through it was hard for me to even start making music because I was so happy just having so many new sound fonts to play with I just started experimenting. Using Guitar rig has really opened my eyes up to the possibilities of effects that you can use in your music on synths and drums. The possibilities are endless with Native Instruments Komplete 7
Native Instrument's Komplete 7 is their packaged bundle product that contains most of their main synthesizers, programs, drum machines, guitar amps emulators, fx, and more. There may be a misconception that it contains every current Native Instruments product, but in fact it doesn't (unless you get the Ultimate, which I did not purchase). But it does contain all of the main products that you would likely want from Native Instruments. It contains over 10,000 sounds over 90 gb of data, and it includes Massive, Absynth, FM8, Acoustic Refractions, Reflektor, Reaktor Spark, Reaktor Prism, Reaktor 5, Scarbee Mark I, Scarbee A-200, Scarbee Clavinet, Upright Piano, Berlin Concert Grand, Vienna Concert Grand, New York Concert Grand, Kontakt 4, Battery 3, AbbeyRoad 60's Drums, Vintage Organs, Scarbee MM-Bass, The Finger, Rammfire, Guitar Rig 4 Pro, and more!
One of the greatest things about Komplete 7, is how seamless and easy the installation process is, for this massive collection of synths and programs. It is easy to choose what components you want to install and don't want to install, and it's easy to tell which programs and effects may overlap. The installation of all the synths are contained inside the same installation, and it's not like Native Instruments simply gives you an individual box and cd for each synthesizer (that would be a mess!). All of the synths and programs are activated with the same single key as well. If you have problems with one of the synths, it's easy to uninstall, or reinstall a single component as well. Be sure you know the difference between RTAS, VST, and Audio Units, in terms of plugin format, as you'll need to keep track of which of these you need to install for your computer system and DAW.
Overall, Komplete 7 is a great product if you need a little bit of everything, and you generally enjoy using Native Instrument's products. Check it out!
If being limited by your sample library and synths have always been an issue for you, then Komplete 7 will probably solve it. The simple truth is that Native Instruments includes an incredibly comprehensive bundle for a ridiculously low price that is an absolutely essential investment when it comes to getting bang for your buck. I admit, the price is a bit high, but if you like just a few of the included programs, you'll be coming close to or perhaps surpassing the price for the entire bundle anyway.
The most important part of Native Instruments Komplete 7 for me is, beyond any shadow of a doubt, Kontakt 4. It's a general program, and includes a bunch of samples of everything, but each of these samples quite simply rivals those that come in those dedicated programs that sell for just as much. So Kontakt 4 essentially replaces your DAW's soundbank. I especially find the strings to be very well implemented. If you're playing a single instrument, it is quite easy to tell that it's not real though, but only if you have a trained ear. Stick a bunch of them is a thick mix or even fully orchestrate something, and you have something that almost nobody will be able to tell came straight from a computer.
The other programs are also fantastic. I have enjoyed my time in Absynth immensely; even if you don't know what you're doing, you will not fail to find yourself lost in the sheer volume of things to do.
Battery was also impressive in the sense that it went beyond the typical "drum set" program, and did manage to include more esoteric sounds, like bombs, for example.
And finally, Guitar Rig did and always will surpass anything in its class, if you could put it in one.
The best advice I could give would be to stop reading reviews and start watching videos, listening to samples, and if you can, using it. I can't heap enough praise onto this bundle.