Native Instruments today announced KONTAKT 3 (US$$449 in October — $149 upgrade), the latest version of its software sampler. With its high-resolution audio engine, comprehensive sound shaping capabilities, unique KSP script programming, and universal sample format compatibility, KONTAKT has established the cutting edge of sampling technology for music production, live performance and sound design. The new version is centered around a sophisticated, next-generation instrument library that sets new standards both in its musical scope and in its creative value, while also adding a wide range of new functions and refinements in all areas of the software.