Native Instruments has introduced Kinetic Metal, a new instrument for creating ethereal sound beds, shifting textures, and tonal percussion. According to the folks at NI, it combines creatively-sampled, unconventional metal objects with artificial waveforms.

Kinetic Metal is aimed primarily at producers and sound designers seeking atmospheric textures, mallet-like lead sounds, and delicate percussion. Two modification wheels allow users to manipulate the sound. An auto-motion feature allows producers to set one or both of these wheels turning on their own.

Kinetic Metal runs in Kontakt 5 and the free Kontakt 5 Player. It’s available from the NI Online Shop ( for US$99.