Native Instruments unveils LORES: “purpose-built for creating musical stories”

Now you can bring expressive performances on instruments from the hurdy-gurdy to the shakuhachi into your DAW

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Native Instruments has unveiled the latest instrument for KONTAKT and KONTAKT Player, LORES. A wide-ranging collection of 16 organic instruments played with over 300 articulations, the library spans woodwind, vocals, rarely seen chordophones and more.

According to Native Instruments, musicians were sampled playing organic variations, including random swells, unexpected tremolos and stray harmonics, to create natural and performative movement.

Native Instruments said, “Meticulously curated and refined, LORES dissolves the boundaries of traditional instrumentation, allowing you to seamlessly blend eclectic tones. Enter a space where the timbre of a Mongolian horse fiddle dances together with a woodwind ensemble, or hear what medieval pipes sound like accompanied by violin with a Middle Eastern flair. Choose from 16 instruments and hundreds of articulations to mix and match — the possibilities for fantastical blends are boundless.”

LORES was made in collaboration with film and television composer Clinton Shorter, best known for his score for the movie District 9. “It’s a great thing […] to try different instruments and layer them yourself,” said Shorter. “I’d like to think that not everybody would think of using these instruments for this, so hopefully it opens a creative door for a lot of composers out there.”

Watch the full interview here:

As we’ve come to expect from Native Instruments’ KOMPLETE Instruments, LORES offers plentiful creative control with potentially endless instrument blends and wide-ranging parameters including Noise, Boost and Power, as well as an onboard reverb. You can watch a walkthrough of the instrument below:

LORES is available now for £179.00, compatible with KONTAKT (version 6.7 or higher) or the free KONTAKT PLAYER. For more information visit native-instruments.com.