I find that every time a new release is out, I ask myself about that current release and the question each time about the current version. So this time, is the Native Instruments Komplete 13 upgrade worth it?
I’m currently on Native Instruments Komplete 12 and so wanted to compare what I would be getting for my money if I decided to upgrade to NI 13.
Native Instruments Komplete 13 upgrade
So how easy is an upgrade?
An upgrade is really simple in the scheme of things. The normal procedure is to log in to the Native Instruments portal using Native Access. This is where updates and upgrades are installed. Before doing that however, you’ll need to buy Komplete 13 from the Native Instruments shop. Log into your account as part of this process and if you are, like me, an existing Komplete 12 user then you will get given an upgrade price depending on which version you want to go for.
So if you decide to proceed with the price shown, then once purchased the new version will be available in Native Access.
Looking at the below table, it’s possible to see what is going to be new to you if you decide to try upgrading. This all depends on what version you have initially as to how much an upgrade will be and also what new features you get. I’m on Komplete 12 standard and so the right hand column below is relevant to me.
|KOMPLETE 11||KOMPLETE 12|
|SUPER 8||SUPER 8|
|BUTCH VIG DRUMS||BUTCH VIG DRUMS|
|CLOUD SUPPLY||CLOUD SUPPLY|
|LO-FI GLOW||LO-FI GLOW|
|MODULAR ICONS||MODULAR ICONS|
|SCARBEE RICKENBACKER BASS||✓|
|SESSION GUITARIST: ELECTRIC SUNBURST||SESSION GUITARIST: ELECTRIC SUNBURST|
|SESSION STRINGS 2||✓|
|GUITAR RIG 6 PRO||GUITAR RIG 6 PRO|
|CRUSH PACK: BITE||CRUSH PACK: BITE|
|CRUSH PACK: DIRT||CRUSH PACK: DIRT|
|CRUSH PACK: FREAK||CRUSH PACK: FREAK|
|MOD PACK: CHORAL||✓|
|MOD PACK: FLAIR||✓|
|MOD PACK: PHASIS||✓|
|DECODED FORMS||DECODED FORMS|
|INDIGO DUST||INDIGO DUST|
|LILAC GLARE||LILAC GLARE|
|NOCTURNAL STATE||NOCTURNAL STATE|
|RISING CRESCENT||RISING CRESCENT|
|SOLAR BREEZE||SOLAR BREEZE|
|SPECTRUM QUAKE||SPECTRUM QUAKE|
|STADIUM FLEX||STADIUM FLEX|
So from my point of view, moving from Komplete 12 to 13 will only get me one new synth (Super 8). The rest of the list is really additional packs for Kontakt which I’m never going to use all of them. So personally it is not really a viable option to do a Native Instruments Komplete 13 upgrade from version 12.
I think if doing a Native Instruments Komplete 13 upgrade from Komplete 11, then this is certainly a worthwhile upgrade. Therefore for now I am going to stick with using my trusty Bitwig Studio 3 with the Grid and Komplete 12 tools and utilities. Maybe next time around when Komplete 14 comes out it might be a more worthy upgrade.