Native Instruments

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Native Instruments, GmbH
Founded1996; 27 years ago (1996) in Berlin, Germany
  • Stephan Schmitt
  • Volker Hinz
Area served
Key people
  • Constantin Köhncke (CEO)
  • Robert Linke (President)[1]
ProductsReaktor, Kontakt, Guitar Rig, Maschine, Traktor, Akoustik Piano
Number of employees
ParentSoundwide [3]

Native Instruments is a German company that develops, manufactures, and supplies music software and hardware for music production, sound design, performance, and DJing. The company's corporate headquarters and main development facilities are located in Berlin, with additional offices in Los Angeles, Tokyo, London, Paris, and Shenzhen.[4]


Native Instruments as a company was founded in 1999 in Berlin, Germany, where its headquarters are still located.[4] Founders Stephan Schmitt and Volker Hinz began using the name Native Instruments in 1996, when they developed Generator, a modular synth software package (which would later form the foundations for their ongoing product, Reaktor).[5]

Following the release of Generator, the company's employees expanded to include Bernd Roggendorf (later a founder of Ableton) and Daniel Haver, who later became Native Instruments' CEO.[5]

In 1999, Native Instruments expanded their staff count and moved to their current building in Berlin's Kreuzberg district.[5]

In 2000, the company began creating products for the DJ community, beginning with the first version of their Traktor software.[6] In 2002, they expanded further to include software samplers, in the form of ongoing products Kontakt and Battery.[5]

In September 2004, the company began a partnership with the DJ hardware manufacturing company Stanton Magnetics and with online music store Beatport.[7] 2004 also saw the release of their guitar amplifier and effects pedal emulation software, Guitar Rig. In 2006, Native Instruments restructured into 3 divisions: instruments, DJ, and guitar.[5][8]

In March 2017, Native Instruments acquired remix-licensing startup MetaPop. [9]

In January 2020, a works council was elected that represents the employees of the Berlin office.[10]

In January 2021, it was reported that private investment firm, Francisco Partners acquired a majority stake in Native Instruments.[11]

Native Instruments now also has offices in Los Angeles, Tokyo, London, Paris, and Shenzhen.[4]

In April 2022, Native instruments became a subsidiary brand of Soundwide. [3]


Absynth 4


Software produced by Native Instruments includes the following:

Native instruments also produce a number of other sample libraries, virtual instruments and effects processing plug-ins, many of which function through the architecture of Reaktor or Kontakt. Some of these software items are also grouped together in their Komplete software bundle.[19]

The company also develops the Native Kontrol Standard (NKS), a plug-in extension which allows integration with Kontrol and Maschine products (both hardware and software).[20]


Traktor Kontrol S4 MK2 DJ Controller
Traktor Kontrol S4 MK2 DJ Controller

Native instruments also produce music hardware, such as:


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  10. ^ "Vier neue Betriebsräte". IG Metall Zeitung (in German). 2020-04-01. Retrieved 2021-02-19.
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  12. ^ "Reaktor 6 – Getting Started" (PDF). Native Instruments. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  13. ^ "NI Kontakt 5 |". Sound on Sound. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  14. ^ "Native Instruments Guitar Rig 5 Pro review". MusicRadar. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  15. ^ "Native Instruments Massive |". Sound on Sound. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  16. ^ "Native Instruments Absynth 5 |". Sound on Sound. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  17. ^ "Native Instruments FM8 | Vintage Synth Explorer". Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  18. ^ "Native Instruments Traktor Pro 2 review". MusicRadar. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  19. ^ "Review: Native Instruments Komplete 11 Ultimate". EMusician. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  20. ^ "Native Kontrol Standard - inSync". inSync. 2015-11-05. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  21. ^ a b "Native Instruments unveils brand new Maschine and Komplete Kontrol hardware". FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music. 2017-09-07. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
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  23. ^ "Komplete Audio 1 / Audio 2 : Audio Interfaces | Komplete".

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