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Native Instruments
Native Instruments, GmbH
Founded1996; 22 years ago (1996) in Berlin, Germany
  • Stephan Schmitt
  • Volker Hinz
Area served
Key people
  • Daniel Haver (CEO)
  • Mate Galic (CTO)[1]
ProductsReaktor, Kontakt, Guitar Rig, Maschine, Traktor
Number of employees

Native Instruments is a German technology company, originally known for their software instruments, that develops software and hardware for audio creation, recording, production, and DJing.[3]


Native Instruments was founded in Berlin, Germany, where its headquarters are still located.[3] 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).[4]

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.[4]

In 1999, Native Instruments expanded their staff count and moved to their current building in Berlin's Kreuzberg district.[4]

In 2000, the company began creating products for the DJ community, beginning with the first version of their Traktor software.[5] In 2002, they expanded further to include software samplers, in the form of ongoing products Kontakt and Battery.[4]

In September 2004, the company began a partnership with the DJ hardware manufacturing company Stanton Magnetics and with online music store Beatport.[6] 2004 also saw the release of their guitar amplifier and effects pedal emulation software, Guitar Rig.[4][7]

Native Instruments now also has branches in Los Angeles, Tokyo, London, Paris, and Shenzhen.[3]



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.[15]

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).[16]


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

Native instruments also produce music hardware, such as:


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  15. ^ "Review: Native Instruments Komplete 11 Ultimate". EMusician. Retrieved .
  16. ^ "Native Kontrol Standard - inSync". inSync. 2015-11-05. Retrieved .
  17. ^ a b "Native Instruments unveils brand new Maschine and Komplete Kontrol hardware". FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music. 2017-09-07. Retrieved .
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