Native Instruments is a developer, manufacturer, and supplier of 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, Germany, with additional offices in Los Angeles, Tokyo, London, Paris, and Shenzhen.
|Products||Reaktor, Kontakt, Guitar Rig, Maschine, Traktor|
Number of employees
Native Instruments was founded in Berlin, Germany, where its headquarters are still located. 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).
In 2000, the company began creating products for the DJ community, beginning with the first version of their Traktor software. In 2002, they expanded further to include software samplers, in the form of ongoing products Kontakt and Battery.
In September 2004, the company began a partnership with the DJ hardware manufacturing company Stanton Magnetics and with online music store Beatport. 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.
In March 2017, Native Instruments acquired remix-licensing startup MetaPop. 
In January 2021, it was reported that private investment firm, Francisco Partners acquired a majority stake in Native Instruments.
Software produced by Native Instruments includes the following:
- Reaktor: A visual programming environment based on modules and wires. Several of Native Instruments products were built using Reaktor, including Monark – NI's emulation of the Moog Model D. In addition to the company's own offerings, it also hosts a large collection of community creations on the Reaktor User Library.
- Kontakt: A software sampler with support for users to program their own virtual instruments.
- Guitar Rig: A modular software effect processor, focused on amplifier and effects pedal emulation for guitar.
- Multiple software synthesizers, such as Massive (wavetable-based), Absynth (semi-modular), and FM8 (frequency-modulation-based).
- Traktor: Digital DJ and vinyl emulation software.
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.
Native instruments also produce music hardware, such as:
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