Will Kontakt 6 go on sale for Black Friday?

Larry Hanshaw

Lightly Seasoned Professional
Since Kontakt 6 just came out last month, do you think it will go on sale during Native Instruments typical Black Friday sale? I've recently purchased a few libraries that require the full version of Kontakt and can't use them yet since I only have Kontakt player. I'm eligible for the crossgrade version which is a nice discount but if it will be half price in the next couple of weeks, I can wait for that.

Just wondered what you've experienced in past years when a new version has come out this close to Black Friday
 

MillsMixx

Production Director/Sound Designer
Last year 11/14-11/30 Native Instruments had 50% individual instruments and upgrades for their Thanksgiving XXL sale so I would definitely hold out and not buy until then. Looking back I see half off sales over that time each year.
 
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Larry Hanshaw

Larry Hanshaw

Lightly Seasoned Professional
Last year 11/14-11/30 Native Instruments had 50% individual instruments and upgrades for their Thanksgiving XXL sale so I would definitely hold out and not buy until then. Looking back I see half off sales over that time each year.
Thanks MillsMixx. I remember seeing the sale last year but since kontakt wasn't brand new last year I was wondering if it might be different this time around
 

Lee Blaske

Senior Member
When major retailers have their x% off sales, NI products are often listed as excluded from the sale in the fine print. But, if you call and ask (or message thru their site), you can often get a discount. So, if you're buying through a retailer, it would pay to directly ask, even if it's not listed as being on sale.
 
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Larry Hanshaw

Larry Hanshaw

Lightly Seasoned Professional
Kontakt 5 came out September 2011, does anyone remember if it was on sale during Black Friday back in 2011? Maybe there's an old ad out there somewhere on Google that far back.
 

zadillo

Member
I'd be shocked if NI makes Kontakt 6, Komplete 12, etc. part of a 50% off sale so soon after releasing them.
 
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Larry Hanshaw

Larry Hanshaw

Lightly Seasoned Professional
Kontakt 6 on sale beginning today through the end of November. Half off the full price. Doesn't look like the upgrade or crossgrade versions are half price but that's ok, still a discount for anyone who wants to step up from the player.
 

poetd

Active Member
A month and it's half price? That's quite surprising.

On K11U at the moment, so waiting patiently for an update sale, nothing in 12 that makes me feel the need to rush and I've not seen any "K6 only" instruments yet.
 
A month and it's half price? That's quite surprising.

On K11U at the moment, so waiting patiently for an update sale, nothing in 12 that makes me feel the need to rush and I've not seen any "K6 only" instruments yet.
A big +1 to this.

When I look at K12U, the only new things I see that have value for me are Kontakt 6 (eventually), Thrill (which I admit that I do want) and possibly Massive X (although I hardly ever have used Massive so I doubt it matters to me). All of the EDM-oriented "expansions" don't interest me at all ... in fact the audio samples thereof inspire my gag reflex more than anything else. I already own the full versions of the Symphony Series, so the Essentials are deeply non-essential. And I'm a guitarist so I don't want or need sampled guitar libraries when I can obtain better (or at least more individual) results by recording them live.

So, at this moment the Kontakt 6 upgrade would be $99, Thrill would be $149 and Massive X is not even available yet and most likely isn't something I care about anyway. In light of that, I really wonder if it is even worthwhile for me to hold out and buy K12U at an eventually-hoped-for $199 sale price, when I could just get the two actual items of value from it individually right now for pretty close to the same money, and then still upgrade from K11U to K13U* someday and resell my individual licenses (at least the one for Thrill) at that point.

* Assuming that K13U isn't just K12U rehashed again with a bunch more EDM expansions added to it. Oh, see, there goes my gag reflex again.
 

poetd

Active Member
Just got an email confirming - 50% off Thrill, K6, Middle East and the Symphony series.

Thrill and K6 are all I'm fussed about.
I make EDM too (sorry about the gag reflex there :) ) so will use the packs, there's usually some gems tucked away in them.
Middle East like the other World packs are a nice to have if I ever find the need one day for that kind of thing.

The Symphony stuff I'm on the fence on. The essentials are all "ok" to have for layering sometimes to beef up other libraries. I have the full percussion and do like that one. But am definitely looking elsewhere for my Strings/Brass/Winds.
 

axb312

Senior Member
Just got an email confirming - 50% off Thrill, K6, Middle East and the Symphony series.

Thrill and K6 are all I'm fussed about.
I make EDM too (sorry about the gag reflex there :) ) so will use the packs, there's usually some gems tucked away in them.
Middle East like the other World packs are a nice to have if I ever find the need one day for that kind of thing.

The Symphony stuff I'm on the fence on. The essentials are all "ok" to have for layering sometimes to beef up other libraries. I have the full percussion and do like that one. But am definitely looking elsewhere for my Strings/Brass/Winds.
I don't see 50% off the Kontakt update - still shows as 99 USD....
 

poetd

Active Member
I don't see 50% off the Kontakt update - still shows as 99 USD....
50% off full price only at the moment it seems.

Still wouldn't have expected that they would do that only a month after release, so there's hope for an update sale I guess, maybe xmas? Will have to wait and see.
 
50% off full price only at the moment it seems.

Still wouldn't have expected that they would do that only a month after release, so there's hope for an update sale I guess, maybe xmas? Will have to wait and see.
Have NI ever done a sale on Kontakt upgrades? I don't recall that they have, but maybe I missed one somewhere along the way.

I'm actually rethinking what I wrote earlier, anyway. I had overlooked the Middle East library, for one thing (thanks for pointing it out). And I probably won't be needing either Thrill or K6 until next summer at the current rate. So maybe I should wait?
 

ptram

Senior Member
Well, what I would like to get from K12U would cost me something like 12€ less than the full upgrade to K12U. But the full collection comes in a nice box, so I will probably spend that little more money!

Paolo
 

Sears Poncho

Senior Member
50% off full price only at the moment it seems.

Still wouldn't have expected that they would do that only a month after release, so there's hope for an update sale I guess, maybe xmas? Will have to wait and see.
That kinda blows. Oh well, at least now I know how to strategize. NI is out this year, money will be spent at Heavyocity.
 

SuprMelOx409

New Member
Was thinking about picking up Kontakt 6 with a crossgrade sale but I guess not. Should I hope the crossgrade is back and on sale next summer?