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April Clare Welsh
29 April 2022, 11:57

Native Instruments unveils LORES: “purpose-built for creating musical stories”

Create cinematic soundscapes using an "eclectic" array of instruments


Native Instruments has unveiled a new virtual synth called the LORES. A collaboration with Canadian film and TV composer Clinton Shorter, the synth features an "eclectic" collection of organic instruments and is "purpose-built for creating musical stories".

Shorter, who is known best for scoring the 2009 sci-fi action film District 9, worked with Native Instruments to "dissolve the boundaries of traditional instruments" and "invite listeners on a sonic trip around the world". As such, the 16-instrument sound palette spans woodwinds, strings, chordophones, and vocals; everything from the Persian kamānche (a bowed string instrument) and the hurdy-gurdy to the Mongolian horse fiddle, with over 300 hand-played articulations.

"Using multi-mic recording, instruments can be physically staged within multi-dimensional smoke plumes, adding dynamic realism to your productions," say Native Instruments.


Designed to use with the KONTAKT and the KONTAKT 6 Player, the LORES boasts an intuitive user interface that lets users mix up to three different sources. It comes with 373 presets and 72.3 GB of content. 

Watch an interview with Shorter and the LORES walkthrough video below. The LORES is priced at €199 (£179.00). Find out more on Native Instrument's website.

Earlier this month, Native Instruments launched a new umbrella company with iZotope called Soundwide. Alicia Keys, rapper and producer El-P, Noah “40” Shebib, Young Guru, and composer Ludwig Göransson, are all on the Artist Board.