While “free” is a great price, it can be difficult to navigate Native Instrument’s software ecosystem — users can’t simply download the Analog Dreams software and start playing. First, they need to download and install the company’s Native Access management tool, followed by its free Kontakt Player plug-in. Then, they can finally download expansions like Analog Lab. Those just getting started with Native Instruments’ offerings should consider downloading the company’s Komplete Start package, which is a free bundle of instruments and effects, and comes with Kontakt Player.
Native Instruments isn’t the first company to give away its music-making tools to keep people busy during the coronavirus pandemic. Both Moog and Korg have made some of their mobile apps free. The Analog Dreams giveaway seems to be a hit already — the Native Instruments website is having difficulty loading pages and servings downloads, and can’t even load its password recovery page at the moment. Musicians who want to download the software should be able to once the dust settles, but that could take some time.