A few weeks ago I got a promo email from Native Instruments saying that their new Kontrol software was available for download (probably in support of my recently upgraded Komplete 9). I was enthused about it since it sounded similar to (if not exactly alike) their Kore 2 platform, which to my sadness they abandoned a few years back. So I downloaded, installed, and tried to open it in standalone mode. It requested the normal NI authorization but I couldn't authorize it from the NI site. I sent their tech support my problem and haven't heard a peep back since.
Has anyone else successfully installed the Kontrol software? If so, am I correct in guessing that it does essentially the same thing as Kore by allowing a central interface to browse preset sounds in all of their other programs? I know it's release is intended to accompany their new line of hardware controllers but can I use Kontrol without the hardware?