Hello all. Around this chat board the talk between Giga and Kontakt has created some pretty nasty debates. Well I\'ve been trying to decide what I really will dig into as well. I\'ve already got Giga so it\'s not like I\'m going to toss my liscense, but i think it\'s becoming clear, Kontakt is creating some very nice and distinct advantages. Besides the obvious ones like someone will acknowledge NI is still in business - vs. Tascam who pretends they\'re doing something with Giga - NI has developed the very practical Kompakt player which allows developers like Gary to develop such products as the GPO. It\'s cross platform, you don\'t have to buy a sampler, and it works! Clearly developers are loving this. Just look at who all is jumping on board. East West, Garritan, through East west Michel Post now has his piano in the same format. And I know more will come. Plus, the cool thing is if you DO have kontakt, you can pull the same sounds into that and use the full blown version if you desire.
With that said I predict Kontakt will over take Giga in market share over the next 9-12 months. Unless something so incredbily ground breaking is in GS3 - so amazing that customer service doesn\'t matter, I don\'t think Giga will survive. That\'s not to say I will never use it, but I just don\'t think it will fly.
With that said, apparently there\'s some additional programming things in Kontakt that are amazing. Word has it Tom Hopkins is flying high with joy working with it. I don\'t understand all the features, but I\'m just thinking some of the things with Giga that bug all of us, which I personally blame on archetetcutre, will not be a problem with kontakt. In fact kontakt I believe will re-write some of the rules for sampling. Just look what NI has done with software synthesis! I forsee a future where GOS updates are not just merely some more patches, and variations, but literally new instruments in kontakt using the same sample material. I forsee GOS taking creating new standards within the string library world with the samples they\'ve ALREADY made! nothing new. And these new standards I believe will only be able to be developed for Kontakt. I\'m not sure what it is, but it has to do with archetecture.
SO, with all that said - Gary - What\'s the upgrade path from GOS giga to GOS Kontakt? There\'s been a lot of talk about one library being better blah blah blah, I think it ultimately is going to come down to programming and sampler - and I think Tom Hopkins is THE man!