Well I can tell you I can get into the 100s with my dual 1.42 G4 so let's take a look at your system. What type of sound are you using to test this with? Any sound that uses the built in effects greatly reduces the voice/cpu ratio.
Are you simply talking about one instance and one sound?
Tell me about your system so maybe I can help.
You sort of confirmed a suspician and that Kontakt is really not well tuned for either dual processors or G5's. Your dual 1.42 is getting what seems correct when compared to my old dual 867.
The fact that my G5 gets no more is frustrating.
My test sample is Vints C7. No effects.
Nothing else up and running.
Just a sequencer host and one instance of kontakt playing the C7.
Latest versions of everything.
Running logic native and DP native yeild 60 stereo voices.
Logic running dae still gets me 60. it wil do so even when using several other soft synths but the one instance of kontakt will never yeild more than the 60 st voices without a cpu clip
DP running in dae mode (kontakt as a rtas in that config) only gets me 40 voices.
I have tried all the recommended cpu/system tweaks and most all kontakt parameters.
When I say 100's I can get over 200 with more loaded in RAM. This is also at 256k buffer. What settings are you using?
Also note that this is achieved through several instances. A single instance of Kontakt will only use one processor.
One of the big things of Kontakt2 is dual processor support and Altivec optimization. I recently did a GPO piece where if I tried to load all the strings in one instance I couldn't get past two tracks. I ended up using one sound per instance and was able to complete the enitre thing playing in real time using 100s of voices.
Well, March isn't so far away.
Two things I will wait for on the Apple end of the tree....I will wait for 3ghz Dual processor G5's , and I will wait to see how nice Kompakt 2 play's with it .. Then I will take the plunge if all goes well....In the mean time, I had a PC built , and am running Giga3 that really sounds great ... I don't think you can have too many samplers can ya ?.....Being new to software samplers, I have heard MANY times how much more efficiently Giga on a PC runs, than ANY of the other samplers on a Mac ...I'm still a Mac guy, but I also want to see some kind of performance also ..If not , I will use my Mac for my sequencing and audio programs, and send a line out to the PC running Giga3 ... With the cost of PC's so low, it end's up costing less than a really good hardware sampler to own, so it's a no brainer for me ...It's no walk in the park learnign Giga and Window's at the same time though .. ....Sincerely, Jim