I guess I should have been more specific. There are different types of garage band instruments. If the garage band instruments use the EXS sample player to produce their sounds, then YES, they can be loaded into Kontakt. But, there are garage band instruments that do NOT use EXS or any samples to produce their sound. These obviously cannot be loaded directly into Kontakt.
Of course you can sample ANYTHING if you wish: see redmatica.com for tools to build your own exs instruments).
Kontakt should be able to load anything thats a SAMPLE BASED instrument. If you dont know for sure if the specific instrument you're using is sample based or not, just ask.
I know enough about various DAWs and sampling to realize that you couldn't convert the GB sounds that use variations of Apples's modelling synths, only the ones that are sample-based. I hope it converts things like ADSR and filter frequencies, modulation, etc. Some of the Hybrid-Analog sounds are very usable.
Even if it doesn't, this is still good news overall.
Now, the cheapest I've found K2 is $299, no tax, no shipping. Is that the best I'll see?
If you want to import natural instruments like orchestral sounds etc. you are fine. Layers, switches and so on are imported fine.
If you want to import synth instruments which use the EXS filter you will have to tweak after import. And still you won't get the same sound, beacause the envelopes of K2 can't affect the cutoff over such a wide range. Furthermore you will have to replace the 2 pole filter which is used as a default by a 6 pole or the Pro 53 one. You may find this thread interesting: http://www.native-instruments.com/fo...ad.php?t=26066