hi, i was thinking about getting the konttakt 2 full version, mainly because all the other libraries use it (SAM, Epic Horns, etc) so i figured it would be the best sampler i could get (and only $250 because of the crossgrade price). my questions are what are the sample libraries that it comes with like? i saw that a small vsl is included and stuff like that. i'm not even sure i'd use them, seeing as i pretty much only use garritan stuff (thats just what i'm used to and comfortable with) - but i'm just curious as to what those sample libraries are like.
also, are the effects pretty good? can you use their reverb instead of the ones on your DAW (i use Logic Express)?
finally, the most important question - is it worth it?
I just bought the crossgrade a couple of months ago,and i must say it is well worth the price for the effects alone plus you get many sample libraries, and I can now use gpo and jabb on my intel mac. try to get the "anniversary crossgrsade from B&H it comes with tutorial DVD and Kontakt experience library. IT IS WORTH IT
one point>>>>the reverbs and effects are excelent, but you can not route external tracks into Kontakt. The effects only work with sounds that originate in kontakt. it would be nice, but it's not possible.
hope this helps.
The learning curve is high only if you try to know everything about it. If you want to load and play you'll be having fun in about 15 minutes. I love Kontakt because of both it's ease of use and it's massive features. It's easy to jump right into using, and also deep enough to spend tons of time learning - so don't let the learning curve comment throw you off.
The only downside in my opinion is Kontakt 2 is way more memory hungry than the original Kontakt. I noticed a drastic difference when I upgraded. If you run Logic and are use to the efficiency of EXS you'll be very disappointed with Kontakt's memory use.
Also it turns out after years of research Germans and particularly the guys at NI - have super sonic vision. Not sure how they achieved it but they can apparently see anything because they make the fonts so small in their plugins you need a magnifying glass to see them. I even used the "Large font" option in the preferences and I still can just barely read them.
thanks for the comments so far. its seeming like its a smart purchase to make. the only question that i still have is about the libraries then. are they a significant amount of sounds, and are they good?
I just got the Kontakt 2 full version last week, and its a very nice program in my opinion. The sounds that it comes with are pretty decent, but I'm running out of hard drive space at the moment, so I just put parts of the library on for now.
I like the convolution effect, and one of my other favorite things is the fact that you can load all the libraries in one program, so latency is not an issue with different libraries. I used to be annoyed when I was using Garritan Personal Orchestra: Sibelius Edition and the General Midi sounds on my soundcard and they wouldn't play in time with each other, but now I don't have to worry about that.
Of course, I can't use my soundcard sounds, but with the library of included sounds and the regular edition of GPO I don't really need the GM sounds on my sound card, since I was using them mainly for synth pads and sounds.
In all, a very good program. I am glad I got it. Hope this helps.