I'm in the process of moving from my somewhat dated Logic for PC to Cakewalk's Sonar. I'm allready owning and using Project5 v2 (Cakewalk) so I can get Sonar & PE at a good upgrade price. Bundeled with Project5 came Dimesnion LE, a light version of Cakewalk's software sampler Dimension Pro. Dimension doesn't load .gig, .nki or .exs, (nor AKAI and Roland discs)which are the main formats in my sample library. CDXTract which I've been using doesn't convert to Dimension format either.
My problem is now which software sampler to buy. For drums I will most likely go for FXPansion's DR-008 as I can get it pretty cheap (much, much cheaper than Battery) but which sampler to use for my pianos, strings and percussions etc..?
Gigastudio VI looks good but it's US $299. Halion sells for the same price. Kontakt is US $349. MOTU's Mach Five is around US $289. Gigastudio and Mach Five look real good but I believe Kontakt ships with a much bigger sample library.
In either case I'm thinking that any of the above mentioned software samplers are a little too expensive right now. I just bought Project5 and I'm about to get Sonar 6 PE plus a few more things. There's also the V-Sampler...
V-Sampler is the cheapest software sampler I've seen and it retails at US $190 about (it seems to be download only) but I haven't heard that much about it. I know I downloaded a demo version some years ago and I thought it was pretty good. Still, I would like to hear someone else's thought about it though.
My question is really: is there a cheap alternative to the standards in software sampling? I rarely do any tweeking (except for drum layering and mxing) and I can do all the looping in Project5 or Sonar. If I need a software sampler and I can convert my library to a format which V-Sampler can read (with CDXtract that is), would V-Sampler be a good buy?
I appreciate any help.