I have been making music on a computer based system for years. I always try to stay current with the technology and the new systems for processing audio... Well, sometimes I'll buy expensive software, but never realize it's full potential.
With Kontakt 2 (which I just bought), how can utilize it to get the most from it? Is it more than a sampler? What should I expect?
Kontakt besides just playing your samples comes with a wide variety of effects and processors, and the ability to further program a wide variety of extra paramaters in your samples with its scripting function.
Theres lots to learn with Kontakt. I recommend you get the tutorial DVD from NI. It has lots of good lessons in it, that you'll struggle to get out of the manual. I also think its a hearty rip-off, at around $50.The DVD should come with the program, cos its frankly indispensable. But its not free, so there ya go. Buy this, go through the lessons and ask about specifics here to your hearts content.
Agree with everything gesticulator said, including that the NI tutorial video should be included with the program. Because how else are you going to find out about all the really deep features this beast has, unless you use this, or David Das' book. The included manual is sketchy at best....
Can you make and compile your own instruments with Kontakt 2 like you can with Gigastudio? I assume you can but then I think all those instruments released with the Kompakt player were custom programmed for clients by NI.
Why aren't there any online tutorials? I've seen them for Halion3 and EXS24mkll, but not a thing for Kontakt.
I also don't here much about the factory sounds. I thought that since the sampler was the "be all..." that the factory patches would really be something, but I haven't heard a peep, other than the NI press releases.