I've been out of the loop for a while so I'm sorry for all these questions but there is a fair amount to cover.
My current setup is P4 3.0ghz, 2gb ram, 3 hard drives (software, samples, audio) running Cubase sx 2.2, Gigastudio 3, Scope 4.xx with creamware soundcards. Win XP Pro.
I'm thinking of dumping gigastudio and replacing it with kontakt, then porting everything to my new pc (software/samples only) which is a core duo 6600 and hopefully getting quad core 6600 (2.4ghz x 4) in the future. Running Windows Vista 64bit home premium. I'm thinking of getting kontact basically because I want to get quite a few east west libraries. Although I own a fair amount of giga libraries I'm hoping to just buy crossgrades for them, so it's all good. How much luck will I have running kontakt, cubase sx 2.2 in vista 64bit with a quad core cpu? Then on top of that, what about the libraries that come with there own kompakt player, do those work in vista 64bit?
Does the VSL legato tool or any other legato tool for other libraries work inside kontakt? I have always hated the gigastudio legato tool. Is it possible to run all the midi channels in cubase with kontakt as a plugin, then running the vst audio effects over the top all within the one channel? Or are you limited to kontakt audio effects only? I really want to run everything in real time. With my previous setup I've never been able to run my final mixes in realtime. I had to always bounce down and then mix. Which is a major pain if you want to add another instrument after you are finished.
I know we had all these disscusions years ago about everyone using multiable pcs, but I really like to keep everything in the one pc. So is this possible with the latest pc hardware out currently? Surely a quad core cpu with something like 8gig of ram would be enough to run say 16-32 channels in real time with a few vst plugins on each?
I'm just thinking of all this stuff at the one time as I try and think of ways to get everything I want over to my new pc. I'm sure I've missed a few things and i'm sorry if some questions are noobish. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!