Laidback Luke posts a photo to Instagram (Jan 2015) of an Ableton Live DAW session, with Native Instruments Kontakt Sampler open in the top left corner of the screen. He says, "I know I don't post it often but I still enjoy this view on a daily bases! #Studio #Ableton #Kontakt" The instrument he has selected is [Big Fish Audio Electri6ity](http://equipboard.com/items/big-fish-audio-electri6ity).more
"For live stuff I keep it pretty simple. Basically I use Ableton and a few third-party synths like Massive, FM8 and Sylenth. In the studio, I use Cubase, the Waves plug-ins. I'm a big fan of the iZotope plugins, Ozone and Alloy. Synth-wise: things like Massive, FM8 are sounding cool... and Sylenth for a lot of very cool analog sounds. It's kind of all the normal ones really! I use Kontakt quite a lot as well. "more
In his reddit AMA, Doctor P say he uses the following "instruments: massive kontakt battery nexus diva korg legacy collection minimoog processing: fabfilter pro q camel phat waves C1 waves SSL comp SPL tube tech izotope ozone wow i never realised how small the list of my plug ins would be"more
In MusicRadar's interview with Depeche Mode's techs on the Delta Machines tour it was revealed that ""Sample wise we're using Native Instruments Kontakt and Massive a lot too. We're also using a lot of GMedia ImpOSCar and Synthogy Ivory for pianos too. There are some sounds you can't get with the synths, so we use the samples for those, but there's a lot we can do and we try to use the synths as much as possible. Stripped is a good example of that. The big lead sound is Massive and ImpOSCar all layered up to create that main riff sound." Martin is strictly using software when he puts his guitars down for older material, he has a Roland Edirol controller as well as an Access Virus both commanding Muse Receptors with various plugins loaded.more
Throughout Varien's Youtube video, instances of Kontakt 5 appear in the channel strips for his song "Morphine". Additionally, at the 59 second mark he opens an instance of Kontakt and says "I've got my Kontakt 5 here, Kontakt 5 is where I have all my fancy synths and, y'know, choirs, strings, organs, blah-blah that you love so much about the Varien sound, it's all in here..."more
In response to a tweet asking "What's one of your favorite/go to plugins for your sounds? Any type?@wymanofficial @DimitriVangelis", Dimitri responds with "Omnisphere, Kontakt and Reaktor!" Given the recency of this tweet, it's a reasonable assumption that they're using the most recent version of Kontakt.more
During the Delta Machines tour, DM's keyboard tech Paul Eastman informed MusicRadar... "Sample wise we're using Native Instruments Kontakt and Massive a lot too. We're also using a lot of GMedia ImpOSCar and Synthogy Ivory for pianos too. There are some sounds you can't get with the synths, so we use the samples for those, but there's a lot we can do and we try to use the synths as much as possible. Stripped is a good example of that. The big lead sound is Massive and ImpOSCar all layered up to create that main riff sound."more
At 4:12 in this video for [Maschine](http://equipboard.com/items/native-instruments-maschine-studio), DJ Toomp talks about Kontakt integration with Maschine "When it comes to using Komplete, Mostly I want Kontact and that's where I pull up most of my sounds, as far really building my foundation. It's incredible that you can actually pull it up on Maschine, without having to open anything else 'cause everything is right here integrated. That's definitely friendly, I love that."more
in this intagram video of D.O.D instagram account (@dj_dod), you can see there's Kontakt in the end of the video, D.O.D use it as a sampler for his voice. "#Temper is OUT NOW on @mixmashrecords exclusively on @beatport! I sampled my voice to celebrate! Link to download is in my description :-)"more
It ended up being quite flexible, because we got him to do dynamic multisamples of each kit that we got [drummer Paul Kodish] to play, and then loaded that into Kontakt, and had both the live recorded audio and the audio from Kontakt coming out of about 32 different channels into 32 groups, and we just mixed them from the groups. So any time if we played something and we were changing the song, at any point we could just switch the live drums out and play it in Kontakt. It was quite cool mixing through the groups, because you couldn't even tell that it was switched. Literally, it just sounded like the same take.more
I do think that I have this plugin on every track. The libraries are amazing, even the factory library has pretty decent sounds and I tend to fall heavily on it anytime I do any orchestral work. If I never have said what my favourite plugin is, this one comes very close to that title.
This plugin is very easy to use, some libraries are heavily sampled, giving your effortless creative experimentation. Speaking of the libraries, they range from effects such as EQs and compressors all the way up to orchestral ensembles all contained inside of a little window on your desktop! Just pray your CPU can handle it.
There is so much ingenuity in this plugin, its no wonder this thing cost an arm and a leg (and your liver, kidney, and spleen). And i would pay all that minus the arm, because then i can't make anymore more music.
All joking aside, Ill focus more on the plugins that are meant to replicate real world instruments. Pianos, strings, orchesteas, violins, cellos, etc. They all sound dynamic, vivid, and just realistic.
Lets take the string sounds for example. Kontact has many libabries to replicate different ways you can make the same note on a violin (like playing p, mp, mf, f, fff, different bowing techniques, bouncing bow, pizzicato, i can go on). Not all from one library of course. But if you ever get to play around with action strings, you will know what i mean. I felt like i had a symphony orchestra ready at my fingertips, and i was their conductor.
Piano sounds sound amazing. most piano synths would have this sort of twangy sound, which i dislike and it feels fake. Their piano libraries have such clarity, you can easily capture the elegance and grace of the piano.
Brass are ok.
Kontakt's workflow isn't bad, not all of it's instruments are mind blowing or essential but what it lacks in these areas it gains so much in flexibility. Kontakt covers so many bases that I can't even begin to imagine working without it now. It's not that it's absolutely crucial to every production but knowing I have it there means if I need a weird sound or a particular instrument to work with I will always have the means to get that in my productions.