"Well, i’ve been producing music for about 4/5 years now, mainly engineering actual bands and artists not so much my own material. I started off using nothing but Cubase SX3 and Reason. But after a car accident and smashing my face up, i managed to get a nice little sum of compensation which i instantly used to invest in a nice big ol’ iMac along with logic and some other nice soft synths (NI Komplete)."more
When it comes down to real sounding instruments, nothing beats Native Instruments.
According to Native-Instruments [official site](http://www.native-instruments.com/en/komplete-professional-instruments-and-effects/artists/) James is a user of the Native Instruments KOMPLETE software package. James says "I have my Guitar Rig set up on the road with me and in my studio. I can't get over how incredible my guitars sounds through it. Guitar Rig is amazing!"more
It’s really complete :) and probably the best one to have it. So many high quality instruments, libraries and plugs for a good price.
["I started with a laptop and headphones, but I have expanded to a studio set-up that I’m pretty happy with. A pretty high-tier PC, a NI Komplete audio interface, Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro headphones, a set of KRK studio monitors, obligatory two monitor screens not to feel limited, and an Oxygen 61 midi keyboard to speed things up."](http://kmag.uk/2014/09/17/xilent-guest-mix/)more
The software tools within Logic X that I most often use include: NI Komplete (the whole suite and samplers), NI Massive, VPS Metrum (To make kicks), Logic’s ES2, EXS24, Xfer plugins (like LFO Tool), Sylenth1, FabFilter Pro Suite, EW/QL Symphonic Samples, Voxengo SPAN, iZotope Ozone (Just for analysis, not for actual processing).more
Great sounds for days…for years!
I bought a couple of Native Instruments' synthesizers and plugins before making the plunge into Komplete, and I'm still kicking myself for not doing so sooner. The bundle of plugins and instruments included in this pack will satisfy producers in all styles and genres—granted, I've only used them for electronic music production for the most part, but I've also done my fair share of recording and performing with traditional acoustic instruments, and the tools in this bundle handled them equally well.
Nearly $500 is not cheap, but if you can afford to make the leap, you'll be heavily rewarded.
I really love this software package, especially Kontakt, but it does come with its fair share of issues that need to be fixed. At the time of this review, it is worth buying, but comes with some hassle.
I mainly use NI FM8 from this collection, although it is so huge and there are so many possibilities from this, you could spend your whole life figuring out how to use everything in this, my only complaint is there isn't enough time to go through everything it has to offer.
I love this software but It's just so much to learn to really get the most out of everything it has to offer, which is pretty much everything you need to make any kind of music ever.
Bought into the Komplete world at version 9 and now own 12 Ultimate. Now every year I update Komplete usually to the ultimate version. Expensive but one of the best collection of music programs, samples, sounds, effects available. Includes the indispensable Kontakt Sampler which allows access to the best sample libraries such as those from Spitfire, Sonokinetics, Berlin Instruments etc. Expensive but for me essential. Highly recommended!