“The real strength of Kontakt is the number of high-quality instrument libraries available for it. There’s nothing better for emulating real musicians or recreating samples. It contains the strongest pianos, the richest strings, the most natural guitars and the smoothest horns, all ready to be manipulated and articulated.more
During this interview he said: "Oh yeah. I really swear by putting things into other things, into other things, and so on. Running a sound from [Native Instruments] Kontakt out to my Avalon 737 [pre-amp /compressor/EQ unit], and back in again. So many fucking layers of stuff. You know, some of the source material of these sounds are just crap. I've got a project open right now here in Logic, and nothing is the original source. "more
"You also have KONTAKT or MASSIVE with a million banks of presets that you can tweak according to whatever you’re working on. For a lot of working composers or musicians, the turnaround times mean you don’t need months to do things. It’s about what you have to hand, and one of your answers better be Native Instruments."more
"I use Pro Tools, Kontakt, Vienna Pro Ensemble, Vienna Symphonic Library and Hollywood Strings mainly. I have to say I don't really think it matters what you use, they're all pretty much the same. Pro Tools is a bit annoying as it's so expensive and to get full functionality they always charge you for extra add ons like Surround Sound. There are lots of other software packages out there that give you it all for half the cost. If I can make myself learn something new I'll probably change to something else."more
Splice: Can you tell us about some of your favorite plugins? Which ones do DirtyPhonics use most lately? Charly: Another favorite is Native Instrument’s Kontakt. This plugin was always around since the beginning and we’ve used it with Shimon a little bit back in the days. We use it to create our own patches and build our sound library from there.more
"I like the emulations of all the Roland plugins, the Korg plugins, but then I also love Native Instruments’ creative plugins – especially those that use random modules and things like that, they’re very musical and very creative. I love Kontakt – it’s my main sampler. I like the compressors and the de-essers… there’s not really many plugins I don’t like; it’s just a question of how you use them!"more
I don't know where I'd be without Kontakt and I think it's fair to say the same about most of us! while I've used other samplers before in the past, none of them have been as reliable as Kontakt. Companies also seem to recognize that and Kontakt has become essentially the de-facto sampler!
It's here that I load up tons and tons of sample libraries, many of which are orchestral or cinematic. It's a critical piece of my music-making and I just don't know where I'd be without it!