|Plugin Format||AU, VST|
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I use Kontakt a lot for electric bass or when I need symphonic/orchestral elements, great sounding instruments. For pianos I mostly use the add on packs 'Alicia Keys' or 'Una Corda', but the standard ones sound pretty nice too. If you hear any electric guitar sounds in of my tracks it's also most commonly from the ilya Efimov guitar instruments for Kontakt, that I really like
I get this in Komplete but that is really the main program I use in Komplete along with the Sample libraries. It is a vital part of my computer setup allowing me access to the amazing sample libraries from companies such as Spitfire, Sonokinetics, Berlin Orchestra etc. At times I hate it because I do not spend enough time learning how to use it...so I don't know how to move libraries, or why they disappear from the list or why it doesn't work but I usually am able to finagle it into working again and fall back in love with it heheh.
Amazing. Simply Amazing.
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.
A must have for producers of every level
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.
industry standard for a reason
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.
This is an amazing player. It allows me to use a variety of organic instruments and sounds that I've purchased online. It allows you to play more than one instrument per note which makes for on-the-go musical layering. For 400$, you can't go wrong with it! Although I did find it expensive initially. But that comes with becoming a producer, you must invest invest invest!