I can certainly understand your sentiments on NI. You aren't alone in feeling like that. When I said NI was king I didn't mean that everyone thinks they are wonderful. Not everyone likes the king
They are the undisputed leader in sample library players in terms of popularity. I mean, go to any group of serious game and motion picture composers and guess what they all use? They might have other stuff like UVI or ENGINE, but they PRIMARILY all use Kontakt. This is because it is stable and has way more creative features that the next runner up, you can build huge and I mean HUGE templates in Kontakt. These guys might be running 500 plus tracks on Cubase using multiple servers to do it. You can't really do any of that with the others. Also, Kontakt is continually updated, runs on Mac or PC and is about as stable as software gets. Most serious sample library producers write for Kontakt because all of their clients use it. Any serious daw developer will make sure Kontakt can be incorporated into their daw and hopefully make it fairly painless to set up multis and tie it all into a mix. I think Mixcraft has done a stellar job of this.
Now the libraries NI make are subjective I suppose. There are some really nice ones IMHO. All depends on what you're doing with it I guess. The drum kits in Komplete are pretty awesome as are their pianos. Some of the orchestral stuff is beginning to be dated, yet if a person is trained in composition and puts those sounds together properly you could use it in a block buster movie and people would be impressed. JMHO. They keep updating their libraries. The nice thing about Kontakt is once you have it, the door is opened to just about anything depending on your level or expertise and computer power. Don't be like me, buy some of it and hardly every use it lol.
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