Yeah, I was told that ST3 was going to be a BIG upgrade.
I'd suggest maybe consider it as an adjunct to rather than a replacement for. ST at <>$60 is an incredible buy but its samples are pretty much limited to what is there. If you already have Kontakt then there is an enormous number of 3rd part titles available for it and a LOT of freebies.
I hear you, and appreciate the tip/suggestion.
I am at the point of throwing in the towel on Kontakt. Yeah, great sounds are available. Yes I got it working fine in Mixcraft.
I am not normally inclined to rant/vent on a company openly on the internet, but...... exceptions are made. People will be blamed.
As I have said before, I am not a synth guy, nor am I a keyboard player. My primary goal in attempting to use the Kontakt sampler was to create decent bass guitar and drum tracks, (I HATE anything that even resembles that computer music/drum machine sound of the 80's) and maybe load some of my own samples and "one hits" for playing via my midi keyboard and see where that took me.
I tried the Kontakt player, purchased some Abbey roads drums and P bass instruments, and found even the player edition to be just overwhelmingly difficult to use. Just kills all creativity. Hate the thing.
I purchased and took a course on Kontakt that was very good. What I learned was that all the features to do what I wanted were essentially locked out of the player edition, thus requiring the full blown Kontakt player, which is rather pricy for my simple needs, and even more bloated and over complicated.
Then theres the issue of my multiple experiences with NI's "customer service"........
As a whole I would simply say that I am not inclined to ever spend money with a company so severely and arrogantly disfunctional. Even if their product is the best sounding, most desireable, perfectly useful solution on earth.
So, I am looking into other options. Drums? I have found many great solutions, dollar for dollar, EZ-Drummer winning hands down on the basic/economy choice. Programs with more depth are available but it will work for me for now.
So I am still looking for some bass guitar sound capability, and I desire the ability to have a range from some upright bass to rock bass guitar and some range between.
So, I am looking at Sampletank as a possible solution, in addition to its other basic librarys, expansion sets, etc, looks like a possibility.
As usual I think I got carried away on my explanation......
Stay in tune,