Anyone else hate Native Instruments

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Anyone else hate Native Instruments

Post by mixyguy2 » Sat Jan 19, 2019 9:12 pm

IMO Kontakt is a piss poor UI/middle man to have forced on you for certain products, to say nothing of the iLok bit. I've used Massive (soft synth) and it's respectable but nothing amazing. And their stuff tends to be quite pricey. I just don't get the appeal at all. Anyone else?

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Post by Northfield.Lenox » Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:09 pm

Nope. While I agree the UI could use work, I purchased Komplete 11 as well as the Komplete Kontrol keyboard and could not be happier. Feel it was extremely good value. Still have not scratched the surface of using the included synths, sampled instruments, effects, drum machine and effects. The installing and update have been flawless. I never came across any use or need for iLok - all licensing is based on serial numbers. This was the review video that really grabbed my attention:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDmFTiQDx4M&t=1805s

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Post by jlouvar » Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:44 pm

No, but my main instrument is bass guitar. :wink:
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Post by chibear » Thu Feb 07, 2019 7:37 am

Have to give that a resounding no since a vast majority of the instruments I use work in the full version of Kontakt.

Pricey? Yes, but the door is open to a universe of free libraries from wanna be developers, some of which are quite good and many which are useful but have a very short lifespan.

Complicated? You bet! NI would do itself a favour by splitting Kontakt into User and Developer modules just to sort things out a bit. BUT once you get the idea of where not to go, a powerful interface in which virtually everthing can be easily automated via MIDI and Host automations in any combination you want.

I am not a fan of NI libraries, agreeing that they are overpriced, and, considering they invented the UI, often more inflexible than 3rd party competing libraries.

Finally, I do find NI near the top of the arrogance list when dealing with them one on one, something I tend avoid because of my BP issues.
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Post by SeanMichaels » Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:23 pm

I cannot agree in saying that I hate NI, but I do understand your sentiment when it comes to the price of Komplete and many other products included. Kontakt 5 is very expensive; it's an excellent sampler, however.

Sample library makers have an easy time making their libraries exclusive to Kontakt and it requires minimal development and lower cost. Sure, it's passed on to the consumer, but I think it's a well-worth investment to get it. They also have the Kontakt Free Player, but I haven't tried using it in ages. I think I remember getting frustrated that it would time out after fifteen minutes.

Some plugin developers, like GetGood Drums, for example, obtain a Kontakt Player license from Kontakt allowing end users of the product to use just the free version of Kontakt.

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Post by Ian Craig » Fri Feb 22, 2019 10:34 pm

mixyguy2 wrote:IMO Kontakt is a piss poor UI/middle man to have forced on you for certain products, to say nothing of the iLok bit. I've used Massive (soft synth) and it's respectable but nothing amazing. And their stuff tends to be quite pricey. I just don't get the appeal at all. Anyone else?


Yes, I agree. Overpriced, hard to see, pain in the arse
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Re: Anyone else hate Native Instruments

Post by Benjamin Drew » Sat Mar 16, 2019 5:46 pm

I bought their 61 Key Keyboard for something like 700 bucks. It did come with a lot of software but It wasn't at all my taste. I take advantage of their free stuff, yet, I have yet to actually use it in a track. Hence I took the keyboard back and bought a Roland Juno DS61 which I am more than pleased with.

My main go to's are (Now) VIP suite from Akai (I didn't have any issues with iLok) and Synthmaster everything bundle. Slynth1 I go back and forth with but I'm luke warm with their product.

And of course some Mixcraft stuff and the Roland Juno patches (Which in my opinion are amazing). I hope some day to acquire a Integra 7!
It's probably about taste I suppose.

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Re: Anyone else hate Native Instruments

Post by freightgod » Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:09 am

I will never be able afford living in the Kontakt Universe.

I do not pirate anymore, arrrr there be no need matey, but Mixcraft was prob the first music software tool I used because the pricing itself actually made it a no-brainer to buy. And it's stayed that way ever since. Upgrading is a nice yawny process too...I love it!

But of course I'd go there if I could.

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Post by daveiv » Sun May 19, 2019 4:50 am

freightgod wrote:I will never be able afford living in the Kontakt Universe.

I do not pirate anymore, arrrr there be no need matey, but Mixcraft was prob the first music software tool I used because the pricing itself actually made it a no-brainer to buy. And it's stayed that way ever since. Upgrading is a nice yawny process too...I love it!

But of course I'd go there if I could.
If you're on a budged, check out AIR Music plugins on Plugin Boutique. They're very powerful, yet they do crazy discounts.

But you don't really need anything else to make, for example, Electronic music, if you have Mixcraft Pro Studio. It comes with great synths and effects.

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