I've been so busy this summer that I haven't had time to install some new software-
Sonar 6 and NI's Kontakt 2.
No time until yesterday. Sonar 6 installed easily, (as usual for Cakewalk products)
Kontakt 2 was a bit of a fiasco.It's a software/computer based sampler. For many years I had wanted to get an external hardware sampler, like Akai's S5000. I never did, so I was looking forward to using Kontakt 2.
My primary source for orchestral samples had been my Alesis Quadrasynth Plus and a Roland M-OC1 orchestral sound module. ...I needed to join the 21st century.
Installation was a bit tricky. NI has a bizarre protocol for 'activating' the software. My music computer is NOT my internet computer, so I had to transfer special files between my computers and NI's website. I couldn't get it to activate my software, after three hours of effort. So, this morning I phoned their support number in CA and after 45 minutes on hold, I finally got a (good) techie named Vic. Finally I got the product activated.
Then I opened the program and opened a number of orchestral samples. Bad distortion and an combination of different sounds, maybe more than one sample per key. Two hours later I found the fix- went into windows
control panel and disabled my PC's built in synth and also disabled it's internal sound card.
Getting the sampler working required about 8 hours and lots of frustration.
Now that it is working, it looks like it's a good program with many good samples! It's a complex program with a steep learning curve (so far). We'll see how it goes.
If I can, I'll upload a few short MP3s to this forum today. -Doug