Why Kontakt?



  • Geoff Smith

    I have to agree with your post. I've just purchased Studio Brass, not realising I HAD to use Kontakt. I avoid all NI products as I find their whole system confusing and unnecessarily complex. The worst part is the TINY GUI, which so many complain about and have done for about a decade. If I'd known I would have to use Kontakt, I wouldn't have bought Studio Brass. I have many other issues using it too but I cannot even begin to work through them without being able to see what I'm looking at! It's utter madness in 2020. I know that's an issue with NI, not Spitfire, but Spitfire should have the option not to use Kontakt.

    I also tried LABS and agree that it's great, clear, easy to use, and sounds fantastic. I did assume Spitfire also had their own software for other instruments that weren't free, and it was implied you needed their software, but now I realise it's the same software as LABS and all their other products use, which is just for downloading and installing.

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  • Paul Carter

    Probably Kontakt simply because Spitfire is not a software company (or were not originally) - they may have had to hire third party developers to make the more simplified recent UI plugins of LABs and the BBC SO 'Discover' (which are great BTW) - but probably are less flexible in terms of laying out instrument variations with massive sample sets. 

    Kontakt does seem heavy weight but it's something that supports building complex multi-sample sets for sample pack developers and has also the download mechanisms/authorization methods in place that Spitfire probably didn't have the resources to develop originally. 

    Agreed the Kontakt GUIs seem small - is there no way to zoom/scale?

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  • Sebastian Notini

    Hey Geoff and Paul,

    Nice to read your comments and I think that where we're at is that Kontakt is the best Spitfire got at the moment for bigger sample libraries, right? I really think that the Spitfire products are amazing, and i loved the LABS player. Since the Kontakt seems to be a little like ProTools, something that was fantastic in 2003 but seem hopelessly outdated in 2020. I hope Spitfire takes this positive criticism seriously.

    I installed and runned LABS in 30 min, it took me two days for the Kontakt before I got a version 5.7.3 that was not even on the legacy part on the regular site. Just to realize that, from a very generic "library not found" message that that was the problem was tough.

    I imagine many would have given up at the third youtube video or chat link. I know I am on Yosemite but a whole lot of people are, and it's where my computer at home works the best. That's the thing about having fools-proof software, everyone can use it and concentrate on creating music!

    My wish would be to se the Spitfire Audio app beeing standalone, maybe making the LABS typ of player work for everything from Spitfire. Also it's really strange to have the Spitfire Audio, Native Instruments and Kontakt interfaces together, just messy and complicated. I see all the effort to make allt these fantastic sample libraries, I think Spitfire deserves a dedicated app, such a big and nice company can invest in that, it's not even near as difficult as sampling the BBC orchestra.

    Best wishes to all and thank you for all great sounds, Sebastian

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  • Lou Ferguson

    I am absolutely a fan of Spitfire's.  My only gripe is the NI Kontakt window.  This is not 1990. I bought Neo today and love the sounds. I run two 32 inch 4k monitors in HD res in my studio for both acoustic and VI recording. After auditioning Neo my eyes are fried. Companies like Spitfire and other giants should stick up to these guys now. Enough is enough. Even if I could zoom it would be great. BBC is a great GUI. The Albions need an interface. How about it Spitfire?  

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