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A video review of the new synth from Lethal Audio

Killer Sounds from Lethal Lethal Audio recently released Lethal, a crisp-sounding "rompler"-style software instrument with a heavy emphasis on EDM, but which will also be useful for pop, rock, hip-hop, and film scoring. read more…

Steinberg HALion 5 Review

HALion Doing? Twelve years after the first version of HALion — the sampler "made in Steinberg" — came out, it's time for the fifth generation to make its debut with a lot of new features. But will it be enough to compete with the two major players, namely Kontakt and MachFive? read more…

Native Instruments Kontakt 5 Review

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Great product (reFX - NEXUS)

By Megaprod, 09/02/2014
Easy and problem-free installation.
Easy-to-install expansions and very well organized in categories.
No incompatibility problems with cubase nor protools.
Logical and simple manual.
It's a sample preset player.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

My setup:
Windows 7 64b
I7 4930k
64 gb ram 2400
Asus p79 deluxe gold
RME madi soundcard coupled with a burl mothership b80
SSD
Performance with windows 7.7
The software works correctly and the samples are loaded in less than a second, even the hollywood2 range.
Stable setup
Very low resource usage
Possibility to open 30 nexus instances in a single project without any overload, even on my old I7 2600k.

OVERALL OPINION

I've used it for 7 years, I think.
I've tested all vsti on the market
What I like best:
Original sounds that are regularly updated by the publisher with expansions.
Nice built-in effects and the addition of a real IR reverb, which is great to give more character and breadth to the sound
Fast and easy use and setup

What I like least:
Sample player only, so
it lacks synthesis generators to make sound design
Sound editing is restricted and you can't create your own combinations
The sounds are usually found on several expansions, which can be a bit disconcerting when you consider that an expansion costs $60 and that from the 128 sounds it includes, you have already heard 10 or 15 in other expansions and there are 20 useless SQ sequences they've put in just to fill space.
It lacks a search engine for the sounds


What I regret:
They should make version 4 mixing phalanx / sylenth and it would be awesome

Nevertheless, it's a very good product for people who like modern sounds and quick searches.
There are bundles with very attractive prices, but the complete version is pretty expensive.

I have used it every day on all my projects, so I would buy it again.
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This thing made pop pop in the 90's.. Now it's FREE! (E-MU - Proteus VX)

By sle_en, 17/10/2014
This is definitely a piece of software that you have to read the manual to. It's a little clunky and most certainly isn't intuitive, demanding that you do your homework. Once you do though, there's little difficulty.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

The software works fine and is stable, but the interface is showing its age. It doesn't use many resources, despite having built in effects.

OVERALL OPINION

I worked in a pro audio shop in the early 2000's. This thing then came in the form of a large, expensive rackmount device and they FLEW off the shelves. SO MUCH music was produced using these things, it's unreal. Reading the reviews here, it just goes to show how people are unaware what this thing is - basically pop-music in a box. It's the king of sound modules - everything is laid on, even the effects, panning, you name it.

The software implementation does lack of course the hardware advantages of the rackmount, like multiple outputs, but for free? This is a steal. Give it a try, you really cannot go wrong with this thing for making any remotely MOR music.
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Fantastic Program (Native Instruments - Kontakt 4)

By bgallaghermusic, 05/01/2015
Kontakt is my one and only sample player. It's a strong and versatile program and after using it for about 7-8 years I'm still learning more and more about how powerful this thing is.

I generally use Kontakt as a plug-in and outside of some occasional samples I've programmed myself in some of Logic's synthesizers, I use Kontakt exclusively for sample playback, editing, and creation. Most projects I've done start with me opening a multi-channel instance of Kontakt and loading up the sounds I need. For a complete beginner it might take a bit to realize the full potential of this program, such as the sample editing capabilities and using the multi-channel aspect to save CPU, but it's generally straightforward. Once it's loaded up, all you have to do is find your sounds and double-click.

The Kontakt sound libraries themselves are pretty decent although not the best. The orchestral samples are very flexible and controllable, but just don't sound that great. However, they can be effectively utilized mixed-in with more professional samples for a bigger, fuller spectrum of sound. I find the strings, for example, to be a bit harsh but that can be great if you want to boost the upper frequencies of a more dull string patch, or a synth pad. In the end, there are some decent sounds in there but you have to go looking. The best thing is to separate all the sounds that really excel into another folder for easy access.

Besides being a great sample player, Kontakt has been really useful to me in creating and editing my own samples. You can drag and drop any audio file into the Kontakt interface and it is immediately mapped out and pitch shifted onto the midi keyboard. After that you are free to edit the audio in so many different ways and add other audio files as well to make an entire sample collection in one .nki file. I've used this function to create my own sample libraries of percussion instruments that I've collected over the years and I've already started on some cool flutes and other wind instruments I've got lying around as well. It's an incredibly easy process and can also be really useful for sound design. You can drag any audio audio at all in and then mess with it as much as you want. Sometimes the results of random experimentation can be quite useful.

I really can't see any big cons to this software, I'm just such a fan. There isn't much it can't do and there are seemingly endless possibilities.

Cheers!
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