bryzar wrote:I'm not sure if the cost ($400) is justified just to use non authorised libraries.
Uhm... I guess you didn't quite grasp the concept of how things work yet.
Kontakt is a full-blown software sampler, a product that costs $400. Price completely justified, just as is with Mach5, Halion, etc. Period.
People create instruments using Kontakt, and as there is no feature to export these instruments into standalone plugins etc., they save their instruments in Kontakt's proprietary file format. A format that Kontakt understands and can save and open.
If you want to download, open and use these instruments which others have saved, then you have to also have Kontakt - which understands the file format(s) and can turn meaningless (to you) data into a playable instrument.
Just like you wouldn't be able to open a .PSD file that someone else saved without having Photoshop or opening .XLS without Excel. (I know there is free- and shareware that can, but that's beside the point.)
So if you want to use free/cheap/non-supported libraries that others have created - go buy Kontakt. It's as simple as that. You need the product to open what the product has saved.
It's not unfair, not unjustified, not mean and not anything else.
It's just the way this sort of business works, and I fully support it.
The Kontakt "technology" is a good thing, so commercial library creators wanted to use it. But living off creating libraries for a product that costs $400 itself will prove to be very hard, and will probably result in very limited sales as not everyone can afford the full Kontakt.
So NI have created the free Kontakt Player that can play supported and licensed libraries. The result is:
* the customer base for the libraries is now a lot bigger for commercial library creators
* you don't have to get the full Kontakt to use the libraries and
* NI can pocket quite some $$$ in license fees from the creators.
(That BTW is the reason why 'licensed' Kontakt libraries are so much more expensive. Their creators aren't mean, but NI just seem to be greedy.)
bryzar wrote:For example I have been trying out Amplitube 3 as I like the concept of
progressively adding amps and effects etc.
A principle like that wouldn't work with an 'open' product like Kontakt, where everybody and his brother can create content. Because that would mean establishing and maintaining (incl. backups, refreshs, keeping up to date) a centralised data base with all possible entries.
Amplitube is a 'closed' product. 'Closed' meaning, that only IK can add or remove modules from the product. You can't just make an amp or a cabinet or a microphone and share it with the world. Or can you?
With Kontakt you can do just that. Create, share, use.
I really don't see what's not to get about this concept.
Or are you one of those who believes that everything in the world has to be free?
The intelligent move would be to get a cheap officially licensed Kontakt library, and then grab a Kontakt cross-grade. You can check NI's website for supported libraries. Saved me helluva lot of money.