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Kontakt best alternative?

Sampler and Sampling discussion (techniques, tips and tricks, etc.)

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Kontakt Best Alternative?

Plogue sforzando
18
14%
SampleTank
6
5%
ImageLine DirectWave
6
5%
Simple Plain Universal Sfz
11
8%
HighLife
2
2%
Shortcircuit
7
5%
ZamplerRX
1
1%
Wusikstation
4
3%
TX16Wx
13
10%
Sonic Charge Cyclone
0
No votes
CMPlay
0
No votes
motu mach5
15
12%
SF2
5
4%
Halion
16
12%
Alchemy
19
15%
Maize Sampler VSTi
7
5%
 
Total votes : 130
SampleScience
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2449 posts since 31 Oct, 2004, from Mtl, Canada

Postby SampleScience; Thu Mar 06, 2014 8:53 pm Kontakt best alternative?

I'll release my next multi-sampled instruments library on a Kontakt alternative, but which ones is the best in your opinion?

Bear in mind that my libraries are simple and lightweight. I want to focus on a more oldschool way of sampling and I plan to sample mostly old synthesizers from the eighties as well as acoustic sound effects.

That being said, feel free to answer in a general manner. This pool could serve as an indication of what is wanted for other sound developers.

Thanks! :)
Last edited by SampleScience on Fri Mar 07, 2014 11:45 am, edited 3 times in total.
C-note
KVRian
 
1447 posts since 2 Apr, 2006, from Studio City, California

Postby C-note; Thu Mar 06, 2014 9:01 pm Re: Kontakt best alternative?

None of those for sure - only interested in Kontakt
bigcat1969
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545 posts since 30 Jul, 2013

Postby bigcat1969; Thu Mar 06, 2014 10:30 pm Re: Kontakt best alternative?

Based on download numbers, I'd suggest going VSTi and doing both 32 and 64 bit versions. Even a fairly crap Maize VSTi seemed to draw lots of interest. Sfz was moderate and Sampletank fairly low.
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BBFG#
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3542 posts since 28 Apr, 2013

Postby BBFG#; Thu Mar 06, 2014 11:11 pm Re: Kontakt best alternative?

Engine?
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strayboom
KVRist
 
131 posts since 4 Nov, 2011, from Babylon 5

Postby strayboom; Fri Mar 07, 2014 12:00 am Re: Kontakt best alternative?

you should consider to add motu mach5 to the list as well. tho, i'm not sure how popular it is.

as kontakt alternatives, i would use sf2/sfz if no heavy scripting needed, because these formats are popular and can be loaded into anything.
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EvilDragon
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10033 posts since 6 Jan, 2009, from Croatia

Postby EvilDragon; Fri Mar 07, 2014 12:44 am Re: Kontakt best alternative?

You're missing MF3. Even though it's iLok, it's currently the best alternative to Kontakt.
magickz
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36 posts since 26 Feb, 2014, from Germany

Postby magickz; Fri Mar 07, 2014 1:49 am Re: Kontakt best alternative?

For me (as a beginner in digital music) a software for 400 Euro that uses proprietary file formats will never be an alternative. That's my opinion. And that's why I bought Wusik's products and some others without hesitation. So far, I feel confident with my decision.

@EvilDragon: may I ask what is MF3?
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aMUSEd
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19893 posts since 14 Sep, 2002, from In teh net

Postby aMUSEd; Fri Mar 07, 2014 1:56 am Re: Kontakt best alternative?

Halion, MachFive or Alchemy - none of which are listed for some reason.
Last edited by aMUSEd on Fri Mar 07, 2014 1:57 am, edited 1 time in total.
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strayboom
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131 posts since 4 Nov, 2011, from Babylon 5

Postby strayboom; Fri Mar 07, 2014 1:57 am Re: Kontakt best alternative?

mf3=motu machfive v3 :)
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Armadillosound
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872 posts since 28 Aug, 2013

Postby Armadillosound; Fri Mar 07, 2014 2:05 am Re: Kontakt best alternative?

Halion.
It's not in the list, but it's the one i'd choose :)
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Gamma-UT
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2514 posts since 8 Jun, 2009, from UK

Postby Gamma-UT; Fri Mar 07, 2014 2:13 am Re: Kontakt best alternative?

If you use SFZ or SoundFont, most half-decent samplers will at least import it.
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murnau
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2695 posts since 13 Jan, 2005, from Deutschland

Postby murnau; Fri Mar 07, 2014 2:34 am Re: Kontakt best alternative?

SampleScience wrote:Bear in mind that my libraries are simple and lightweight. I want to focus on a more oldschool way of sampling and I plan to sample mostly old synthesizers from the eighties as well as acoustic sound effects.


i think the thread-title is a bit ambiguous. i comment on what i qoute from your original post: go with plain .sfz and/or the free sforzando (Tx16 can also read it). halion and mach are to powerful and need dongle, wouldn't be my first choice for "simple & lightweigt oldschool sampling". i think you will reach as much customers as you can. :wink:
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Zombie Queen
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3386 posts since 1 Aug, 2005, from where butter flies

Postby Zombie Queen; Fri Mar 07, 2014 3:24 am Re: Kontakt best alternative?

Yep, thread title is misleading...
+1 for sfz, it is also good in Alchemy as extra 'oscillator'.
SzcZ: music | samples
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audiothing
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551 posts since 13 Apr, 2011

Postby audiothing; Fri Mar 07, 2014 3:57 am Re: Kontakt best alternative?

The best alternative to Kontakt for your libraries is sfz.
The best alternative to Kontakt is MOTU MachFive 3.
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Timman
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60 posts since 6 Mar, 2014, from Moon

Postby Timman; Fri Mar 07, 2014 5:00 am Re: Kontakt best alternative?

SampleScience wrote:I'll release my next multi-sampled instruments library on a Kontakt alternative, but which ones is the best in your opinion?

Can I ask you why? I guess that your Kontakt users would be pissed off to move to another sampler or format. What's the reason?
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