I emailed Mr. Grabowski last week, if there's news on ESC 4 because I'd need the independant left-right looping if it works for me. No response and the website hasn't been updated for 14 months it seems. Does anyone know what's going on?
Don't know anything except I would very much want to know too. I bought ESC in February 2011 on the premise I would get a free upgrade to version 4, but nothing has been sighted of the forthcoming version, not even a rumour. I think I read somewhere he had/wanted to do a complete rewrite. I really hope it's not vapourware since I wouldn't have bought it if it wasn't for the free upgrade. My bad maybe, yes I know, but generally I trust developers. Except for Kjaerhus. :-)
:P did you try to mail him? I still haven't heard from him. Chickensys is a bit similar, they charged me $10 for shipping costs in may 2011 and would send a Translator 6 disc in june 2011. No, I couldn't buy a download only version, it had to be cd+download. Translator 6 came out in december or something but still no disc, lol.
I wouldn't compare him to Chickensys - they just never deliver. Grabowski is a very nice guy. He is probably working in another project. I don't think he makes his living from his products. ESC is still by far the best conversion software on the market. I am also desperatly waiting for version 4 with the mapper since Redmatica Keymap Pro is OS X only and does not any convertig at all.
Yes. The latest update can convert Kontakt 4 files. I am not sure which 4.x versions it's supporting. Redmatica also does not support all Kontakt 4 versions. It does only convert unencrypted files. Logically it does not support multis, but you can just save the single instruments of a multi in Kontakt and convert one after the other.
ESC only supports Kontakt 4.1 and earlier. Chicken Systems Translator converts everything, including the latest 5.3, is Mac and Windows and has been consistently supported for 14 years, phone, email, web. They have a shipping cost added while ESC folds the distribution cost into the price.
ESC does not do any editing, but Chicken Systems Constructor can do this.
I'm holding fire on on ChickenSys until after January 2014. You'll see why, and I promise I'll air it here too.
As for W.Grabowski, I emailed him about 18 months ago, and he said he was unable to continue with it due to absolutely dire circumstances he was experiencing. He didn't elaborate much, but he expressed a desire to return to it. I'll look up his actual reply in among my archives.
Perhaps I'll look at a thing called polyphontics, or I'll write my own.
I'm not sure what "holding fire" means, but u8nc ordered Constructor (not Translator) in 2009 downloaded once in 2009, and that was it. His issue is with the CD, not the program. We offer solutions for him and so far he's not taken advantage of them. Robert, we've posted an email to you, please reply.
I really like this software. I also have Samplelord from the same author. I recommend that too.
As for digital river I've never had any issues with them either. I've used digital river with other software vendors too.
If you have old Akai 1000 CD's and/or sample sets from Futuremusic or other magazines it pays for itself. I also have an Akai S5000 and it's easier and faster to use ESC to convert than to use the built in converter on the Akai S5000. There is still some tweaking involved but I think any converter will have similar issues.