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5 August 2020 at 8:23 pm #1585RFHusbandParticipant
I am very excited by some of the recordings I have been listening to using Pianobook instruments. I have downloaded several Pianobook samples to begin learning how to load and use these instruments in recording and live performance. It is all new to me and I am not having any luck finding a guide for newbies. For example do I have to buy a sample player or are these somehow loadable in my DAW (Cakewalk Sonar). I would really appreciate someone pointing me to a user guide or video or even offer a few pointers here to get underway. Thanks!7 August 2020 at 3:50 pm #2405RFHusbandParticipant
Thanks for the reply. I must admit I missed the significance of why the various samples kept mentioning Kontakt. I will give it a try right away!17 August 2020 at 6:59 pm #2419
Hi, thanks for the intro to Kontakt Player. I have another question: Why is that almost all sample libraries i look for on the internet, requires Kontakt?
It is like we are forced to buy Kontak (399€) if we want to play with libraries? Is there not a cheaper alternative to Kontakt?18 August 2020 at 1:32 pm #2423
Thank you for the reply and the information/link.
I understand that Kontakt is the “standard” today, but it makes it expensive for “rookies”, students and other musicians/composers with low income.
I was hopping that you would send me a link to a free sampler that everyone could use 🙂
I guess I will have to save some money and buy Kontakt.
Thanks again for your quick response and have a great day.19 August 2020 at 11:46 am #2429
Dreams. Another vote for Komplete but I would also sign up for Native Instruments newsletter as you will be notified of offers. I once saw the full version of Kontakt for $99 in a flash sale.19 August 2020 at 6:11 pm #2430roryhoffmanParticipant
There is a free option, it’s just that not many people use it. That would be the SFZ format. If you can find a program that will convert Kontakt to SFZ, you’d be set. A few of the instruments here already have SFZ options, but it’s very few.20 August 2020 at 9:46 am #2432
Hi Bo and Bob
A little information on me: I have been playing the piano and the guitar for many years and used Cubase for recording my compositions and used hardware for instruments/effects.
Recently I have been updated Cubase and looking into software (Instrument libraries, virtual instruments, effects etc.)
Sorry for the questions, but it is hard for me to see through these packages, as I am all new in this field.
what is Komplete? As I understand Komplete contains a lot of instruments and some libraries and includes Kontakt as well – correct? If so why would I need Komplete, would Kontakt not be enough for me? Will I regret I didn’t buy a Komplete package?20 August 2020 at 9:54 am #2433
Thank you for the input. It sounds troublesome to start converting Kontakt format to SFZ format, I am almost convinced to buy Kontakt/Komplete.
I do like the idea of not getting “stuck” in proprietary formats, but again, I foresee that I will be using a lot of time converting and troubleshooting – unfortunately!20 August 2020 at 12:07 pm #2434
what is Komplete? As I understand Komplete contains a lot of instruments and some libraries and includes Kontakt as well – correct? If so why would I need Komplete, would Kontakt not be enough for me? Will I regret I didn’t buy a Komplete package?
Hi Dreams You have answered your own question about what Komplete is. To be honest I bought it with the Native Instruments S61 keyboard for a steller price. That said I do use several of the instruments.
I too use Cubase and you may decide that the Virtual Instruments that Steinberg provide added to the full version of Kontakt meets all your needs so you dont need Komplete.
Having the full Kontakt though just opens up a new world of sounds and my latest album which is being mastered has so many instruments from this collection here on Pianobook.21 August 2020 at 8:27 pm #2436roryhoffmanParticipant
If you buy Komplete select, that still doesn’t have the full kontakt player. you’ll have to buy Komplete 12 at least.22 August 2020 at 8:25 am #2437
Thanks, Bob and roryhoffman.
I will buy Komplete (not Komplete select ;.)), bbut will wait til NI comes with an offer I can’t resist.
Bob, would it be possible to listen to some of your songs – I would be interested?22 August 2020 at 4:09 pm #2441
Hi Dreams. Thanks for your interest. If you check my website in about 2-3 weeks you will have the latest album which contains a lot of Pianobook instruments. http://www.season3.co.uk24 September 2020 at 5:26 pm #2506
I can’t open the Youtube link on your page: http://www.season3.co.uk/
It is not accessible in my country ;-(27 September 2020 at 8:29 am #2510
Thanks, apparently there are “conflict” between Youtube and musical rights organisation, in my country. I will try with Tor-browser16 June 2021 at 7:01 pm #3245Mike SummersParticipant
I’m a newbie here too. I play jazz, and pianos are a bit of an obsession for me – though mainly I need ones I can take to gigs. Still, it would be fun to try a nice VST plugin. Maybe I’d love it and want to practise with it. I have never knowingly used a third party plugin. I’m new’ish to DAWs too really. Yes, I have used Audacity, and I’m beginning to use Cakewalk. I’m not just a cheapskate though. I purchased Cubase and a Steinberg interface many years ago (before most DPs had a USB to Host port) paying a pretty penny for the two. Nine times out of ten they didn’t work because of installation and security procedures which would frighten Julian Assange, Mossad and the KGB. Then Steinberg stopped supporting the interface, and then my licence expired. So now I’m keen not to get locked into an expensive and overly complex system.
I saw a review which spoke favourably of the Mason & Hamlin plugin. I downloaded some files, clicked on something, and that brought me here. I feel a bit like Alice in Wonderland, excited by the new things, but also concerned about becoming a nuisance or getting seriously sidetracked. I don’t really know what Pianobook is. Is it mainly about free VST plugins? I read the posts about Kontakt being kind of necessary. I see that the Mason & Hamlin plugin has four downloads including an SFZ version. Does this mean I can try it and maybe use it without Kontakt? Anyway, how do I begin?
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