At 10/14/12 07:14 PM, stunkel wrote:
Okay to be more clear, I just want some better sound quality software instruments. Does that help? Sorry, I have no idea what anything is called DX
Not very specific...
What's your budget? How much can your computer handle? Sampled acoustic instruments? Synthesizers? Drum sequencers, pattern editors, etc.
IMHO all you need is Komplete 7 (or 8, or whatever) until you think you've outgrown them, which will take a long time.
You get FM8, Reaktor and Absynth, which will teach you everything you need to know about frequency modulation, additive synthesis, subtractive synthesis, etc.
You get Battery 3 with a lot of kits, which will last you until you're tired of browsing through factory samples and decide to dig into Reaktor and FM8 to create your own electronic glitchy percussion sounds.
For acoustic instruments Kontakt is pretty good; I think the strings and woodwinds are really great for the money. IMO the strings are better than GPO. If you do enough articulation layering and ms processing the the strings can sound very convincing. And with Kontakt you get stuff like a horribly cliche sounding funk bass, decent pianos, Abby Roads drums, etc. It's well worth the $400 or whatever it is now. There's plenty of reviews online too.
If you really use piano a lot just bite the bullet and get Ivory II (or Alicia's Keys).
What Kontakt doesn't give you is good mastering plugins, which really sucks.