I don’t believe so. I have K8 and don’t have Session Strings.
Personally, I am not that excited about K9 OR C7. If you aren’t really itching for any of the new features/instruments, it seems more cost effective to skip a version (especially true for the Komplete series).
And I normally am not a fan of upgrading every cycle. But I’m a huge fan of Battery, so the upgrade from 3 to 4 makes sense since it supposedly has a number of new features. And I’m not great at arranging strings especially for pop tunes so Session Strings seems like a no-brainer.
The standalone upgrade for Battery is $99. The K8->K9 upgrade is $149.
Still, that’s $149 I could use for other things like buying that ukelele and buying Tom a beer or 6 for offering to give me that Mandolin.
Despite my minimal use in studio recording, that is how I found my way from cubase SL 2 to Cubase 7 over the last 9 years. I always felt that if I had not upgraded, the cost to do so in the future could be prohibitive. Then again if you add up the costs to C4’ C5, C6 and C7 upgrades, that’s a decent amount of money…my 94 year old dad says " when in doubt, do nothing"
Youre right, Session Strings is not part of the boxed content of Komplete 8. I just checked how I got it.During a Komplete 8 promotion in August ,N.I. Gave Sessions Strings, The Razor and The Mouth for a bonus when Komplete 8 was purchased. That’s why I thought of it as a part of K8
I ended up buying a nice ukelele with a PZM pickup and 2 band “EQ” (not really EQ with only 2 bands) and some Auralex soffits for my monitors. It was all I could do to not buy half of Sam Ash. But when their next “18 months same as cash” deal comes along I will be back to buy more gear.
My 5th year anniversary is this Friday. I’m writing a Jason Mraz like song for the uke that I’m going to record and post on my wife’s Wall on Friday. I’ll even wear a hat like he does when I record the vocals.
Song is coming along nicely albeit slowly. My 4 year old has been sick all week so it’s been slow going with her needing her Daddy all of the time.
The song is taking a reggae slant but may come out sounding somewhat ska-ish since I intend to add some horn punctuation. (The current idea is to use a muted trumpet so who knows what this will ultimately sound like.) The bass, drums, organ, and (of course) uke are done. I haven’t started the lyrics yet, but it’s a short song so I’m not terribly concerned.
I really wanted to record a video outside tomorrow with me playing all of the parts a la Phil Collins or Paul McCartney’s videos (some of them at least) but I doubt I’ll get time for that with all of the work that needs to be done before Friday. The wife has Fridays off so that puts a bit of pressure on me to get this completed.
My wife was a classical theater major (read: she was a waitress) and is still in touch with a lot of her friends from college including one very well known regional director, Lauren. I could ask Lauren for access to a costume for a dialog that goes something like this:
Waiter: Sir? Can I help you with something?
Me: Yes please. Can you get me the item I asked for?
Waiter: [bringing someone else dressed in some medieval garb] Here he is sir.
Me: Eh? What’s this?
Person: I’m a Duke.
Me: I didn’t ask for a Duke!
Waiter: I’m sorry. I’ll be right back.
Waiter: [bringing some salad vegetables] I’ve brought your cucumber.
Me: Ugh. I didn’t ask for those either. What’s your name?
Waiter: I’m Luke.
Me: Look, Luke. I don’t want a Duke. And I don’t want a cuke. And in a moment I’m not going to want a Luke either.
Waiter: Is this it perhaps?
Me: Ah! My uke!