OK guys, I’m gonna have to chime in on this one: I COMPLETELY AGREE!
I really, really miss the days of samplers that actually sampled. Oh, the fun I had with my little Casio sampling keyboard back when I was a wee lad…
It would be so brilliant to just cut snippets of tracks and drag & drop them into the sampler, or to arm the sampler itself to instantly sample something, setting gate thresholds just like we did back in the day…
Kontakt is powerful, but CUMBERSOME! I own it, and I’ve dived right in. It’s a beast, but it’s still not easy, and it still doesn’t sample. Sometimes, you just want instant gratification. Well, for me, that’s most of the time. I love it when software doesn’t interrupt my flow, doesn’t open an external wave editor, doesn’t INTERRUPT MY TRAIN OF THOUGHT, but just does what I tell it to, and right away. Then, it starts to feel like a musical instrument.
Cubase, as it improves, is feeling more and more that way all the time. I think a top-flight bundled sampler THAT ACTUALLY SAMPLES and has super easy means of storing, importing, and organizing samples would be a gas. It’d also give Cubase a unique edge.
Again, that idea of dragging and dropping audio parts directly into a zone within the GUI is brilliant. That could be MAJOR. Nobody does this right now! I don’t want to have to mess with ANY menus, I don’t want to have to go surfing my file system for ANYTHING. I want it all right there.
“Never Leave Cubase” should be the tagline. Imagine that!!