Do you think its a waste of time to get Kontakt ?


Hallion Sonic SE 3 seems pretty good, but I’m wondering if it’s silly to also get Kontakt ?

My Questions:
DO you find Kontakt easier/harder to use than Hallion Sonic ?
Would Kontakt slow down my Cubase (because too many plugins ?
Do they both (more-a-less) cover similar types of sounds ?


Wrong forum.

I have seen Youtube Videos of people using Kontakt WITHIN Cubase.
So I want to know opinions from people that use Kontakt WITHIN Cubase.

OK it has been said many times . . .

It depends what you are trying to do.

There are some excellent instruments that run in Kontakt : Spitfire Edna is one that I am looking at.

Also, Spitfire LABS(Free) and Kontakt player(free) have some interesting textures definitely not a waste of time
These have inspired me to produce music that I normally would not think about.

Thanks :wink:

Kontakt gets really good 3rd party libraries. HALion is making progress in this regard but still well behind. Kontakt is great for sampled instruments but HALion is awesome for synthesized sounds. Kontakt is a great addition but whether it’s worth the cost depends on what you need. Again, for sampled instruments, Kontakt is (probably in most users opinions) king.

Never mind svennilenni here. He can be a sourpuss sometimes? :slight_smile: This is the lounge. Where in my opinion people can discuss anything remotely related to Steinberg?

Like jaslan said, if you want EDM synths or similar sounds there’s lots of other stuff out there that will fully satisfy your needs. While many Kontakt libraries can do these type of sounds also it’s real strength lies in the reproduction of acoustic instruments and the human voice. If you do not necessarily need orchestral instruments like strings and brass, choir, grand piano’s, drum/percussion or big band sounds I’d suggest you stick to the more general synths. If you do there’s no instrument more suited for these sounds than Kontakt. But it should also be said that going down this route is all but cheap! Some libraries can be very expensive! Below are some of the main creators of Kontakt libraries. Take a listen and decide if it’s for you:

Also electric guitar and bass libraries:

And synths/various:

(This topic started out in a different forum)

That doesn’t take away that svennilenni can be a sourpuss sometimes? :slight_smile:

Exactly, all you smart people - the lounge is there for discussions like that - just my point.


Thank you ‘Nickeldome’ . That was VERY useful information :wink:
and yes, you are right; it will cost me a small fortune to buy a few of the libraries that you pointed out.
ok, for now I will make do with what I have, and slowly in the future purchase ‘extras’ IF i need them.

Thank you again; Your advice helped me :wink:

Kontakt is a must have!

I agree, Halion has some cool sounds and features, but the 3rd party support for Kontact is second to none - but (there’s always a but) if you’re just starting out and are just finding your feet - Halion will not be the thing that holds you back - however Kontact isn’t THE sampler standard for nothing.

Yea, idk why steinberg even make Halion when there’s Kontakt, Halion is just a waste of resources for steinberg

You have to understand that Steinberg works closely with Yamaha. That is why Halion is like having Yamaha Motif synth at your disposal. Motif was used by Steve Wonder in his life gigs. Motif has sounds from DX7. There are many advantages of having Halion as a free plugin. Yes Halion comes free with your stock Cubase installation. Free. There are good and bad libraries in both Halion and Kontakt. Iconica Strings for Halion are amazing. Way better than Session Strings from NI. Session Guitars for Kontakt are amazing and there is nothing like that for Halion. There are way more third party libraries for Kontakt than Halion. Both platforms have their pros and cons. I have both :smiley:

Get Demos of all the similar products on the market that you can.

Try them personally on the target machine(s) and host(s).

That’ll help determine if you think it has enough features and content, that you’ll use enough, to make it worth the price.

You’ll know better specific questions to ask before pulling the trigger on a purchase.

Me too.

Not a waste, just different. The benefit you get from HALion is proportional to the amount of time you’re prepared to spend learning how to use it. Personally, I use Kontakt because of the libraries and the fact that it’s a de facto industry standard, and HALion to make my own sounds.

It’s a must have…some awesome library’s available… :slight_smile:

I’m surprised nobody has pointed out that in addition to the full Kontakt there is also a free Kontakt Player. Full Kontakt will play any 3rd party libraries. But some libraries can also be used with the free player. So you could check it out that way before buying.