Mr M is 100% correct. I have first hand experience with this.
I purchased a library … I was thinking it was a ‘regular’ hits and loops library YEARS ago and loaded it up in the studio… but when I saw it REQUIRED KONTAKT to use - I returned it (Big Squid Noises 1x per lifetime return policy)…
I was not wiling to learn a whole new piece of crap just to get a few sounds that I liked… then years later THE SAME THING… A library I purchased was KONTAKT ONLY ! Not being able to return it - I was forced to give it a try…
OMFG ! HOT DAMN !
KONTAKT is incredible !
In the past I took a sample I liked and simply cut the part I wanted out of it… Then used that sound as an instrument, drum or whatever…
But WOW !!
KONTAKT actually allows you to chop a loop into many sections and play each section back as a single note - spanning across your whole keyboard !
No need to cut and use 1 part - you have teh whole riff/loop/wav avail to play back ! IN ANY ORDER YOU CHOOSE !
Change progressions at will -
Well - I will end there - I was a fool to return that first one years ago… There is too much it can do.
NOTE: KONTAKT PLAYER = playing back things others have chopped up and packaged for sale.
KONTACT (full version) = same as above PLUS make your own ‘chops’ from scratch.
Looks similar to this and each ‘slice’ can be played back as a seperate note in realtime performances
Youtube video of the Kontakt Library the Legend George Duke just released - behind the scenes interview with Duke himself about making the library ! http://youtu.be/5GlXHx9s3iA
Stringed instrument Kontakt library video - VERY NICE http://youtu.be/Ax76Z6NAlLE (ignore the garbage DAW they use in the video - it is 100% fine in Cubase)
ROCK GUITARS !!! They are not left out…
Just note - REAL guitar players can put this down quite a bit - just like I can put down my favorite (mexican food restaurant quality here in Asia) - but if you are a keyboard player and do not have a guitar player in your pocket on call 24hrs a day - ITS GREAT
This shows step by step how to use it and u get a good riff at 7:00 (just skip to 7:00 if you do not have time for teh whole video) http://youtu.be/Hzhv156GBn8
Other vendors make Rock guitar packs… remember - these are not loops - each note must be played individually - you simply get a much better sound than from other sound modules or VSTi’s http://youtu.be/xwfBEczt0oU
My favorite song made with 100% VSTi guitars (the type of dark-metal ROCK music I PREFER) here --> MP3 DEMO CLICK HERE - going to parties with such music and girls wearing knee-high Dr Martens made many think I was suidical thou… as … I didnt really fit into the rest of the mosh pit seeking masses dressed like TYMAK from the movie ‘the last dragon’. Also saved me once on the subway waking up surrounded by skinheads at midnite… in an empty train… I KNEW I was a gonner… then one said “OOH HES COOL - I KNOW THAT GUY” phew… thank god for going to those parties after that ! hahah
Strange for a guy whos dad was a Bay-Area Jazz radio station DJ