Hey, I just got Komplete 4 and Massive from Native Instruments. It was a special deal — nice to work in the right division (pro apps) inside the fruit company. Massive is this new software synth that has very strong and analog-sounding oscillators and much more — good for electro house. Komplete 4 has just everything else: Reactor 5 that in itself could be used to build extremely complex synth setups, Absynth 4 for athmospheres, Kontakt 2 with gigabytes of samples, Battery 3 with tons of drum kids, Pro-53 that is a Prophet-5 virtual SW synth, and much much more!
Phew. I still remember the days when I had a Roland Jupiter-6 as my only synth and I used it for months, if not years, as the only synth. So now it’s just a matter of putting all my gear into use.
Let’s see, I have Logic 7 with all the synths, Reason with its arsenal, Zebra 2 that I could use for the rest of my life, Chameleon 5000, Octopus, and more and more and more… The best in this massive amounts of material is to just take one or two synths at a time, and use them for a month, and move on to the next one. So far that strategy has worked well, when I kind of get tired of one of them, I just switch to another ‘workhorse’ and use it.
But for anyone else, please, there’s no need to have tons of gear. What happened in my case was just a good deal, and I always wanted Reactor, anyway, as it’s this lego box of putting together all kinds of strange and new kinds of synthesis engines. And I wanted to write good PR about Native Instruments that provided me with this gear that I promise will be put into heavy use.