Just got Komplete 4 and Massive from Native Instruments

komplete_4.pngHey, 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.

4 Comments:

  1. I have Komplete4 as well and it rocks. You should remind readers however your mileage will vary depending on your computer and audio interface (especially for sample intensive Akoustic Piano, Kontakt2, etc). I have a single core 1.8G Vaio laptop and it doesn’t take much to bring it to it’s knees when running multiple plugs at the same time. Static and stuttering is not a great musical experience.

    Until I get that Mac Book Pro, I still need to run my sequences to a Motif to quickly sketch out some ideas before I eventually replace sounds in NI. Also having gear in my studio impresses my clients :P

  2. Yes, one issue with Komplete modules such as Battery and so on is that they install a lot of samples, usually to a default location, and if this default (boot) drive is low on disk space, we end up in trouble.

    Also, yes, samples and CPU-intensive software synths tend to eat up cycles, so stuttering happens. I’m actually very, very, very happy wit the MacBookPro I have just now, seldom I need to freeze tracks due to this.

  3. Interesting post. Through the years of amateur production and test-driving hundreds of plug-ins I finally came to conclusion that it’s not the instrument or effect that sounds — it’s your brain, taste and hands who do all the work.

    I used to have hundreds of plug-ins installed and many effects, like 10-15 different reverbs etc, but looking back I can tell that seldom did I use even 5% of their potential because I never knew all the intricacies an miniature nuances of any of them.

    That’s why my year 2008 started with dumping everything out of my hard drive and starting the production from a blank sheet. Just like a child starts his life full of amazing exploration and veiled knowledge. All I have now is two plug-ins to check the spectrum of the output and its waveform, an Ableton Live with operator and sampler, and simple wave editor. That’s all I use in my production.

    I found that operator (or several) can produce almost everything. Drums layering in the rack of Impulses and operators gives me nearly infinite selection of kicks and percussion. Racks of samplers with weird waveforms loaded give pads and textures of any nature from organic to highly technological. The rest is my imagination and hands…

    Recently I discovered that I can’t have an effect I need from Live’s embedded reverb, and this is the point when I start considering using another effect. You see the difference? I don’t have a goal to learn how a reverb works just because there’s a chance, but instead I need a reverb with some specific characteristic to bring my idea to life.

    I hope it wasn’t too long for the comment. :)

  4. Hey, I’m all for simplicity. One could do miracles indeed with few plug-ins. It actually shows that someone is talented and is not hiding behind massive walls of effects.

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