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  1. TigerTheFrog

    Forum changeover this Sunday - Forum will be down for a few hours

    I really like the new design. Congratulations! My main issue, and I think others have mentioned this, is that the links are hard to see. If they could be in a different color, that would be great.
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    Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S88 MK2 - the latest edition better?

    And what is so sacred about 88 keys? We want to see ALL the available key switches, and for that, 88 keys is rarely enough. Even with my S88, I'm regularly clicking the up and down buttons to search for key switches. It's nice to have the lights to help you find them, but a 100 or 112 key...
  3. TigerTheFrog

    TOMORROW 18th July - Tune in for a special announcement!

    No! Not the Bloody Ostinatum! :emoji_knife: :dodgy:
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    Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S88 MK2 - the latest edition better?

    FYI, while this was not listed on the Musician's Friend website as being eligible for their sales, I got a sizable discount when I phoned in and asked. And on top of that I got the usual 8% in points. I'm not associated with Musician's Friend, so please don't call me a shill. But if you are...
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    Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S88 MK2 - the latest edition better?

    My opinion: for people who play a variety of virtual instruments, the S88 mkII keyboards is a complete fail over a 1st gen S49 keyboard. For that purpose, I'm personally looking for a balance between a piano and an organ, with as much velocity sensitivity as possible. My S49 found that...
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    Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S88 MK2 - the latest edition better?

    I just got one. I don't find the keys to be loud. :) Seriously, I just moved up from first gen S49 to the S88 mkII. I love the improvements between version one and version two, but I actually prefer the non-weighted synth-type keys on the S49.
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    Checking Out: Ethnic Strings Bundle by Soundiron

    I'm glad you put it that way, Don, because some of these are not exactly world (or ethnic) string instruments. Unless you say that they come from Planet Soundiron.
  8. TigerTheFrog

    Is Summer Becoming the New Black Friday for Sample Librariesl?

    Cinematic Studios have run modest sales during Black Friday in 2016, 2017, and 2018. That's the only time I'm aware of CS doing sales. Of course, once you buy one all the others are discounted, with no time limit.
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    Is Summer Becoming the New Black Friday for Sample Librariesl?

    :emoji_yen: :emoji_toilet: :emoji_disappointed:
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    Is Summer Becoming the New Black Friday for Sample Librariesl?

    I'm really glad you brought this up, Polka. I'm getting a little tired of Sonokinetic's The Carnival. Maybe I should start a thread on the best Calliope libraries.
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    Is Summer Becoming the New Black Friday for Sample Librariesl?

    With all the deals I'm taking advantage of now, I honestly don't think I will have money left for Black Friday. All that's on my list now are non-BF things like Inspire 3 and CSW, both of which may not even happen this year.
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    Is Summer Becoming the New Black Friday for Sample Librariesl?

    Yes I remember your thread and might even have posted on it. Sure, sales all year long, at predictable moments. And also unpredictable APD/VSTBuzz/NI type moments. I'm not talking about that. I track this stuff very carefully and this year I feel that summer has become a lot bigger deal than...
  13. TigerTheFrog

    Thoughts on SSD's, M.2 Ultra NVMe's, and Computer Expansion

    As I said, I've seen tremendous difference. Every day, all day long for nearly two weeks now. I only put libraries that are reaaaallly slow to load on my M.2 Ultra. If the day ever comes that I don't see a major speed boost on a specific library, I will put that library back on the regular SSD...
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    Is Summer Becoming the New Black Friday for Sample Librariesl?

    Am I wrong but there are more and more extreme sales on sample libraries in the summer? In some cases, it has been that way for some time. The Orange Tree Samples group buy is, in my opinion, one of the very best deals of each year--and it only happens in the summer Aside from the...
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    Thoughts on SSD's, M.2 Ultra NVMe's, and Computer Expansion

    Yes, the ADATA SX8200 Pro is a speed demon. It's designed as a Samsung killer. :grin: I'm very pleased with it. A lot of drive for $120! But when you read comments on Amazon, you'll see some people complaining that they aren't getting full speed out of it. And this, I believe, has to do with...
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    Thoughts on SSD's, M.2 Ultra NVMe's, and Computer Expansion

    Which card? The one with M.2 Ultra and M.2 SATA? There are dozens of them. Go to Newegg.com or Amazon and search for M.2 PCIe card. I strongly advise that you try to get one with the bracket already attached. They sell these things like IKEA kits these days, so the same card will work all...
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    Thoughts on SSD's, M.2 Ultra NVMe's, and Computer Expansion

    Loading faster into RAM is 100% of what I'm talking about M.2 Ultra.
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    Swing/Swing More vs Broadway Lites

    For those of you debating whether to pick up one or both of these, I'd like to throw out how fun the multis are in this series. Guy Rowland did do a video about the multis in Swing More! I only have Swing! and while I certainly can't get into all of its multis, some of them are a blast...
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    Thoughts on SSD's, M.2 Ultra NVMe's, and Computer Expansion

    So far I'm not seeing outstanding deals on M.2 PCIe Ultras on Amazon Prime Day. The best I've seen is a Crucial 1 TB M.2 for $79. But the write speed is 2 Gb/sec, slower than a regular SSD. Not much of a deal when you consider I got my 26 gb/sec ADATA SX8200 Pro 1 Tb M.2 for $120 in an...
  20. TigerTheFrog

    Yonac Steel Guitar for iPad

    There are a lot of Lap/Pedal/Slide Guitars around on offer these days. The most notable are Impact Soundworks’ Pedal Steel and Indiginus’s upcoming Electric Lap Steel Guitar, but Orange Tree Samples gave out Simple Steel as part of their Group Buy and their SLIDE Lap Steel and SLIDE Acoustic...
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    Thoughts on SSD's, M.2 Ultra NVMe's, and Computer Expansion

    I recently got a new computer from Purrfect Audio. Over the last few weeks I’ve learned a thing or two about adding SSDs to computers. As the Amazon Prime Day sale is coming up, there will undoubtedly be deals, so I decided to share what I learned. If I get anything wrong, please correct me...
  22. TigerTheFrog

    1920's music

    I agree that the clarinet was the lead instrument of the day for the dominant style of 1920s music. When I think about the kind of 1920s music played in NYC clubs, I think of: A rhythm section, usually led by a stride piano (sometimes doubled by guitar strums), tuba bass (possibly doubled with...
  23. TigerTheFrog

    Swing/Swing More vs Broadway Lites

    Broadway Lites went for the same price at VSTBuzz few years ago and Don Bodin reviewed it. But thank you for the info about resales of ProjectSAM libraries. That helps me a lot with deciding whether or not to take advantage of this sale on Swing More!
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    Swing/Swing More vs Broadway Lites

    I only have Swing! I'm also watching demos, including Rowland's videos. Here are my impressions: Swing Series Nostalgic Hollywood / Old Big Band Jazzy Biggest strength is Swing More! Jazz Ensemble Chord Engine The two include other musical colors like guitars, vocals, pianos, drums, and many...
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    **Evolution Series 2019 Mid-Year Sale! Massive Savings!**New World Percussion In-depth Look Video**

    I bought two of these during the December 2017 50% off sale. They were amazing, so I waited for the December 2018 sale, which I didn't see. Maybe I missed it. But I think it's fair to say that Evolution sales don't come around very often, and these products are as good as they get...
  26. TigerTheFrog

    Accordion for gypsy jazz

    Also, ProjectSAM's Swing! is available for half price now from Native Instruments, a record low price. A lot of that library is directed towards Gypsy Jazz. There are many patches for Manouche Guitar, a jazzy bass, and a few accordions which seem designed to accompany the Manouche guitars...
  27. TigerTheFrog

    Sonuscore's "The Orchestra Complete" and new "Strings of Winter" library

    More than most companies I know, Sonuscore listens carefully to their customers and keeps updating and improving The Orchestra. If you watch the first YouTube reviews that went out when the library went up, there are very few issues that haven't been addressed. First in the free 1.1 update of...
  28. TigerTheFrog

    Anvils

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    Looking for Latin Percussion Kontakt libraries...

    This is the percussion agent in Groove Agent 4, but it's the same as the one in Groove Agent 5: The programming is similar to Realidrums, with complexity sliders. You can see this around 7:30.
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    Removing unused items from the "not installed" section of Native Access

    For anybody who is using Windows, you can usually remove libraries from Native Access through the "Programs and Features" section of Control Panel. When I do it, it deletes the files and when I open Native Access the library is in the Not Installed section. If that doesn't work, NI provides...
  31. TigerTheFrog

    Berlin Orchestra Inspire or Palette Symphonic Sketchpad?

    I agree that you made a great choice. You will love the way it sounds. I also think that Inspire 1 & 2 is a growing collection and I expect we will see an Inspire 3 this year. As Inspire 2 added more solo instruments to Inspire 1, I hope that we will see some of the solo instruments that are...
  32. TigerTheFrog

    Woodwind Freebies/Demo Samples

    The SONiVOX Orchestral Companion Woodwinds have sold for as little as $4.95. I think they are a steal at that price. Not a freebie, but pretty close. Here's a thread about them. At this moment they are going for their full list price of $69.99. But that's par for the course with all SONiVOX...
  33. TigerTheFrog

    The Orchestra Strings of Winter: any new owners care to chime in?

    FYI, Best Service went for sale at 40% off last BF.
  34. TigerTheFrog

    Massive X is Out!

    Yes, but you can run it in Komplete Kontrol if you don't want to load up your DAW.
  35. TigerTheFrog

    Polynesian vocal library - male and female

    It's on sale today for $22.95 at Zero-G
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    Massive X is Out!

    Great with a Komplete Kontrol keyboard. For me the presets are just jumping off places. This is a lot of fun to mess with, and often the best thing is to just arbitrarily change the oscillators. First impressions: Second page of KK knobs is 8 macros. They are listed at the top as 9-16 and can...
  37. TigerTheFrog

    Massive X is Out!

    Download in Native Access. Also Massive X Factory Library.
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    Best Use Of Two M.2 SSD's

    As I don't record as much audio as I once did, I may have answered this incorrectly. I keep my Cubase data files in a regular hard drive, but maybe SSDs would be "better" for recording audio. I really don't know. But I have been recording audio on regular hard drives for decades, with no...
  39. TigerTheFrog

    Best Use Of Two M.2 SSD's

    Per Jim R regarding the Audio Drive: A conventional HD can sustain over 100 solid/contiguous 24Bit/44.1k tracks of audio. No need for SSD as Audio drive... (unless you're working at higher sample-rates) Based on his advice I got a regular 7200 HD to put my Cubase files. But, obviously if...
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    Best Use Of Two M.2 SSD's

    Others may be able to answer this question better than me. I don't consider myself an expert. But as per Jim Roseberry of studiocat.com (Purrrfect Audio) OS drive: SSD as OS drive is certainly nice... but not an absolute necessity (conventional HD is fine). With a SSD, the machine boots...
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    Best Use Of Two M.2 SSD's

    Seeing how a SATA SSD has a maximum speed of 600 Mb per second and M.2 PCIe cards (like your Samsung 970) can get up to 3.5 GB per second... I feel the best bang for the buck for a composer is to put the libraries that are slowest to load on the M.2s. A regular SATA SSD is fine for a boot...
  42. TigerTheFrog

    Why Don't Cymbals Get Their Own Mixer Faders in Addictive Drums 2?

    In Addictive Drums 2, I have faders for Kick, Snare, Hihat, Toms 1,2,3,4 and three "Flexi" output faders, where I can route a host of things from claps to woodblocks. All 10 faders, plus overhead, room, bus, and master faders can be routed to separate channels to my DAW. I can trigger up to 6...
  43. TigerTheFrog

    What companies are making plugs with resizable/scalable GUI's?

    Everything that uses the UVI player/Falcon, so UVI, Virharmonic, AcousticSamples, etc. Keyscape is also scalable like Omnisphere, so maybe all Spectrasonics?
  44. TigerTheFrog

    APD/SL *** Drama Spinoff

    Okay, you got me. I admit I paid R***** a lot of money to focus attention on my post "How to Transform Toilet Paper Into Music." I was able to do that because of the fortune I got for that placement from my client, Mr. Whipple.
  45. TigerTheFrog

    Best, Focused, High-Quality Individual Instrument Libraries?

    I like your approach. Just get the things you want to use in your music. Sales. Do not forget that most of these virtual instruments go on sale for 30% to 50% (or more) off. So if you buy slow, you can get a lot more for your money. Tina Guo was 40% off last Black Friday. Full Kontakt. You...
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    APD/SL *** Drama Spinoff

    For the record, I see Fleer's posts all the time on the Cakewalk Deals Forum and he is just as enthusiastic and positive about countless things there as he is here. He's a friendly voice. I've never felt for a second that he had any hidden agenda. And he's not just a cheerleader for...
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    APD/SL *** Drama Spinoff

    This thread has made me nauseous. :sad: I will think twice about saying anything nice about a library I love here. I like deals and announcements of upgrades and new products. I figure at least some other people do too. So posting them is one of the things I do a lot of. Last November, I...
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