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Half an hour per disk? That’s ages!

It took me about 2 hours for all 13 discs on my laptop :D

I wasn’t exaggerating – it literally took me about 8 hours to install those versions! But I left out some pertinent info – it was my previous machine which was a real clunker. It might have had a 5400 rpm hard drive :). It’s probably a miracle that it worked at all.

Glad you’re up and running – you’ll have tons of fun!

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i talked myself into upgrading to 10 today (from 8). Like Heath, I am not looking forward to the install :)

Haha :) Hey…hope lifes good with you Joel. Yeah probably wont install for a while as 13 discs and i could think of alot better ways to spend 5 hrs of my life :bigsmile:

Just out of interest how does the ultimate upgrade work? Is it with a software update or do they just simply send you a new updated hard drive ( i doubt that) :)

BTW..i missed nine, not sure about eleven? think it might be a change of tactics from Ni from now on? Sorry james maybe a bit off topic.

Back on track though, it’s great value for what it is you cant knock it really.

Life is very good – no complaints!

I got Komplete 6 and 7, and both of those had the gazillion DVDs, and yes, the install was really rough – I found I had to block off a day for it, and although each disk is pretty much an unattended install you still have to check back every half hour or so to switch out to the next one. The hard disk deployment is much appreciated in light of that, though it’s still not quick.

I can’t speak to the 10 update until it gets here, but when I upgraded to 8 ultimate it came with the hard disk. Disks are so inexpensive these days that I imagine it’s just cheaper for them to ship them out to everyone than to just ship delta files for all configurations of upgrades.

With Komplete I felt like purchasing 7 ended up being kind of pointless (I can’t even remember what had changed from 6), so I’m on the every other version system now.

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So what do you guys think of the Kontakt instrument library? Are the sounds as good as all the individual libraries that come in Komplete?
In my opinion, no. But there are a lot of useful stuff in there. I use the orchestra/melodic percussion, the harp and the accordions from time to time. There are also a bunch of libraries in Komplete thats pretty bad, like most of the pianos (New York, Berlin, Upright ..). But maybe those arent in Komplete anymore after all the new pianos added the last year?

The Kontakt library has a lot of “good enough” sounds that are really useful to have around in a pinch. For instance, I don’t generally use accordion but had to use one as part of a set of songs I was creating for a client. The Kontakt one was just fine for that purpose. However, if I were going to start doing a lot of accordion work I’d probably be able to find a much better library elsewhere (or just buy one and learn to play it!).

I talked myself into upgrading to 10 today (from 8). Like Heath, I am not looking forward to the install :)

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I just got the 10 update from 8.. Not looking forward to installing it though :( Kontakt and guitar rig are my faves, don’t use alot of the other stuff. Good luck with it i’m sure you’ll have hours of fun :)

I may do the same thing – I’ve held out so far on their current promotion, but $200 for the Ultimate update seems too hard to pass up. I agree that Kontakt and Guitar Rig alone are worth the price of admission. I also make heavy use of Alicia’s Keys and the electric pianos, and also Massive and Absynth. Honestly, I probably still only use 5-10% of the total package :).

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I’d also +1 the Neumanns, but have not heard the Adams so my suggestion is meaningless when it comes to a comparison. Stardiva makes a good point – people will recommend what they have (especially if a lot of money was laid out)!

I didn’t have an opportunity to try before buying, so I spent something like a year researching them as well as others in that price range. It seemed that consistently the owners of the Neumanns were very happy, whereas there were a few reviews (very few) of people who didn’t care for the Adams. At the same time, the KH120s were a pretty recent addition to the Neumann line when I was looking, so not as many people had a chance to hear and review them at that point.

I can say that they were a night and day difference to my previous speakers (Mackie MR5s, which are also fine for the money), just a huge leap up in clarity, detail and balance. But I’ve also heard people gush about the Adams.

Either is a well respected brand, and I don’t think you’d regret the purchase whichever way you went.

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Holy cow!! Congratulations, PZ!

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7 out of 15! It’s been a while since I’ve tried to read music…

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Here’s a decent article on it – the gist is that you can do a lot of your mixing on headphones with some reference checks on monitors:

http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/jan07/articles/mixingheadphones.htm

A lot of people, myself included, have constraints that limit the amount of time monitors can be used. But I think it’s necessary to at least spend some time listening to the mix on monitors, or at least for me without exception I get a better mix that way. It probably also depends on the type of music you’re mixing as well.

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This will be the year that I bite the bullet and build myself a decent space for recording and mixing. I have a space in the backyard that will be suitable, so I will be building it (or possibly having some or all of it built for me) from the ground up.
Did you ever do this? What did you go with?

Ah, the best laid plans… :)

No, but almost as good, for now. Instead of building a separate structure, we decided to do a remodel on the house for a master suite, bathroom, etc. This freed up an office that has now become my studio. It’s smaller than what I would have built, but decent size and all original hardwoods which is nice for acoustic guitar work. To keep it quiet I put any equipment that makes noise into an adjacent closet and all the necessary chords through the wall – I don’t hear it at all now, in fact everything’s very quiet during the times I record. Sort of anticlimactic after my original post :), but it’s the right move for now.

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Congratulations! Love the cake :)

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