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Most of Kirk Hunter sample libraries are going to be discontinued soon, but meanwhile they are available at 20% of the regular price. One of them is the Diamond Symphony Orchestra, which is on sale for $99. These are Kontakt libraries, and I think they are quite old. Still, I'm tempted. Do any of you guys know some of these libraries? What do you think of them?
I've never used KH, but the examples I've heard over the years have never managed to convince me these libs are worth the regular asking price. Though I know that some people like the KH stuff a lot. Can't really say whether $99 is a good price without knowing what you actually get for your money.
I bought the Brass and Strings collections when they were on sale at AudioPlugin.deals - they may still be on sale there, but I'm pretty sure the anniversary sale is bigger - and I've not tried anything out. It's definitely an older sample library. The Concert Strings 3 has issues as many of the sliders do not slide, and the sound is thin regardless - you're supposed to be able to lower the volume of each individual instrument of the section (they recorded 16 for each), and I have not been able to do that. I have not tried either the Concert Strings Legacy or the Concert Strings 2.

Concert Brass 2 has a thick, cinematic sound, albeit I should note it is aged. It may nevertheless be useful to you with some layering, and of course intelligent and detailed programming can make up for many flaws. It does have over a dozen keyswitches, though they thankfully are consistent across each instrument.

I don't however have much experience with any of the libraries. I would advise against it, however, unless you don't mind an aged, retro-VO sound, and only if you're prepared for the possibility that some of its sliders, within the Kontakt interface, may not even work. (I have no idea why not.)

Personally... I would recommend the Virtual Playing Orchestra 3, or purchasing the standard edition of the Versilian Chamber Orchestra 2 (and layering that with the VPO3 [or the No Budget Orchestra, or the Sonatina Symphonic even {there's a 2.0 created by one of the users on this forum, I think by the name of peastman} or with the Alpine Project stuff] where you need a bigger sound).

But, I repeat, I don't have much experience with the KH libraries. I haven't really gotten to grips with them. And I don't have the Diamond Symphony Orchestra, either, tho I believe the Concert Brass and Strings libraries are derived from those samples (but don't quote me on that, I could be wrong.)
Yes, the demos don't fully convince me either. I think I'll pass. Thank you, guys.
(02-08-2020, 11:04 PM)Terry93D Wrote: [ -> ]I bought the Brass and Strings collections when they were on sale at AudioPlugin.deals - they may still be on sale there, but I'm pretty sure the anniversary sale is bigger - and I've not tried anything out. It's definitely an older sample library. The Concert Strings 3 has issues as many of the sliders do not slide, and the sound is thin regardless - you're supposed to be able to lower the volume of each individual instrument of the section (they recorded 16 for each), and I have not been able to do that. I have not tried either the Concert Strings Legacy or the Concert Strings 2.

Concert Brass 2 has a thick, cinematic sound, albeit I should note it is aged. It may nevertheless be useful to you with some layering, and of course intelligent and detailed programming can make up for many flaws. It does have over a dozen keyswitches, though they thankfully are consistent across each instrument.

I don't however have much experience with any of the libraries. I would advise against it, however, unless you don't mind an aged, retro-VO sound, and only if you're prepared for the possibility that some of its sliders, within the Kontakt interface, may not even work. (I have no idea why not.)

Personally... I would recommend the Virtual Playing Orchestra 3, or purchasing the standard edition of the Versilian Chamber Orchestra 2 (and layering that with the VPO3 [or the No Budget Orchestra, or the Sonatina Symphonic even {there's a 2.0 created by one of the users on this forum, I think by the name of peastman} or with the Alpine Project stuff] where you need a bigger sound).

But, I repeat, I don't have much experience with the KH libraries. I haven't really gotten to grips with them. And I don't have the Diamond Symphony Orchestra, either, tho I believe the Concert Brass and Strings libraries are derived from those samples (but don't quote me on that, I could be wrong.)

Hm, seems like they might not be worth it if the interface is that buggy. I don't mind an aged sound, but functionality is obviously a requirement.

Have you tried contacting KH for some assistance, though? I have regularly bugged the developers of the libraries I use for bug fixes and such, and they have been very helpful. Maybe that'll be the case with KH?
(02-09-2020, 07:46 PM)Nayrb Wrote: [ -> ]
(02-08-2020, 11:04 PM)Terry93D Wrote: [ -> ]I bought the Brass and Strings collections when they were on sale at AudioPlugin.deals - they may still be on sale there, but I'm pretty sure the anniversary sale is bigger - and I've not tried anything out. It's definitely an older sample library. The Concert Strings 3 has issues as many of the sliders do not slide, and the sound is thin regardless - you're supposed to be able to lower the volume of each individual instrument of the section (they recorded 16 for each), and I have not been able to do that. I have not tried either the Concert Strings Legacy or the Concert Strings 2.

Concert Brass 2 has a thick, cinematic sound, albeit I should note it is aged. It may nevertheless be useful to you with some layering, and of course intelligent and detailed programming can make up for many flaws. It does have over a dozen keyswitches, though they thankfully are consistent across each instrument.

I don't however have much experience with any of the libraries. I would advise against it, however, unless you don't mind an aged, retro-VO sound, and only if you're prepared for the possibility that some of its sliders, within the Kontakt interface, may not even work. (I have no idea why not.)

Personally... I would recommend the Virtual Playing Orchestra 3, or purchasing the standard edition of the Versilian Chamber Orchestra 2 (and layering that with the VPO3 [or the No Budget Orchestra, or the Sonatina Symphonic even {there's a 2.0 created by one of the users on this forum, I think by the name of peastman} or with the Alpine Project stuff] where you need a bigger sound).

But, I repeat, I don't have much experience with the KH libraries. I haven't really gotten to grips with them. And I don't have the Diamond Symphony Orchestra, either, tho I believe the Concert Brass and Strings libraries are derived from those samples (but don't quote me on that, I could be wrong.)

Hm, seems like they might not be worth it if the interface is that buggy. I don't mind an aged sound, but functionality is obviously a requirement.

Have you tried contacting KH for some assistance, though? I have regularly bugged the developers of the libraries I use for bug fixes and such, and they have been very helpful. Maybe that'll be the case with KH?

I admit, I have not. I will, though.
When I upgraded from Kontakt 5 to Kontakt 6, I noticed that the CS3 sliders etc didn't work as Terry93D mentioned above. K H has fixed that now.

BTW, in CS3, the Soloist volume sliders don't go below 66% anyway. I guess this is because CS3 was not designed to have strictly solo instruments .