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    VSTi\'s Versus Software Sampler Instruments

    There has been quite a bit of discussion over time about sampled instruments and VSTi\'s, and I feel as though many people are not very clear as to the differences between the two regarding quality of sound, if there should happen to be any differences at all.

    In order to clear up any confusion on this subject, let\'s for example do two different things with the EXACT same samples for an instrument... such as... number 1, make a native HALion, Giga, EXS24, Kontakt, etc., sampled instrument with these samples, and number 2, let\'s make a VSTi sampled instrument with these same exact samples. When you play any of the software sampler versions of this sampled instrument, and then play the VSTi version of this same sampled instrument, they will both sound EXACTLY the same, because in both of these situations these exact same sampled audio files are being streamed and played from the disk, or loaded into and played from RAM, whichever the case may be.

    The only things that will effect the sound of playing back these sampled instrument audio files in either of these two situations, (other than the use of filters, effects, etc.), is your audio hardware (A/D\'s and D/A\'s) and audio monitors.

    Regarding the advantages of sampled instrument CD\'s or DVD\'s in native HALion, EXS24, Kontakt, Giga, etc., or the advantages of VSTi\' instruments, it is \"six one half dozen and the other.\" With sampled instrument CD\'s and DVD\'s, you load them into a sampler program such as any of the ones mentioned above, and with VSTi\'s you insert them on an audio track in whatever host audio program you are using that will support VSTi\'s, which most audio/midi programs do these days one way or the other. From my perspective, either of these methods for playing back sampled instruments are equally satisfactory, and one is not better than the other.

    Both soft samplers and VSTi\'s have programming features and effects, though a software sampler will usually have more in the way of effects and programming features options than a typical VSTi. VSTi\'s generally only provide basic effects and features that are useful for the particular VSTi instrument.

    In conclusion... when making a decision as to whether to go with sampled instrument CD ROM\'s or DVD\'s in a software sampler format, or VSTi\'s, it gets down to the quality of sound of the sampled instrument, whether it be on sampled instrument CD ROM\'s or DVD\'s in a software sampler format, or as a VSTi. Most people end up having both, in order to get the quality of instrument sounds they are wanting.

    Kindest regards,

    Kip McGinnis
    Bardstown Audio
    www.bardstownaudio.com

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    Re: VSTi\'s Versus Software Sampler Instruments

    VSTi\'s don\'t have to be sample based either. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Re: VSTi\'s Versus Software Sampler Instruments

    And in order to play large libraries like the libraries we create for Giga, these VSTIS would need to have some form of disk streaming, if there was or is a VSTI engine that provides disk streaming i for one might consider making VSTIS in addition to the native Giga,Halion and Kontakt version of my next projects.


    Kindly
    Franky
    Vintaudio PRod.
    www.vintaudio.com

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    Re: VSTi\'s Versus Software Sampler Instruments

    Originally posted by Franky:
    And in order to play large libraries like the libraries we create for Giga, these VSTIS would need to have some form of disk streaming, if there was or is a VSTI engine that provides disk streaming i for one might consider making VSTIS in addition to the native Giga,Halion and Kontakt version of my next projects.


    Kindly
    Franky
    Vintaudio PRod.
    www.vintaudio.com
    <font size=\"2\" face=\"Verdana, Arial\">Kontakt 1.2 and the upcoming Kompakt both offer streaming, VSTi or standalone.

    Doug Rogers
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    EASTWEST
    www.soundsonline.com

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    Re: VSTi\'s Versus Software Sampler Instruments

    Kip,

    Thanks for shedding some light on this subject. It has been a little confusing sorting out information on this topic because their are now so many competitors in the sampler market and formats.

    My question to you and others is:
    Is Giga going to go the way of the dinosaurs or do you expect them to dazzle everyone with 3.0? What is your opinion?

    Many thanks,
    Garius Hill
    producer/pianist NYC

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    Re: VSTi\'s Versus Software Sampler Instruments

    10-4 Doug, that\'s why we\'re going to import all our current libraries and future releases in Kontakt version as well.

    What i\'m talking about is having a kind of UVI engine that has disk streaming capabilities to then create a specific VSTI for that library. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]


    Kindly
    Franky
    Vintaudio PRod.
    www.vintaudio.com

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    Re: VSTi\'s Versus Software Sampler Instruments

    Originally posted by Franky:

    What i\'m talking about is having a kind of UVI engine that has disk streaming capabilities to then create a specific VSTI for that library.
    <font size=\"2\" face=\"Verdana, Arial\">Franky,

    Do you mean like this? - one of our upcoming VSTi and standalone sound modules that includes \"streaming\"?

    <center> </center>
    Doug Rogers
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    EASTWEST
    www.soundsonline.com

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    Re: VSTi\'s Versus Software Sampler Instruments

    Hehehe, that\'s exactly what i mean....
    What\'s the engine and where can i licence it damn it ! lol [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
    Does it support disk streaming technology like Halion Giga and Kontakt or just direct from disk ?

    I just checked it out, it\'s the Native Instruments Kontakt engine, damn nice...

    Kindly,
    Franky
    Vintaudio Prod.
    www.vintaudio.com

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