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Sampler or DAW?

TN Caver

Hi, everyone. I'd like your opinion.
While I do occasionally want to be able to record and play back multitrack songs, and export to WAV or MP3, I'm mostly interested in performing (for myself at home, I'm no longer a pro musician), and therefore want a large range of good quality instruments--pianos, B3, pads, synths, mellotron, etc. So I'm looking at Kontakt, and/or Reaktor, and they look appealing for the performance end.
Does Kontakt (or a NI add-on) record and play back tracks like a DAW? Or would I be better off to find a DAW with a performance mode, (Ableton Live, Cubase, Logic Pro, etc) and a good selection of instruments and/or one that can use third-party instruments in VST (or AU) format? If so, what's the best DAW to fit the bill? I prefer Windows, but I'm not above buying a crApple if Logic Pro is the best choice. :p
January 4, 2014 @03:34am

Kontakt does not record.
Try Reaper. It is cross-platform, very advanced and only $60 for a full license.
The user community is fantastic and more features are rapidly added all the time.
Kontakt and other samplers work great in it.
Another bonus: the demo is the fully functioning program with all features enabled. They trust you to license.
January 4, 2014 @07:59pm
TN Caver

Thanks, Tim. I'll check it out.
January 5, 2014 @02:57am

Sampler without DAW is hardly possible.
March 14, 2014 @05:53am

Ableton Suite is expensive but comes great sounds for it's Sampler device (such as the piano, guitar, and orchestra) and comes with other devices for synth.
FL Studio is a flavor many Windows users like, which has a LOT of synth sounds and different Sampler devices.
BitWig is new, which much to be added, but works on Windows, Mac, Linux, and will offer a growing library of sounds. Try the demo!
March 28, 2014 @04:01pm

I would just try both.. I know your not posed to pirate but I od to try it out then I just end up buying the legit versions down the line sad but true.. Hope this helps
April 12, 2014 @06:24am