Upgrading to this is a Komplete No Brainer
I upgraded from Komplete 5 and must say, I never even learned the full spectrum, nor used, used everything in Komplete 5. That being said, the updates and included new additions like 'the Finger' and 'Retro machines' make this $200 dollar upgrade a complete no-brainer. I didn't need all the fancy extended libraries or drum kits found in the Ultimate upgrade and since I am running SSLDuende Native plugs in my DAW, I skipped on NI emulations of the same titles. I am never gonna use Alcias Keys or George Dukes jams, anyway...so this gives ya what ya really need without the extra dough.
The only caveat is the Komplete waste of time it takes to load all the disks into my 2008 Macbook Pro. So far, I am on disc 3 of 12 and been here an hour so far, waiting for the install process...tick tock...tick..tock...Im loading my sample libraries off to a Glyphe portable drive to save my Laptops Hard drive from the crash and burn...that might be the reason for the added time...who knows, I remember Komplete 5 taking two Komplete days to install, too...ha ha.
Other than that, the $200 is chump change for all the added sounds and features you get with this upgrade. Plus, I own Maschine and the integration of Komplete 8 into the Maschine hardware controllers Browser makes this a steal. Right on NI, you guys ROCK.
If you make electronic music on a laptop, you cannot afford to skip this upgrade. Also, if you don't have a sales engineer yet, go with Nick Church, the guy is great peepz and honest as the day is long..will do you right, every time.