Kontakt 5 is the world's best software sampler and a very key tool in any producer's arsenal. You simply cannot call yourself a producer unless you know at least the basics of this incredible program (and understand the range of possibilities thanks to all sound designers out there).
In the following video tutorial, I show you the basic principles you have to understand in order to start using Kontakt sample libraries.
I don't care what you think: Kontakt 5 is the world's best software sampler. Period. And has been for a long time now. It's not the prettiest or easiest to use, but because of its somewhat open architecture (Native Instruments, I see what you've been doing lately), it has allowed third-party sound design companies (such as Delicate Beats, wink wink) to craft immersive sample-based production experiences while leveraging the incredible power of the sampler engine.
This might seem like a trivial question to seasoned vets, but for my broducers who are just getting in the game, it's a very important concept to grasp. Here's my attempt at defining what a software sampler is and does in layman's terms:
A piece of software that allows audio samples to be grouped and played on a MIDI keyboard.
I see two important reasons why you should use a sampler:
With of all that being said, watch the following video and get your copy of Kontakt 5!
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You don’t need anything. You can achieve incredible mixes on your white iPhone earbuds for all I care, given that you understand their frequency response (what they sound like at each crucial frequency bands). So my short answer to the question in the title is: headphones. Plain and simple. Oh… and here are 5 reasons why.