we would like to clarify two important topics mentioned in this thread, namely :
- Compatibility, or lack thereof, of Trumpet 3 with earlier versions of Kontakt.
- Kontakt vs. SWAM-based instruments.
The reasons for developing and releasing the Trumpet 3 on the more recent, yet stable, version of Kontakt are threefold:
1) Native Instruments' policy is to release and support any new instrument on the current version of Kontakt/Player, as correctly reported by Ben H.
2) Newer versions often include new features concerning processing modules and scripts.
3) Newer, stable versions often solve previously reported bugs and malfunctions.
The Trombone 3 lesson was very instructive in this respect. We wished to maintain compatibility with Kontakt 4.2, which looked very stable and reliable. We therefore asked Native Instruments to revise their policy , allowing us to release this instrument on a previous version of Kontakt. The consequences were: a) the missing nicnt file issue, requiring several workarounds to be applied by the customers before Native Instruments could finally work it out, several months later, 2) serious issues concerning the activation of the instrument on newer Mac OS. We are not going to repeat this error. Perseverare diabolicum
The reasons for developing our instruments on the Kontakt platform, rather than technical, are mainly related to our conception of sonic quality. Since the development of our "sample-modeled" technologies, no other approach proved to be as effective in reproducing any musical phrase without crossfade artifacts and maintaining the timbre of the original recordings. Stefano Lucato's Synchronous Wavelength Acoustic Modeling (the SWAM engine) represents a completely different approach which proved quite effective. It involves, however, some deconstruction of the original material, potentially leading to deterioration of the quality of sound. Moreover, differently from Kontakt-based instruments using two level keyswitches, SWAM instruments require more direct control by the user to shape each articulation. In fact, the highest priorities, in SWAM philosophy, are realtime playability and responsiveness to the input in a physically oriented sense, rather than accurate reproduction of the performance of an experienced musician.
That's why the two lines of products, representing two basically different conceptions, will always coexist.
Philosophies cannot simply migrate to another platform.
Giorgio & Peter.