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9 hours ago, Magic Russ said:

That looks like it will be a great package for starters.  I have already collected most of that separately through the free players and various freebie giveaways.

But that will be a big step forward having that all available in one bundle, along with the Komplete Kontrol software!

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The AIR Complete bundle, although dated is still an excellent set of instruments.

Plugin boutique is offering an upgrade from any of the AIR products for only £60 / $78.

You can currently get Xpand!2 for £13.99 / $18.42 and then use this to upgrade to complete:

https://www.pluginboutique.com/product/1-Instruments/64-Virtual-Instrument/1560-Xpand-2

https://www.pluginboutique.com/product/1-Instruments/58-Inst-Bundle/2294-AIR-Instrument-Expansion-Pack-3-COMPLETE-UPGRADE-

 

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57 minutes ago, msmcleod said:

The AIR Complete bundle, although dated is still an excellent set of instruments.

Plugin boutique is offering an upgrade from any of the AIR products for only £60 / $78.

You can currently get Xpand!2 for £13.99 / $18.42 and then use this to upgrade to complete:

https://www.pluginboutique.com/product/1-Instruments/64-Virtual-Instrument/1560-Xpand-2

https://www.pluginboutique.com/product/1-Instruments/58-Inst-Bundle/2294-AIR-Instrument-Expansion-Pack-3-COMPLETE-UPGRADE-

 

And then get  Akai VIP 3.1  Standard when it goes on sale (for $99). If you already have the AIR instruments, then you don't need the Plus bundle. The AIR instruments integrate very well with VIP (all from the same parent company, inMusic), and already have the AIR factory patch maps set up.  You will have the advantage of being able to browse, search, and play any of the AIR presets from one common browser, and only need to open the plugin UI if you want to edit a sound. That solves much of the dated look and feel.

In addition, VIP works as either a standalone plugin host, or it can be a plugin in your DAW.  VIP lets you create 8 part performance multis for splits and layers using any sounds in your VIP library.  Lots of creative power here. Each multi has 8 instrument slots, with four FX insert slots each, plus 4 busses,  and a master out. You can create multiple setlists with up to 128 presets or multis each. So that offers options for live use.

VIP also supports importing just about any plugin you have, and is not limited to supported plugins like the NI NKS format.

Many of those AIR instruments are included with the VIP 3.1 Plus bundle. VIP 3.1 Plus is bundled with select keyboard from M-Audio, Akai, and Alesis. You do not need a special keyboard to use VIP as a host, but you will need to do your own MIDI mapping with a generic MIDI keyboard.

https://www.pluginboutique.com/product/3-Studio-Tools/72-Utility/3788-AKAI-VIP-3-0-Standard

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Hi guys! So, regarding all these cool VST plugins, when the installer asks me to choose what to install should I always install all versions, or just the 64 bit VST 2 version? My Cakewalk is 64 bit, and for instance the E MU Proteus 32 bit does not install properly. 

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13 hours ago, Kris Olin said:

Hi guys! So, regarding all these cool VST plugins, when the installer asks me to choose what to install should I always install all versions, or just the 64 bit VST 2 version? My Cakewalk is 64 bit, and for instance the E MU Proteus 32 bit does not install properly. 

I always install all 64-bit VST2 and VST3 versions if offered.  Sometimes one or the other version will work better in my DAW. But it varies with the company, so no hard and fast rules. I install them both and then just hide one if it's broke.

Cakewalk 64-bit has a built-in bit bridge, so it can scan and use 32-bit VST plugins.

For my VST2 paths, I usually use this folder setup:

"C:\Program Files\VstPlugIns" (64-bit)

"C:\Program Files (x86)\VstPlugins" (32-bit)

The VST3 default path in Windows is "C:\Program Files\Common Files\VST3"

 

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For huge VSTi I put in same folder name on second drive. I don't like filling up my NVMe system storage. I have large SATA SSDs for everything else :)

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I have Rapture Pro and Dimensions Pro from Sonar X2. Still works in CbB. Those are actually quite good considering how old they are now.

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