Is support for Kontakt instruments possible or planned?

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mmbugaj
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Is support for Kontakt instruments possible or planned?

Post by mmbugaj » Wed Mar 15, 2017 9:55 pm

Is it possible to add support for nki Kontakt instruments? Is it matter of unknown implementation details or lack of resources for implementing that? Or legal issues?

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Re: Is support for Kontakt instruments possible or planned?

Post by varpa » Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:39 am

I doubt support for nki could ever be implemented due to all the reasons you give. Plus samples are encrypted. Linuxsampler has decided to focus on SFZ format which is a (semi) standard.

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Re: Is support for Kontakt instruments possible or planned?

Post by cuse » Sat Apr 22, 2017 5:58 pm

We don't have any plans right now to add nki support natively. There is now scripting support for the Gig and SFZ engine of LinuxSampler, which is leaned on NI's KSP script language, hower that's pretty much it. We once had a NKI tool that allowed you extract and repack the XML portion from/to nki files, but NI reacted quickly and changed the file format. So since v5 it does not work anymore and its pointless to fight against windmills.

Even if there was no such thing as encryption, obscured file format changes, etc. we probably still would have no plans for adding native support for nki. Because from the experience we made from adding suport for the Gigasampler/GigaStudio format, it wastes so much time to implement an accurate resembling of the behavior and sound of an existing proprietary format and sound engine. We are talking about development factor of 5 ... 10 compared to implementing either an open format or own/custom format. So that development time is better spent on SFZ standard features and our own custom features.

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