@Win-Conway Yes, HISE can very much be a pain in the neck. But, there are strong reasons why one would want to stick with it as opposed to Kontakt. I'll give you mine.
Before I embarked on the HISE journey, I planned on producing my libraries for Kontakt. The idea was to create a GUI and package the samples that anyone would be able to use with the free Kontakt Player. As I started on that route, to my disappointment I came to realize the following reality.
In order for my libraries to be used, end-users needed to have the full version of Kontakt. As widely-used as Kontakt is, it would still severely limit the possible market. If users have a DAW, that should be enough to use my products. They shouldn't have to purchase another product in order to use mine.
In order to have anyone use my libraries without needing the full Kontakt, I would then need to partner with NI for them to encode my libraries and they would have to conform to their NKI standard. First off, I don't care to be conforming to anyone's standard other than my own.
Second, there is a flat fee to encode the instruments+ license fees for each instrument sold, where you have to purchase a minimum of 100 licenses per product upfront. In addition to this creating a significant start-up cost for 15 products I planned to release, the absolute non-starter for me was the fact that this was deterring any future updates to my products.
A couple of months down the road you realize one of your samples was defective? Too bad. Leave it as is or pay the flat fee again to have it fixed. Forget about continual incremental improvements.
A system that doesn't allow free improvements is not worth considering, in my opinion.
Plus, I hate their pathetic tiny, outdated interface.
On top of any of that, I would have to carry and promote their brand. I am not interested in taking the focus off my brand.
Now that Kontakt was out of the question, I was left between HISE and HALion. Why would I require users to download an additional piece of software in order to use my products, when I can deliver everything in one with HISE? Again, the branding played a role as well.
So, despite all of the learning hurdles and HISE being a major pain in the neck to figure out, it is still a winner, hands down.
If you go with Kontakt, you will always have to carry and promote their brand around and depend on their user base, while we, the HISE users, can take advantage of the entire open market and offer superior products to our customers that we can continually improve at our will.