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Kontakt/Opus 1/Mac/DP=Discouraged
Last post Sat, May 05 2007 by nliberg, 6 replies.
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Posted on Mon, Dec 13 2004 23:59
by dnb
Joined on Mon, Apr 30 2007, Posts 10
Greetings,

I've been waiting SO patiently for the chance to get started with Opus 1 as well as the Guitar and Chamber Strings...bought new computer, etc...feel like I've been getting the nursery ready for a new arrival Smile

BUT

The posts regarding various problems and the mind-numbing replies (I'm NOT a computer geek and hope to never have to be one in order to make music) have scared me off...guess I'll have to go back to a EWQL path...only very sadly...and hope this wonderful but apparently unwieldy library becomes friendly enough for a regular person!!

cheers,

dnb

ps Please, somebody tell me it's not that bad... Big Smile
Tags: HowTo Kontakt
Posted on Tue, Dec 14 2004 00:55
by belkina
Joined on Sun, Jun 13 2004, Montreal, Canada, Posts 432
It's not that bad! Wink

Seriously, 90% of the difficulty is in setting it all up the first time. I'd suggest the following order of procedure:

1) First you have to learn the basics of Kontakt, with or without VSL. Try to get a few sounds working in Kontakt by itself first, just loading them and trying them out with the onscreen keyboard in Kontakt.

2) Next try to get Kontakt set up so you can play a Kontakt sound directly from your midi keyboard (this is pretty easy).

3) Next try to get Kontakt loaded as a plug-in within DP.

4) When you can record and playback Kontakt sounds from within DP, then you are finally ready to try out the VSL performance tool.

Don't advance from any step to the next one until you can do the one before with no trouble. Each of these steps requires some learning, but apart from #4, ANY sound library will require the same knowledge. VSL is a very sophisticated tool, but it's like learning a musical instrument: you won't master it in a day. But once you DO master it, you can do great things with it.

Good luck,

Alan

dnb wrote:
Greetings,

I've been waiting SO patiently for the chance to get started with Opus 1 as well as the Guitar and Chamber Strings...bought new computer, etc...feel like I've been getting the nursery ready for a new arrival Smile

BUT

The posts regarding various problems and the mind-numbing replies (I'm NOT a computer geek and hope to never have to be one in order to make music) have scared me off...guess I'll have to go back to a EWQL path...only very sadly...and hope this wonderful but apparently unwieldy library becomes friendly enough for a regular person!!

cheers,

dnb

ps Please, somebody tell me it's not that bad... Big Smile
Posted on Sat, May 05 2007 02:42
by parkvilla
Joined on Sat, May 05 2007, Posts 2
I'm glad to see that someone else is as frustrated as I am with this setup. I'm also encouraged by Alan's reply.

I have tried to work with Kontakt and DP 4 first with Kontakt as a stand alone and then as a plugin. I have finally got a sound coming through the Perf. Tool but when I play my MIDI keyboard I can play notes going up but not down. I have no idea where to begin solving this problem.
Thanks for any help.

parkvilla
Posted on Sat, May 05 2007 05:56
by nliberg
Joined on Fri, Dec 02 2005, Posts 232
parkvilla wrote:
I'm glad to see that someone else is as frustrated as I am with this setup. I'm also encouraged by Alan's reply.

I have tried to work with Kontakt and DP 4 first with Kontakt as a stand alone and then as a plugin. I have finally got a sound coming through the Perf. Tool but when I play my MIDI keyboard I can play notes going up but not down. I have no idea where to begin solving this problem.
Thanks for any help.

parkvilla


Hi parkvilla
The first two posts in this thread are very old, probably before the time of the integrated Kontakt2 scripts which replaced the performance tool. Are you using Kontakt1 or Kontakt2? In case you use Kontakt2 you don't need the performance tool any longer and the setup is much easier. You just need to download the updated Kontakt2 instrument files from the User Area on this site and use those NKI files instead. Then load any instrument (among those updated files) into Kontakt2, set it to the midi channel of your choice and it will work without the need to do anything else. No need for any external tools like the Performance Tool. VSL instruments for Kontakt2 are now just as easy to use as any other Kontakt instrument. Kontakt1 doesn't have support for scripts so if you use that you will still need the Performance Tool.
Posted on Sat, May 05 2007 15:50
by parkvilla
Joined on Sat, May 05 2007, Posts 2
Thanks to nliberg for the quick reply. I am using Kontakt 2 and grateful to hear that it's simpler than I thought. I will download those files.
One other question. I am using OSX.3.9 with Kontakt version 2.0. I understand that the latest Kontakt 2.2 can only be used with OSX.4 or later. Should I download Kontakt 2.1 or just wait until I upgrade my OS and get Kontakt 2.2? I want to wait for Leopard to come out.

Thanks again!
Parkvilla
Posted on Sat, May 05 2007 17:16
by nliberg
Joined on Fri, Dec 02 2005, Posts 232
Hi again,
I'm on PC so unfortunately I cannot give you much advice on mac matters. However, the K2.1 update contained many useful things such as the high-quality interpolation which significantly improves the quality of whole-note sampled libraries like Opus, possibility to merge multis, better performance, script performance view, better handling of sample paths making it possible to move projects later on. The K2.1 update brought a lot more changes than the K2.2 one. I think NI concentrated on universal binary support with K2.2. I hope this helps.
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