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FREE Keyswitch Router Multiscript

August 13th, 2012

Here’s a multiscript for Kontakt 4+ that allows you to route MIDI input to different MIDI channels based on user-defined keyswitches.

The KS Router multiscript is a powerful system for combining multiple MIDI channels into a single MIDI channel, allowing you to dynamically switch between these MIDI channels by way of latching keyswitches.

This is especially useful if a library uses separate patches for each articulation–that way you can access them all from a single MIDI channel, switching between the articulations using keyswitches.

It also allows you to take advantage of Kontakt’s total of 64 internal MIDI channels, allowing you to maximize the amount of instruments loaded per instance of Kontakt.

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Download KS Router (264 KB)


FREE MIDI CC to MIDI Note Converter

June 30th, 2011

Here’s a multiscript for KONTAKT 4 that can trigger keys–and keyswitches–via MIDI CCs. That way instead of having to hold down cumbersome keyswitches while you play, you can just use MIDI CCs instead.

Basically, you can take a CC #, like 1 (mod wheel), and then select the destination channel (including options of all channels at once, or route it directly from whichever MIDI channel the CC data is coming from to the same output MIDI channel). Then you can select which key you want it to hold, while the MIDI CC # is over half-way up. When the MIDI CC # is back down, it’ll release the note.

Extract the zip file and put the NKP file along with the rest of your KONTAKT multiscripts.


The Uncanny Valley

February 18th, 2011

The general trend for contemporary sample libraries is to keep adding more velocity layers, more round-robin alternating samples, and more articulations accessible by keyswitches. While this formula for expansion results in larger, more extensive libraries, it is still an extension of traditional sampling, maintaining many of the same foundational limitations which prevent sample libraries from crossing the “uncanny valley”. Essentially, it’s what keeps the libraries from overcoming what defines whether something sounds real or sampled: context.

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Guitar Pick Analysis

November 2nd, 2010

When it comes to acoustic guitars, the tone comes from the pick, strings, then the guitar body, the room tone, and then finally the mic placement. And there are countless factors between these elements–for example, the bracing style inside the guitar body has a massive effect on how the body resonates. The types of wood the body, top, and fretboard determine which frequencies are absorbed more than others when reflecting sound waves. The thickness, texture, and shape of the pick really matters, too, not to mention the placement and angle of the pick as well. All these elements color the guitar’s tone in different ways.

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