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KONTOUR Explained

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    Tutorial 1

    Intro

    4:57

    A big picture look at KONTOUR. Scottie will go over the basic interface and it's synth engine and get you starting making music right away with the built in presets.

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    Tutorial 2

    Basic Controls

    4:39

    Let's take a look at View A. Here we can modify a preset (or any sound) using some predefined controls. We'll utilize the Macros, Motion and Effects to sculpt and personalize sounds.

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    Tutorial 3

    The Motherlode

    2:56

    View B is where everything happens. Here we can access all the parameters of the synth and assign them to multiple destinations for control and performance.

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    Tutorial 4

    The Noise Makers

    13:02

    The two Oscillators are responsible for all sound generation. They can be distorted with the Shapers or modulated to create very complex waveforms.

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    Tutorial 5

    Filters

    9:14

    Now we can sculpt the sound using the two built in filters in a variety of ways. We'll start with a very interesting Comb Filter and finish with a State Variable Filter.

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    Tutorial 6

    Movement

    4:48

    The next section includes the Envelopes. Here we can change how the synth feels. The envelopes are a very important part of the sound design process.

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    Tutorial 7

    Mix Busses

    4:27

    KONTOUR has some crazy interesting ways it routes audio. We can sum from various different modules and we can reintroduce audio back into the signal path creating a feedback loop.

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    Tutorial 8

    Effects

    5:41

    We have the standard effects such as distortion, reverb and delay. There are also some unique effects which we will go over in more depth.

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    Tutorial 9

    Performance

    11:33

    Finally let's look at how we can make KONTOUR playable through mapping and assigning. We can also record the movement of parameters to create a custom LFO.

Nothing sounds quite like Native Instrument's high octane phase modulation software instrument KONTOUR, and nobody can demystify it the way synthesizer wizard Scottie Dugan can!

Scottie starts with a big picture look at what KONTOUR is and what it can do, going over the basics of its powerful Synthesizer Engine and Presets. From there, he takes you step by step through the Basic Controls and explores both interface views, View A and View B.

Next, Scottie dives into the nitty gritty of the instrument, teaching you how to get the most out of KONTOUR's two Oscillators and two built-in Filters. That leads into the next video about the powerful Envelopes that can change the entire feel of the synthesizer.

You'll then see how to set up some truly mind-bending routings in the Mix Busses and put the finishing touches on your tone with its powerful Effects Module. Finally, the series ends with a video on how to use Parameter Mapping and Assignments to make KONTOUR a flexible live performance instrument.

If you're a brand new or experienced user of KONTOUR, watch "KONTOUR Explained" and get the most out of this creative software instrument today!

immo
Submitted 1 year ago

Great course on NI's Kontour

Very informative, easy to understand, very good presentation, thanks!

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I grew up taking classical piano lessons, so music has always been a part of my life. It started out as a daily chore and eventually evolved into a passion. Now I am very lucky to call it my profession.

2. What training have you had?

After thirteen years of private piano lessons I decided to pursue a formal degree. Two years in and I realized it wasn't for me. From that point on a began teaching myself and taking various online courses that offered subjects that excited me. I've gotten to learn and sit under individuals who are way better than I am.

3. When did you get into recording?

Ableton Live and the ability to make music with a computer were the two biggest reasons I didn't continue pursue a formal degree. I was in a band, we cut a DIY "garage album" and that started the obsession. The once obscured world of synths, hardware and software was now overwhealming as I transitioned away from a piano only mindset.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I have the great privilege to be working with Ableton as one of their Ableton Certified Trainers. Being a part of that community has been really amazing and life changing. I have yet to work with anyone rich and famous... but I have a feeling one day some of these crazy talented people will be. I get to work with students and artists who are chasing their musical dreams. I like the purity and passion that comes with that.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Well, I've always been told that I'm a good teacher but I hated talking to people I didn't know. It took a while to get over those introvert tendencies and fear of public speaking and now I can't get enough. Watching a student get that lightbulb breakthrough or seeing an ignition of passion after the transfer of knowledge creates such a sense of fulfillment for me. I can't not teach.

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KONTOUR Explained is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 1.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great course on NI's Kontour Very informative, easy to understand, very good presentation, thanks!
Date published: 2016-03-09