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KONTAKT 5 Update Explained

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    3:06

    Mark introduces you to the new features present in Kontakt 5.

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    Tutorial 2

    New Filters Overview

    5:40

    Learn about the types of new filters made available and how the different categories produce different results with recommendations where to use them.

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    Tutorial 3

    State Variable Filters

    6:16

    In this tutorial, well cover SV Filters in so far as they are now regarded as the standard filter to use with Kontakt 5. Additionally, information about how filters work will be covered too.

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    Tutorial 4

    SV Filters in Action

    5:23

    Mark uses some SV filters here to illustrate how effective Bandpass filters can be to cut and boost frequencies outside of the cut-off frequency.

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    Tutorial 5

    More SV Filters

    8:20

    To conclude our look at SV filters, see how effective an SV notch filter is on a Cello Ensemble patch. Resonance of the filter is looked at too.

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    Tutorial 6

    Ladder Filters

    5:59

    Mark looks at how the new Ladder Filters, rather than the legacy ladder filters, are used to create a musically flattering mild harmonic distortion to the signal.

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    Tutorial 7

    Adaptive Resonance Filters

    7:43

    Mark explores another filter update that has found favor with K5 users because it allows the chosen resonance to be automatically adapted, up or down, so that no signal spikes occur to the sound. Here, well look at the HP versions of AR filtering.

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    Tutorial 8

    Other New Filters

    10:11

    To conclude our look at the many different filters updated or introduced (37 in total), here well look at and audition some of the filters not covered so far. This time, we add further parameter modifiers such as envelopes and an LFO.

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    Tutorial 9

    Time Machine Pro

    6:18

    The improved time stretching effect, Time Machine Pro, is introduced here as Mark looks at pitch shifting a beat while retaining the original length.

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    Tutorial 10

    SP1200 & MPC60 Engines

    7:41

    We take a look at the two new 1980s sample based drum machine emulations here and assess the subtly different qualities they offer with the reduced bit depths and sample rates.

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    Tutorial 11

    Solid G-EQ

    7:09

    Here, we look and listen to the newly introduced analogue based 4 band parametric EQ as it alters the sound of a drum loop.

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    Tutorial 12

    Solid Bus Comp

    7:24

    To help tame loud parts of a drum loop, we look here at the analogue modeled Solid Bus Comp. In particular, we look at focusing attention on the clap within the loop.

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    Tutorial 13

    Transient Master

    5:36

    Mark now looks at how the Transient Master allows you to either highlight the initial spike of a snare, or suppress it. Mark also shows how increasing the body of the signal to add a perceived sense of sustain.

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    Tutorial 14

    Tape Saturator

    6:29

    Finally, we look at using the popular tape saturation effect on an organ to create a more edgy or gritty character.

Studio master Mark Struthers shows you everything you need to know about the new features added to Native Instruments KONTAKT version 5. See and learn all the new features and functions that this powerful update brings to this world-class software sampler.

Mark begins with an introduction briefly discussing the new additions to KONTAKT 5. He then begins with a detailed look at the new filters included with version 5, revealing the Variable Filters, SV Filters, Ladder Filters, Adaptive Resonance Filters and more.

Time Machine Pro is then explored and you'll see just how easy it is to pitch shift material while keeping its original tempo in place. Mark now goes old school and breaks down the new SP1200 and MPC60 MASCHINE Sound Engines that are built into KONTAKT 5, giving you that great vintage vibe for your samples.

Mark wraps up the series with videos all about the new Solid G-EQ, Solid Bus Compressor and Tape Saturator, as well as the awesome Transient Master that allows you to shape the attack of your samples with unbelievable precision.

If you're using version 5 of Native Instruments KONTAKT, check this series out as soon as you can and reap the rewards of knowing the finer details of this industry standard software sampler... Get "KONTAKT 5 Update Explained" today.

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Submitted 1 month ago

Content: 3; presentation: 1

The content is purely a course in the new types of filters that have been added to Kontakt 5. No other changes from v4 to v5 are mentioned so the filters appear to be the only difference, which is surprising. BTW, if you don’t know how to use Kontakt already, I highly recommend viewing Kontakt Explained first, which is an extensive and interesting tour of v4. Kontakt 5 Update won’t help you because it’s so limited in scope. I gave the content a "3" because the series mostly describes how to use selected filters, which is fine, but there are better tutorials on using filters. Also, there are too few examples; e.g. the first audio isn't heard until video 4(!), and the examples are often single notes or a few basic chords that aren't played very well, which makes them uninteresting and even annoying at times. And I can't remember any filter demo that uses more than one type of instrument. My biggest complaint with the series is the presentation style. I've watched 20 to 30 Groove3 videos and I've really enjoyed most; a few were okay; but this one bordered on unwatchable. The presenter spends an incredible amount of time talking but not saying much.For instance, he repeatedly talks about what he’s going to be talking about rather than getting on with it, especially in the early videos. The style is extremely formal and wastes a lot of time stating even the most obvious details such as he is playing the same not each time as a filter parameter is varied so we can appreciate the effect it has. Duh! My "favorite" line is “…and I declare these are their new standard filters because they are very clean sounding.” Who talks like that? He also justifies why he explains something for noobies and wastes time with the justification. If you’re going to explain something basic, just do it and move on. Don’t waste time explaining why when the reasons for doing so are so obvious. I also get the impression the presenter is reading a script by the flawless pace and perfect enunciation but the result is similar to the pain of listening to someone reading a speech, i.e. it’s just dead and lifeless. To make matters worse, the script seems to have casual lines thrown in to make it sound “live” but the pace never varies. There are lines such as “actually, I think I’ll skip that…” which sounds very scripted. Sorry, I hate to complain so much but it was painful. Give me Eli K. any day!

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mjaaaa
Submitted 2 months ago

Very useful content

This does a good job of demonstrating the features. While the visual portion of this update is nicely edited, I'd have to say the audio is quite difficult to tolerate. The narrator certainly has some form of British accent, there does not seem to be any smooth unspliced sentences. The choppy nature from what sounds like excessive splicing of multiple words in every sentence gives the audio a very robotic and halting / jerky delivery. In many chapters I found the audio content disturbing to listen to negatively affecting my ability to learn. The question below asking about the 'viewing quality', is going to get a bad rating even though the video portion (only) I thought was put together well. This is due to the very poor audio editing.

I am a: Professional

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VirtuAlex
Submitted 1 year ago

It should be only one course instead of two.

I don't understand why this course is divided in two: this and the first one that is very old. It should be only one course covering Kontakt 5 IMHO.

I am a: Semi-Pro

Response from Customer Service:

Hello, Thank you for your review! We really appreciate it. I can clear up why we have the two tutorials. When Kontakt Explained was first shot by Eli, version 4 was the current version. Then when version 5 came out we did a tutorial on the new features since the majority of the program is the same. The two tutorials together will get you up to speed! Enjoy
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Having a father with a recording studio and having played guitar since being a 14 year old kid, I quickly got into recording. But, the purchase of a Tascam 244 Portastudio was a breakthrough in realizing what I wanted to do.

2. What training have you had?

I taught myself to play guitar and keyboards and found it a remarkably calming and mathematical experience learning the rules of intervals within a scale and how they can take you to any chord.

3. When did you get into recording?

The purchase of the cassette based Tascam 244 lasted a fair few years until I moved up to a Roland VS880 which then linked in to building a purpose built commercial multimedia studio around 15 years ago mainly running Steinberg and Adobe software.

4. People you have worked with/for?

Thankfully, nobody famous enough to have an ego. Instead 100's of happy Joe Public clients.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

My degree is in English and Teaching and I was a grammar school teacher for over 10 years before changing direction and working solely from my studio. recording music and filming for clients.

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KONTAKT 5 Update Explained is rated 3.1 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 2.0 out of 5 by from Content: 3; presentation: 1 The content is purely a course in the new types of filters that have been added to Kontakt 5. No other changes from v4 to v5 are mentioned so the filters appear to be the only difference, which is surprising. BTW, if you don’t know how to use Kontakt already, I highly recommend viewing Kontakt Explained first, which is an extensive and interesting tour of v4. Kontakt 5 Update won’t help you because it’s so limited in scope. I gave the content a "3" because the series mostly describes how to use selected filters, which is fine, but there are better tutorials on using filters. Also, there are too few examples; e.g. the first audio isn't heard until video 4(!), and the examples are often single notes or a few basic chords that aren't played very well, which makes them uninteresting and even annoying at times. And I can't remember any filter demo that uses more than one type of instrument. My biggest complaint with the series is the presentation style. I've watched 20 to 30 Groove3 videos and I've really enjoyed most; a few were okay; but this one bordered on unwatchable. The presenter spends an incredible amount of time talking but not saying much.For instance, he repeatedly talks about what he’s going to be talking about rather than getting on with it, especially in the early videos. The style is extremely formal and wastes a lot of time stating even the most obvious details such as he is playing the same not each time as a filter parameter is varied so we can appreciate the effect it has. Duh! My "favorite" line is “…and I declare these are their new standard filters because they are very clean sounding.” Who talks like that? He also justifies why he explains something for noobies and wastes time with the justification. If you’re going to explain something basic, just do it and move on. Don’t waste time explaining why when the reasons for doing so are so obvious. I also get the impression the presenter is reading a script by the flawless pace and perfect enunciation but the result is similar to the pain of listening to someone reading a speech, i.e. it’s just dead and lifeless. To make matters worse, the script seems to have casual lines thrown in to make it sound “live” but the pace never varies. There are lines such as “actually, I think I’ll skip that…” which sounds very scripted. Sorry, I hate to complain so much but it was painful. Give me Eli K. any day!
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Very useful content This does a good job of demonstrating the features. While the visual portion of this update is nicely edited, I'd have to say the audio is quite difficult to tolerate. The narrator certainly has some form of British accent, there does not seem to be any smooth unspliced sentences. The choppy nature from what sounds like excessive splicing of multiple words in every sentence gives the audio a very robotic and halting / jerky delivery. In many chapters I found the audio content disturbing to listen to negatively affecting my ability to learn. The question below asking about the 'viewing quality', is going to get a bad rating even though the video portion (only) I thought was put together well. This is due to the very poor audio editing.
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from It should be only one course instead of two. I don't understand why this course is divided in two: this and the first one that is very old. It should be only one course covering Kontakt 5 IMHO.
Date published: 2016-04-26