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KONTAKT Explained

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Getting Started

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    Tutorial 1

    Kontakt Overview


    Learn how to set the Audio and MIDI preferences when launching Kontakt 4 in standalone mode. Explore the main areas of the interface including the control panel buttons, the browser, rack and keyboard sections.

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    Tutorial 2

    Instrument Header Basics


    Discover the instrument header and see how to control basic visual and playback parameters.

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    Tutorial 3

    Architecture Basics


    Explore how the architecture of Kontakt 4 instruments are set up, and how to save and create instruments, samples, multis, and banks.

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    Tutorial 4

    Instrument & Edit Mode Headers


    See some of the advanced Instrument Header functions and explore the different windows and areas available in Edit Mode.

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    Tutorial 5

    Instrument Options


    Watch how the 'Instrument Options' window can be used to affect instrument playback parameters, as well as how they look in the rack.

Tips and Tricks

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    Tutorial 6

    Top Ten Browser Bits


    Learn about ten cool features and workflow techniques available from the browsers 'Files' tab.

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    Tutorial 7

    Importing Other Formats


    Discover how to import and do batch conversions of sampler instruments from EXS 24, Giga and AKAI formats.

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    Tutorial 8

    The Database


    Explore how to search, sort and set file metadata in the 'Attribute and Results' list found in Kontakt 4s database.

Advanced Control

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    Tutorial 9

    The Monitor & Modules Tab


    See how to view and control multiple groups and zones and their various parameters with the 'Monitor' tab in the browser. Also learn how to use the 'Modules' section to add and control group and instrument effects.

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    Tutorial 10



    Discover Kontakt 4s MIDI and host based automation from within Logic Pro 9. You can then apply the info to your DAW.

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    Tutorial 11



    Watch how Kontakts Quick Load features can be used to organize frequently used multis, instruments and banks in a directory tree set up in a horizontal arrangement of columns.

Routing Revealed

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    Tutorial 12

    The Outputs Section


    Learn how to set up signal routing destinations in the Outputs section of Kontakt.

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    Tutorial 13

    Multiple Outputs


    Discover to how to set up multiple output routing in the Outputs section of the plug-in version of Kontakt while it's hosted inside Logic Pro 9. You can then apply the info to your DAW.

Advanced Editing

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    Tutorial 14

    The Group Editor


    Peer into the belly of the beast and see how Kontakts Group Editor can be used to control various aspects of an instruments playback.

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    Tutorial 15

    The Mapping Editor Pt. 1


    Explore how to build an instrument from scratch by importing samples and turning them in to Zones in the Mapping Editor.

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    Tutorial 16

    The Mapping Editor Pt. 2


    See how to edit zones graphically with both the mouse and key commands, as well as with the Mapping Windows 'Control Strip'.

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    Tutorial 17

    Wave Editor Controls


    Learn about the 'Wave Editor' tool bar, and see how the controls can be used for setting loop points and other various utility and transport functions.

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    Tutorial 18

    The Grid Panel


    Discover how to use both Fix and Auto modes in the Mapping Editors grid panel to create slice markers in rhythmic loops.

Working with Loops

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    Tutorial 19

    Sample Loops


    Explore how to set up loop regions within a sample in order to loop specific portions in either forward or reverse direction.

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    Tutorial 20

    Syncing & Slicing


    See how the 'Sync / Slice' tab in the wave editor is used to sync loops to tempo, as well as map the individual slices to separate MIDI notes.

Working with Groups

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    Tutorial 21

    Zone Envelopes & Sample Editor


    Discover how to use zone envelopes to modulate parameters on a zone-by-zone basis within a group, as well as how the sample editor is used to constructively process portions of a sample permanently.

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    Tutorial 22

    The Source Module


    Explore the six group playback modes available in the Source Module: Sampler, DFD, Tone Machine, Time Machine, Time Machine ll and Beat Machine.

Using Effects

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    Tutorial 23

    Signal Processing


    Learn how to add signal processing modules at either the group or instrument insert level, as well as setting up send effects for individual instruments and entire multi's.

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    Tutorial 24

    Modulation Mechanics


    Discover how modulation routing is set up in Kontakt, and what types of signals can be used to animate parameters over time, as well as where and how to set them up.

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    Tutorial 25



    See and hear some real world modulation routing examples including cutoff and pan routed to LFOs synced to tempo, cutoff on a pad sound modulated with a 'flexible envelope', and a 32 step modulator modulation source applied to a percussive sounds panning.

Watch DAW guru Eli Krantzberg break down one of the most vast and powerful soft samplers ever made, Native Instruments KONTAKT. From beginning to end, it's all here, waiting for you to use to get the most out of Kontakt.

This in-depth series is for beginner to intermediate users of Native Instruments KONTAKT and dives deep into its powerful features and functions. Discover how to easily navigate its windows and menus, load and create patches and parts, use effects, import and convert 3rd party libraries, advanced usage techniques, tips and tricks and much more.

If you want to get the most out of Native Instruments KONTAKT, stop right here."KONTAKT Explained" will allow you to use Kontakt like a pro, making your music and productions bigger and better. Checkout "Kontakt Explained" today.

Shot in version 4 but applicable to version 5. You can see videos for the version 5 updates here.

1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing drums in high school at age fourteen. Like most kids my age around then, I was into progressive rock. Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Yes. They rocked my world. A few short years later though, my musical life changed. While studying music in college I discovered Charlie Parker, Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, and John Coltrane. Milt Jackson spoke to me in such a profound way that it left me no choice but to take up vibraphone.

These great players, along with  drummers like Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Elvin Jones changed not only the way I thought about drumming, but also music - and by extension, life - as a whole. I realized life was meant to be a creative endeavor. The idea of improvising based on a loose set of guidelines and rules permeated into my psyche even when I wasn't holding a pair of drumsticks or mallets. But if I am going to be perfectly truthful, I have to hold Henry Miller and Woody Allen equally responsible for shaping the way I view and experience the world around me. 

2. What training have you had?

I am currently an Apple certified Logic Pro. Young and cocky, and armed with only a partial University degree, I dropped out of school and  began playing steady commercial hotel engagements and jazz gigs when I could. This went on for many years until I decided it was time to complete my degree - which I ultimately did with a major in Political Science and a minor in music. 

It was at this point that I formed my current band Nightshift. We are going in to our twenty third year now - playing commercial one nighters like weddings, corporate events, etc. Don't turn your nose up at it though - it has allowed me a wonderful quality of life. It gave me the freedom to go back to school and complete a post graduate degree in Communications Studies - all the while supporting myself by playing weddings.

3. When did you get into recording?

It was in this graduate program - in the early nineties - that I found myself drawn to the fledgling emerging universe of hard disc recording and midi sequencing. Based on nothing more than the recommendation of one of my band mates who had an old Atari, I jumped in head first and bought a Mac LC ll, along with a version 1.1 of what was then Notator Logic. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But, in hindsight, it was a decision of epic importance in my life - shaping my future as much as the music of Milt Jackson and Charlie Parker did fifteen years prior. 

I opened up my own commercial home studio in 1998 and began doing a variety of projects, working on radio jingles, artist CD projects, and whatever came my way. A couple of years later a colleague called me up - desperate. He was working at a post production house and one of the editors had just quit. They were doing audio post for a weekly TV series and needed a Pro Tools editor - and fast! And so, once again, I jumped in head first into what would ultimately open up my world even more - the world of Pro Tools. 

4. People you have worked with/for?

Focusing on Logic, I built up a small but loyal client base and my phone kept ringing for Logic tech support and instruction. Film composers and studio owners all over the city were calling me. Even the music stores were giving out my phone number at this point! This kind of stuff becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. The more of it you do, the more calls you get to keep doing it. At least that's the way it should be!

As my Logic chops kept growing, I was hired by an old buddy of mine, Len Sasso, who was then an associate editor at Electronic Musician magazine, and began writing some columns for them. I had a blast doing them - and really learned to focus and express my thoughts in a concise and clear manner. This lead to a collaboration with LA based composer Terry Michael Huud on the 2006 film called Civic Duty - which was certainly one of the highlights of my professional life as a composer. 

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I wake up every day excited to boot up, and create. Whether it's instructional videos, creating music, working with a studio client, performing with my band, or teaching at the schools - my days are filled with what I love doing. Enriched by the stimulation and creative freedom this modern music making software brings to my life. I bring that excitement and passion to each and every training product I create. My years of experience both using and teaching these programs has taught me the best way to make the user comfortable with these complex programs.

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KONTAKT Explained is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great exposition Great exposition,how he does in his tutorial. Very interesting tutorial.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Tutorial If you are willing to put in the effort and follow along with the videos Kontakt is explained in way more detail than you could ever learn yourself. These videos have opened up creative avenues for composition I have never imagined!
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Features I have had this for a while now....never knew all it has to offer and how to operate it properly....awesome
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great overview I find Eli to be very clear and thorough in his descriptions
Date published: 2016-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kontakt 4 I found this tutorial to be very good and professionally put together.
Date published: 2016-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best Kontakt tutorial as a 80 yr old computer geek this is the best tutorial for me
Date published: 2016-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Learned some new tricks I have used Kontakt for years, but never bothered to learn the program. I was surprised by how much I was missing. Well worth the time and effort.
Date published: 2016-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Concise and Very Informative Very easy to follow . Lots of detail on all the functions. If you don't understand everything the first time just watch it again. It's best to have you program up and running and pause the video as you explore the numerous functions.
Date published: 2016-05-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Wait until a new complete revision for Kontakt 5 I am not agree how this course is managed, sorry. I got some explanations from Groove3 but I don't agree anyway.
Date published: 2016-05-10
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