KONTAKT Tutorial

KONTAKT 6 Explained®

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Chapter 1 : Basic Interface & Setup

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    Setup & Loading Patches

    In this video, Thomas shows how to set up and load the KONTAKT 6 VST, as well as how to load instrument patches.

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    KONTAKT Basics & the Interface

    Learn the basics of the KONTAKT 6 interface and how to navigate around the instrument's various parts.

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    Using the Browser

    Thomas shows how to use KONTAKT?s browser to find and select patches and samples to load into the instrument.

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    Loading Samples

    Learn how to load sounds from the sample browser and how to create new instrument devices.

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    Mapping Editor Pt. 1

    Thomas shows how to load samples into mapping editor and the various mapping functions available for the samples

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    Mapping Editor Pt. 2

    This video wraps up the discussion on the mapping editor and covers the advanced auto-mapping features available for the samples.

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    Group Editor Pt. 1

    Learn how to use the group editor to organize samples when creating more complicated patches.

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    Group Editor Pt. 2

    Thomas wraps up the discussion on the group editor by talking about the voice groups and how they can be used to make a drum patch.

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    Waveform Editor

    In this video, Thomas covers the interface of the waveform editor and how it is used to adjust and playback a sample.

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    Sample Editor

    Thomas shows how to use the sample editor to reverse, slice, and silence various portions of an audio sample.

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    Sample Loop

    Learn how this mode is used to create advanced loops within your sampler patches.

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    Sync & Slice

    Thomas explores how to slice and time stretch audio samples inside of KONTAKT's sampler engine. This video also shows how to map the individual slices across the keyboard for live playback.

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    Zone Envelopes

    Thomas shows how to use the zone envelopes to create advanced modulations for the samples in KONTAKT.

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    Grid Panel

    Thomas discusses the grid panel and the two modes that It has for slicing audio samples, the fixed mode, and the auto mode. He also covers how to manually add and edit slice markers.

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    Source Module Pt. 1

    Learn how the source module controls KONTAKT's main audio engine and the playback of a patches groups. This video also shows the different playback engines available and how they affect your patches.

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    Source Module Pt. 2

    Thomas wraps up the discussion the source module and talks about how the S1200 and MP60 modes can be used to add texture to your patches.

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    Wavetable Module

    Learn how to use the wavetable synthesizer mode that was added in KONTAKT 6, as well as how to create custom wavetable synthesizer patches.

Chapter 2 : Effects & Modulation

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    Insert Effects

    This video covers how to use the insert effects section to add effects to your KONTAKT patches.

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    Send Effects

    Learn how to configure the send effects in KONTAKT as well as when you may want to use them.

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    Modulation Pt. 1

    Thomas shows how to use the different types of modulators and advanced envelopes available in KONTAKT.

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    Modulation Pt. 2

    Thomas wraps up the discussion on modulation in KONTAKT and discusses the advanced editing options available for editing modulation curves and instrument playback.

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    Step Modulator

    In this video, Thomas explores the step modulator device, and how it can be used to create rhythmic modulations and ever how to use it as an arpeggiator.

Chapter 3 : Script Editor

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    KONTAKT Scripting Basics

    Learn the basics of the script editor in KONTAKT. This video covers how load and edit scripts in the sampler to unlock advanced fictionality in your Kontakt patches.

Chapter 4 : Other Features

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    Multi Chanel Audio & MIDI Routing

    Learn how to use KONTAKT as a multi-channel midi rack, as well as how to route multiple audio channels out of a single KONTAKT instance.

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    Instrument Busses

    In this video, Thomas covers how to use the instrument busses inside of KONTAKT and how they can be helpful when adding effects to your patches.

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    Automation & MIDI Mapping

    Learn how to automate and MIDI map the various parts of your KONTAKT instruments to get more interesting patches for your songs.

Chapter 5 : Play Series Instruments

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    ANALOG DREAMS

    Thomas gives an overview of the ANALOG DREAMS play series device that was added in KONTAKT 6, as well as an overview of the editing options available for the patches.

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    ETHEREAL EARTH

    Thomas shows off a selection of patches from this instrument and shows how the various parts can be edited to quickly create new sounds.

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    HYBRID KEYS

    Thomas explores patches from the HYBRID KEYS instrument and also shows how to create a new patch by editing the parts on an existing patch.

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    Making a Sampler Patch

    Learn how to create an advanced multi-sampled piano instrument by using KONTAKT’s advanced mapping features and effects.

Product Overview


Studio guru Thomas Cochran presents a comprehensive video tutorial series all about Native Instrument’s KONTAKT 6 software sampler! Learn all of its features and functions inside and out, as well as helpful tips and tricks when using this industry-standard sampling software instrument.

Thomas starts at the beginning with basic setup and patch loading, followed by a detailed overview if its interface and various sections. You’ll then learn important foundational info on using the browser, loading samples, mapping them in the Mapping Editor, creating and modifying sample groups, using the Waveform Editor, and the different Loop Modes available.

Continuing on, you’ll discover more advanced features such as KONTAKT 6’s Sync and Slice time stretch options, Zone Envelopes, utilizing different playback engines to change the texture and sound of your samples, the powerful Wavetable Synth Module where you can design custom wavetable synthesizer patches and much more.

Effects and Modulation is now explored, and you’ll learn all kinds of great things about setting up and using insert FX, Send FX, and modulators and envelopes, as well as scripting basics for powerful control over your sampler instruments. Wrapping it all up, Thomas reveals powerful workflow videos on topics like multi-channel audio & MIDI routing, using instrument busses, automation & MIDI mapping, and overviews of the newly added Play Series instruments and sound design ideas!

See the individual tutorial descriptions for more info. If you’re new to Native Instrument’s flagship KONTKT 6 software sampler, or just want to sharpen your skillset, this is just what you need… Watch “KONTAKT 6 Explained®” today.


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KONTAKT 6 Explained® is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 24 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from This Kontakt 6 is great!!! I am amazed at how you guys teach in this course. I canceled an online music class because what I wanted to learn you guys had without all the extra noise. You guys do great work. I hope you guys do one for Serato Sample. Thank you.
Date published: 2021-05-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Super! Thanks man. Loved the course and learned how to use it after all these years
Date published: 2021-05-03
Rated 2.0 out of 5 by from Just OK he needs to PLAY the examples much more - let us HEAR what the changes actually accomplish rather than just slamming through what the controls do.
Date published: 2021-04-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Amazing SO in-depth! This is the first tutorial I've found that goes into coding, as well as the detailed information behind Kontakt. MUCH appreciated!
Date published: 2021-03-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Informative! Nice and logical presentation, I've also learnt about some more advanced features/possibilities of Kontakt I never used previously. Thanks
Date published: 2021-01-17
Rated 0.5 out of 5 by from Zero Contact with this Kontakt. Mr Cochrane clearly knows his Kontakt. However the lack of real life examples here and the speed of the tutorials left me having to abort this course which was unfortunate. On the contrary, Mr Krantzberg's offerings was more helpful but it was outdated. The other problem I had with this tutorial was only rhythmic samples were proffered and it simply became tiresome and I found myself looking for alternative videos in the Youtube platform of which were equally disappointing. However there were aspects of this series that I think would serve as a foundation to reviewing the series with a sense of perspective that is more suitable for the future. Mr Cochrane sounds polished and clear however I suspect his inexperience in formulating online teaching aids and helping to shepherd the viewer to a general understanding rather than this technical instruction manual-type delivery was distracting if not unhelpful. It is the instructor's remit to communicate how to manipulate the software and facilitate the sounds you want out of it rather than explaining what each button does out of context. We need instructors to help us on our digital audio journey, not humanoid bot explanations.
Date published: 2020-12-21
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Good. I had no idea you could do so much with Kontakt. Just Brilliant!
Date published: 2020-10-12
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Hard to follow. The last 4 videos were the best to get a feel for Kontakts workflow. But you need the other videos to understand how to really work from scratch. The tempo is really too high for this rather komplex instrument. If you update this in the future, please do some pausing while going thru all functions. Please also use some other sounds than drums. And add more examples for different workflows.
Date published: 2020-08-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from a excellent tutorial The author did a good job explaining everthing
Date published: 2020-07-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent Course! I had no idea how powerful KONTAKT was!! This course/instructor were excellent, super informative and easy to follow even the more complex functionalities.
Date published: 2020-06-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from So well explained! Thomas Cochran did an absolutely amazing job at explaining such a complicated plug-in such as Kontakt with so much clarity. He made it look easy and made me feel motivated and excited to go and play with it. Thank you so much, this was so helpful for my sound design course assessment. Looking forward to more videos from Thomas.
Date published: 2020-05-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Thanks for the helpful tutorials! Super indepth!
Date published: 2020-05-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from THIS IS NEEDED I LIKE TO SEE EXAMPLES RATHER THAN READING BUT THIS IS GREAT BECAUSE ITS LIKE READING HOW THEY EXPLAIN EVERYTHING AND WITH A DEMONSTRATION
Date published: 2020-03-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Fantastic series! As a non-audio plugin developer who’s recorded hundreds of tutorial videos over the years, I realize how challenging it could have been to plan a course for a package as robust as Kontakt. There are so many useful features which advanced users should be aware of, but presenting just enough of those without overwhelming a new producer requires a lot of course outline decisions. Thomas did a great job. I thought just touching on scripting was handled well as that’s functionality I would really expect to seek out an advanced course for. And I’ll second the review about being excited about the possibilities. While it’s sometimes nice to have a separate lightweight plugin for small, specific tweaks on an individual channel or two, Kontakt could easily save someone willing to invest the time in learning it (as this course covers well) hundreds of dollars in additional bolt-ons. Especially if you grabbed V6 at 50% off recently.
Date published: 2019-12-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Mind Blown!!! I am so much more excited about using KONTAKT after watching this series! I never knew how much was possible before now. I always thought it was just an instrument. But now that I am aware, I'm looking forward to using only 1 plugin for everything I have been doing with multiple softwares!
Date published: 2019-11-09
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Helpful but scripting tutorial is inadequate Honestly, the explanation of each section was useful in so far as not having to fiddle around with Kontakt and figure each function out for yourself. Saves a lot of time. But for an aspiring developer looking to learn KSP, the tutorial is really lacking. It would have been nice to have a full section on KSP as tutorials and resources on it are scarce.
Date published: 2019-10-31
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from So far it's excellent and thorough As well prepared as it could be so far, not done the course, but it's excellent thus far.
Date published: 2019-08-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Toss the Manual! This was extremely helpful and got me up to speed a lot quicker than expected.
Date published: 2019-07-20
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Where is the Database? I think the Database is a very important part of Kontakt. I went back to Eli's Kontakt 4 video to get more information about the Database.
Date published: 2019-06-23
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Excellent overall course I the Sampler Patch Video Creating a Piano, I would have liked to have seen how to include the footpedal algorithms.
Date published: 2019-02-26
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Excellent overview. I understand a lot of useful things that were off my radar before. The versatility of Kontakt is amazing and really worth having control over.
Date published: 2019-02-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from One of my favorites A good intro to Kontakt 6, especially if you're interested in making your own instruments from your own samples. After the last video I would have liked to see a discussion of the various save options. Also, I don't remember any discussion about snapshots.
Date published: 2019-02-03
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Covered it Very thorough! KONTAKT has been explained
Date published: 2019-01-31
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful !!!!! It´s a very impressive Tutorial for all the possibilty in Kontakt 6.
Date published: 2018-12-07
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