KONTOUR Tutorial

KONTOUR Explained®

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  • 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.

  • Basic Controls 4:39

    Basic Controls

    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.

  • The Motherlode 2:56

    The Motherlode

    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.

  • The Noise Makers 13:02

    The Noise Makers

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Mix Busses 4:27

    Mix Busses

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Product Overview

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!

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