As I couldn’t get the lovely Dell XPS-13 on Black Friday at the right price, I went for the reduction that Native Instruments were offering on the Komplete 11 upgrade (£79.50, now back up to £159). The items of most interest to me were Strummed Acoustic, and India.
I did a few bars (right-click to download the mp3 is easiest) on Strummed Acoustic – disgracefully simple, and doubtless cheating, but if a nice clean tone helps with your composition thoughts, I say why not. Chords are F, A, G, Bb.
In summary, the performance and progress indication of Native Access is appalling. So I have reverted to the Downloader. This creates a nice discrete set of ISOs, so you can just save it to a DVD, in case I hop across to yet another laptop.
A bit like Creative’s Zt3A synth. Right now just dabbling, as there are a massive number of sounds, as ever. Sample here.
This is quite interesting – no pretence that there is any musical skill on my part here… this is a set of mostly percussive instruments, with some token melodic ones being forced into the western musical scales.
From the drums, I have randomly picked the Gidamba library to save as a midi and an audio file. My only contribution was to press the highlighted pink keys below – that’s what you here.
This is part of my long trawl through Komplete 10. I was going to tackle the drum parts in 1 go… but they are quite different, one from the other, so that won’t work.
This is more drum machine than er drum kits, with loads of samples. Here I’ve posted a trivial mp3 of a pattern using the Alias kit. The midi is also in that folder.
To get to Session Strings, you go via Kontakt. I found that to record a (midi) session, I had to go into Reaper (that is, my DAW). Even then it was not enough just to have a hack using the on-screen keyboard – I had to hook up the (piano) keyboard. Only then would it record. And this is some real simple rendered output on SoundCloud, around C and G.
While I could record wav directly using Reaktor (for example), for recording Massive I find I have to drop into my DAW (Reaper in my case), save to Midi, and render to wav or mp3 from there. But no issues on CPU overload with this one. Hm… while I haven’t yet checked, the overload might be because Reaktor’s output is direct to audio, not midi. Regardless, I can imagine that as I start to multi-track with more than a couple of the instruments across Komplete, I’ll find myself in need of a way meatier machine than a 5 year old I5 laptop with a single mechanical disk and 8GB of RAM.
Soundcloud quick sample here, using Bansuri in Orange. The number of synths or whatever name I should give them is again predictably massive. It must be tough thinking up new names for these.