Komplete 10 installation: prefer Downloader to Native Access

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.

Music: Komplete – Absynth 5

A bit like Creative’s Zt3A synth. Right now just dabbling, as there are a massive number of sounds, as ever. Sample here.

Music: Kontakt – West Africa

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.

Music: NI Battery 4 first impressions

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.

 

Komplete 10: Session Strings

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.

Komplete 10: Massive

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.

Komplete 10: Reaktor 5

Working my way through the modules in Komplete 10…

So Guitar Rig, Kontakt, all went without a hitch. Reaktor: not the same experience. Note the “Processor Overload!” warning below. In fact this is not borne out by Task Manager, which went to a max of 60% or so. So I reduced sample rate from 44,100 whatever to 22,050 in an effort to stop the warning (with obviously a cost to the quality of the output).

On the positives, it is easy to record the output to wav file. See the trivial example on SoundCloud and another here.