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.

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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.

Komplete 10: content

October 2016: Native Instruments now favour you using their PC app rather than the downloader, which didn’t have a proper home:

Now I’ve bought the thing, I will work my way through each of the modules, getting at least a cursory knowledge of how to use each of them:

  • Kontakt 5 –  August 2016, including factory content
  • Reaktor 5 – August 2016
  • Massive – August 2016
  • Absynth 5 – October 2016
  • Fm8
  • Battery 4 – October 2016
  • Guitar Rig 5 Pro – August 2016
  • Abbey Road 60s Drummer
  • Driver
  • Drumlab
  • Kontour
  • Monark
  • Polyplex
  • Rammfire
  • Reaktor Prism
  • Reaktor Spark
  • Reflektor
  • Retro Machines Mk2
  • Rounds
  • Scarbee A200
  • Scarbee Mark I
  • Scarbee Clavinet/Pianet
  • Scarbee Mm-Bass
  • Session Horns
  • Session Strings – September 2016
  • Solid Eq
  • Solid Bus Comp
  • Solid Dynamics
  • Studio Drummer
  • Supercharger
  • The Finger
  • The Giant
  • The Gentleman
  • The Grandeur
  • The Maverick
  • Traktor’s 12
  • Transient Master
  • Vintage Organs
  • West Africa

Given I bought the download version, directly from NI, so that I could install the modules piecemeal, I forget that I need to get the individual downloads from here, by downloading and installing Komplete_10_Downloader.exe.

Other thoughts related to the pictures below:

  • Given there are such a lot of checkboxes, a Deselect All option would have been jolly handy
  • Disk queue length of 50: this is running on my laptop with the 1 terabyte mechanical disk. I’m waiting for the right price on an SSD of that size (point being that Komplete is a massive install): I reckon around £150 will buy it on offer. I guess I need to judge my timing, as the GB pound’s lack of performance could easily see all items increasing in cost, and not reducing

 

 

 

Music: drums and MuseScore

Ref the previous post about inconsistencies in denoting drum types, I wondered how MuseScore would do it.

It took me a wee while to remember even how to use MuseScore. In summary:

  1. Become a member
  2. Download MuseScore
  3. Start MuseScore
  4. File/open… .mid files are one of the supported types (which assumes that you have previously exported your drums from your DAW as a midi file). Call this tab A
  5. At this point, you have a score (in tab A) in non-Drum mode. So you have to File/new/(choose instrument)pick instrument as DrumSet. Call this tab B.
  6. In tab A, do (Ctrl-A) (PC) to select call the notes and copy to clipboard
  7. In tab B, go to the front of the stave and paste.
  8. That should give you something like this in tab B, where the call-it II symbol denotes that it is a drum score, the F, in treble clef terms, is a bass drum, and the C is a snare drum. And, for me that is good enough.

The midi is here.