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: 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: drum programming

I found a wav drum track that I liked, and wanted to work out the basic rhythms. This is an extract slowed down first to 60 bpm, to understand the structure, followed by 128 bpm, the true speed:

And this is my rendering, which I freely accept is rubbish next to that. But I decided to put fidelity to the original on one side, as it was hard enough to work out the elements of the beat. Once slowed down, it becomes clear..ish that there is basically a big kick every crotchet, with some claps syncopating over that. The big extras that I don’t have are a) the sustain on the drum, with I suspect a bass guitar or synth playing at the same, and b) the varying pitch of the claps. All in good time…

And the midi file I made.

 

 

 

My music: more instruments

I still feel my synthesised acoustic instruments are not as good as I would like… but I’m not spending thousands on them. A site had an offer on some at £45, so I downloaded the trial:

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Firstly: it’s absolutely massive – the download totals about 35GB (nothing wrong with that – just an observation). The strings and the acoustic guitars are good, certainly at this price. But the killer is the DREADFUL installation and copy protection process, which uses ILok. The pain just isn’t worth it. I won’t be buying this one.

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Note to self to look at Sample Tank as an alternative. Review.