Ed.: When you think of sample design, you may think of hours spent painstakingly multisampling hundreds of audio files. Of course, that’s not the way most of us work (or have time to work). More often, you have a short recording you like that you want to manipulate. Kontakt’s functional depth need not intimidate you: you can use all that horsepower to get your sounds doing interesting stuff right away.
Here, Peter Dines walks us through in a few quick steps taking a simple sample and turning it into a complex instrument. He’s got a free download to round it out. Even if you’ve seen very little of Kontakt beyond its presets, you should be able to pick up some quick skills. And yes, you’ll even do some scripting – though thanks to the presets, you won’t have to know about scripting yourself to take advantage of this feature. (We will make all of you scripters soon, though.)
In this video, a basic set of Kontakt skills that could apply to lots of ideas:
- Creating a sample from a file
- Slicing up bigger samples into mapped slices with the Wave Editor
- Correcting slice points
- Using Script Editor performance presets to get advanced features
- (without having to write your own scripts)
- Simple script modification – even if you’re afraid of code
But the whole thing started (appropriately enough in the holiday season) as a gift. Peter recalls:
My brother in law came back from Vienna with a great gift for me – a music box mechanism. I recorded its output and imported the file into Kontakt. In this video, I demonstrate some of the ways you can manipulate and script your way to creative results.
Here’s the Kontakt instrument I created in this video: