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Using Kore: Guide to Everything, in Progress

Got an evening to get deeper into sound? Want to get a project started? We’ve been covering all aspects of using Kore in music, bit by bit. Here’s the overview of what we’ve done, which we’re expanding on an ongoing basis.


Use Kore without the mouse – Kore hardware controller only
Navigate different levels of your sounds in Kore, access parameters, and work within a host using the controller and not the mouse.

Get Started

How to use metadata to navigate sounds
Working with tags like author, you can find interesting finds like samples of the So Percussion group. With control over metadata parameters, you can configure the browser to make it easy to find sounds that matter – including focusing on your own sound designs if you prefer.

Use MIDI mixer view
This vertical, traditional mixer interface may be easier to look at for some tasks.

Understanding different Kore control pages for automation and performance
In addition to the obvious physical encoders and buttons on the Kore controller hardware, Kore’s control pages can be powerful tools for organizing sound parameters for other controllers, hosts, and sound design. Here’s how the different levels work and how to use them. See also:

“Two things that puzzled me at first, solved”: making top-level user pages and switching between pages on the hardware controller.

Assigning and choosing MIDI control changes in Kore
Custom MIDI control using control pages. Kore 2.0.4 and later add the ability to emulate the Kore controller on any MIDI controller for manipulating features like morphing, but this technique still works well for mapping select parameters.

Make morphable patterns with the Kore arpeggiator
A look at the arpeggiator included with Kore – and why Kore’s sound morphing can be fun.

Using Kore’s channel and slot disable feature
Disabling sounds can help reduce CPU usage — essential in live performance.

Use “dummy source channels” for controlling MIDI gear, advanced plug-ins
Integrate external hardware or more advanced multi-timbral plug-ins with your Kore setup using dedicated source channels.

Combining with Hosts and Other Software

This affordable Windows (and now Mac) DAW easily maps a multichannel instance of Kore.

Ableton Live
The ubiquitous live performance tool can blend with Kore to add features like Live’s clip triggering to your rig.

Batch processing with Kore and effects, in Winamp, more
Create a workflow for batch-processing audio files with effects, for testing effects combinations or processing lots of audio. The free Winamp on Windows does the job, but there are other PC and Mac options, too.

Mutating sequences live with Massive in Kore
Here’s an illustration of how to make the most with macro controls and morphing in Kore, using Native’s Massive synth. Sequenced Massive patches are lots of fun, but by putting them in Kore, you can arrange sequences on the fly.

Advanced Techniques + Reaktor Integration

Route feedback loops for special effects
A look at how Kore’s routing works – and an illustration of why, for sound design, intentional feedback can be a good thing.

Kore Reaktor Toolpack: Module by module guide
This essential, free toolpack by Jonathan Adams Leonard adds extra audio and MIDI utilities and power features to Kore via custom Reaktor ensembles. We look at each module and what it does.

MIDI filter x8
AudioTrigger, polyphonic scale

Record longer sessions in Kore using Reaktor
Want to make a Kore-only production workflow? Here are some ideas, using Reaktor and even adding mastering to the mix.

Video: Build and use a Reaktor grain delay in Kore
How to create live-sampling grain effect in Reaktor, plus how to combine Reaktor with Kore to get tangible control over sound.

A 3D model of the Kore controller, and studio ergonomics
A studio interior design prompted our writer Eoin to create his own 3D model of the Kore controller, which he makes available.

Control Reaktor ensemble parameters with Kore
Even simpler Reaktor ensembles often have many more parameters than you’d want to control at once. But with Kore, you can simply drag a control and easily grab the sound elements you want to manipulate; this shows you how.

MIDI scripting in Kore, with Kontakt 3;
Kontakt automation and sending MIDI from the Kore controller
Using Kontakt 3 as an insert effect in Kore means you can use Kontakt’s powerful scripting features in your Kore sounds.

Video: using the free Spiral Reaktor sequencer in Kore
lazyfish’s brilliant Spiral is a fascinating new way of driving instruments, but it may not be clear how to use it at first. Here, we show you how to add Spiral to a Koresound.

Artists, Inspiration

Behind the Scenes with Interpol: Obsessive Details of Hardware, Kore Software Rig
Interpol’s live Kore setup involves a wrangling complex setup of controllers, instruments, and sounds. But there could be something to learn for your own setup.

Sound design for imaginary instruments: guitar and Kore effects
Sound design for imaginary instruments: “prepared piano” with Grain Shifter
The results
Kore’s streamlined, semi-modular design can be ideal for experimenting with sound design. Combining effects from among Kore’s included modules and Guitar Rig creates new hybrid instruments. This takes an experimental score for modern dance, from the site’s editor, as an example.

Exclusive Downloads

Feedback effect [Kore]

Granular percussion sound [Kore]

Morphable Kore arpeggiator [Kore]

Kore Reaktor Toolpack (our custom koresound, plus a link to this essential, free tool) [Kore+Reaktor]

Reaktor Grain Delay [Kore+Reaktor]

SketchUp model of the Kore controller [Kore+(free) Google SketchUp]

Kontakt MIDI scripting example [Kore+Kontakt]

Koresound for Massive, with mutating sequences [Kore+Massive]

Granular “prepared” piano [Kore]

Kore performance for NI’s free Spiral sequencer for Reaktor [Kore+Reaktor]