SYMPHONY ESSENTIALS WOODWIND ENSEMBLE Manual

SYMPHONY ESSENTIALS WOODWIND ENSEMBLE Manual
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
1
2
3
Welcome to SYMPHONY ESSENTIALS WOODWIND ENSEMBLE ...................................... 7
1.1
Manual Conventions ................................................................................................................... 7
1.2
About this Document .................................................................................................................. 8
1.3
About SYMPHONY ESSENTIALS WOODWIND ENSEMBLE ............................................................... 8
Choosing the Right Instrument .................................................................................... 9
2.1
Section Instruments ................................................................................................................... 9
2.2
Ensemble Instrument ................................................................................................................. 10
Playing SYMPHONY SERIES Instruments ..................................................................... 12
3.1
Selecting Articulations with Key Switches .................................................................................. 12
3.2
Refining a Recording in Your Host Software ............................................................................... 13
3.3
About Using MIDI Controllers ...................................................................................................... 14
3.4
Performance Controls ................................................................................................................. 15
3.5
4
3.4.1
Dynamics ................................................................................................................... 16
3.4.2
Attack ........................................................................................................................ 16
3.4.3
Release ...................................................................................................................... 16
3.4.4
Tightness ................................................................................................................... 16
3.4.5
Motion ....................................................................................................................... 17
Additional Controls ..................................................................................................................... 17
3.5.1
Repetition .................................................................................................................. 18
3.5.2
Legato ....................................................................................................................... 18
3.5.3
Progress Indicator ..................................................................................................... 19
3.5.4
Round Robin .............................................................................................................. 19
3.5.5
Arpeggio .................................................................................................................... 20
Configuring WOODWIND ENSEMBLE ............................................................................ 22
4.1
The Articulation Slot Setup View ................................................................................................. 22
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4.2
4.3
4.4
4.5
5
4.1.1
Overview of the Articulation Slot Setup (Key Switch) ................................................. 23
4.1.2
Overview of the Articulation Slot Setup (MIDI CC) ...................................................... 26
Editing Articulations Manually ................................................................................................... 28
4.2.1
Removing Specific Articulation Assignments ............................................................ 30
4.2.2
Removing all Articulations ........................................................................................ 31
4.2.3
Assigning Key Switches to Articulations .................................................................... 33
4.2.4
Assigning Velocity Ranges to Key Switches ............................................................... 35
4.2.5
Assigning MIDI CCs to Articulations .......................................................................... 37
4.2.6
Configuring a Native Instruments Controller to Send MIDI CC ................................... 39
4.2.7
Sending MIDI CC from Your Host Software ................................................................. 42
Using Macros for Automatic Assignments (Key Switches) .......................................................... 43
4.3.1
Empty all Slots .......................................................................................................... 43
4.3.2
Reset All Start Conditions .......................................................................................... 45
4.3.3
Set Ascending Keys From First Slot ............................................................................ 46
4.3.4
Distribute Velocity Range Equally on Active Slots ...................................................... 48
Using Macros for Automatic Assignments (MIDI CCs) ................................................................ 50
4.4.1
Empty All Slots .......................................................................................................... 50
4.4.2
Reset All Start Conditions .......................................................................................... 52
4.4.3
Distribute Controller Equally on Active Slots .............................................................. 53
Ensemble View ........................................................................................................................... 55
4.5.1
Overview of the Ensemble View ................................................................................. 55
4.5.2
Activating/Deactivating Sections .............................................................................. 57
KONTAKT Snapshots .................................................................................................. 58
5.1
Saving a User Snapshot ............................................................................................................. 58
5.2
Loading a Snapshot from the Snapshot Menu ............................................................................ 60
5.3
Loading Snapshots from the File System .................................................................................... 61
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5.4
6
Audio Mix-down ........................................................................................................ 64
6.1
7
8
Adding Effects ............................................................................................................................ 64
6.1.1
Applying EQ ............................................................................................................... 64
6.1.2
Applying Reverb ......................................................................................................... 66
6.1.3
Applying Comp & Filter .............................................................................................. 69
6.2
Balancing Section Volumes ........................................................................................................ 71
6.3
Balancing Articulation Volumes ................................................................................................. 72
Performance Optimization .......................................................................................... 74
7.1
Project Economy ......................................................................................................................... 74
7.2
Instrument Economy ................................................................................................................... 75
Technical Specs ....................................................................................................... 76
8.1
9
Deleting a User Snapshot ........................................................................................................... 62
Recorded Tonal Range ................................................................................................................ 76
Credits ...................................................................................................................... 77
10 Glossary ................................................................................................................... 79
10.1
Sustains ..................................................................................................................................... 79
10.2
Legatos ....................................................................................................................................... 79
10.3
Staccatos ................................................................................................................................... 79
10.4
Expressions ................................................................................................................................ 79
10.5
Effects ........................................................................................................................................ 80
10.6
Arpeggios ................................................................................................................................... 80
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Welcome to SYMPHONY ESSENTIALS WOODWIND ENSEMBLE
Manual Conventions
1
Welcome to SYMPHONY ESSENTIALS WOODWIND
ENSEMBLE
Thank you for purchasing SYMPHONY ESSENTIALS WOODWIND ENSEMBLE. This document
will give you information about the library, as well as step-by-step instructions and advice on
how to achieve the best results with it.
We hope that you will enjoy using SYMPHONY ESSENTIALS WOODWIND ENSEMBLE.
1.1
Manual Conventions
This document uses particular formatting to point out special facts and to warn you of potential issues. The icons introducing the following notes let you see what kind of information can
be expected:
The speech bubble icon indicates a useful tip that may often help you to solve a task
more efficiently.
The exclamation mark icon highlights important information that is essential for the given context.
The red cross icon warns you of serious issues and potential risks that require your full
attention.
Furthermore, the following formatting is used:
▪ Text appearing in (drop-down) menus (such as Open…, Save as… etc.) in the software and
paths to locations on your hard disk or other storage devices is printed in italics.
▪ Text appearing elsewhere (labels of buttons, controls, text next to checkboxes etc.) in the
software is printed in blue. Whenever you see this formatting applied, you will find the
same text appearing somewhere on the screen.
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About this Document
▪ Important names and concepts are printed in bold.
▪ References to keys on your computer’s keyboard you’ll find put in square brackets (e.g.,
“Press [Shift] + [Enter]”).
►
Single instructions are introduced by this play button type arrow.
→
Results of actions are introduced by this smaller arrow.
Naming Convention
Throughout this document, we will sometimes refer to SYMPHONY ESSENTIALS WOODWIND
ENSEMBLE as just WOODWIND ENSEMBLE.
1.2
About this Document
This document was written in a way that allows you to access information out of order. While
the topics are structured to guide you through the features and usage of SYMPHONY ESSENTIALS WOODWIND ENSEMBLE topic by topic, you can skip ahead at any time.
Jump right in the midst of the document to a topic you're interested in. You shouldn't have to
look up related information to be able to follow any of the workflow tutorials. All relevant information is given as part of each description.
1.3
About SYMPHONY ESSENTIALS WOODWIND ENSEMBLE
SYMPHONY ESSENTIALS WOODWIND ENSEMBLE is part of the SYMPHONY ESSENTIALS
series of KONTAKT Instruments. This series provides composers with a basic tool set for creating highly realistic orchestral textures with an expansive sound full of character.
The WOODWIND ENSEMBLE gives you a production-ready stereo mix. On the dedicated Effects page, a parametric EQ, convolution REVERB, COMPRESSION and FILTER effects let you
adjust the sound to suit any project you're working on.
Articulations can be switched in real time by freely assignable Key Switches or MIDI CCs. Five
performance controls are pre-assigned to MASCHINE controllers and the KOMPLETE KONTROL S series of keyboards.
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Choosing the Right Instrument
Section Instruments
2
Choosing the Right Instrument
The SYMPHONY ESSENTIALS WOODWIND ENSEMBLE ships with a total of seven KONTAKT
Instruments (.nki files). To help you select the right one for your specific task, this section
gives you an overview of the included Section Instruments and the Ensemble Instrument.
Six orchestral instrument woodwind sections were recorded:
▪ Bass Winds (a blend of contrabassoons and bass clarinets)
▪ Bassoons
▪ Clarinets
▪ Flutes
▪ Oboes
▪ Saxophones
2.1
Section Instruments
For each orchestral section, SYMPHONY ESSENTIALS WOODWIND ENSEMBLE offers one
KONTAKT Instrument which lets you switch in real time between the Articulations most commonly used in contemporary composition:
▪ Bass Winds Essential.nki
▪ Bassoons Essential.nki
▪ Clarinets Essential.nki
▪ Flutes Essential.nki
▪ Oboes Essential.nki
▪ Saxophones Essential.nki
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Choosing the Right Instrument
Ensemble Instrument
Instruments in the Browser
For every Articulation you assign, the corresponding samples are loaded into your computer’s RAM. De-activate every Articulation you don’t need to conserve memory as described in chapter Removing Specific Articulation Assignments.
2.2
Ensemble Instrument
The Ensemble Instrument allows you to play all woodwind sections in one Instrument, although
with a limited choice of Articulations.
▪ Woodwind Ensemble Essential.nki
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Ensemble Instrument
The Ensemble Instrument in the Browser
The Ensemble Instrument distributes voices between the different sections for rapid sketching
of musical ideas for the entire woodwind ensemble. It represents the quickest way of distributing chords across Sections, playing Ensemble swells or massive orchestral stabs.
Inside the Ensemble Instrument, you can adjust volume and panorama per Section.
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Playing SYMPHONY SERIES Instruments
Selecting Articulations with Key Switches
3
Playing SYMPHONY SERIES Instruments
3.1
Selecting Articulations with Key Switches
When loading one of the KONTAKT Instruments, up to eight Articulations are assigned to the
keys from C-1 to G-1 or C0 to G0, depending on the playable range of the instrument. These
key-switches are displayed as either red, green, or cyan keys in KONTAKT's on-screen keyboard
and in the small Articulation Indicators beneath the Articulation label.
Key Switch colors on the on-screen keyboard and the Articulation Indicators
If WOODWIND ENSEMBLE is configured to select Articulations by Key Switches, the
corresponding keys in KONTAKT's on-screen keyboard are colored according to the respective Articulation category:
Red: Sustain
Green: Staccato
Blue: Expression
Chapter ↑4, Configuring WOODWIND ENSEMBLE contains information regarding the
setup of articulations.
On KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards, the Light Guide LEDs visualize the Key
Switches by lighting up in the same color.
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Refining a Recording in Your Host Software
To select an Articulation by Key Switch:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Load the Flutes Essential.nki KONTAKT Instrument.
Press the C0 MIDI note on your MIDI keyboard to select the Sustain All Articulation assigned to C0.
Play this Articulation using the dark blue range of keys.
Press the C#0 key on your MIDI keyboard to select the Staccato Articulation.
Play this Articulation using the dark blue range of keys.
KONTAKT's on-screen keyboard with Key Switches
None of these Articulations are just static musical building blocks. Make a habit of using the Modulation Wheel (MIDI CC 1) to modulate the Dynamics control to record expressive parts.
In the context of a busy arrangement, these results may already be good enough. In passages
which feature the woodwind more prominently, the discerning listener may still be able to
identify details which give away the fact that you didn't record a live orchestral performance.
The solution is to refine the recorded performance in your host software with the provided Performance Controls. For more information on the performance controls, read ↑3.4, Performance
Controls.
3.2
Refining a Recording in Your Host Software
The key to a realistic performance is a combination of three basic methods:
Switching Between Articulations
Articulations are one of the key ingredients of musical expression. Switching Articulations in
WOODWIND ENSEMBLE is the equivalent to writing articulation marks in music notation. When
composing with WOODWIND ENSEMBLE, lay out carefully which Articulations you will need.
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About Using MIDI Controllers
Playing Like a Woodwind Player
Watch both the note starts and endings. Depending on the pitch and instrument section, it
takes real-life woodwind instruments varying amounts of time to build up a steady tone (i.e.
Attack) and to fade out (i.e. Release). These differences were recorded and are part of the Instruments.
Unlike playing a piano library, to achieve accurate timing, you will have to move some notes
ahead of the precise beat by varying amounts, just as real woodwind players compensate by
playing slightly ahead.
Using the Performance Controls
Real time modulation of Performance Controls allows for more realistic performances. Recording automation with the Mod Wheel allows you to access the entire dynamic range of the orchestra.
The Mod Wheel (MIDI CC 1) is by default assigned to the Dynamics control and you
should always play expressively with the tonal variations the Mod Wheel affords you.
You can achieve even more realistic results by automating slight variations to the Attack, Release, Tightness and Motion controls, even if the differences appear subtle at first.
3.3
About Using MIDI Controllers
It is highly recommended that you work with a MIDI controller, which lets you perform automation of the Performance Controls in real time. This way, you will hear the changes immediately,
instead of just drawing automation curves in your host software.
If you load WOODWIND ENSEMBLE inside KOMPLETE KONTROL or MASCHINE 2, the Performance Controls are automatically mapped to the controller's first four knobs. The Dynamics
control defaults to the Mod Strip on your KOMPLETE KONTROL S keyboard, or to the Modulation Wheel (MIDI CC 1) if used with a generic controller.
All other parameters are available via your host software's automation system. When selecting
the KONTAKT plug-in as the automation target, the Performance Controls are the first four automation parameters.
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Performance Controls
In order to control the Performance Controls with a generic MIDI control device, please
use the mechanism provided by your host to MIDI-control automation parameters.
Cubase: Quick Controls
Logic X: Automation Quick Access
Ableton Live: MIDI Remote
Pro Tools: MIDI CC Automation
3.4
Performance Controls
When you load WOODWIND ENSEMBLE, the Performance Controls are the most prominent
feature of the Instrument's user interface. These controls are used to refine a performance to
achieve very realistic results. Thanks to their unified layout, once you understand what they do
in one product from the series, you'll be immediately familiar with all of them.
The main Performance Controls
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Performance Controls
3.4.1
Dynamics
The Dynamics control is assigned to the Mod Wheel (MIDI CC 1) by default. It allows you to
control the loudness and intensity of the Instrument in real-time. That way, you can play swells
in any of the Sustain Articulations or easily automate intensity changes to e.g. transition from
leading to supporting passages.
3.4.2
Attack
The Attack control allows you to increase the fade-in time per note to simulate realistic variations throughout a passage. By setting the Attack time to higher values, you can cause the
notes to fade in more slowly, giving the notes a more solemn and gentle character.
3.4.3
Release
The Release control applies an additional envelope to the fade-out phase of the notes.
Reducing the Release setting to 0% shortens the naturally recorded reverb tails to a minimum,
producing a very "dry" sounding result, which can sometimes make the result sound artificial.
However, this can be very useful when adding internal or external reverb effects, as this allows
the additional reverb to avoid conflicting with the natural sampled ambience.
3.4.4
Tightness
The Tightness control determines the starting point for the playback of a sample. This feature
is extremely useful when used in combination with the Attack control to allow you to cut into
the initial transient for an articulation to allow more precise note attacks.
When increasing the Tightness value to shift playback farther into the sample, it is recommended you increase the Attack value as well to refine the shape of the note attack.
This control is also useful in the context of playing phrases where the cross-fading of a loud
note to the attack of a following quieter note can cause audible artifacts. This should hardly
ever occur and if it does, Tightness is just one option to improve. Usually, adjusting these
notes' velocities will be sufficient.
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Performance Controls
Should the occasion arise and you hear any such artifacts, try increasing Tightness starting
from its default of 0%. By cutting off the natural attack phase, Tightness simulates the playing
behavior of an instrument which is already resonating when playing the next note.
3.4.5
Motion
The Motion control allows you to add movement to the sound, which modulates both pitch and
intensity of the note.
3.5
Additional Controls
Below the Performance Controls, you'll find the Articulation selector plus two additional sets of
controls. Depending on the selected Articulation, different combinations of these controls are
available. This is an overview of all controls you will encounter.
Additional Controls
(1) Articulation Selector: This control is visible in every Instrument.
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Additional Controls
►
Click the Articulation label to open the ARTICULATION SLOTS list.
►
Click the Articulation name to assign a different Articulation from the drop-down menu.
►
Click any of the eight Articulation Indicator dots to select a different Articulation.
(2),(3) Additional Controls: Depending on which WOODWIND ENSEMBLE Instrument you open
and which Articulation type you select, these two fields show different controls, or no controls
at all.
3.5.1
Repetition
Click the small button to the left of the label to activate or de-activate Repetition. A thin ring
shows it's inactive, a solid dot means it's active.
Repetition Controls
When Repetition is activated, every note you play is automatically repeated a number of times
before the note plays out to the end.
Attack: Set the number of repetitions here. Click the button and select one of the numbers
from the drop-down menu.
Speed: Set the speed of repetitions here. Click the button and select a note division value from
the drop-down menu.
3.5.2
Legato
Click the small button to the left of the label to activate or de-activate Legato. A thin ring
shows it's inactive, a solid dot means it's active.
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Additional Controls
Legato Control Panel
Response: This slider controls the speed of the Legato transition.
►
Click and drag the slider to the left for a longer transition time or to the right for a short
transition.
Solo/Duet: Click this button to switch between Solo and Duet voice handling.
►
Select Solo: Only one note is played at a time.
►
Select Duet: This allows two-part polyphonic legato melodies to be played. While sequential notes are played less than 6 semitones apart, they will be joined together by legato
transitions. If notes are played sequentially with 6 or more semitones between them, they
will play as two completely independent parallel legato melodies.
3.5.3
Progress Indicator
The Progress indicator is only visible for the Expression category of Articulations. The curve
from left to right visualizes how the intensity, volume or pitch evolves over time in the selected
Articulation, while a pointer indicates the playback position.
Progress Display
3.5.4
Round Robin
Round Robin helps avoid a typical issue associated with repeated playback of a sample. If you
play a Staccato pattern using the same sample for each note, the result will sound static and
artificial.
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Additional Controls
With Round Robin activated, there are between 2 and 8 alternative samples available for each
note. Playing the first note will trigger sample 1, the second note triggers sample 2 and so on
until every sample position has been played, then it starts from the beginning.
The Round Robin indicator visualizes the selection of the alternative samples, the dot indicating the sample being played back.
Round Robin Display and Control
Vel. Sense: Click this button to enable velocity sensitivity.
►
Activate this button and the velocity of the MIDI note will also affect the dynamic of the
played note. This works in tandem with the Dynamics control, so you can use both together.
►
Deactivate this button and only the Dynamics control will affect the dynamic of the note.
3.5.5
Arpeggio
The Arpeggio section allows you to create fast runs that can be played with a single key, or it
can also be used to break played chords into rhythmic patterns. A thin ring shows it's inactive,
a solid dot means it's active.
Arpeggio Controls
Type: Click to select the chord type to be used in the arpeggio.
►
Select a chord to have that chord automatically applied to a single note. For example, if
you select Maj and play a C, the arpeggiator will automatically play as if you were holding
a C major triad.
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Additional Controls
►
Select Trill and the arpeggiator will automatically generate a trill (alternating between one
note and another) based on a specified interval.
►
Select Key to play in your own chords, which will then be transformed into an arpeggio by
the instrument.
►
Select Rep and the arpeggiator will repeat played notes by a number selected by the
Count control.
Mode: Click to select the order in which the notes will be played (note that this control is not
available when the Type is set to Rep)
Accent: This control is only available when the Type is set to Rep and replaces the Mode control. Click to select which notes in the repletion should be accented (played at a higher dynamic level).
Count: Click to select how many notes will be played before the arpeggio ends (note that this
control is not available when the Type is set to Trill).
►
Select Run to have the arpeggio play back for as long as the MIDI note is held.
Interval: This control is only available when the Type is set to Trill and replaces the Count control. Click to select the interval for the trilled notes. For example, if you set this to Maj2 and
play a C, the arpeggiator will alternate between a C and a D for as long as the note is held.
Speed: Click to select the rate at which notes in the arpeggio are played.
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Configuring WOODWIND ENSEMBLE
The Articulation Slot Setup View
4
Configuring WOODWIND ENSEMBLE
Each Instrument in WOODWIND ENSEMBLE represents a default selection of Articulations assigned to Key Switches. You can configure your own collection of Articulations by means of the
Articulation Slot Setup view as described in this chapter.
Once configured, you can save your work as a KONTAKT Snapshot for instant recall.
4.1
The Articulation Slot Setup View
To assign up to eight Articulations to either Key Switches or value ranges of a MIDI CC, WOODWIND ENSEMBLE provides the Articulation Slot Setup view. This is how you access it:
1.
2.
Load Woodwind Ensemble Essential.nki.
While in the default Performance view, click the Articulation label in the bottom left corner. This will open the ARTICULATION SLOTS list.
Opening the ARTICULATION SLOTS List
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Configuring WOODWIND ENSEMBLE
The Articulation Slot Setup View
3.
Click the Edit button to open the full Articulation Slot Setup. This view will completely
cover the Performance Controls.
→
You can now freely configure Articulation assignments.
For every Articulation you assign, the corresponding samples are loaded into your computer’s RAM. De-activate every Articulation you don’t need to conserve memory as described in chapter Removing Specific Articulation Assignments.
4.1.1
Overview of the Articulation Slot Setup (Key Switch)
Depending on whether you assign Key switches or MIDI CC, the Articulation Slot Setup view
offers slightly different sets of controls. This is an overview of the Key Switch setup.
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The Articulation Slot Setup View
Articulation Slot Setup View (MIDI Key)
(1) Key/MIDI CC selector: The eight Articulation Slots can be selected either by Key (MIDI note)
or by MIDI CC events. Click the respective text label to change this setting for the entire Instrument. The active option is highlighted.
(2) Articulation Slot Macros: Click the three dots to open the macro menu. Depending on whether Key or MIDI CC is selected, you'll have access to different convenience features (e.g. assigning ascending key switches to the Articulation Slots automatically).
(3) Edit Button: Click this button to show/hide the full Articulation Slot Setup view.
With Edit inactive, you have limited access to the Articulation Slots, while still being able to
move the Performance Controls with the mouse.
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The Articulation Slot Setup View
With Edit activated, you get full access to Key/MIDI CC assignments and a visual representation of selectable Articulations.
(4) Articulation List: This list holds eight Articulation Slots. Each Slot represents a Key/MIDI CC
value, the assigned Articulation, as well as a volume control per Articulation. Key/MIDI CC is
set globally for all Articulation Slots in an Instrument.
(5) Key Assignment selector: Sets the MIDI Key which will select this Articulation. Click and
drag up/down to set the Key.
(6) MIDI Learn button: This offers an alternative to manually setting the MIDI Key. Click this
button, then press a key on your MIDI keyboard to complete the assignment.
(7) Velocity Range selector: Multiple Articulations can be assigned to the same MIDI Key. The
selection is then dependent on how much force you apply when playing that key (Velocity).
►
Click and drag the value in the left field to set the lowest Velocity (0-127) which will select this Articulation.
►
Click and drag the field on the right hand side to set the highest Velocity (0-127) which
will select this Articulation.
(8) Clear Slot button: Click this button to remove the Articulation assignment from the selected
slot. The samples of unassigned Articulations are automatically purged from RAM. The Key/
MIDI CC setup is preserved when clicking the Clear Slot button.
(9) Articulation Cell: Each of these cells represents an Articulation. Click any of them to assign
that Articulation to the selected Articulation slot.
If WOODWIND ENSEMBLE is configured to select Articulations by Key Switches, the
corresponding keys in KONTAKT's on-screen keyboard are colored according to the respective Articulation category:
Red: Sustain
Green: Staccato
Blue: Expression
Chapter ↑4, Configuring WOODWIND ENSEMBLE contains information regarding the
setup of articulations.
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The Articulation Slot Setup View
4.1.2
Overview of the Articulation Slot Setup (MIDI CC)
Depending on whether you assign Key switches or MIDI CCs, the Articulation Slot Setup view
offers slightly different controls. This is an overview of the MIDI CC setup.
Articulation Slot Setup view (MIDI CC)
(1) Key/MIDI CC selector: The eight Articulation Slots can be selected either by Key (MIDI note)
or by MIDI CC events. Click the respective text label to change this setting for the entire Instrument. The active option is highlighted.
(2) Articulation Slot Macros: Click the three dots to open the macro menu. Depending on whether Key or MIDI CC is selected, you'll have access to different convenience features (e.g. assigning ascending key switches to the Articulation Slots automatically).
(3) Edit Button: Click this button to show/hide the full Articulation Slot Setup view.
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The Articulation Slot Setup View
With Edit inactive, you have limited access to the Articulation Slots, while still being able to
move the Performance Controls with the mouse.
With Edit activated, you get full access to Key/MIDI CC assignments and a visual representation of selectable Articulations.
(4) Articulation List: This list holds eight Articulation Slots. Each Slot represents a Key/MIDI CC
value, the assigned Articulation, as well as a volume control per Articulation. Key/MIDI CC is
set globally for all Articulation Slots in an Instrument.
(5) MIDI CC Assignment selector: Click and drag up/down to set the MIDI CC number.
(6) MIDI Learn button: This offers an alternative to manually setting the MIDI CC number. Click
this button, then move a knob, fader or button on your MIDI keyboard to send a MIDI Control
message and to complete the assignment.
(7) Controller Range selectors: Multiple Articulations can be assigned to the same MIDI CC. The
selection is then dependent on the MIDI CC value your controller sends.
►
Click and drag the value in the left field to set the lowest CC value (0-127) which will
select this Articulation.
►
Click and drag the field on the right hand side to set the highest CC value (0-127) which
will select this Articulation.
(8) Clear Slot button: Click this button to remove the Articulation assignment from the selected
slot. The samples of unassigned Articulations are automatically purged from RAM. The Key/
MIDI CC setup is preserved when clicking the Clear Slot button.
(9) Articulation Cell: Each of these cells represents an Articulation. Click any of them to assign
that Articulation to the selected Articulation slot.
If WOODWIND ENSEMBLE is configured to select Articulations by Key Switches, the
corresponding keys in KONTAKT's on-screen keyboard are colored according to the respective Articulation category:
Red: Sustain
Green: Staccato
Blue: Expression
Chapter ↑4, Configuring WOODWIND ENSEMBLE contains information regarding the
setup of articulations.
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4.2
Editing Articulations Manually
There are different ways for you to re-assign different Articulations to pre-defined Articulation
Slots.
Directly in the Performance View
This is the fastest option if you want to assign a different Articulation to the currently selected
Articulation Slot. It also allows you to stay in the distraction-free performance view.
1.
2.
Load Woodwind Ensemble Essential.nki.
While in the performance view, click the leftmost Articulation Indicator in the bottom left
corner. The Sustain All Articulation is selected.
Selecting Articulation Slot 1
3.
Click the Articulation name. A list of available Articulations will open.
Selecting an Articulation from the drop-down list
4.
Select the Sforzando Fast Articulation by clicking in the list.
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→
The Articulation is assigned to C-1.
In the Articulation Slots List
Using the ARTICULATION SLOTS list gives you an overview of all Articulation assignments
while still letting you access the Performance controls with the mouse.
1.
2.
Load Woodwind Ensemble Essential.nki.
While in the performance view, click on Articulation in the bottom left corner. The ARTICULATION SLOTS list will open.
Opening the ARTICULATION SLOTS List
3.
4.
5.
Select the first Articulation Slot by clicking on it in that list.
Click on Sustain All, the default assignment in the first Articulation Slot. A list of available Articulations will open.
Select Crescendo by clicking in the list.
→
The Crescendo Articulation is assigned to the first slot.
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In the Articulation Slot Setup View
The full Articulation Slot Setup view allows you to switch between MIDI Key and MIDI CC assignment for the entire KONTAKT instrument. Depending on this selection, you can freely configure advanced parameters.
1.
2.
4.
Load Woodwind Ensemble Essential.nki.
While in the default performance view, click on Articulation in the bottom left corner. The
ARTICULATION SLOTS list will open.
In that list, click the Edit button. The Articulation Slot Setup view will open, covering the
Performance Controls.
Here, click the Decrescendo tile to select the respective Articulation.
→
The Decrescendo Articulation is now assigned.
3.
If WOODWIND ENSEMBLE is configured to select Articulations by Key Switches, the
corresponding keys in KONTAKT's on-screen keyboard are colored according to the respective Articulation category:
Red: Sustain
Green: Staccato
Blue: Expression
Chapter ↑4, Configuring WOODWIND ENSEMBLE contains information regarding the
setup of articulations.
4.2.1
Removing Specific Articulation Assignments
To clear single Articulation assignments, use the ARTICULATION SLOTS list.
1.
2.
Load Woodwind Ensemble Essential.nki.
While in the performance view, click on Articulation in the bottom left corner. The ARTICULATION SLOTS list will open.
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Opening the ARTICULATION SLOTS List
3.
4.
In the list, click on the Articulation name. A list of available Articulations will open.
Select None, the last entry in that list.
→
The assignment is removed.
4.2.2
Removing all Articulations
To clear all Articulation assignments, use the Articulation Macro.
1.
2.
Load Woodwind Ensemble Essential.nki.
While in the default performance view, click on Articulation in the bottom left corner. The
ARTICULATION SLOTS list will open.
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Opening the ARTICULATION SLOTS List
3.
In the top right corner of this list, click the three vertical dots. A list of available macros
will open.
Opening the Articulation Macro List
4.
Click on Empty all slots.
→
All assignments are deleted.
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4.2.3
Assigning Key Switches to Articulations
Within a KONTAKT Instrument, you can assign either Key switches (MIDI key) or MIDI CCs
(buttons) to select an Articulation. You cannot mix Key and MIDI CC assignments within one
Instrument. This is how you assign a Key switch.
1.
2.
Load Woodwind Ensemble Essential.nki.
While in the default performance view, click on Articulation in the bottom left corner. The
ARTICULATION SLOTS list will open
Opening the ARTICULATION SLOTS List
3.
4.
Click the Edit button in the top right corner of this list. This will open the Articulation Slot
Setup view.
Make sure Key is selected.
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Key Switches Selected
5.
6.
7.
Select the first Articulation slot by clicking in the list on the left hand side.
Select the Decrescendo Articulation by clicking the corresponding cell in the Articulation
Slot Setup view.
Underneath the Articulations, click on the field labeled Key and drag up/down to set the
MIDI Key to G-1.
Setting the MIDI Key
→
The Articulation is now assigned to G-1 on your MIDI keyboard and can be selected by
pressing that key.
Assigning the Key via MIDI Learning
As an alternative to setting the MIDI Key by clicking and dragging the value in the Key field,
you can MIDI-learn the MIDI key.
1.
Click the MIDI connector button.
Activating MIDI Learn
2.
Press the A-1 key on your MIDI keyboard.
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→
The selected Articulation is now assigned to A-1 on your MIDI keyboard and can be
switched on by pressing that key.
If WOODWIND ENSEMBLE is configured to select Articulations by Key Switches, the
corresponding keys in KONTAKT's on-screen keyboard are colored according to the respective Articulation category:
Red: Sustain
Green: Staccato
Blue: Expression
Chapter ↑4, Configuring WOODWIND ENSEMBLE contains information regarding the
setup of articulations.
4.2.4
Assigning Velocity Ranges to Key Switches
By default, key switch assignments are not sensitive to velocity. You can play the MIDI note on
your keyboard softly or with force, as both will activate the same assigned Articulation.
If you need to switch between different Articulations with just one MIDI key, setting up velocity
ranges allows you to do just that.
Setting Up the First Articulation
1.
2.
Load Woodwind Ensemble Essential.nki.
While in the default performance view, click on Articulation in the bottom left corner. The
ARTICULATION SLOTS list will open.
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Opening the ARTICULATION SLOTS List
3.
4.
Click the Edit button in the top right corner of this list. This will open the Articulation Slot
Setup view.
Make sure Key is selected.
Key Switches Selected
5.
6.
7.
Select the first Articulation slot by clicking in the list on the left hand side.
Select the Crescendo Articulation by clicking the corresponding cell in the Articulation
Slot Setup view.
Set the Velocity Range values to 0 in the left field and 90 in the field on the right hand
side.
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Setting Up the Second Articulation
1.
2.
3.
4.
→
Select the second Articulation slot by clicking in the ARTICULATION SLOTS list on the
left hand side.
Select the Sustain All Articulation by clicking the corresponding cell in the Articulation
Slot Setup view.
Underneath the Articulations, click on the field labeled Key and drag up/down to set the
MIDI key to C-1.
Likewise, set the Velocity Range values to 90 in the left field and 127 in the field on the
right hand side.
You have now configured the C-1 key on your keyboard to switch to the Crescendo Articulation when pressed lightly and to the Sustain Articulation when pressed with more force.
4.2.5
Assigning MIDI CCs to Articulations
Within a KONTAKT Instrument, you can assign either Key Switches (MIDI key) or MIDI CCs
(MIDI button) to select an Articulation. You cannot mix Key and MIDI CC assignments within
one Instrument.
Switching by MIDI CC is different from using Key, because here, you have to set up value ranges, whereas setting up velocity ranges for key is optional. The reason is that each instance of a
WOODWIND ENSEMBLE Instrument will only receive one MIDI CC number. So switching Articulations requires you to set up value ranges.
1.
2.
Load Woodwind Ensemble Essential.nki.
While in the default performance view, click on Articulation in the bottom left corner. The
ARTICULATION SLOTS list will open.
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Opening the ARTICULATION SLOTS List
3.
4.
Click the Edit button in the top right corner of this list. This will open the Articulation Slot
Setup view.
Make sure MIDI CC is selected.
MIDI CC Selected
5.
Right next to the MIDI CC switch, click on the field and drag up/down to set the MIDI CC
to 16. By default, the available value range of 0-127 is evenly distributed across the eight
Articulation slots. Unless your specific setup requires you to change it, it is recommended
you keep this default.
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Setting the MIDI CC Number
6.
7.
Select the first Articulation slot by clicking in the list on the left hand side.
Select the Staccato Articulation by clicking the corresponding cell in the Articulation Slot
Setup view on the right.
→
The selected Articulation is now assigned to CC 16 on your MIDI controller.
Assigning MIDI CC via MIDI Learning
As an alternative to setting the MIDI CC by clicking and dragging the value in the MIDI CC
field, you can MIDI-learn it.
1.
Click the MIDI Learn button next to the MIDI CC label.
Clicking the MIDI Learn Button
2.
Press a button assigned to MIDI CC 16 on your MIDI controller.
→
The selected Articulation is now assigned to CC 16 on your MIDI controller.
By default, the Articulation in the first Articulation slot can be switched on by sending a CC
value between 0 and 15 from your host software or a MIDI controller.
4.2.6
Configuring a Native Instruments Controller to Send MIDI CC
If you own any Native Instruments hardware controller, please use Controller Editor to configure
the buttons/pads on your controller to send appropriate MIDI CC values as described in the
Controller Editor Manual.
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Loading an Instrument and Setting it to Receive MIDI CC
1.
2.
Load Woodwind Ensemble Essential.nki.
While in the default performance view, click on Articulation in the bottom left corner. The
ARTICULATION SLOTS list will open.
Opening the ARTICULATION SLOTS List
3.
4.
Click the Edit button in the top right corner of this list. This will open the Articulation Slot
Setup view.
Make sure MIDI CC is selected.
MIDI CC Selected
The Articulation Slots are set up to switch when MIDI CC values are received.
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Configuring a Native Instruments Controller to Send MIDI CC Values
In order to select either of the first two Articulation Slots, the controller has to send values
within the value ranges assigned to the Articulation Slots. Slot 1 is assigned values from 0 to
16, Slot 2 is assigned values from 17 to 31.
Please set up the following values in Controller Editor:
Hardware Button 1
Hardware Button 2
Type
Control Change
Control Change
Channel
11
11
Number
16
16
Mode
Trigger
Trigger
Value
10
26
Action On
Down
Down
Channel 1 is the default for the first Instrument you load in KONTAKT. If you intend to open
multiple Instruments within one KONTAKT instance, set the channel which WOODWIND ENSEMBLE is receiving MIDI events from.
1
Selecting a MIDI Channel
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4.2.7
Sending MIDI CC from Your Host Software
Every modern music production software allows you to automate not just track volume
and panorama, but also the full spectrum of MIDI messages and plug-in automation parameters. For a more detailed description, please refer to your host's documentation.
Whether you draw MIDI CC automation or record MIDI CC events from a hardware MIDI controller, in order to switch Articulations by MIDI CC, you need to set up WOODWIND ENSEMBLE to receive MIDI CC messages:
Loading an Instrument and Setting it to Receive MIDI CC
1.
2.
Load Woodwind Ensemble Essential.nki.
While in the default performance view, click on Articulation in the bottom left corner. The
ARTICULATION SLOTS list will open.
Opening the ARTICULATION SLOTS List
3.
Click the Edit button in the top right corner of this list. This will open the Articulation Slot
Setup view.
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4.
Make sure MIDI CC is selected.
MIDI CC Selected
Switching Articulations by MIDI CC From Your Host
In order to switch between the first two Articulation slots, write value automation for MIDI CC
in your host for a track sending MIDI data to WOODWIND ENSEMBLE.
Slot 1 is assigned values from 0 to 16, Slot 2 is assigned values from 17 to 31.
For better visibility of Articulation switches in your host, write discrete MIDI CC values
(e.g. 10 for Slot 1, 26 for Slot 2) instead of continuous curves.
4.3
Using Macros for Automatic Assignments (Key Switches)
Due to its flexibility, it can take a lot of repetitive steps to set up a basic starting point for your
custom configuration. This is why WOODWIND ENSEMBLE features macro scripts which help
you with certain tasks.
Depending on whether you assign Key or MIDI CC, there are different macros available.
4.3.1
Empty all Slots
If the configuration you're about to set up is just too different from the default setup after loading an Instrument, use Empty all slots to start with a clean slate.
1.
2.
Load Woodwind Ensemble Essential.nki.
While in the default performance view, click on Articulation in the bottom left corner. The
ARTICULATION SLOTS list will open.
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Opening the ARTICULATION SLOTS List
3.
4.
Click the Edit button.
Make sure Key is selected.
Key Switches Selected
5.
In the top right corner of the ARTICULATION SLOTS list, click the three vertical dots. A
list of available macros will open.
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Opening the Articulation Macro List
6.
Click on Empty all slots.
→
All assignments are deleted.
4.3.2
Reset All Start Conditions
If you need to return the Instrument to its default state:
1.
2.
Load Woodwind Ensemble Essential.nki.
While in the default performance view, click on Articulation in the bottom left corner. The
ARTICULATION SLOTS list will open.
Opening the ARTICULATION SLOTS List
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3.
4.
Click the Edit button.
Make sure Key is selected.
Key Switches Selected
5.
In the top right corner of the ARTICULATION SLOTS list, click the three vertical dots. A
list of available macros will open.
Opening the Articulation Macro List
6.
Click on Reset all start conditions.
→
The Instrument's default state is loaded.
4.3.3
Set Ascending Keys From First Slot
By default, MIDI Key assignments start from C-1, ascending in semi tones. If, for example,
you'd like to move all assignments up an octave to start from C0 instead:
1.
2.
Load Woodwind Ensemble Essential.nki.
While in the default performance view, click on Articulation in the bottom left corner. The
ARTICULATION SLOTS list will open.
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Opening the ARTICULATION SLOTS List
3.
4.
5.
In this list, select the first Articulation slot by clicking on it.
Click the Edit button. The full Articulation Slot Setup view will open.
Make sure Key is selected.
Key Switches Selected
6.
Set the Key to C0 by clicking in the field next to it and dragging the mouse up.
Setting the MIDI Key
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7.
In the top right corner of the ARTICULATION SLOTS list, click the three vertical dots. A
list of available macros will open.
Opening the Articulation Macro List
8.
Click on Set ascending keys from first slot.
→
All slots are assigned to the keys starting from C0.
4.3.4
Distribute Velocity Range Equally on Active Slots
Assigning up to eight Articulations to velocity ranges of one Key is especially useful if you write
automation in your host software and are running out of free Midi keys. This macro allows you
to automatically assign equal shares of the 0 - 127 value range.
1.
2.
Load Woodwind Ensemble Essential.nki.
While in the default performance view, click on Articulation in the bottom left corner. The
ARTICULATION SLOTS list will open.
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Opening the ARTICULATION SLOTS List
3.
4.
5.
In this list, select the first Articulation slot by clicking on it.
Click the Edit button. The full Articulation Slot Setup view will open.
Make sure Key is selected.
Key Switches Selected
6.
Set the Key to C0 by clicking in the field next to it and dragging the mouse up.
Setting the MIDI Key
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7.
In the top right corner of the ARTICULATION SLOTS list, click the three vertical dots. A
list of available macros will open.
Opening the Articulation Macro List
8.
Click on Distribute velocity range equally on active slots.
→
All active slots (slots with Articulation assignments) are assigned the same C0 key switch.
Each slot is assigned an equal fraction of the velocity range between 0 and 127.
4.4
Using Macros for Automatic Assignments (MIDI CCs)
Due to its flexibility, it can take a lot of repetitive steps to set up a basic starting point for your
custom configuration. This is why WOODWIND ENSEMBLE features macro scripts which help
you with certain tasks.
Depending on whether you assign Key or MIDI CC, there are different macros available.
4.4.1
Empty All Slots
If the configuration you're about to set up is just too different from the default setup after loading an Instrument, use Empty all slots to start with a clean slate.
1.
2.
Load Woodwind Ensemble Essential.nki.
While in the default performance view, click on Articulation in the bottom left corner. The
ARTICULATION SLOTS list will open.
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Opening the ARTICULATION SLOTS List
3.
4.
Click the Edit button.
Make sure MIDI CC is selected.
MIDI CC Selected
5.
In the top right corner of the ARTICULATION SLOTS list, click the three vertical dots. A
list of available macros will open.
Opening the Articulation Macro List (MIDI CC)
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6.
Click on Empty all slots.
→
All assignments are deleted.
4.4.2
Reset All Start Conditions
If you need to return the Instrument to its default state:
1.
2.
Load Woodwind Ensemble Essential.nki.
While in the default performance view, click on Articulation in the bottom left corner. The
ARTICULATION SLOTS list will open.
Opening the ARTICULATION SLOTS List
3.
4.
Click the Edit button.
Make sure MIDI CC is selected.
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MIDI CC Selected
5.
In the top right corner of the ARTICULATION SLOTS list, click the three vertical dots. A
list of available macros will open.
Opening the Articulation Macro List (MIDI CC)
6.
Click on Reset all start conditions.
→
The Instrument's default state is loaded.
4.4.3
Distribute Controller Equally on Active Slots
Assigning MIDI CCs to buttons or pads is a good way of avoiding conflicts in more complex
MIDI controller setups.
1.
2.
Load Woodwind Ensemble Essential.nki.
While in the default performance view, click on Articulation in the bottom left corner. The
ARTICULATION SLOTS list will open.
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Opening the ARTICULATION SLOTS List
3.
4.
5.
In this list, select the first Articulation slot by clicking on it.
Click the Edit button. The full Articulation Slot Setup view will open.
Make sure MIDI CC is selected.
MIDI CC Selected
6.
In the top right corner of the ARTICULATION SLOTS list, click the three vertical dots. A
list of available macros will open.
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Opening the Articulation Macro List (MIDI CC)
7.
Click on Distribute controller equally on active slots.
→
The MIDI CC value range from 0-127 is divided by the number of active slots and distributed evenly.
If you load any of the KONTAKT Instruments included in WOODWIND ENSEMBLE and
set it to receive MIDI CC, you'll find that the controller values are already assigned this
way. This macro helps you quickly set up a new configuration if you assign less than the
full eight Articulation Slots or after you cleared all assignments to start from scratch.
4.5
Ensemble View
ENSEMBLE WOODWIND includes one KONTAKT Instrument which allows you to play all
woodwind sections at once, although with a limited choice of Articulations.
When loading Woodwind Ensemble Essential.nki, the tonal range of the keyboard is split into
zones, or key ranges. In order to make all woodwind sections playable at once, each is limited
to the tonal range which they are most often used for in composition.
4.5.1
Overview of the Ensemble View
The Ensemble view allows you to configure different aspects of the Woodwind Ensemble
Essential.nki. It is only available in this single KONTAKT Instrument.
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Ensemble View
(1) Section on/off switch: Click the indicator to activate or deactivate an entire section. A thin
ring shows it's inactive, a solid dot means it's active.
(2) Section Panorama Slider: Click and drag this slider to the left or right to set the respective
section's balance in the stereo panorama.
(3) Section Volume Fader: Click and drag the fader to set the respective section's level.
(4) Section Key Range: A readout of the tonal range of the respective section.
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(5) Key Range Display: Each woodwind section's tonal range is visualized by a horizontal bar
across the keyboard display.
4.5.2
Activating/Deactivating Sections
In some of your work, you might not need all sections in the Ensemble instrument. It is recommended you deactivate these sections, because whenever you unload an instrument section,
the assigned samples are automatically purged from RAM.
1.
2.
Load Woodwind Ensemble Essential.nki.
While in the default performance view, click on Ensemble at the bottom of the screen.
The Section Setup view will open.
Opening the Section Setup View
3.
To deactivate the CLARINETS section, click the dot to the left of the CLARINETS label. A
thin ring shows it's inactive, a solid dot means it's active.
De-activating the Clarinets Section
→
The CLARINETS section is deactivated and the samples are unloaded from RAM.
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KONTAKT Snapshots
Saving a User Snapshot
5
KONTAKT Snapshots
Snapshots, introduced as part of the KONTAKT 5.4.1 update, offer a way of saving variations of
any KONTAKT Instrument for easy recall.
WOODWIND ENSEMBLE, for example, allows you to apply effects like EQ, REVERB, COMP and
FILTER to your stereo mix.
With KONTAKT Snapshots, you can create any number of different mixes for the same Instrument, save them in the new .nksn file format and re-use them in your next project or share
these Snapshots across your computers. You can even share them with other users who own
the same KONTAKT Library.
WOODWIND ENSEMBLE doesn’t come with Snapshots, so in order to demonstrate the
full feature set, we’ll save a Snapshot first.
►
Access the Snapshot View by clicking the camera icon in the Instrument Header
►
Switch back to the familiar Info View with its Input / Output configuration options by
clicking the i icon.
Accessing the Snapshot View
5.1
Saving a User Snapshot
Let's start exploring Snapshots with saving your own. By loading one of the supplied Instruments and adjusting some of its parameters, you will end up with a sound which is distinct
enough for you to want to keep it.
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KONTAKT Snapshots
Saving a User Snapshot
Saving a Snapshot
To save your settings as a Snapshot…
1.
Click the camera icon in the Instrument Header. This will switch the Header to the Snapshot View.
Accessing the Snapshot View
2.
Here, click the floppy disk icon to open the Snapshot Saving dialog.
Saving a Snapshot
3.
Enter a Snapshot name (e.g. My new Snapshot) and click Save.
Snapshot Saving Dialog
→
The Snapshot is saved and added to the Snapshot Menu.
All User Snapshots are automatically stored in the default User Content folder. This is where
the SYMPHONY ESSENTIALS WOODWIND ENSEMBLE Snapshot you just created will be stored:
▪ On Mac OS X: Macintosh HD/Users/<Your Name>/Documents/Native Instruments/User Content/Symphony Essentials Woodwind Ensemble/Woodwind Ensemble Essential/My new
Snapshot.nksn
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KONTAKT Snapshots
Loading a Snapshot from the Snapshot Menu
▪ On Windows:C:\Users\<Your Name>\My Documents\Native Instruments\User Content\Symphony Essentials Woodwind Ensemble\Woodwind Ensemble Essential\My new Snapshot.nksn
You can transfer any of your Snapshots to another computer by copying the respective
Snapshot files.
Please make sure you include your Documents / My Documents folder in your regular
data backups.
5.2
Loading a Snapshot from the Snapshot Menu
If you need to recall a specific sound for recurring use in the studio or for live playing, Snapshots give you an easy way of doing just that.
Let's get to know this feature by loading a Snapshot from the Instrument Header's Snapshot
Menu. We assume here that you saved the My new Snapshot Snapshot as described in the
↑5.1, Saving a User Snapshot section.
Load a User Snapshot
1.
2.
In the Libraries Tab, load the Woodwind Ensemble Essential.nki Instrument. Play a few
notes on your MIDI keyboard to get familiar with the ensemble's sound.
Click the camera icon in the Instrument Header. This will switch the Header to the Snapshot View. By default no Snapshot is loaded.
Accessing the Snapshot View
3.
Open the drop-down menu and select the My new Snapshot Snapshot.
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KONTAKT Snapshots
Loading Snapshots from the File System
Loading a Snapshot
→
The My new Snapshot Snapshot is loaded.
Alternatively, when no Snapshot is loaded, click the Next Button after loading the Woodwind Ensemble Instrument to achieve the same result.
5.3
Loading Snapshots from the File System
KONTAKT supports two ways of loading Snapshot files (.nksn):
▪ Dragging and dropping a Snapshot file from the Finder / Explorer onto the Rack
▪ Loading via double-click in Finder (Mac OS X) or Explorer (Windows)
This allows you to take your favorite Snapshots to the studio on a flash drive or send them attached to an e-mail and load them from your Desktop without altering the installation on the
studio computer.
Drag and Drop
In order to load a Snapshot from any disk, use Filer / Explorer to drag an .nksn file from its
current location onto an empty area of the Rack. KONTAKT will load a new instance of the corresponding Instrument with that Snapshot.
If you drag a Snapshot onto an active Instrument in the Rack instead, that Instrument will be
replaced by the Instrument loaded from the Snapshot.
Snapshots you open are not automatically saved to the default location.
Please note, the Next/Previous buttons can only skip through Snapshots located in the
Factory Snapshots and the User Content folder
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KONTAKT Snapshots
Deleting a User Snapshot
Double-click
Double-clicking a Snapshot file in Finder (Mac OS X) or Windows Explorer inserts a new Instrument instance in KONTAKT.
5.4
Deleting a User Snapshot
In order to keep things tidy in the Snapshot Menu, you can delete any Snapshots you saved
when you feel you don't need them anymore. Keep in mind that Snapshots are saved on a perInstrument basis. So in order to delete a Snapshot in KONTAKT, you have to load it first.
Please note, you can only delete User Snapshots. All KOMPLETE Factory Snapshots are
read-only. In order to follow the steps described here, you have to have saved a Snapshot first as detailed in the ↑5.1, Saving a User Snapshot section
To demonstrate how deletion of Snapshots works, we’ll delete the My new Snapshot Snapshot
saved in that section.
1.
2.
In the Libraries Tab, load the Woodwind Ensemble Essentials.nki Instrument.
Click the camera icon to access the Snapshot view.
Accessing the Snapshot View
3.
4.
Open the My new Snapshot Snapshot.
Click the trash bin icon in the Instrument Header.
Delete Snapshot Icon
5.
Confirm deletion of the Snapshot in the dialog which pops up.
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KONTAKT Snapshots
Deleting a User Snapshot
→
The Snapshot file is now erased from the folder on your hard disk as well as removed
from the Snapshot Menu.
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Audio Mix-down
Adding Effects
6
Audio Mix-down
6.1
Adding Effects
The mix can be processed with a number of integrated effects to help it blend better with the
other instruments in your virtual orchestra.
Since the recordings have a very refined and production-ready sound, these effects aren't intended as corrective tools, but rather meant to put the finishing touches on an otherwise great
mix.
6.1.1
Applying EQ
In a busy composition, instruments from different groups often overlap, resulting in a muddy,
crowded mix lacking definition and transparency. Attenuating the non-essential frequencies
and boosting the characteristic frequencies per instrument section helps clean up the mix.
1.
2.
Load Woodwind Ensemble Essential.nki.
Click the Effects button to open the Effects pane.
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Audio Mix-down
Adding Effects
3.
Click the EQ label to select the Equalizer panel.
4.
Click the small indicator dot next to the label to activate / bypass the Equalizer.
5.
Adjust the Low, Mid and High controls as needed.
The EQ Controls
EQ Controls Overview
The EQ offers an identical Low and High bands with Gain and Freq controls. The Mid band is
fully parametric with Gain and Freq controls plus adjustable Mid bandwidth.
Gain: Boost or attenuate the EQ band. The EQ is a bell curve type with 18 dB of boost or cut.
Freq: Set the center frequency of the EQ band anywhere between 20 Hz and 20 kHz.
BW: Set the Mid band's bandwidth between 1/3 octave and 3 octaves.
These controls affect the frequency balance of your KONTAKT Instrument's Master Mix.
If you need to adjust EQ per instrument section, load the Individual Instruments instead
of the Ensemble Instrument.
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Audio Mix-down
Adding Effects
6.1.2
Applying Reverb
WOODWIND ENSEMBLE includes 100 Impulse Responses in 10 categories. Impulse responses in the REVERB are actual audio recordings that capture the way sounds naturally reflect
and decay in different environments.
Most of these Impulse Responses were recorded by Soundiron in a variety of unique real-world
locations, such as cathedrals, churches, classrooms, halls, garages, military bunkers, tunnels,
studios and more. However, some Impulses are custom sound-designed sound effects used
purely for creating unique special effects.
Use caution when using these Effects Impulses, as they can create strong resonant effects and feedback when mixed at high volumes in some cases.
Activating the Reverb
1.
2.
Load Woodwind Ensemble Essential.nki.
Click the Effects button to open the Effects pane.
3.
Click the REVERB label to select the REVERB panel.
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Audio Mix-down
Adding Effects
4.
Click the small dot next to the label to activate / bypass the REVERB.
→
The REVERB is activated. A thin ring shows its inactive state, a solid dot means it's active.
Selecting an Impulse Response
1.
Click the right arrow next to the category name above the preview image to cycle through
the available categories.
2.
3.
Select FX Long.
Click the right arrow next to the Impulse Response name below the preview image to select
the actual Impulse Response.
4.
Select Dragging Iron.
→
The Dragging Iron Impulse Response is applied to the Master Mix in Woodwind Ensemble
Essential.nki, affecting all woodwind sections equally.
The REVERB Controls
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Audio Mix-down
Adding Effects
Reverb Overview
Reverb parameters should not be automated. Otherwise, audio drop-outs may occur.
Size: Stretches or compresses the impulse response audio file. This creates the illusion of the
room size changing.
Delay: Introduces a pre-delay before the reverberation.
►
Decrease the pre-delay to embed instruments in the reverb, creating a distant, 'roomy'
sound.
►
Increase the pre-delay to separate instruments from reverb, creating a close, 'direct'
sound.
Filter HiPass: Removes low frequencies from the reverb signal to avoid boominess.
►
Click and drag up to raise the frequency below which signal is attenuated.
Filter LoPass: Removes high frequencies from the reverb signal to avoid excessive brightness
and to help it blend in naturally.
►
Click and drag down to lower the frequency above which signal is attenuated.
Mix Amount: Blends anywhere between no reverb at all and just the reverb.
►
Click and drag down to mix in less reverb, drag up to add more reverb.
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Audio Mix-down
Adding Effects
6.1.3
Applying Comp & Filter
The Compressor is helpful to reduce the dynamic range of an Instrument in case the loudest
passages mask other instruments in your arrangement. The Filter can add resonance which
makes the sound more aggressive and cut through the mix better, or it can reduce the brightness of an Instrument for special effect.
Activating the COMP and FILTER
1.
2.
Load Woodwind Ensemble Essential.nki.
Click the Effects button to open the Effects pane.
3.
Click the COMP & FILTER label to select the combined Compressor and Filter panel.
4.
Click the small dot next to the COMP label to activate the Compressor.
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Audio Mix-down
Adding Effects
5.
Click the small dot next to the FILTER label to activate the Filter.
→
The Compressor and Filter are activated. A thin ring to the left of each label shows their
inactive state, a solid dot means they are active
The Compressor and Filter Controls
Compressor and Filter Overview
Threshold: Sets the level above which compression occurs.
Ratio: Determines how strong the compression is. At a Ratio of 2:1, a signal which exceeds the
Threshold by 6dB is reduced to 3dB above the Threshold.
Attack: Determines how quickly the compressor starts reducing the signal after the level exceeds the Threshold.
Release: Determines how quickly the compressor stops reducing the signal after the level falls
below the Threshold.
Cutoff: Sets the frequency above which signals are gradually attenuated.
Resonance: Determines the intensity of the resonance peak at the Cutoff frequency. High values cause aggressive, piercing sounds, whereas at low values, the Filter only reduces high frequency signals.
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Audio Mix-down
Balancing Section Volumes
6.2
Balancing Section Volumes
The Woodwind Ensemble Essential.nki is a combination of all woodwind sections from the individual Instruments. When working with the individual Instruments, you can adjust their relative volume and panorama position by adjusting the controls in the Individual Instruments.
Since this wouldn't otherwise be possible with the Ensemble Instrument, it offers an additional
mixer in the Section Setup with per-section volume and panorama.
1.
2.
Load Woodwind Ensemble Essential.nki.
While in the default performance view, click on Ensemble at the bottom of the screen.
The Section Setup view will open.
Opening the Section Setup View
3.
To adjust the BASSOONS section's volume, click and drag the volume fader underneath
the corresponding label.
The Section Volume Fader
4.
To adjust the BASSOONS section's stereo position, click and drag the panorama slider
above the volume fader.
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Audio Mix-down
Balancing Articulation Volumes
6.3
Balancing Articulation Volumes
Although great care has gone into balancing the perceived loudness of a section's Articulations, in context of other instrumentation and the actual composition, you may find an Articulation sounding too loud or too quiet.
Instead of having to automate the volume around this note, WOODWIND ENSEMBLE allows
you to adjust the volume of each Articulation Slot individually. That way, you could even assign
the same Articulation to multiple Slots with different volume settings.
1.
2.
Load Woodwind Ensemble Essential.nki.
While in the default performance view, click on Articulation in the bottom left corner. The
ARTICULATION SLOTS list will open.
Opening the ARTICULATION SLOTS List
3.
4.
In this list, click the Edit button. A volume knob is shown for the selected Articulation.
To adjust an Articulation's volume, click it once to select and then click and drag the level
knob.
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Audio Mix-down
Balancing Articulation Volumes
Adjusting a specific Articulation's Volume
→
Only the specific Articulation's volume is adjusted.
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Performance Optimization
Project Economy
7
Performance Optimization
Highly realistic, sampled Instruments like WOODWIND ENSEMBLE are demanding in terms of
both RAM and processing power. Even if you own a high end computer, please read the following tips carefully to get the most out of your system.
7.1
Project Economy
▪ Only load Articulations which are actually used in the musical piece.
Deactivating Un-used Articulations
▪ Try to avoid the activation of the REVERB in multiple Instruments. If possible, use your
host software's Send Busses (AUX Sends, FX Sends) to share reverb between different instances of KONTAKT.
Deactivating the REVERB
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Performance Optimization
Instrument Economy
7.2
Instrument Economy
▪ Disable instrument sections of the Woodwind Ensemble Essential.nki Instrument if you
don't need them.
Deactivating Un-used Sections
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Technical Specs
Recorded Tonal Range
8
Technical Specs
8.1
Recorded Tonal Range
Recorded
Tonal Range
Bass Winds
Bassoons
Clarinets
Oboes
Flutes
B-1 – A#2
A#0 – A#3
D2 - D5
C3 – D5
C3 - C6
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Credits
9
Credits
Soundiron
Produced, Directed and Recorded By: Mike Peaslee, Gregg Stephens and Chris Marshall
Scripting, UI and Systems Design: Chris Marshall
Editing, Mixing, Mastering: Gregg Stephens and Mike Peaslee
Mapping and Programming: Chris Marshall, Gregg Stephens, Mike Peaslee, and Spencer Nunamaker
Beta Team and Video Production Management: Jan Hoeglund
QA Team: Gregg Stephens, Mike Peaslee, and Spencer
Session Coordinator: Alan Kleinschmidt
Session Conductor: Doug Morton
Video Tutorials: Jan Hoeglund, Cory Pelizzari, Arkadiusz Reikowski, Brad Jerkins, Chris Cutting,
Dirk Ehlert, Jeremiah Pena, Johnny Knittle, Marie-Anne Fischer, Paul Amos, and Tino Danielzik
Beta Composers: Anne van Duyvenvoorde, Arkadiusz Reikowski, Blake Ewing, Brad Halverson,
Brad Jerkins, Chris Cutting, Cory Pelizzari, Dirk Ehlert, Dylan Jones, Gareth Cocker, Ian
Dorsch, James Everingham, Jason Graves, Jeremiah Pena, Johnny Knittle, Kyle Robertson,
Marie-Anne ischer, Misha Mansoor, Paul Amos, Simon Russell, Spencer Nunamaker, Tino Danielzik, Tomás Lobos Kunstmann, and Valentin Boomes, and Xiaotian Shi
Native Instruments
Concept and Design: Frank Elting
User Interface Design: Fabian Ruf, Julius Gehrig
Quality Assurance: Bymski
Documentation: Adam Hanley, Christoph Laue
Sound Design Consultant: Nikolas Jeroma
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Credits
Marketing Management: Tom Evans
Artwork: Yvonne Hartmann
Copywriter: Frank Cifarelli
Technical Support and Encoding: Carlos Ruiz
Product Management: Christian Wachsmuth
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Glossary
Sustains
10
Glossary
10.1
Sustains
Sustains are long, steady tones. They are typically used for underlying harmony and melody, to
create tension, or to create a still moment.
10.2
Legatos
Legatos form a Smooth, connected flow of notes. They are employed for the creation of melodies and counter-melodies.
10.3
Staccatos
Staccatos are short, defined notes which can add rhythm, forward motion and definition to a
passage.
10.4
Expressions
Expressions can connect contrasting segments of a composition with each other by virtue of
their expressiveness and are great for introducing or concluding a musical idea. They can be
used for passages otherwise very difficult to sequence and for adding interest to a piece, giving
the listener a greater impression of a live performance.
Playing Expressions, avoid overlapping notes. If you encounter unwanted artefacts, try
adjusting the Release control.
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Glossary
Effects
10.5
Effects
Effects cover the aspects which add realism without contributing to the arrangement of a composition. These are often atonal and aleatoric (random), giving a sense of foreboding, but can
be used for “stingers”, horror sound effects, chaos, etc.
10.6
Arpeggios
Arpeggios break up a chord into its individual notes, which are then played as a pattern. This
is why arpeggios are sometimes called “broken chords”. Fast arpeggios are sometimes used by
monophonic instruments (like solo woodwind) to give the impression of a chord.
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