Kontakt For Ableton

Setting up Kontakt for multiple outputs.

Select the Ableton Live 9 template in the Templates list. If not present, open the Factory Templates drop-down menu and choose Ableton Live 9 to add it. Setting Up Ableton Live for the MASCHINE MIDI Template. Start Ableton Live. Open Ableton Live's Preferences and go to the Link / MIDI Tab. Here is what I got back from Ableton, it isn't Live's fault (well it is and it isn't): Dear Mike, thank you for contacting Ableton! Did Live crash or did it freeze and you had to quit it via force quit? Native Instrument changed the Kontakt file format with 4.2.2. The new format is currently not supported by Live. This issue is filed in our bug.

Native Instruments’ Kontakt Player is a beast. The instrument packs that are availible for it are beasts. Together they form Voltron… and then some. However, being a beast takes its toll on a computer’s CPU. Luckily, Kontakt comes built with digital out puts to help ease the load. This means we can have multiple virtual instruments (VSTi) inside on instance of Kontakt, and continue to manipulate each instrument as if it were by itself.

In this tutorial I am going to show you my way of setting up the multiple out system for Kontakt inside of Ableton Live. I was getting frustrated watching and reading the other tutorials out there on the net. So, I said screw it and figured it out myself. Then I tried to simplify it as best I could. That is what you will find in the tutorial below.

On top of the initial routing we will learn how to add additional output channels for when the need arises. Also, we will learn how to group and save everything so we don’t need to repeat this fairly lengthy process every time! I am going to try and outline process in detail below with text, but I suggest the video 😉

The written directions are below the video… because they are long ass directions!

The Process:

1. Drop an instance of the Kontakt 16 out onto a midi channel. *Important: rename the channel Kontakt Main

2. Open Kontakt

3. Make any number of instruments (multi instrument) * here we use 3. We are essentially just making a template, but if there are some instruments you are consistently adding to a project it wouldn’t hurt to add those ones.

4. Next, make sure the OUTPUT tab at the top of Kontakt is selected, and the outputs are showing at the bottom of the player.
Now, click ADD CHANNELS.

5. Inside the dialogue box that opens set the following parameters.

Create Channels Parameters / Settings

5.a.–QUANTITY: 4 (you want to make one more than the number of instruments you have in the player now. In this case we have 3 instruments so we want to make 4 new channels.)

–5.b.–NUMBER OF CHANNELS: 2 (this just means that each out put will be stereo.)

–5.c.–Soundcard / Host Output: select Kt. st.1[1] from the drop down menu. It should be the top most option.

–5.d.–Make sure Ascending Output Assignment is checked.

–5.e.–Check Delete Existing Channels Before Creating New Ones

6. Hit OK.

7. Next. Go to each instrument and set them up as follows.

–7.a.–The top most instrument OUTPUT should be set to st.2, the second instrument output should be st.3, the third should be st.4, and you should follow that pattern for however many instruments you have.

–7.b.–Next, go back to the top most instrument and in the Midi Ch: drop down menu go to Port A [from host] and select the number 2. For the second instrument follow the same Midi Ch: path and select 3, and repeat for the rest of your instruments.

Instrument Midi Channel Settings

**Notice that each instrument both the Output and the Midi CH: should be one number above the instruments position from top to bottom.

8. Close the Kontakt Player. We are done with it for now.

9. Next go to the instruments panel in Ableton Live and find the External Instrument. Drag and drop this instrument device into as many channels as you have instruments set up in Kontakt. In this case we will make 3 new channels containing the external instrument device.

10. Next go into the first External Instrument settings. The one closest to the Kontakt Main chanel. Set the parameters as follows.

–10.a.–Midi To drop down menu select Kontakt Main

–10.b.–Once you have done that, the drop down below the midi out menu will become activated. In that newly activated drop down select 2-Kontakt 5 16out

–10.c.–for the Audio From drop down menu you want to select Kt. St.2/-Kontakt 5 16out. *Note that for this first channel it will already be selected, but you will need to change the settings for the following channels.

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If you don’t have the option to get the Kt. St.2 in the audio from menu on the external instrument simply save the work you have done inside kontakt, close and re-open Live. They will be there after! Thanks to hedisurfer on youtube for the info!

11. Repeat that process for the next 2 External Instruments. The three External Instruments’ settings should look the same as the pictures below. Notice that the first External Instrument is set to 2, the 2nd is set to 3, and the 3rd is set to 4.

External Instrument Settings #2

12. Test everything out. That should do it. You should now be able to insert midi into each of the External instrument tracks. Adjust the volume, sends. Also you can add midi effects and audio effects.

If everything works give yourself a pat on the back and get to making beats hommy!!


Live Tips & Techniques
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We show you how to integrate Kontakt with Live.

The easiest way to work with Kontakt in Live is to use a separate instance of the Kontakt plug-in for each Kontakt instrument in your song. In each case, just drag an instrument from Kontakt’s browser into its Multi Rack and start playing. That’s all well and good, but you’ll gain a lot of flexibility, avoid a few headaches and save some CPU cycles by using a single instance of Kontakt to hold all of your instruments and then using Live’s tracks and Racks to sort things out. With this approach, you drag all of your instruments into the same instance of Kontakt and set them up to use separate Kontakt MIDI inputs and audio outputs. That does take a little doing, so read on.Screen 1: You can use two Live tracks (left) or one External Instrument track (right) to access instruments in Kontakt’s Multi Rack.

The Ins & Outs..

One way to send MIDI to different instruments in Kontakt’s Multi Rack is to create a separate MIDI track for each instrument and set the track’s output to the Kontakt MIDI input for that instrument. Kontakt provides 16 MIDI inputs (A1 to A16), and the corresponding Live outputs are labelled by their number followed by the name of the Kontakt plug-in (for example, A2 appears as ’2-Kontakt 5’ in Live). To receive audio from different Kontakt outputs, create separate Live audio tracks and assign their input to one of the additional 15 stereo outputs available from Kontakt (the first output, labelled ‘Main,’ is reserved for the track holding the Kontakt plug-in). In Live, Kontakt output labels depend on the plug-in version used. The AU version pairs consecutive mono output numbers with the Kontakt plug-in name (for example, the stereo input comprising Kontakt mono outs 3 and 4 is labelled ‘3/4-Kontakt 5’). Although Live always shows the maximum number of audio inputs, Kontakt must be configured to use them. For the details, see the ‘Configuring Kontakt For Live’ box.

The separate-tracks solution is straightforward, but using two extra tracks for each additional instrument makes for a rather cluttered track list and the tracks cannot be frozen to save CPU cycles. You can capture Kontakt’s output by recording on the audio tracks, but in Live versions 7 and above, Live’s External Instrument device offers a better solution. Insert one on a new MIDI track and assign its MIDI To and Audio From as just described when using separate MIDI and Audio tracks. You can freeze External Instrument tracks.

..& Roundabouts

You’ll get a bit more out of Kontakt by making use of Live’s Instrument Racks. For example, you can create a real-time crossfade by combining two or more External Instruments in an Instrument Rack and then using the Rack’s Chain Selector as shown in Screen 2. For the crossfade, map one of the Rack’s Macro knobs to the Chain Selector and map the MIDI Mod Wheel (CC1) to that Macro knob. You could map the Mod Wheel directly to the Chain Selector, but the Macro knob is handy for on-screen changes and Live-supported control surfaces. Along with or instead of the Chain Selector you can use key and velocity zones to switch or crossfade between chains. For example, you might use key zones to separate orchestral parts in a multi-part MIDI clip.

Screen 2: Two External Instruments in an Instrument Rack on a single track crossfade between two Kontakt instruments (top). Clip-based Host Automation and MIDI Control Change messages modulate Kontakt instrument parameters (bottom).

Kontakt offers fully-featured automation, and at the top level it works like other Live plug-in device automation: click the Unfold Device Parameters triangle in the Device Title Bar, click the Configure button and then click controls in the Kontakt instrument’s control panel to add them to the Configure list. Once configured, you can apply track or clip automation as well as clip modulation to a control, as well as map device Rack Macro knobs to it. Two limitations to this method are that all automation and modulation must be on the Kontakt plug-in track, and only the controls on a Kontakt instrument’s control panel are accessible — controls on its Edit panel are not.

The alternative is MIDI modulation, which you can set up in several ways. The easiest way is to use Kontakt’s MIDI Learn feature: right-click any Kontakt control and then send a MIDI message from Live using a MIDI control surface or using MIDI sent from a Live Clip (this works for front-panel and Edit mode controls). Another option is to use a Max For Live device such as the Max MIDI Effect ‘CC128’ to send MIDI Control Change (CC) messages for Kontakt to learn. The Max For Live knobs that send these messages can be automated in Live. Your third option is to use Kontakt’s MIDI Automation panel — just drag MIDI CCs from the list and drop them on the desired Kontakt instrument controls. Many Kontakt instruments have MIDI CCs already assigned, so check this list first.

Configuring Kontakt For Live

Kontakt offers a lot of flexibility in routing MIDI to and audio from its huge library of sampled instruments. But along with that flexibility comes some configuration head-scratching and the occasional crashing headache. Here’s a quick rundown on how to set up Kontakt and manage its inputs and outputs in Live, along with a couple of tips for avoiding those headaches. The seven steps below correspond to the numbered labels in Screen 3.

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1. Create Kontakt instruments by choosing New Instrument from the Files menu. Alternatively, you can drag instruments directly into the Multi Rack from Kontakt’s Browser. You can distribute your instruments among four Multi Rack pages, each of which will hold 16.

2. Click the Output button to reveal Kontakt’s output section, which includes instrument and auxiliary (Aux) output channels. You can add and delete output channels using the buttons at the top of the Output display. Aux channels cannot be added or deleted. The screen shows two stereo channels along with the four obligatory Aux channels.

3. Click at the bottom of any channel strip to change, disconnect or rename its output.

4. Select the desired MIDI input channel and mixer output channel on each instrument’s control panel. The plug-in version of Kontakt provides 16 MIDI inputs labelled A1 to A16. The number and names of audio outputs depend on the version of the plug-in used. In any instance of Kontakt, different instruments can share the same inputs and outputs, but in the case of shared outputs, make sure that you bring them into Live only once.

5. You can save your output configurations as presets from the Presets/Batch Configuration menu. You can also designate a default preset and perform several handy batch operations from this menu, such as renaming the channels to match the instrument names or automatically reassigning the instruments to consecutive channels.


6. With the Show Inserts button enabled, you can choose from a bevy of basic Kontakt effects as either channel inserts or Aux effects. In Screen 3, Kontakt’s Delay and Stereo Modeller are inserted in Aux 1.

7. Routing to Aux buses directly from Kontakt instruments is revealed by clicking the Aux button (in screen 3, ‘EP10 Piano’ feeds Aux 1). You can also route audio to Aux buses from the Send Effects section of any Kontakt Instrument when in Edit Mode — each effect’s Return knob has a drop-down for that.

Screen 3: Here are seven steps for configuring Kontakt’s outputs, and setting up a couple of Kontakt instruments with different MIDI inputs and audio outputs.Adobe photoshop cc 2018 mac torrent.

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WARNING: MODIFYING KONTAKT’S OUTPUT CONFIGURATION CAN DISABLE SOME KONTAKT OUTPUTS. Kontakt pops up a warning to this effect the first time you modify an output setting on a channel strip. Using different configurations in the same song might also disable some outputs. If either happens, save the song, quit and relaunch Live and then reload the song. To avoid output setup headaches, I recommend creating a default output preset using the maximum number of channels and then using only one instance of Kontakt per song.


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Live supports 16 MIDI outputs to Kontakt and a maximum of 16 stereo audio inputs from Kontakt. Those are supported by both the Kontakt Audio Unit plug-in and the VST plug-in named ‘Kontakt 5’ — the ones named ‘Kontkat 5 8out’ and ‘Kontakt 5 16out’ support fewer audio outputs. The labelling of the VST outputs is a bit confusing, so I use the AU plug-in configured for 12 stereo output channel strips, and reserve the four remaining stereo outputs for the obligatory Aux channels. I fill Kontakt’s Multi Rack with 12 empty Kontakt instruments and route them to different MIDI inputs and audio outputs. I then save that Live track as my Kontakt template.

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