Question about using plugins and samples

NYC-Songwriter wrote on 6/4/2020, 2:04 PM

For the life of me, I do not understand how this works. I hope someone can help me.

- I was able to click onto the Configure VST button, locate the proper folder and scan the folder for the plugins.

- Now in the Plugin Manager, I can click onto the folders: Soft Synths >> Vendors >> Native Instruments and Kontakt displays in the results.

- I can also create a new midi-track and under Soft Snyth, choose Kontakt. But for the life of me, I do not know how to hear any sound or make anything play. I am using only a computer and not any keyboard or synthesizer. I just want to hear the sounds and use the loops in the same way that I have used .wav files in the past, listening to them and adding them to the tracks. Am I just stuck with the inability to hear anything without a keyboard?

Can someone please help me with this process?

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Maxtheschu wrote on 6/4/2020, 2:50 PM

after you create a midi track and insert a soft synth (we'll assume Kontakt) do you see Kontakt? if not go to "View' and click on "Soft Synth Properties' you should then be able to see 'Kontakt', then choose whatever instrument you want in Kontakt. Make sure the MIDI channels are the same. Cheers

NYC-Songwriter wrote on 6/4/2020, 4:17 PM

okay, here is what is going on.

1) I insert a new track and then I click onto "Insert Soft Synth". From the drop down menu, I select "Kontakt".

2) This makes the new Kontakt Player program initiate and I can clearly see the RIG Library that I just purchased.

3) Under instruments, I can see the long list of instruments and select any instrument, (while still in the Kontakt Player program.) After making a selection, I can see the visual wave representation of the loop and several other options like (volume, pitch, attack, delay, etc.)

** But there is no (insert) button or anything intuitively that lets me know how to transfer what I'm looking at over onto an ACID Music Studio track. I've tried double clicking and dragging and I just simply cannot figure out how to get the stupid loops out of this program and onto the ACID tracks.

 

Matt-Francis wrote on 6/4/2020, 11:43 PM

You can see the notes in the midi file, right?

NYC-Songwriter wrote on 6/5/2020, 2:17 PM

Yes. I do see the keyboard representation in the lower right half of the Kontakt Player. Since posting this yesterday, doing a zillion searches and reading other forum entries, I figured out how to get notes from a single track played into ACID Studio. Now I just have one last step of figuring out how to make each stack instrument in Kontakt Player, play on a separate channel and track in ACID. I successfully added a snare track, but all other instruments I try to add also play though as the same snare sound. Can someone walk me through on how to do this correctly? All the videos and instructions I find for Kontakt Player are for people who are working with a far more expensive audio sound software like Cubase, ProTools or something else far more expensive. I just can't follow those directions for those programs. Someone please help me.

Matt-Francis wrote on 6/5/2020, 10:10 PM

No, I meant can you see the notes on Acid's piano roll? When you right click a midi track there should be a Clip Properties option and when you click that it will show a piano roll.

 

NYC-Songwriter wrote on 6/6/2020, 5:28 AM

Oh yes, I’m well past that point. I’ve known how to do that for a while now. As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve added a new MIDI track and put snares on it. The problem I now have is properly parceling the outputs from the free Kontakt Play 6 so that every additional MIDI track I add doesn’t also play snares. To be clear, I’ve added multiple tracks in the Kontakt 6 Player & assigned them different outputs, but something I’m missing is creating a disconnect between them and currently, every new MIDI track i create in ACID, also plays the same snare sound.

emmrecs wrote on 6/6/2020, 8:27 AM

@NYC-Songwriter

Are you making sure that each different "instrument" is allocated to a different MIDI channel?

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