In this tutorial, composer and sound designer Scott Freiman shows you how to use Native Instruments' powerful Kontakt 4 sampler -- the sampler that has rapidly become a standard in every professional studio. New and novice users alike will find plenty of tips and tricks scattered among this 3 hour course.
After a brief series of "getting started" videos, Scott gets right into music making with Kontakt. Scott will introduce you to all the features that make Kontakt so much fun to use. Topics include creating a database of your own samples, using Kontakt as a plug-in (with a special guest appearance from Steve H!), automating Kontakt with MIDI, and getting the most from the Kontakt browser. The course also takes a detailed look at each of the sample collections that make up the Kontakt Factory Library.
Whether you are migrating from another sampler, such as Gigastudio or EXS-24, or completely new to sampling, Exploring Kontakt will teach you everything you need to know to use Kontakt as part of your composing arsenal.
Section 1: Section 1: Getting Started with Kontakt
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Frank wrote on August 13, 2016
What a relief is this course of Kontakt 4 compared to the other one, which I just finished. The first one was a monotonous recital of every tab, knob and slider from A to Z and was a burden to go through and listen to it all. This second course however is an example of how subjects should be taught. Chapeau!
Vaan wrote on January 24, 2016
Although currently the update software is Kontact 5, this course about Kontact 4 is really interesting, with many examples and very useful. Nice job!
Anthony wrote on January 3, 2015
I decided to go back to this course on Kontakt 4 for a refresher, and I have no regrets. They are additional snippets of extremely useful information that are not contained in the Kontakt 5 courses. Also, it is also a chance to get another tutors percpective. I would recommend anyone taking the Kontakt 5 courses to browse through these.
5 star all the way.
kawame davis wrote on May 17, 2014
Awesome course. Even though i haven't bought the full version of kontakt yet, i'm just using kontakt elements for now. but i am definitely learning some good stuff.
Morry wrote on April 14, 2014
Just got Konakt, and needed a primer. This is a great course overall. The reason it doesn't get 5 stars is that there are times when not enough information is given. I'll give one example: There's a lesson toward the end about banks, and changing instruments within banks by sending a program change message. But it is never explained how that is accomplished. One other beef is that a great portion of the time is spent on the stand-alone instrument, and I will almost never use Kontakt as a stand-alone application, and there appear to be some differences. Now, it may be that changes have been made in the release of Kontakt 5, and I realized this is a 4 course, so in the update, that may be addressed.
That being said, I gained a lot of useful information, and was nice to see (hear) the Steve H cameo in the Logic section.
KD wrote on May 4, 2013
This course really gets you up and running and to use the basics of Kontakt to edit your sound without going to deep. Also shows you how to setup Kontakt in a DAW to run midi and host automation.
kaoko wrote on March 24, 2013
this is a really usefull when you are a beginner, number 48 movies, it is cut at the end, really powerfull plug in, i hope in the next tutoriel i will find all about reaktor as this tutorial. thanks
C1ph3rd wrote on March 21, 2013
Really great overview of Kontakt 4 (still very useful for Kontakt 5 users). Lots of info in here. I'm looking forward to watching the Advanced Kontakt course. Then on to Kontakt 5.
pik wrote on February 28, 2013
I like the way he presents. I am on a crash course with midi and NI and this is really helping
Donna wrote on February 25, 2013
Very good course. Excellent teacher, excellent voice to listen to. I am pretty much a beginner so there were sections I did not understand. I'll have to review these as I work with Kontakt. But I found it a great introduction