HOW TO CREATE A KONTAKT DRUM PATCH
Kontakt is the Native Instruments most popular software. It is a powerful sampler and an amazing framework to build virtual instruments. In this lesson, we are going to learn how to create a basic drum patch using drum samples.
- Open Kontakt 5 – although I’m opening Kontakt in the standalone mode, you can also open it inside your preferred DAW:
2. Click on the Files tab at the top left of the screen, so that you can find the folder with the drum samples:
Notice that I selected a folder named ‘drum samples’, and its content is displayed in the box at the bottom.
3. Now, let’s create a new instrument. You can do it by clicking on ‘Files’ and then ‘New instrument’:
4. Notice that Kontakt5 creates a new slot called ‘New (default)’:
5. It’s time to add samples to it. Open the Edit Mode, by clicking on the tool icon as shown:
6. To start adding samples, we need to open the Mapping Editor:
7. Kontakt6 will show a grid diagram and a keyboard. We can add samples to the grid, and each sample will correspond to one or more keys of the keyboard. For now, I’ll choose a kick sample to drag to the C0 key:
Notice that there is a menu above the grid, where is possible to set the sample key range, velocity, volume, pan, and tune. Each sample can be configured individually. Since we are creating a drum patch, I will adjust the key range to just one key (C0). However, it’s possible to set a bigger range, which would make Kontakt7 adjust the sample’s pitch automatically.
I’m also setting the Velocity range from 1 to 127, that is, the sample will sound no matter how hard or soft I press the key.
8. Now, let’s do the same with the other drum samples so that each key will play one sample:
9. Now that the basic is done let’s save the new instrument. Click on ‘File’ and then “Save edited instrument ‘New (default)’ as…”
10. It’s a good idea to save the file in the same folder that you have stored the drum samples:
Name the file as you wish and click ‘Save’.
11. If you want to make adjustments in the samples, such as start and end markers, you can do it by clicking on Wave Editor:
12. It will open the sample editor. Click on any sample and the waveform will be displayed in the editor:
13. Notice the two markers: S (start) and E (end). Just drag the markers to the desired points:
Repeat the procedure with the remaining samples. Tip: the computer’s left and right arrow keys are shortcuts to select the samples. Remember to save your patch again.
That’s it! In this lesson, you learned the basic procedure to create a Kontakt8 instrument. With practice, you can set additional parameters, add effects, create a wallpaper, etc.