Softpedia Editor's Review for KONTAKT 4
Kontakt sets new standards in versatility, features and performance
Written by Mihaela Citea on October 15th, 2012
Kontakt is a professional solution for editing audio files in the comfort of your home PC. Process and restore audio samples, create master channels and complex sample-based virtual instruments using this sampler.
The interface is divided into several panes, each for a separate task. There is a browser window, a database section and the output pane, as well as other sections, which you can activate or not. Enabling all the panes at the same time might make an inexperienced user a bit disorientated, although it is just a matter of how you organize your work.
While you are able to load and play your audio samples easily, it takes time and practice to learn how to use Kontakt libraries to create your own playable instruments. Fortunately, the program comes with a complete documentation and mouse-over hints to help you get there.
You can work with several audio samples at the same time and edit each one of them separately. Each sample file you select goes to the 'Multi Rack' section, where the new item contains information regarding its category, name, output / MIDI channels and used memory. You can customize each item by changing its pitch, panorama position, volume, or other elements, such as the percussion level, the sound, the chorus options and so on.
The on-screen keyboard is designed to replace an actual MIDI keyboard and allow you to generate new notes for the selected instrument. Another section is the 'Master Editor', which offers you a number of global controls (volume, tempo and metronome adjustments) that affect all your created instruments.
The output section looks similar to a traditional mixing console, enabling you to configure output and auxiliary channels and edit signal processors.
A waveform editor, a script editor, as well as the amplifier module or the internal modulation system, are additional tools to help your process your sample files. Furthermore, you can apply several effects and filters to your virtual instruments, thus enhancing their sound.
Providing you with professional tools for sample processing, Kontakt can help you create your own virtual instruments. This program has what it takes to make you really get into creative sound design.
KONTAKT 4 description
Here are some key features of "KONTAKT 4":
· 7 world-class instrument collections – 43 GB of sounds
· Full-Featured Control Panel for each instrument
· Groundbreaking new Authentic Expression Technology® for leading-edge true instrument simulation
· New attribute-based browser and pre-tagged library
· Universal import of virtually any sample format
· 19 high-end effects
· True 64-Bit compatibility on PC and revolutionary Memory Server for Mac
· Library browser with new box view
· Enhanced convolution effect with more impulse responses
· Wave Editor for intuitive looping, slicing and editing with freely drawable envelopes and MIDI drag and drop
· Hardware: Pentium or Athlon XP class running at 1.4 GHz or higher with at least 1 GB of RAM
· Hard disk space: 400 MB for minimal installation, 46 GB for complete installation including sound library
· Audio hardware (for stand-alone operation): Any fully compliant ASIO, DirectSound or WASAPI interface
· All KONTAKT 4 features are accessible for a limited time per session
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· The new Authentic Expression Technology sees KONTAKT 4 radically redefining the authentic reproduction of acoustic instruments with all their dynamics and articulations, while adding completely new options for creative sound design. In addition to the traditional way of sampling different volume levels of an instrument statically, AET is able to capture specific spectral characteristics of samples and gradually apply them to another samples in real-time, allowing you to seamlessly “morph” between different instruments' characteristics. This breakthrough allows for a new level in expression and realism when playing a sampled instrument.
· AET is especially powerful applied to solo instruments with sustained sounds - such as strings, brass, woodwinds, and choir: You can hold down a key and then seamlessly fade with the Mod Wheel between different articulations (e.g. trumpet playing with and without mute) or volume/dynamic levels with different harmonics.
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