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How to Use Native Instruments Kontakt 5.6.6 to Create Amazing Sounds

How to Use Native Instruments Kontakt 5.6.6 to Create Amazing Sounds

Native Instruments Kontakt 5.6.6 is a powerful and versatile sampler that lets you play and process audio samples in a variety of ways. Whether you want to create realistic orchestral sounds, retro synth tones, or cutting-edge electronic beats, Kontakt 5.6.6 has you covered.

In this article, we will show you how to use Kontakt 5.6.6 to create amazing sounds with its new features, improved engine, and redesigned factory library. You will learn how to:

Native Instruments Kontakt 5.6.6

  • Browse and load instruments from the new resizable browser

  • Explore the new collections of instruments in the factory library

  • Use the new PsycheDelay and Ring Modulator effects

  • Customize your sounds with powerful modulation and scripting options

  • Access thousands of third-party instruments from the Kontakt platform

By the end of this article, you will have a solid understanding of how to use Kontakt 5.6.6 to create amazing sounds for your music production.

Browse and Load Instruments from the New Resizable Browser

Kontakt 5.6.6 features a new resizable browser that makes it easier than ever to find and load instruments from your collection. You can search, filter, and audition individual sounds from across your collection, view preset properties and edit tags, and even import your indie libraries and home-made instruments.

To access the browser, click on the magnifying glass icon in the upper left corner of the main window. You will see a list of all your installed libraries on the left side, and a list of instruments on the right side. You can use the search bar at the top to type in keywords or phrases, or use the filter buttons below to narrow down your results by category, type, mode, or vendor.

To load an instrument, simply double-click on its name or drag and drop it onto the rack. You can also right-click on an instrument and choose Load or Load with Options to customize its settings before loading.

Explore the New Collections of Instruments in the Factory Library

Kontakt 5.6.6 comes with a revamped factory library that features seven new collections of instruments, fresh sounds, effects, added functionality and a HiDPI interface. The factory library covers a wide range of musical genres and styles, from acoustic and orchestral to electronic and vintage.

The new collections are:

  • Acoustic: A selection of 60 inspiring instruments from around the world with flutes, pipes, bowed and plucked strings, lutes, and mallets.

  • Band: A rock and pop go-to with picked and strummed guitars, driving basses, and classic drum sounds and loops.

  • Orchestral: A collection of traditional scoring essentials with large-section woodwinds, brass, percussion, and strings from Orchestral Tools.

  • Synths: A range of sought-after modular and hard-wired synthesizers with cutting-edge pads, basses, arpeggios, and drums.

  • Vintage: A collection of timeless sounds from some of the 20th centuryâs most iconic synths and drum machines for authentic retro vibes.

  • World: A collection of exotic instruments from different cultures and regions with ethnic percussion, winds, strings, keyboards, and vocals.

  • Urban Beats: A collection of contemporary hip-hop and R&B sounds with drums, basses, synths, vocals, scratches, and effects.

To explore the factory library, simply browse through the collections in the browser and load any instrument that catches your ear. You can also use the Quick Load feature to access your favorite instruments faster by pressing F1 on your keyboard.

Use the New PsycheDelay and Ring Modulator Effects

Kontakt 5.6.6 introduces two new effects that can add some spice to your sounds: PsycheDelay and Ring Modulator.

PsycheDelay is a creative delay effect that can create psychedelic echoes, pitch-shifting feedbacks, reverse delays, chorus effects, and more. You can adjust parameters such as delay time, feedback amount, modulation rate and depth, filter cutoff and resonance, dry/wet mix, output level, and feedback polarity.

Ring Modulator is a classic effect that can create metallic tones, bell-like sounds, at 0efd9a6b88


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