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How To Use Kontakt 5

September 08, 2017

How To Use Kontakt 5

Kontakt 5 is the world's best software sampler and a very key tool in any producer's arsenal. You simply cannot call yourself a producer unless you know at least the basics of this incredible program (and understand the range of possibilities thanks to all sound designers out there).

In A Nutshell

In the following video tutorial, I show you the basic principles you have to understand in order to start using Kontakt sample libraries.

King Of The Hill

I don't care what you think: Kontakt 5 is the world's best software sampler. Period. And has been for a long time now. It's not the prettiest or easiest to use, but because of its somewhat open architecture (Native Instruments, I see what you've been doing lately), it has allowed third-party sound design companies (such as Delicate Beats, wink wink) to craft immersive sample-based production experiences while leveraging the incredible power of the sampler engine.

What The F*ck Is A Sampler!?

This might seem like a trivial question to seasoned vets, but for my broducers who are just getting in the game, it's a very important concept to grasp. Here's my attempt at defining what a software sampler is and does in layman's terms:


A piece of software that allows audio samples to be grouped and played on a MIDI keyboard.

Why Use a Sampler

I see two important reasons why you should use a sampler:

  1. Sample libraries add unparalleled realism, texture and richness to your music, while keeping everything "in the box".
  2. Sample collections allow you to "play" any sound in a musical way, allowing you to get extremely creative with any sound source.

With of all that being said, watch the following video and get your copy of Kontakt 5!


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