Complete Guide to NI Kontakt by Defazed

Master the world's most powerful sampler, Native Instruments Kontakt, in this new online course by Producertech Tutor Defazed. With a career spanning from classic Drum & Bass to the cutting edge of electronic music, in addition to numerous international label releases and a wealth of class-based teaching experience in a number of colleges, Defazed is your ideal guide to the intricate world of sound design!

With a focus on the practical throughout, Defazed takes you through every aspect of Kontakt whilst simultaneously creating and arranging a slamming breaks tune. By constructing the track entirely from presets made during the course, he imparts an understanding of the multitude of techniques available to Kontakt users and how to apply them creatively. By the end of the course, you'll have a thorough understanding of the sampler's exceptional abilities and be well on your way to knowing how to use them to make your own track

The course is available for streaming 24/7/365 and includes over 100MB of Kontakt presets, courtesy of Loopmasters, along with the Live projects from the course. You can find assistance on the Producertech forum if needed, as well as regular remix competitions, where you can try out your new skills, and giveaways of new plugins and hardware. To find out more, check out the free sample module below!

Module Details

  • 1. Module 1 (part 1) - Course Introduction (10:24) - Intro to Kontakt and the Factory Library
    In the first module, Defazed gives an overview of Kontakt, including using Kontakt in standalone mode, opening and editing Library Instruments, creating your own instrument from samples, the Wave Editor, Sampler algorithms and the Kontakt effects rack.
  • 2. Module 1 (part 2) - Kontakt Overview (09:54) - Importing your own Samples Overview
  • 3. Module 2 (part 1) - Creating the Drums Instrument (14:37) - Importing and organising the Drums
    Next, Defazed creates a Drums instrument from scratch by importing samples. He discusses sample selection and editing before adding each part of the kit, before sequencing the beat and applying a groove template.
  • 4. Module 2 (part 2) - Creating the Drums Instrument (08:33) - Sequencing a Beat
  • 5. Module 3 (part 1) - Drums (13:19) - Processing individual drums
    This module is all about groups, showing how and why to create different groups, and the process of applying effects to whole groups. Defazed adds compression, EQ and saturation to the drums, demonstrating how to sit the different samples together to create a cohesive drum sound.
  • 6. Module 3 (part 2) - Drums (04:58) - Processing all Drums together
  • 7. Module 4 (part 1) - Creating the Bass Instruments (11:36) - Making bass sounds with Massive
    Moving on to the Bass parts, Defazed sets up audio routing and creates patches in Massive, before sampling them with Kontakt. He then demonstrates how to ensure correct tuning and key range, before creating and editing the main bass sound and stab, and then using them to produce punchy, twisted basslines.
  • 8. Module 4 (part 2) - Creating the Bass Instruments (06:38) - Creating the Stab Bass
  • 9. Module 4 (part 3) - Creating the Bass Instruments (11:46) - Creating the Reece Bass
  • 10. Module 5 (part 1) - Creating the Synth Instruments (09:11) - Creating the Lead Sounds
    This module covers the melodic parts of the track. Defazed creates exciting pluck and lead patches in Massive, then resamples them in Kontakt, demonstrating the editing power of the sampler. He manipulates the sounds, adding processing and effects before creating a catchy intro and extending the arrangement.
  • 11. Module 5 (part 2) - Creating the Synth Instruments (13:48) - Editing and Processing the Lead
  • 12. Module 5 (part 3) - Creating the Synth Instruments (07:54) - Arranging the Lead
  • 13. Module 6 (part 1) - Atmospherics (07:46) - Transforming a sample using Time Machine
    In this lesson, Defazed shows how to manipulate samples to create atmospheric sounds using a variety of powerful techniques, including the Time Machine, Granular Synthesis and Tone Machine. He transforms samples into pads, sequences various instruments and creates deep, atmospheric effects. Next, he further develops the drum sounds and automates filters and reverb on the leads, to build interest before the drop.
  • 14. Module 6 (part 2) - Atmospherics (11:36) - Transforming a sample using Tone Machine
  • 15. Module 6 (part 3) - Atmospherics (13:45) - Sequencing the Granular Pad Instrument
  • 16. Module 7 (part 1) - Completing the track (12:27) - Continuing the arrangement and developing a drop
    In the final section, Defazed takes a critical look at all of the instruments, creating sub-mixes using groups and honing in on their sounds. He edits the drums for the build-up, further tweaks the drop section, intro and build-up, before tidying up the mix and arrangement. Finally, he covers some basic mastering techniques to complete the track.
  • 17. Module 7 (part 2) - Completing the track (05:22) - creating the sub-bass and working with groups
  • 18. Module 7 (part 3) - Completing the track (09:30) - Refining the mix and arrangement
  • 19. Module 7 (part 4) - Completing the track (02:16) - Mastering
Format Streaming
Length 3 Hours
Level Beginner to Intermediate
Contains Streamed Lessons, Live Projects, Kontakt Presets
Author Defazed
Course Provider Producertech
Price $63.12

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