EscapeRocks Posted December 10, 2018 Share Posted December 10, 2018 As you all know, I am a huge proponent of Mainstage and VST use in general for my gig rigs. Using Mainstage these last few years and learning all the tricks for successful use of a computer based rig, has really helped me make my rig solid. Gig Performer: During this time, I have slowly been adding several 3rd party libraries such as Kontakt, PianoTeq, and Arturia. One thing about these is that while they are excellent, they can get CPU heavy when running several of their respective instruments. In the shadows, I have been running Gig Performer since its Beta Test days. It has really come into its own. I have been recreating my concerts in Gig Performer using my three library sources above. I can see why the Bidule proponents love Bidule. Being able to quickly add blocks and connect them makes setting up a patch EASY! Here's an example of a patch, using Arturia's Jupiter 8 Three instances of Arturia in one patch: CPU never goes over 20% with large sustained chords. Komplete Kontrol: Seeing as I am now using a lot of Kontakt instruments, and my Arturia and PianoTeq are fully NKS compatible, I bought a new Komplete Kontrol S61 MK 2 last week. Should have done this earlier! The keys are wonderful: what I consider full sized. The action feels in between synth and semi-weighted. Using Midi Monitor, I also found the aftertouch to have great implementation. I could get very nuanced pressure controlling the amount being transmitted. The pitch and mod wheels are solid, and all the knobs and buttons feel solid. So far, so good. Komplete Kontrol Software: Now we get to the really good stuff (for me, at least). Once you register the keyboard, you then go to your Native Access, and in a couple minutes, all your free Komplete Select 12 instruments, as well as Komplete Kontrol software is ready to install. I clicked "install all" then made lunch After everything is installed, you need to launch Komplete Kontrol in stand-alone mode. (you also do this anytime you add new NKS instruments) It then takes a couple minutes to scan your system for all Kontakt, and other NKS compatible instruments. In my case it scanned all of my Arturia V-Collection 6, as well as my PianoTeq 6. I am ready to go! I fire up the S61 Mk2. It boots up quickly, senses I am hooked up to Komplete Kontrol, and is waiting for me to choose a library. The left screen now looks like this. As you can see it is showing some Kontakt and Arturia instruments. I scroll thru all the instruments and select Monark. It brings this up on the board's screens. Notice the parameter names above the knobs at the bottom. Here's what I really like. I can hit the "browse" button on the keyboard, and it then lists every preset currently in Monark. I can then scroll thru all of them with the big knob on the board. Best part is that is plays a quick demo of each sound as you scroll to it. In just the couple days I have had this, it has really upped my game in finding sounds. Instead on scrolling on the Macbook, then playing a note, this allows me to easily hear when searching. It works the same for any NKS instrument, including giving you a sound preview. Here's the Arturia Jupiter 8, with all parameters mapped to knobs properly Where all of this really helps me, is in taking the starting sounds and modifying them to my needs. Having everything pre-mapped is making it very easy for me to sit down and dig in. Komplete Kontrol Midi Mode: Using the S61 MK2 in the live rig. The Komplete Kontrol software can also run as a plug in inside your host or DAW. In most cases, I will run in MIDI mode. MIDI mode lets the user define the functions of all the assignable knobs and buttons. You use the Komplete Kontrol software to do this, right down to naming the parameter. I have already created a few These are all of the common parameter, so far, I might use. Up top I have my Patch Prev and Next, playback start/stop, and Panic buttons set. Then I have a general volume knob, and chorus knob (that controls my blue cat audio chorus depth amount). The software lets you change the MIDI channel and CC# being sent by a control. I still have a few more to program. At anytime, I can hit the "Plug In" button on the keyboard to take me to the pre-mapped page of any particular instrument. Then I just hit the "MIDI" button to go back. My work flow, so far, is that I use Komplete Kontrol in plug-in mode to create all my sounds in the various instruments. Then live, I will be in MIDI mode. Since I am using Gig Performer, those top row of buttons are programmed to the corresponding GigPerfomer function. Any knob is "learned" as needed by the particular instrument in use. Other: The board has two pedal inputs that can be assigned anyway you desire. The software even let's you flip the tip and ring! I tested this with my Yamaha FC7. No more adapter or other jury rigged cable attachments. The software also has a calibrate function. I used this, and I get a nice smooth and linear movement from 0-127 with the FC7. The USB-B jack is recessed into the board. This in effect gives you a housing around the USB cable housing to prevent whacking the end off, and it is a very stable connection. Conclusion: All in all this was the proper time, for me, to delve into this new stuff. Knowing what I know now about VST use on stage, I wouldn't have started here. I needed the very visual, hands on approach to learning that Mainstage facilitates. The reason I have adapted so quickly to the new board and software is because of all the trials I've gone thru to get a solid machine setup. Mainstage is still excellent, IMHO, I am just branching out to new sounds and new ways to improve my workflow. I am even sampling some of the Mainstage sounds I created so I can have them at hand. The fact Komplete 12 Select comes with the purchase of the board is a bonus for me. There's tons of cool stuff under the hood. Okay, back to sound programming..... Quote David Gig Rig:Roland Fantom-08| Yamaha MODX+ 6 | MacBook Pro 14" M1| Mainstage Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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