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Native Instruments Kontakt 5.6.6


Native Instruments Kontakt 5.6.6: What's New and How to Update




Kontakt is a powerful and versatile sampler that can handle any type of sound source, from orchestral instruments to synthesizers, drums, and vocals. Kontakt is the industry standard for creating realistic and expressive virtual instruments, as well as for sound design and audio manipulation.


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In September 2016, Native Instruments released a free update to their flagship sampling application, Kontakt. Kontakt version 5.6.6 offers users an updated interface, improved stability, and bug fixes. In this article, we will explore some of the new features and enhancements in Kontakt 5.6.6, and show you how to update your software.


New Features and Enhancements in Kontakt 5.6.6




One of the most noticeable changes in Kontakt 5.6.6 is the redesigned user interface, which has a more modern and sleek look. The interface is also more responsive and intuitive, with improved navigation and workflow. Some of the new interface elements include:


  • A new header bar that displays the current instrument name, sample rate, CPU usage, memory usage, and disk streaming status.



  • A new toolbar that provides quick access to common functions such as file management, instrument options, output routing, MIDI settings, and more.



  • A new browser that allows you to browse and load instruments, libraries, files, and presets from one single location.



  • A new quick load panel that lets you access your favorite instruments and presets with one click.



  • A new instrument edit mode that enables you to edit the parameters of any instrument without leaving the main window.



  • A new instrument header that shows the instrument icon, name, author, category, and tags.



  • A new instrument performance view that displays the most relevant controls for each instrument in a clear and compact way.



Another major improvement in Kontakt 5.6.6 is the enhanced stability and performance of the software. Native Instruments has fixed several bugs and issues that affected previous versions of Kontakt, such as:


  • Crashes when loading certain instruments or libraries.



  • Incorrect display of some graphical elements.



  • Missing or corrupted samples or presets.



  • Incorrect behavior of some modulation or automation features.



  • Incompatibility with some third-party plug-ins or hosts.



Kontakt 5.6.6 also introduces some new features and functions that expand the creative possibilities of the software, such as:


  • A new time-stretching algorithm that allows you to change the tempo and pitch of any audio material with high quality and minimal artifacts.



  • A new loop mode that lets you play any sample or slice in sync with your host tempo.



  • A new purge mode that enables you to free up memory by removing unused samples from memory.



  • A new snapshot feature that allows you to save and recall different states of your instrument with one click.



  • A new MIDI learn feature that lets you assign any parameter to any MIDI controller with ease.



How to Update to Kontakt 5.6.6




If you already own Kontakt 5 or any product that includes Kontakt 5 (such as Komplete), you can update to Kontakt 5.6.6 for free using the Native Access application. Native Access is a convenient tool that lets you download, install, activate, and update your Native Instruments software from one single intuitive application. To update to Kontakt 5.6.6 using Native Access, follow these steps:


  • Launch Native Access from your applications folder or start menu.



  • Log in with your Native Instruments account credentials.



  • Click on the "Updates" tab on the left side of the window.



  • Find "Kontakt 5" in the list of available updates and click on the "Update" button on the right side of the window.



  • Wait for the download and installation process to complete.



  • Restart your computer if prompted.



Conclusion




Kontakt 5.6.6 is a significant update that brings many improvements and enhancements to the software. The new interface, stability, performance, and features make Kontakt 5.6.6 a must-have for anyone who uses sampling as a creative tool for music production or sound design. If you haven't updated yet, we highly recommend you do so as soon as possible using Native Access. You will be amazed by what you can do with Kontakt 5.6.6. How to Use Kontakt 5.6.6




Now that you have updated to Kontakt 5.6.6, you might be wondering how to use the new features and functions of the software. In this section, we will give you some tips and tricks on how to get the most out of Kontakt 5.6.6.


How to Use the New Interface




The new interface of Kontakt 5.6.6 is designed to make your workflow faster and easier. Here are some of the things you can do with the new interface:


  • To access the new browser, click on the magnifying glass icon on the top left corner of the window. You can browse and load instruments, libraries, files, and presets from one single location. You can also use the search bar to find what you are looking for quickly.



  • To access the new toolbar, click on the gear icon on the top right corner of the window. You can access common functions such as file management, instrument options, output routing, MIDI settings, and more from here.



  • To access the new quick load panel, click on the star icon on the bottom left corner of the window. You can access your favorite instruments and presets with one click from here. You can also drag and drop any instrument or preset to the quick load panel to add it to your favorites.



  • To access the new instrument edit mode, click on the wrench icon on the top left corner of the instrument header. You can edit the parameters of any instrument without leaving the main window from here. You can also switch between different views of the instrument by clicking on the tabs below the wrench icon.



  • To access the new instrument performance view, click on the keyboard icon on the top right corner of the instrument header. You can see and control the most relevant parameters for each instrument in a clear and compact way from here.



How to Use the New Time-Stretching Algorithm




The new time-stretching algorithm in Kontakt 5.6.6 allows you to change the tempo and pitch of any audio material with high quality and minimal artifacts. Here are some of the things you can do with the new time-stretching algorithm:


  • To enable time-stretching for any sample or slice, go to the mapping editor and click on the "Time Machine Pro" button on the top right corner of the window. You can also right-click on any sample or slice and select "Time Machine Pro" from the menu.



  • To change the tempo of any sample or slice, go to the wave editor and drag the "Tempo" slider on the bottom left corner of the window. You can also type in a specific value in beats per minute (BPM) or sync it to your host tempo by clicking on the "Sync" button.



  • To change the pitch of any sample or slice, go to the wave editor and drag the "Tune" slider on the bottom right corner of the window. You can also type in a specific value in semitones or cents, or use a MIDI keyboard to play different pitches by clicking on the "MIDI" button.



  • To adjust the quality and performance of time-stretching, go to the engine tab and click on "Time Machine Pro Settings" on the bottom right corner of the window. You can choose between three modes: "Standard", "HQ", and "Eco". You can also adjust parameters such as "Formant", "Grain Size", "Transient", and "Smooth".



How to Use Loop Mode




The new loop mode in Kontakt 5.6.6 lets you play any sample or slice in sync with your host tempo. Here are some of the things you can do with loop mode:


  • To enable loop mode for any sample or slice, go to the mapping editor and click on the "Loop" button on the top right corner of the window. You can also right-click on any sample or slice and select "Loop" from the menu.



  • To set the loop length for any sample or slice, go to the wave editor and drag the "Length" slider on the bottom left corner of the window. You can also type in a specific value in bars or beats, or use the snap function to align the loop length to the grid by clicking on the "Snap" button.



  • To set the loop start point for any sample or slice, go to the wave editor and drag the "Start" slider on the bottom right corner of the window. You can also type in a specific value in bars or beats, or use the snap function to align the loop start point to the grid by clicking on the "Snap" button.



  • To adjust the loop crossfade for any sample or slice, go to the wave editor and drag the "X-Fade" slider on the top right corner of the window. You can also type in a specific value in milliseconds, or use the auto function to set the optimal crossfade value by clicking on the "Auto" button.



How to Use Purge Mode




The new purge mode in Kontakt 5.6.6 enables you to free up memory by removing unused samples from memory. Here are some of the things you can do with purge mode:


  • To enable purge mode for any instrument, go to the instrument options and click on the "Purge" button on the top right corner of the window. You can also right-click on any instrument and select "Purge" from the menu.



  • To purge all samples that are not used by the current MIDI notes, click on the "Purge All Samples" option. This will remove all samples that are not currently playing or held by a sustain pedal from memory.



To purge all samples that are not used by the current instrument, click on the "Purge All Except Loaded Samples


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