When you use a melodic sound in Kontakt, it’s not extremely playable because you don’t have multiple sounds mapped across your keybord. Kontakt has a quite a few features that allow you to manipulate melodic sounds into something percussive including slicing and scripting. In today’s video tutorial, we’ll show you how to Play a Music Box like a Drum Machine With a Little Slicing and Scripting.
Any sound can be used with Slice and Scripting. The more obscure the better. Once you get your sound in a Zone, display the wave editor and activate the Grid. The grid has two modes, fixed and auto. If you have a perfect loop that is in a standard time (i.e 4/4) use fixed. Otherwise use Auto. Adjust the slider until you are satisfied with the markers. You can also manually add or remove slice markers by using the + or – buttons.
After all your markers are added, go to the Sync/Slice tab and click the drag midi to host buttton. This actually creates a zone for each slice.
Now go into the Script Editor and load the script, Drum Computer which is a 12-track drum sequencer. The Drum Computer allows you to play each zone like a traditional Drum Machine.
The Microtuning script allows you adjust the pitch up or down by 50 cents.
Until next time…now go make some music.