We’ll be announcing new Kontakt Hands-On Sampling workshops ion the Fall of 2012 — sign up for our newsletter to be informed as soon as the dates are set!

Cost: 350 euros

Location: Berlin, Germany

Teachers: Frank Elting and Brian Smith

Language: English

Maximum Number of Participants: 12

Level: Beginning-Intermediate

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Description: This two-day hands-on workshop will greatly increase your production skills with Kontakt, the world’s leading sampler. During the weekend, you will record your own sounds, edit and prepare samples, and create your own instruments (and multis and banks) for production and performance. While doing so, you will dive into the depths of sound design possibilities that Kontakt offers, which makes it the number one choice for sample library developers today.

Although we will use some of the excellent Kontakt Factory instruments as examples, the focus of the workshop will be on creating your own sounds and instruments throughout the weekend to be used in your own musical productions and/or performances.

The workshop will be taught by Brian Smith, author and host of the Native Instruments Kontakt tutorial DVD, and Frank Elting, lead product designer at NI and one of Kontakt’s principal “fathers” and main designer. Sign up now!


Navigation and Library Management

  • Different browsing workflows
  • Organizing Libraries and the Database
  • Assigning and removing automation from Browser
  • Creating a Quick-Load catalog
  • Tips and tricks for healthy sample management

Live Sampling Essentials

  • Recording considerations
  • Editing and preparing samples

Creating Instruments

  • Mapping Samples
  • Groups and Group Management

Using the Wave Editor

  • Setting Loops
  • slicing
  • using Zone Envelopes

Outputs and Output setups

Working with Effects

  • Adding, editing, and deleting effects
  • Kontakt effects architecture: Group/Instrument; Effect/Send
  • Kontakt filters
  • The Convolution effect
  • Routing effects (Output/Aux channels)


  • Internal modulation types
  • External (MIDI) modulation
  • setting targets and sources

The Script Processor

  • Basic scripting
  • writing simple scripts
  • using script libraries

Working with the AET (Authentic Expression Technology) Engine

  • setting up files for spectral morphing
  • creating spectral morphing instruments

Creating Multi-instruments and banks

DAW integration