Some common questions about Vi-Elements’ Core Kit.
How do I install the Vi-elements Core Kit?
1. If you don’t already have Kontakt 5 installed and updated, you should do so now.
2. Copy the folder labeled Core Kit to the hard drive where you keep your sample (and which is preferably not your system drive).
3. Open Kontakt 5. On the upper, left-hand side you will see a series of tabs. Click the Libraries tab, then click Add Library. Navigate to the place where you copied the Core Kit folder and choose it. Click OK. The Vi elements Core Kit Library should now show up next to your other Kontakt libraries.
4. Click the activate tab located on the Core Kit Library. You will be prompted to log in to your Native Instruments account, and you will then be asked to put in your serial number for the library. Copy and Paste the serial number we emailed to you at the time of purchase. Click Activate, and you’re done!
On what platforms will the Core Kit run?
The Core Kit sample library is only available for Native Instruments’ Kontakt, a powerful sampler plug-in that integrates with your DAW of choice, such as Avid Pro Tools or Apple Logic. Kontakt 5 Player comes free with your purchase.
What is the difference between Kontakt 5 Player and Kontakt 5?
Kontakt 5 and the Kontakt 5 Player are the same application, but Kontakt 5 Player has most instrument editing features disabled, although you can still edit parameters via the Performance View.
What are the minimum recommended system requirements to run a full Core Kit setup reliably?
For PC / Windows systems: Windows 7 or Windows 8 (latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit), Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2 GB RAM (16 GB recommended).
For Mac systems: Mac OS X 10.7 or later, Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM (16 GB recommended).
The CPU requirements needed to run a Core Kit session are about the same as any other modern drum library, but the memory requirements may be higher. Thankfully, it’s easy to put 32 GB or more of RAM in pretty much any desktop computer made after 2012.
Will all of my MIDI loops work with the Vi-elements mapping scheme?
For the most part, all of your loops will work perfectly with the custom “stripped-down” patches we provide. General MIDI mappings, as well as mappings from other popular manufactures, will also be available right out of the box.
Does the Core Kit work well with popular electronic drum kits and controllers?
Seamless integration with MIDI drum kits and controllers was one of our primary goals when developing the Core Kit. As a result, even our most complex and detailed instruments, like the 9-layer hi-hat, work beautifully with commonly-available MIDI equipment. Most of the Core Kit’s complexity runs “under the hood” of the powerful Kontakt sampler engine.
Why are there no room mics on the cymbals?
We actually recorded rooms, overheads, and top and bottom mics for all the instruments, but we only kept the most useful mic perspectives to preserve the realism of the individual kit pieces—and not merely to give extra mix options. This was a technical choice, as well as a philosophical one: In most DAWs, the voice increases radically with long, sustained sounds, like cymbals, which generally don’t require much room and are covered by the IR. Had we included all of the mics recorded, in all instances, the total sample library would have been cumbersome—without a commensurate sonic benefit. We chose to streamline the product for the consumer, rather than provide a bloated library with largely-redundant samples that offer little real production value.
Why is there no full-kit view in the GUI?
The Core Kit was designed to sound and function just like an actual, recorded drum kit. When producing music in the studio, engineers frequently locate individual drum mics—those for the kick drum, snare drum, toms, overheads, and so forth—on their own tracks, allowing for the maximum flexibility when editing and mixing. Today’s computers are capable of loading several instances of Kontakt in a DAW simultaneously, while placing just one, or a small group of instruments like the toms and cymbals, on their own tracks. Sometimes, important MIDI CC information should be recorded only for the instruments which require them. So, a “multi” which has hi-hats and kicks assigned to the same MIDI channel will send any recorded MIDI CC information to both instruments, even when only the hi-hat requires it.
What future developments are planned for the Core Kit?
We have planned several expansion packs for the Core Kit. These add-ons will be designed to integrate with—and augment—the original Core Kit instruments. Subscribe to our email newsletter and stay tuned for further information.
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