Currently Being ModeratedDec 14, 2012 2:32 AM (in response to Madddcow)
Using a Kontakt instrument bank and aliases seemed to be the perfect way to achieve what I wanted but for some reason, program changes aren't been received in Kontakt (from MainStage).....so I don't know if I've configured things incorrectly or it's not possible to do what I want.
I don't think that this method will 'fly' because MS does not pass through MIDI Program Changes: they either change Patches in MS or they do nothing.
You might do better to use Kontakt in Alias Channel Strips, with your sounds loaded and assigned to different MIDI channels in Kontakt. Using the Alias Channel Strips with 'multi-timbral' MIDI input would allow you to select a particular sound by MIDI channel on a Patch by Patch basis.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 14, 2012 3:52 AM (in response to CCTM)
Thanks for your thoughts CCT. It seems completely ******** to me that MS doesn't even give users the option to pass through MIDI Program Changes....there should at least be a configurable option for this.
Your idea sounds really interesting. My first thought was that I can't easily change MIDI channels on my wind controller BUT I looked at the MS options and (without being able to try things right now) it seems that it's not a matter of changing channels on the wind controller but that MS sends the channel change through to Kontakt and I don't even have to worry about it....so that'll probably work.
My second thought was that I'm going to be limited to only 16 Kontakt instruments but then I realized that each separate instance of Kontakt can hold 16 instruments i.e. 2 instances of Kontakt means up to 32 instruments....which is heaps!
I'm keen to try this solution tomorrow and let you know how it goes.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 14, 2012 3:57 AM (in response to Madddcow)
it seems that it's not a matter of changing channels on the wind controller but that MS sends the channel change through to Kontakt and I don't even have to worry about it....so that'll probably work.
It's also possible to layer sounds this way: set the multi-timbral MIDI in to the same device & channel for different 'parts'
Currently Being ModeratedDec 14, 2012 4:39 AM (in response to CCTM)
Well, you've certainly solved my problem CCT. The only thing is: I honestly thought I'd save some CPU and RAM with a solution like this but it doesn't seem to make any difference at all! That really surprises me. I know the instruments are the same regardless of whether I use multiple Kontakt instances or a single instance with multiple instruments but I figured that each separate Kontakt instance would raise the total overhead a bit more. I'm using the CPU and RAM meter in MS v2.1.3 which apparently isn't as accurate as v2.2.2 so I'll have to experiment with v2.2.2 also.