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    vobo momo

    I love love love this resource.
    For so many reasons.
    I love how the libraries are not bloated with process heavy plugins or exhaustive collections 95% of which will never see the light of day.

    Its a real shame that so much of the stuff is made in new Kontakt – I cant open anything past Kotakt 5 or 6 (player)
    Is there a way round this?

    Im kinda done giving money to NI


    m fb

    If you haven’t figured it out yet, the answer is, unfortunately, basically “no”. Newer versions of Kontakt can open up libraries made with older versions, but there is no way of opening up a new library with an older Kontakt.

    It sort of has to be that way – if the new version of Kontakt has a new kind of filter or effect or something, it’s not possible
    for the old version (which doesn’t have that filter or effect) to open the NKI properly. However, it’s a shame Kontakt doesn’t have an “save minimal compatibility version” or something that saves sample and group mapping and loop points and even envelopes in a fashion compatible with say Kontakt 2, that almost everyone could open, and that’s the most tedious part of recreating the NKI by hand in an older version. I guess NI would rather have us shell out for the new Kontakt!


    Hi Vobo!
    Thanks for your comments. As you know, Pianobook is not just a resource, it is a community. As such, you can help us by picking an instrument you particularly like in Kontakt, and translate it into a free format such as DecentSampler or SFZ. Then upload it back to the community.

    If everyone did just one translation, we would quickly have free open versions of all the instruments (we need about 300 done).

    Can you help out?


    How simple is it to convert an instrument from Kontakt to DecentSampler ?


    Not gonna lie. I have converted several Kontakt instrumets to SFZ and DecentSampler by hand. It is time consuming (so pick one you really love).
    If you have Kontakt 6, there is this LUA script that makes it easier:
    For SFZ
    For DecentSampler

    First thing to do is to find an SFZ or DecentSampler instrument that is similar to the one you want to convert so you have a template.
    Here is more info:
    Using the LUA script:

    By Hand:

    The community thanks you!

    nimbo stratus


    thank you, do you know how to handle the open/close etc here in the 48279_UilleannPipes_KelanRooney_KONTAKT here on Piano Book?

    Drones Close B0.wav
    Drones Close C1.wav
    Drones Close D1.wav
    Drones Room B0.wav
    Drones Room C1.wav
    Drones Room D1.wav
    Longs Close rr1 a3.wav
    Longs Close rr1 a4.wav
    Longs Close rr1 b3.wav
    Longs Close rr1 c#4.wav
    Longs Close rr1 c4.wav
    Longs Close rr1 d3.wav
    Longs Close rr1 d4.wav
    Longs Close rr1 e3.wav
    Longs Close rr1 e4.wav
    Longs Close rr1 f#3.wav
    Longs Close rr1 f#4.wav
    Longs Close rr1 g3.wav
    Longs Close rr1 g4.wav
    Longs Close rr2 a3.wav
    Longs Close rr2 a4.wav
    Longs Close rr2 b3.wav
    Longs Close rr2 c#4.wav
    Longs Close rr2 c4.wav
    Longs Close rr2 d3.wav
    Longs Close rr2 d4.wav
    Longs Close rr2 e3.wav
    Longs Close rr2 e4.wav
    Longs Close rr2 f#3.wav
    Longs Close rr2 f#4.wav
    Longs Close rr2 g3.wav
    Longs Close rr2 g4.wav
    Longs Room rr1 a3.wav
    Longs Room rr1 a4.wav
    Longs Room rr1 b3.wav
    Longs Room rr1 c#4.wav
    Longs Room rr1 c4.wav
    Longs Room rr1 d3.wav

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