A Kontakt Template Instrument for the Pianobook community and a set of power-tools turned into a synth.............

The story

While creating a group of sample packs for Pianobook, I decided to use a lot of the same FX and parameters over several projects to test ways of performing/composing using different sounds/samples on similar virtual instrument set-ups. This also allowed me to streamline my workflow, as I didn’t have to start from scratch with each new sample pack.

As I was making my second Pianobook sample pack of February 2022 (Baseboard Buzz), I had the idea of creating a Kontakt template instrument from previous projects that I could use as a framework for any new set of samples. Inspired by the work/generosity of others in the community (including Dave Hilowitz and his Kontakt template:, I decided to design the template to be accessible to Pianobook Kontakt users.

Once you’ve replaced the samples (power-tools recorded with a Zoom H2n) in any given group with your own, there may still be some tweaking to do under the hood in the group/mapping/wave editors (full instructions below in the images section), but there isn’t any scripting required and you have immediate access to several parameters and controls.

I hope some of you find this useful and please let me know (in the forum or in a review) if you have any suggestions for how to make this template instrument better.


– This template is pre-loaded with a grid of sound-design samples of several power-tools that are used in framing/construction (recorded with a Zoom H2n). These recordings were then processed and constructively equalized to create the final samples.

– Four groups (A, B, C, D) with individual on/off switches and volume controls:

A: Short notes from one Wired Drill and two Battery Powered Drills, all of different makes.
B: Long notes from these same Drills.
C: Short notes from a Skill Saw, a Jigsaw, and an Angle Grinder.
D: Long notes from these same Cutting Tools.

These groups can be played at the same time, or in any combination, and it can be fun to map the volume of a group (or several groups) to a midi CC number. Note: Playing multiple groups at high volume levels can cause clipping, especially at high velocity levels and with high voice counts.

– Start: Sample Offset control slider to start the samples up to 0.2 seconds in.
Note: This will be reset once you swap-in your samples, so if you want to use this function you will have to set the “S. Mod” of the desired samples to 12500 (which is approximately 0.25s), or to another amount, in the Wave Editor. If you want Sample Offset up to 2 seconds in (with “S. Mod” at 100200), you can use Baseboard Buzz as a template (which is the same in all other respects) or you can message me, and I can help you adjust this in Creator Tools.

– Envelope Control Sliders:

Cv: Attack Curve
A: Attack
H: Attack Hold
D: Decay
S: Sustain
R: Release

– FX0 Dial (pre-loaded with the cut-off control of a Low Pass Filter, LPF).

– FX1 Dial (pre-loaded with the cut-off control of a High Pass Filter, HPF).

– FX2 Bypass Button (pre-loaded with a Low-Cut EQ bypass button).

– FX3 Control, with Bypass Button (pre-loaded with Tape Saturation, mapped to CC1).

– FX4 Control, with Bypass Button (pre-loaded with Compression, mapped to CC1).

– SendFX0 Dial (pre-loaded with a Plate Reverb control).

– SendFX1 Dial (pre-loaded with a Room Reverb control).

Note: All FX can be adjusted/tweaked and/or swapped-out under the hood.

– Volume mapped to CC11.

WARNING!: Clipping/clicking/digital-distortion may occur when using full FX levels, especially at high velocity levels and with high voice counts.

Note: This template instrument requires the latest version of Kontakt 6 and a basic understanding of how to use Kontakt to create sample instruments. I have included all of the NI files, just in case you would like to make your own adjustments. Please feel free to kontakt me if you have any questions!

Note: The mapped midi CC assignments can be removed, if needed. The CC11 modulator can be removed by pressing on the wrench icon (to go under the hood), going to the “Mod” tab for each group, selecting the desired modulator, then right clicking to open the “Delete” dialogue box. While under the hood, the other CC assignments can be removed by right clicking the corresponding effect parameters and selecting “Remove MIDI Automation”: Tape “Gain” & “Warmth”, and SuperGT “Compress”. As stated above, any of the FX and the EQ (for the Low-Cut) can also be adjusted under the hood.

New Note: I’ve discovered that some of the sliders can be a bit difficult to use at their lowest settings (at the bottom of the bar), so I will address this scaling issue when I get a chance.


Reviews for Framework

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  • Trend Setter

    Sage has already shown this community that he can make wonderful instruments time and time again. This submission is his way of helping Pianobook members do the same. Kontakt is scary and confusing at first, and Sage is helping newcomers climb the initial learning curve to becoming a skilled samplists. This instrument is the beginning of a new type of submission to Pianobook that draws back the curtain to better the community. Thank you Sage. I look forward to seeing what people create using your framework.

    obolig14 March 2022
  • An incredible tool!

    Sage has put some seriously serious work into this Kontakt package, showing the power of this community. It gives some incredible potential to those who are interested into digging deeper or learning something more about sampling.

    This whole thing comes with some samples too, and for those who are interested to know about that default sound, it's a heavily textured synth sound that almost resembles the sound of the sea. It's very interesting, and along with all the options Sage has set as a template, it has increble potential in case you want to dig deeper into sampling.

    I'd personally go with a more neutral and less cluttered UI, though I'm sure this is a completely personal preference. Perhaps a second tab with more information about the project would be helpful for those who got it in a rush.

    Alex Raptakis21 March 2022