On screen keyboard with multiple instruments loaded?

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SoriceConsulting
SoriceConsulting Member Posts: 6 Member

When I load multiple instruments into an instance of Kontakt 7.4, the on-screen keyboard is tied to the first instrument loaded and does not change when you select another instrument. In this screenshot I have Strummer Guitar, Foundations Piano and Foundations Strings loaded. The keyboard you see is for the Guitar. I would expect that if I select one of the other instruments, I would see its keyboard (showing playable range, keyswitches) - but the keyboard always shows the Guitar (ie, the first loaded instrument).

Am I missing a setting - or a concept?


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  • PoorFellow
    PoorFellow Moderator Posts: 3,671 mod
    edited July 2023 Answer ✓
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    I did "Load Kontakt as an instrument onto a track in my DAW." and then in editing Kontakt instrumetns "Load multiple instruments in Kontakt" just as I do when it is stand-alone but that just makes it look like when using Kontakt stand alone where I have the instruments stacked one above / below the other and where I can select Solo for each and everyone and thus use on-screen keyboard for them. But interface doesn't look like your picture so I am probably not doing what you are doing.

    On my screen I have the instruments stacked in an area above what you show on your picture and when that area is shown I can select using the instrument with onscreen keyboard by selecting solo. But I don't know how to make the instruments go-away to only show what your picture shows. But for me at least then I can make on-screen keyboard work for each instrument by assigning each instrument to an Aux and then in turn choose to set the instrument as solo one by one and thus use on-screen keyboard with all of them one by one ! Only instrument must both be selected and set as Solo when I minimize instrument Windows to connect it to on-screen keyboard. then afterwards I can maximize again and select another instrument and so on. (if i do not minimize I can not see on-screen keyboard !?) And after that then return to DAW .

    Anyway , If that does not work for you then don't waste time on me with this. I'd also rather take things as they come when I have the need.

    Sorry if my suggestion were not of any help !

  • SoriceConsulting
    SoriceConsulting Member Posts: 6 Member
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    Thanks PoorFellow! Your suggestion to set the instrument for which you want to see the keyboard to "Solo" works! Many thanks!!

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  • Uwe303
    Uwe303 Moderator Posts: 3,260 mod
    edited July 2023
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    Hello,

    That's the way it is, you can use several instrument tracks as far as I know.

  • SoriceConsulting
    SoriceConsulting Member Posts: 6 Member
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    Thanks Uwe303. I know you can use several (separate) tracks, each with its own instance of Kontakt (and each instrument shows its own on-screen keyboard). But that does not answer my question (about multiple instruments in one instance of Kontakt) as explained in my original question.

  • PoorFellow
    PoorFellow Moderator Posts: 3,671 mod
    edited July 2023
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    I am rather new to all of this so I don't know anything about "load multiple instruments into an instance" , so I don't know if my suggestion have any relevance since I don't know how to switch interface into what I see on your picture , but if there is a 'Solo' option that you can use when switching then that could maybe switch on-screen keyboard to instruments. At least it does so when in a 'multi-rack' when loading more instruments into Kontakt 7...

    Also , I am really am not sure how exactly it works but I also noticed a setting in section 'Handling' that can set Solo mode to either 'in-place' or 'Latch' , it says in the manual that , quote :

    Solo Mode: Determines what KONTAKT will do when you attempt to activate the Solo button

    on more than one Instrument. In Place will only allow one solo Instrument at any time, so any other one will be muted; Latch will let you switch more than one Instrument into solo mode

    Ref. , page 25 : https://www.native-instruments.com/fileadmin/ni_media/downloads/manuals/kontakt/KONTAKT_7_Manual_en.pdf

  • SoriceConsulting
    SoriceConsulting Member Posts: 6 Member
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    Thanks PoorFellow. You can try this yourself. Load Kontakt as an instrument onto a track in your DAW. Load multiple instruments in Kontakt. You should notice that only the first instrument on-screen keyboard is shown (like my screenshot) - even if you switch instruments in Kontakt.

    You can probably do the same thing loading Kontakt stand-alone (ie, not as an instrument in your DAW), but I haven't tried that.

  • Uwe303
    Uwe303 Moderator Posts: 3,260 mod
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    I just wanted to tell you that kontakt just always shows the keyboard of the first instrument loaded and show you a way around at the same time

  • PoorFellow
    PoorFellow Moderator Posts: 3,671 mod
    edited July 2023 Answer ✓
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    I did "Load Kontakt as an instrument onto a track in my DAW." and then in editing Kontakt instrumetns "Load multiple instruments in Kontakt" just as I do when it is stand-alone but that just makes it look like when using Kontakt stand alone where I have the instruments stacked one above / below the other and where I can select Solo for each and everyone and thus use on-screen keyboard for them. But interface doesn't look like your picture so I am probably not doing what you are doing.

    On my screen I have the instruments stacked in an area above what you show on your picture and when that area is shown I can select using the instrument with onscreen keyboard by selecting solo. But I don't know how to make the instruments go-away to only show what your picture shows. But for me at least then I can make on-screen keyboard work for each instrument by assigning each instrument to an Aux and then in turn choose to set the instrument as solo one by one and thus use on-screen keyboard with all of them one by one ! Only instrument must both be selected and set as Solo when I minimize instrument Windows to connect it to on-screen keyboard. then afterwards I can maximize again and select another instrument and so on. (if i do not minimize I can not see on-screen keyboard !?) And after that then return to DAW .

    Anyway , If that does not work for you then don't waste time on me with this. I'd also rather take things as they come when I have the need.

    Sorry if my suggestion were not of any help !

  • SoriceConsulting
    SoriceConsulting Member Posts: 6 Member
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    Thanks PoorFellow! Your suggestion to set the instrument for which you want to see the keyboard to "Solo" works! Many thanks!!

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