FrantzM wrote: the professor wrote: thecontrolcentre wrote:
chokehold wrote:If it's Kontakt it's sample-based, so is it really a synthesizer?
Not a synth and of no use to me.
It's a synth!
No, it's not. Synthesizing drums is quite different than playing back drum samples through a filter.
They're not "drum samples". There are no "drum samples" in Grit Kit. You won't find a single snare, kick, hat or cymbal in there! Just the building blocks you need to create - or, dare I say it, synthesise
- these. Did you watch the vid?
If you want to make a cymbal in Grit Kit, or a hi-hat, you do it by combining two different flavours of analogue noise from a choice of seven noise waveforms. All of these waves came from analogue hardware synths (just like the sines, triangles etc you might start with to create a snare or a kick). Then you add on a sampled transient, again analogue in origin, and balance the results. Adjust pitch. Slam the whole lot through the filter, and an Attack / Decay envelope, plus distortion for waveshaping, plus an amp modulator routed to velocity and / or source sample selection for the waveforms.
If that kind of thing isn't synthesis, then neither is what the Roland D50 or any of the Yamaha SY series (or thousands of other synths) do!
It's almost exactly the same process as on, say, a Vermona or a Syncussion, the only difference being that the initial waves waves are coming from disk instead of from a chip. Okay, we have a sampled attack transient instead of a chip-generated "click", but you know what? It sounds better
Kontakt isn't the world's most obvious dedicated platform for synthesis (compared to being a sample-playback instrument, which of course is its primary focus), but it's more capable than you might think. It has the modulation options to do a basic subtractive synth standing on its head. What it really lacks is sophisticated routing for that modulation, so it inevitably falls down when you try to do something more modular or complex. But with thoughtful scripting working away behind the scenes it can turn in a serious performance as a synth. We do it all the time: the majority of our stuff is sample-playback only (eg, all the drum machines we sample); but a growing minority are fully-fledged synths. Just because they're hosted by Kontakt doesn't change that.