NCW <-> WAV converter

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KVRer
3 posts since 2 Nov, 2019

Post Thu Dec 26, 2019 5:51 am

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Hello

I've made a small utility that converts between Kontakt NCW and WAV files. Though there are different ways of doing this using Kontakt, may be someone would find it useful.

Utility is in test state. I've tested it on Kontakt instruments I have and it seems to work, though NCW is a closed format so I might miss some tricks and nuances that may appear with other instruments. So if someone wants to test it - I'd appreciate that.

Converter is not highly optimized so while it works faster than Kontakt in one direction (WAV->NCW), it's slower in other direction (NCW->WAV).

Using is more or less obvious, nevertheless there's a text file with detailed explanation in the archive.
Converter
https://wdho.ru/99cH (https://wdho.ru/99cH)

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Small additional utiliy.
Sometimes Kontakt creates WAV files that it marks as 'standard' while they are not standard actually. The difference is in the WAV header size (it must be 16 bytes for standard header, while Kontakt sometimes makes it 20 bytes). Some programs don't accept such files ('SOX' for example). This utility corrects the header size.
It may also be useful if you are going to test my converter by comparing files with those generated by Kontakt, because my converter creates WAV files according to standard (16 bytes header).
WAV corrector
https://wdho.ru/99cG (https://wdho.ru/99cG)
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If you want to write your own converter - you are welcome. I'd share the information I have.

KVRer
1 posts since 29 Apr, 2020

Post Wed Apr 29, 2020 9:57 am

Any chance this will work on mac?

KVRian
1451 posts since 19 Mar, 2008 from germany

Post Sat May 02, 2020 5:24 am

ASTN wrote:
Thu Dec 26, 2019 5:51 am
Hello

I've made a small utility that converts between Kontakt NCW and WAV files. Though ...
Thanks ASTN for this great conversion tool! :clap:

You really did a great job - especially since there are a lot of "free" NCW files.
They could be converted into normal WAVs and worked on for personal use. :tu:

What I have a hard time with, though, is the command-line operation. :(
Is there any chance that you create a GUI version? That would be super
awesome. :pray:
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KVRAF
2063 posts since 3 Dec, 2006

Post Sat May 02, 2020 5:51 am

Cool!!

KVRist
71 posts since 29 Apr, 2011 from Cologne, Germany

Post Sat Sep 05, 2020 7:00 am

2233916 wrote:
Wed Apr 29, 2020 9:57 am
Any chance this will work on mac?
Works with WINE, at least on Linux, probably on macOS too, then.

KVRer
2 posts since 24 Apr, 2021

Post Fri Apr 23, 2021 6:53 pm

i am very interesting your project.could you upload a scorce code?otherwise,i need reverse Engineering your software。

KVRer
2 posts since 24 Apr, 2021

Post Fri Apr 23, 2021 6:56 pm

may i know how did you get the format of the ncw?did you reverse enginnered the kontakt?i found the kontakt was encrypted.i dont know how to Reverse Engineering.Could you help me?

KVRAF
3257 posts since 2 Jul, 2005

Post Sat May 08, 2021 5:06 pm

Encrypted library files may take another layer of processing to get out of the container files that kontakt libraries use. This may also violate the EULA. As long as it is for your own use though, there should be no real problems. Just don't start sending those files around. Many current player Libraries are watermarked with your personal info and it is definitely a nono to redistribute the encrypted library files (even if the watermark isn't enough of a deterrent). This is cool though. I like to be able to use files that I've paid for in whatever way aid most useful to me.
Don't F**K with Mr. Zero.

KVRAF
2063 posts since 3 Dec, 2006

Post Sat May 08, 2021 10:19 pm

I want to try this with my Kontakt Library

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