Using T-series and Nektarine to easily control software sounds
Previously, we had taken a look at DAW integration.
This time we will be taking a look at [Nektarine] included with the T-series keyboards.
Nektarine can read [AU/VST/VST3] plugins, and allows you to freely control parameters on softsynths using the knobs and faders on your T-series keyboard.
By using Nektarine, you can use VST plugins within the AU only Logic.
Parameter settings can be saved and brought up in any project, allowing you to greatly improve on your workflow.
Lets take a look.
Nektar Panorama DAW Integration Video Access
To use Nektarine, first go Nektar’s website and download the installer.
After completing your product registration as mentioned in our previous article, download/install Nektarine from My Account on the site.
Setting up Nektarine
Open your DAW after opening Nektarine.
Open Nektarine like you would any other plugin.
It is categorized as a software synth and not an effect.
First scan your AU/VST plugins to display them.
Select “Plugin Options” from the “Setting” tab, and scan the designated type of plugin.
* The scanning process may take some time.
After scanning, a list of software sounds will be displayed.
In addition, you will have to rescan after purchasing/adding new soft-synth plugins.
This completes our preparation for utilizing Nektarine.
Lets go ahead and begin using Nektarine.
By clicking on this portion, you can view and select your desired plugin sounds.
We have selected Nektar’s “Bolt.”
If the window size doesn’t match up, drag on the bottom left to adjust.
Next click “Edit” to see where the parameters have been applied.
There are a variety of parameters that have been auto assigned to faders/knobs on your T-series keyboard.
Most major plugins will start with auto assigned plugins.
To control these on your keyboard, select the Instrument mode.
By changing Page, the parameters assigned to the knobs will change, allowing you to utilize different functions.
The Page can be changed from the keyboard as well.
By pressing the “Setup/Menu” button, a page list is displayed. Move the “E1/Data” knob to select your desired page, and press the “ENTER” button.
Though we took a look at using pre-assigned parameters in Nektarine, perhaps you want to customize your own settings.
This product is highly customization, and allows for freely assigning different parameter settings.
Lets take a look.
Here, we will try using the highly popular Pigments from Arturia.
Press “Edit” from the top menu.
Though there are already assigned settings, here we will apply different parameters to Page A.
All of the parameters in Pigments are displayed on the left, so simply drag the parameter onto the desired knob.
This completes the process.
Lets try setting up ADSR to the “Fader”s as well.
If you run out of parameters on your Page, add a new blank Page from “Add Page”.
To delete a Page select “Remove Page”.
You can choose whether the new Page will apply to fader or knob settings.
In addition, you can switch between Pages from the buttons below the window.
This allows for easy switching between different Pages.
How to save Presets
After completing these settings, lets go ahead and save them.
The next time you open up the same softsynth, the parameters will be re-auto applied.
Saving presets including sound patches
In addition to the parameter assignments, you can save the plugin sounds as a patch as well.
This works great for saving and using all of your sounds within Nektarine as well.
After completing your designed setting for your sound, select “Browser” and click the “+” button.
The preset will be saved like shown.
You can save as many presets as you want, and can be deleted, re-named, and tagged as well.
Using multi mode with Nektarine
Nektarine allows for a maximum of 8 plugin sounds to be layered.
You can create detailed and complex sounds, while managing them effectively.
This is incredibly useful when layering sounds.
Click on the “+” button below the softsynth plugin sounds.
A rack will be added like shown, allowing you to bring up a preset of new softsynth.
The software sounds will stack on top of one another; use the scrollbar on the left to view them.
You can continue adding sounds in the same way as shown.
When layering sounds in Nektarine, you can utilize the “Multi” mode on your T-series keyboard.
Faders 1~8 allow you to balance each plugin sounds volume, and the knobs will edit each sounds panning.
This completes our Nektar Panorama T-Series tutorial.
By using Nektarine, you can enjoy the full potential of your T-series keyboard.
In addition to the previous articles DAW integration, this is an incredibly functional product, and we recommend it for those looking for a new keyboard.