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Instrument Accessibility Database

AIR Music Technology

Xpand!2

All 2400+ presets are available through the NKS package. Sound sources cannot be accessibly loaded to the layers, but the staggering number of presets makes this a minor issue. The controls are comprehensively named.

Embertone

Crystal Flute

  • NKS Compatibility: No
  • Download Method: Direct
  • Accessibility Rating: 4/5

Single NKI file with articulations controlled via keyswitches. The default reverb may be a bit excessive, and sighted assistance is necessary to regulate it.

Joshua Bell Violin

Most important parameters are mapped. Switching control presets currently requires the use of OCR. Abundant articulation keyswitches in all presets.

Shire Whistle

  • NKS Compatibility: No
  • Download Method: Direct
  • Accessibility Rating: 4/5

Separate NKIs for different vibrato types. The default reverb may be a bit excessive, and sighted assistance is necessary to regulate it.

Walker 1955 Concert D

  • NKS Compatibility: Yes
  • Download Method: Continuata 1
  • Accessibility Rating: 5/5

The NKI shows up under a slightly differently named product than the snapshots, presumably because the snapshots can work with both the lite and full versions of the instrument. Regardless, they all load with no issues and all the parameters are properly mapped.

Evolution Series

World Colors Clar-Duduk

The library has a few .NKI instruments, which use either the mod wheel, have legato, or replace the mod wheel with key switches. All three parameters are mapped.

Heavyocity

Master Sessions

  • NKS Compatibility: Yes
  • Download Method: Heavyocity Portal
  • Accessibility Rating: 4.5/5

All parameters are mapped, including effect sends and settings. There is no way to easily know what the center key for each instrument is, but it can be figured out by ear.

Impact Soundworks

Shreddage 3 Stratus Free

  • NKS Compatibility: Mapped via Kontakt
  • Download Method: Direct
  • Accessibility Rating: 4.5/5

Most parameters are mapped. Some of the mapped parameters apply only to the paid version of the product and will not have any effect on the free instrument.

In Session Audio

Fruit Shake

  • NKS Compatibility: Yes
  • Download Method: Direct
  • Accessibility Rating: 3/5

Decent number of presets and parameters, but very limited control of sequencer and which shakers are loaded.

Orchestral Tools

Berlin Orchestra Inspire and Berlin Orchestra Inspire 2

  • NKS Compatibility: Yes
  • Download Method: Native Access
  • Accessibility Rating: 2/5

While presets are available for all instruments and articulations, only attack, release, and volume are mapped to Komplete Kontrol knobs. There is no control overany of the other parameters available through the interface, including the time machine slider.

Red Room Audio

Palette Orchestral Series

  • NKS Compatibility: Yes
  • Download Method: Direct
  • Accessibility Rating: 5/5

All patches are properly named and categorized. All meaningful parameters are mapped and named for all instrument categories.

Soniccouture

Music Boxes

  • NKS Compatibility: Yes
  • Download Method: Direct
  • Accessibility Rating: 5/5

The library contains a single patch. The volume of the two music boxes and the “stretch” pad-like sound can be adjusted separately. All other controls, including various effects, are well-mapped.

Sonokinetic

Ostinato Noir

  • NKS Compatibility: Yes
  • Download Method: Sonokinetic Manager
  • Accessibility Rating: 5/5

All parameters are mapped. Abundant keyswitches allow full control of the library.

Soundiron

Apocalypse Percussion Ensemble

  • NKS Compatibility: Micro and Elements versions only
  • Download Method: Soundiron Installer
  • Accessibility Rating: 2.5/5

The kits are all different presets. However, the mic positions, reverb, and other parameters are NOT editable in the full ensemble version. For now, only ELements gives us enough accessibility, but the sample content is much more limited.

Requiem Light

  • NKS Compatibility: Yes
  • Download Method: Soundiron Installer
  • Accessibility Rating: 5/5

All syllables in all patches are accessed by keyswitches. Controls are well mapped. It is even possible to select the bank and impulse for the reverb.

Spitfire Audio

BBC Symphony Orchestra

  • NKS Compatibility: Yes (.NKSF files are downloaded together with the different sections)
  • Download Method: Spitfire Audio App
  • Accessibility Rating: 4.5/5

Every patch has an NKSF file associated with it. All mic positions and basic parameters are mapped to Komplete Kontrol, and articulations are accessed via keyswitches. It is currently impossible to purge unused samples from RAM, which can be a bit of a problem given the huge size of this library.

Originals

Cinematic Soft Piano

  • NKS Compatibility: Yes (.NKSF files are downloaded with the instrument)
  • Download Method: Spitfire Audio App
  • Accessibility Rating: 5/5

All parameters are mapped accross two pages, for the five available patches.

String Theories

All Libraries

  • NKS Compatibility: No
  • Download Method: Direct
  • Accessibility Rating: 5/5

The only parameter controllable through the UI is usually mapped to CC1. On some libraries, a secondary parameter is on CC11.

Zero-G

Ethera Gold

Currently, only the Core Synth module is mapped through Kontakt. While it would be nice to see mappings for the other modules, they are usable without them, partly because of the sheer amount of included presets, or because they are not needed, in the case of the true legato engine.

Psycho-Acoustics

  • NKS Compatibility: Mapped through Kontakt
  • Download Method: Direct
  • Accessibility Rating: 4.5/5

Most if not all of the parameters seem to be mapped, including the next and previous sound controls for both layers. The grouping, however, is not uniform at all and it can be pretty confusing to navigate.


  1. Since the Continuata application is not accessible to screen reading software, we recommend requesting manual links, by clicking here