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  • NKS INSTALLER Update for selected products

    Dear Forum Community, 

    We have just released an update of our NKS compatible products, available in your Vienna Assistant => Additionals!

    The following products are now supported: 

    • FREE Big Bang Orchestra
    • FREE Fujara Flute
    • FREE Soft Imperial
    • FREE Celestial Strings
    • FREE Violin Runs
    • FREE Harp Glissandos
    • Big Bang Orchestra: Andromeda
    • Big Bang Orchestra: Black Eye
    • Big Bang Orchestra - Tana
    • Big Bang Orchestra - Ursa
    • Big Bang Orchestra - Vega
    • Big Bang Orchestra - Wallia
    • Big Bang Orchestra - Xenia
    • Big Bang Orchestra - Ymir
    • Big Bang Orchestra - Zodiac
    • Big Bang Orchestra - Altair
    • Epic Orchestra 2.0
    • Synchron Prime Edition
    • Synchron Yamaha CFX
    • Synchron Concert D-274
    • Synchron Bösendorfer Imperial
    • Synchron Bösendorfer Upright
    • Synchron Bösendorfer 280 VC
    • Synchron Blüthner 1895
    • German Upright 1904
    • Synchron Strings I
    • Synchron FX Strings I
    • Synchron Power Drums
    • SYNCHRON-ized Appassionata Strings
    • SYNCHRON-ized Chamber Strings
    • SYNCHRON-ized Dimension Strings
    • SYNCHRON-ized Dimension Brass
    • SYNCHRON-ized Woodwinds
    • SYNCHRON-ized Elements
    • SYNCHRON-ized Special Editions
    • Vienna Smart Hits
    • Vienna Smart Orchestra
    • Vienna Smart Spheres

    Best,
    Paul


    Paul Kopf Product Manager VSL
  • I can't seem to figure out how to show Smart Orchestra in Kontakt. Is that possible without a NI controller?


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    Hi!

    Our libraries can't run in Kontakt. The Smart Orchestra runs in our free Synchron Player - simply download and install it from MyVSL.
    With the NKS Installer you are able to run the library inside of NI's Komplete Kontrol.

    Best, Ben


    Ben@VSL | IT & Product Specialist
  • Any idea when synchron strings pro will have an NKS installer? I assumed there would be one by now ? 


  • Hi, 

    I hope we can add those additional NKS installers in the not-so-distant future. We have to run them by NI, which also takes some additional time. So  I can't give you an ETA, but we have it on our list. 

    Best, 
    Paul


    Paul Kopf Product Manager VSL
  • Any update on NKS for Synchron Strings Pro and Elite Strings?


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    @Paul said:

    Hi, 

    I hope we can add those additional NKS installers in the not-so-distant future. We have to run them by NI, which also takes some additional time. So  I can't give you an ETA, but we have it on our list. 

    Best, 
    Paul

    So Any updates on NKS installers for Synchron Strings pro yet . It's been well over a year now since I last checked. 


  • Hi everybody, 

    It's been quite a year, but now we can focus on those great add-ons again!
    More NKS presets in the making. Synchron Strings Pro is next on the list. 

    Best, 
    Paul


    Paul Kopf Product Manager VSL
  • Hi all

    I'm happy to announce, that we could increase the number of NKS supported products with

    • FREE Fujara Flute
    • FREE Soft Imperial
    • FREE Celestial Strings
    • FREE Violin Runs
    • FREE Harp Glissandos
    • Synchron Prime Edition
    • Synchron Bösendorfer 280 VC
    • Synchron Bösendorfer Imperial

    Additional products are already worked upon 

    All the best

    Gabriel


  • Hi everybody,

    As promised we prepared the next set of NKS presets for our libraries:

    • German Upright 1904
    • Big Bang Orchestra - Tana
    • Big Bang Orchestra - Ursa
    • Big Bang Orchestra - Vega
    • Big Bang Orchestra - Wallia
    • Big Bang Orchestra - Xenia
    • Big Bang Orchestra - Ymir
    • Big Bang Orchestra - Zodiac
    • Big Bang Orchestra - Altair

    are now NKS ready and the list will continue to grow!

    All the best

    Gabriel


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    Is NKS for Synchron Strings pro coming soon ? Its been a long wait .

    @gabriel81 said:

    Hi everybody,

    As promised we prepared the next set of NKS presets for our libraries:

    • German Upright 1904
    • Big Bang Orchestra - Tana
    • Big Bang Orchestra - Ursa
    • Big Bang Orchestra - Vega
    • Big Bang Orchestra - Wallia
    • Big Bang Orchestra - Xenia
    • Big Bang Orchestra - Ymir
    • Big Bang Orchestra - Zodiac
    • Big Bang Orchestra - Altair

    are now NKS ready and the list will continue to grow!

    All the best

    Gabriel


  • Hello Craig,

    We'll continue in providing updates, with the goal to have almost1) all Synchron and Synchronized products available for nks.

    I just can't provide any timeframe or details on the next updates, especially as we also always need to run them through an approval process from Native Instruments.

    All the best

    Gabriel

    1) Currently Organ and Harp Player are not kompatible to NKS, so no immediate plans for libraries based on these players yet


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    Doesn't seem to be the next one

     

    Is NKS for Synchron Strings pro coming soon ? Its been a long wait .


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    @Psalmster said:

    Any update on NKS for Synchron Strings Pro and Elite Strings?

    As this question was raised first last year, may I also ask again when you intend to add NKS compatibility to the "Elite Strings" library?


  • Hi!

    NKS is still on our radar, but no updates are waiting around the corner.

    Best,
    Andreas


    VSL Team | Product Specialist & Media Editing
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    @Andreas8420 said:

    Hi!

    NKS is still on our radar, but no updates are waiting around the corner.

    Best,
    Andreas

    Being an Austrian, even living here in Vienna - only a few kilometers away from your head quarters - doesn't prevent me from being a little bit disappointed in the meantime. Honestly, your products really seem to be outstanding; but as much as I'd be willing to support VSL by buying additional libraries, it must be mentioned here at this point that I think that VSL is heavily underestimating the needs some sample library users might have, especially when it comes to achieving a quick and convenient workflow. You may turn it as you like, but a serious NKS support in conjunction with VST3 plugins is simply a must-have nowadays.

    Still I don't understand why any libraries you are giving away for free are natively providing NKS-support right out of the box, while others, even newer "commercial" VSL libraries simply don't. VSL is officially mentioned as NI's "NKS certified partner"; however, I must really point out that your list of NKS-supported products hasn't been growing since more than a whole year. In fact, I feel a little bit fooled, having purchased the "Elite Strings" library long ago, still hoping that someday it would be made fully NKS-supported by VSL. After all, you cannot deny that it was already on your "To-Do" list long ago; and that was even the trigger for me to purchase that library. All those special sales you are offering from time to time are looking very nice at first glance, but in fact they are not bringing any added value to many users, just because of the fact that many of your libraries are still lacking of any related NKS support. Maybe it would be really necessary for VSL to hire some additional staff in order to get this job done finally. Please take a look at your direct competitors; they have at least understood how to read the signs of the times. Just my 2 cents, but as mentioned, I'm sure I'm not the only one thinking like that.


  • I fully agree with you assessment. The speed is disappointing .Synchron Strings Pro was next Paul wrote in May 2022 more than a year ago and in the mean time we got again a lot of Big Bang stuff and non of the Synchron products. Maybe the conceived idea is that Synchron users do not use Komplete. Kontrol NKS. I personally have made light guides plus knobs control for all classical instruments except for non tuned percussion I own for my KK S61 keyboard. That helps as most libraries have, plus minus a few notes, on the outside of the range, the same playing range for the instruments and many have CC 1, 11, 2 and 7 for the same purpose, Vibrato is often less standardized. so I programmed two knobs which I use dependent on the library vendor. That I have combined with articulations buttons on an ipad using Metagrid with Art Conductor. So in the mean time I do not really need NKS for those instruments. Just unptiched percussion instruments are far from standardized on a keyboard. so there NKS would save a lot of time.

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    More than half a year later, may I ask again how long it still may take VSL to release the next "NKS installer" package which was initially scheduled for August?

    At least that was Paul's latest communicated forecast, especially related to NKS support for Elite Strings or other String-based libraries that were on the NKS "to-do" list for a long time already.


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    Hello,

    Sorry that the new NKS presets take way longer than we originally expected. We must redo the installer, add support for MK3 hardware and fix several topics to keep compatible with new Komplete Kontrol updates, which just takes some time.

    As I understand the desire, I prepared a NKS custom preset

    • Download "VSL default.zip" from this posts attachment
    • Unzip/Extract the preset "VSL default.nks" into
      • Windows: C:\Users\\Documents\Native Instruments\User Content\Vienna Synchron Player\
      • MacOS: Macintosh HD > User > > Documents > Native Instruments > User Content > Vienna Synchron Player

    To open this custom preset

    • Click on the “Head” Icon in Komplete Kontrol
    • Optionally search for VSL
    • Open the Preset "VSL Default" (Screenshots from Komplete Kontrol 2.9.x and 3x as below)

    Now you can open any of our VSL Presets (Elite, Synchron Strings Pro …) – VelXF sus MOD will always work best - and start playing

    The preset maps all common controls (Expresssion, VelXF, Timbre, Humanization, ...) as well as CC20 and CC03 which are used for several instruments as Dimension Controller (Duality Strings, Elite Strings, ...)

    If you want, you can just save this preset with the instrumented loaded as new custom preset:

    • File -> Save As (This will allow you to find it as described above)

    These custom presets now will allow you to:

    • Utilize the Light Guide for all our Synchron Player Instruments
    • Directly control the most common parameters of our instruments from your keyboard

    Things that are not supported will be:

    • Displaying the artwork (on NKS keyboard and within Komplete Kontrol Software)
    • Full utilization of the browser inclusive audio previews

    Please let me know if this helps or if you run into any problems

    All the best, and I really hope to be able to release official NKS factory presets very soon again!

    Gabriel


  • Dear all

    I just updated the previous post with regarding the "VSL default" preset.
    This preset was tested it with the requested libraries (Elite Strings, Synchron Strings Pro) and hopefully can help until the official releases will be available.

    All the best

    Gabriel