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Hints And Tips 1: INSTALLATION GUIDE

29 Apr

INSTALLATION GUIDE FOR PRODUCTS BY STREZOV SAMPLING
tutorial written by Robin Birner and Gregory Paxton

First of all, let me congratulate you on your purchase of a sample library made by Strezov Sampling. A huge amount of work went into creating these libraries and I hope you will have as much fun writing music with them as I do.

This little tutorial is meant to guide you through the process of how to install and create a quick load slot inside Kontakt for any library by Strezov Sampling. You can also apply this procedure to all other Kontakt libraries available which require the full of version of Kontakt by Native Instruments.

Please note that it is necessary to own the full version of Kontakt in order to use Strezov Sampling products, since they do not support the free Kontakt Player. If you own the Kontakt Player only, the libraries will stop working after 30 minutes.

PC Guide:

1. Downloading the files

Once your order is completed you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing the details of your purchase and, even more important, your own personal download links to get what you paid for.

Due to the sheer file size the libraries are usually divided into several seperate .rar archives for a better download experience. In most cases, these include one instrument and many samples archives. To get all functions of your products working you have to download all files.

I recommend downloading your archives into one seperate folder in which you want to place the complete library folder later.
So, if you're about to install e.g. the French Horns of the AMS line, simply create a new folder on your harddrive.

In this case, I created a folder on my harddrive just for all the Strezov Sampling products I own containing seperate folders for each library. This way you always have a good overview of what you already own.

2. Unpacking the archives

After you have finished downloading all files, your folder will look similar to this:

Now you have to unpack the archives next. For this step you need a software capable of unpacking .rar files. The most used one on PCs is called WinRAR, which you can download by clicking the following link: http://www.win-rar.com/download.html?&L=1

If you're on Mac, I recommend giving The Unarchiver a try. http://unarchiver.c3.cx/

In the following example WinRAR is used because I am a PC guy (I am not sorry for that), but as Mac user I am sure you won't have any problem to follow because the process is basically the same.

First open the Instruments .rar file, it should look like that.

Then click the button I highlighted on the screenshot above. The following menu will appear.

If you did create a seperate folder for your library, it will automatically choose the right path. However, you have to delete the last block, because we want all the files to be extracted into the folder we've just created – in this case the AMS French Horns folder. So simply delete everything behind AMS French Horns in the highlighted path and we're ready to roll.

After clicking OK the program will extract all the Kontakt Instruments and scripts.

When finished with that, open the first archive of the samples.

Now repeat the Unpacking process and make sure to extract the files into the same folder. Again you‘ll have to delete the last block of the path or it will create another seperate folder just for the samples. Once the Unpacking has finished your library folder (in this case again AMS French Horns) should look like this.

The instruments and samples folder as well as the .nkc and .nkr files have to be in the exact same folder or you will get an error message when trying to load the patches inside Kontakt. You're now ready to enjoy your new samples.

3. Creating a Quick Load Slot in Kontakt

To get you rolling you do not need to create a Quick Load Slot. However, I highly recommend you do, since it makes working in Kontakt faster and more efficient.

Start your sequencer and load up an instance of Kontakt (it also works in standalone mode).

Click the Quick Load button inside Kontakt to bring up the Quick Load folder.

Here you can add your favourite Instruments from your Kontakt libraries as well as whole customized Multies or Banks. By right clicking your mouse you can create new folders and build your own structure. As you can see on the screenshot above, up to now I have only created one folder for my choir patches.

Now navigate to the folder into which you installed your new library inside Kontakt using the file browser on the left.

You can add the patches you want to be able to have instant access to by simply dragging and dropping them into their corresponding Quick Load folders in the middle of your Kontakt instance.

In this example I have created a new Quick Load folder called AMS – Horns and added the Clusters and Risers & Falls patch into it.

I hope you’ll find this tutorial helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the official Strezov Sampling support for further clarification.

 

MAC Guide:

By now, you should have received a confirmation email with details about your order, and the the download links to your new product.

Because some Strezov libraries can be quite large, the downloads may be divided into several .rar archives. Once you have downloaded all the files for your product, you will need to use an extraction utility such as The Unarchiver (recommended) or UnRarX to unpack these files.

DOWNLOAD THE FILES

Typically on a Mac, your web browser (Safari, or another designated browser) will launch once you click on the download links, and the browser will direct the files into a default “Downloads” folder. However, we recommend creating a destination folder of your own, and then directing the download to that folder, especially if you want to install onto another drive where you have more space. Below, I’m directing the download to “My New Strezov Product” on an external drive:

TIP: You can specify a new download location within the browser itself by going to Safari > Preferences, then select the “File Download location” tab and choose “other” to set your own destination path. This is similar in other browsers, like Chrome.

Of course, you can always download to any location you choose, then move the respective files to their final destination at a later date.

UNPACKING THE ARCHIVE FILES

Once everything has been downloaded, its time to extract the .rar files. First make sure that you have download ALL the linked files. Failing to do so will result in an incomplete product, or perhaps not extract at all. Below is a similar example, inside of the the folder I created, where the main product folder and archive files are waiting to be assembled. Your particular Strezov product may be much larger, and hence have considerably more .rar files to unpack.

   

Whether using The Unarchiver or UnRarX, extraction automatically begins once you click on the first “part1.rar” file. Be sure to select that first file. That’s all you need to do! The other files will unpack automatically into the same destination folder, once you begin.

Alternately, you can open the extraction utility by command-clicking on the first .rar file (pictured below), and choose the utility directly.  As always, you can also open the application directly and then navigate to the files you wish to extract.

Depending on the size of the Strezov library you have purchased, the extraction process can take quite a while, so be patient! You can monitor the progress of the utility at is extracts the files.

 

Once everything has been properly unpacked, you will have a complete product download, with all the relevant samples, patch names, and essential Kontakt files.

ORGANIZING THE FILES

IMPORTANT - Because of a peculiarity when downloading and unpacking on a Mac, the extracted Sample folder will not automatically merge into the main product folder (which you have also downloaded separately from the archive files). To avoid confusion, open each of these two folders, similarly named (depending on the order you download and extracted, one of these might have a “-1” added to the folder name), per the screenshot below.

 

So everything is structured correctly, Mac users will need to manually move the Samples from the extracted folder, and then place this inside the main product folder.

 

Once you have moved the Samples folder into the main folder, and are confident everything is downloaded and unpacked properly, you can delete the .rar files from your drive. However, you may also wish to store the .rar files should you wish to reinstall the product at some point. Your final folder will look similar to this, containing the Data, Instruments, Samples, and relative Kontakt files:

 

Creating a Quick Load Slot in Kontakt

 

To get you rolling you do not need to create a Quick Load Slot. However, I highly recommend you do, since it makes working in Kontakt faster and more efficient.

Start your sequencer and load up an instance of Kontakt (it also works in standalone mode).

Click the Quick Load button inside Kontakt to bring up the Quick Load folder.

Here you can add your favourite Instruments from your Kontakt libraries as well as whole customized Multies or Banks. By right clicking your mouse you can create new folders and build your own structure. As you can see on the screenshot above, up to now I have only created one folder for my choir patches.

Now navigate to the folder into which you installed your new library inside Kontakt using the file browser on the left.

You can add the patches you want to be able to have instant access to by simply dragging and dropping them into their corresponding Quick Load folders in the middle of your Kontakt instance.

In this example I have created a new Quick Load folder called AMS – Horns and added the Clusters and Risers & Falls patch into it.

I hope you’ll find this tutorial helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the official Strezov Sampling support for further clarification.