Wrongtools ● new : Dulcitone Pro

ABOUT THIS MANUAL

Welcome to our Universal User Hand Book. Hope you find what you are looking for here. Or that you’ll learn something. The instruments plays with ease, and the advanced controls stay out of your way when you don’t need them.
 
Some functions mentioned here is not relevant to all Wrongtools libraries.
This is a guide based on the latest releases and updates. Some functions mentioned here might not be available in your instrument. The reason could be that we haven’t had the time to do an update or that you  haven’t downloaded the latest version.   

FRAMEWORK

This is our visual framework for the main UI. Simple plug-and-play, with advanced settings hidden under the hood.

Compatibility

To use our instruments, you need to have the full retail version of the latest version of KONTAKT by NATIVE-INSTRUMENTS.  

native instruments

Our libraries will work with KONTAKT 6.4.2 and above, 

(except Plateau and Viewpoint that needs K6.6) 

INSTALLATION

Unzip the files and move them to your preferred location. No extra  installation is necessary. 

To use our instruments, you need to have the full retail version of the latest version of KONTAKT by NATIVE-INSTRUMENTS.  

You load the instruments into Kontakt by dragging them in, by using the “Load” menu.

CONTROLS

VOLUME (expression)

The slider labeled “VOL” controls the overall volume of the instrument.  It sums all the mix sliders in one master-fader.  The slider comes pre-mapped with CC11 as standard.

Wrongtools instruments will always have plenty of headroom, so you won’t risk any clipping.

 

DYNAMIC CONTROL

The “DYN” slider is mapped to CC01 as default. It will further adjust the dynamics being played.

For patches marked with “[mw]” in the filename, the DYN slider (pre-assigned to modwheel) is used to crossfade between different sounds or dynamic layers.  [mw]-marked patches has two, sometimes three and four, layers that you crossfade between. 

If you prefer to disable key-velocity, and only use the DYN slider for dynamics, go to settings-view and choose “flat velocity” in the keyboard velocity menu. 

AMOUNT SLIDERS

amount slidersClick and drag the slider to adjust amount of effect applied.  For finer increment adjustments, hold down SHIFT while dragging the slider.   Holding CTRL whilst clicking on any of the instrument parameters will move the control back to its default position 

MIX SLIDERS

The number of mix sliders will vary instrument to instrument, and have different sources or microphone signals.  They control the playback volume.  For finer increment adjustments, hold down SHIFT while dragging the slider. Holding CTRL whilst clicking on any of the instrument parameters will move the control back to its default position. VU meters indicate the volume on each track.

The mixsliders comes pre-mapped with CC nr:

    • Mix slider 1 – CC22
    • Mix slider 2 – CC23
    • Mix slider 3 – CC24
    • Mix slider 4 – CC25
    • Mix slider 5 – CC26

Rightclick on slider if you need to assign other CCs or remove it.

Dragging a mix-slider to zero will unload the corresponding samples and purge the track.

To un-purge a purged track, just move the mix slider, and the track will go from purge-mode and load its belonging samples. 


Some instruments have additional mix-slider in the settings view, for extra trimming of release samples volume.

DYNAMIC ENVELOPE CONTROLS

Clicking on “DYN” or “VOL” reveals controls to adjust attack and release settings. 

The release slider influences the ‘decay’ and ‘sustain’ a tiny bit. 

SAMPLE START

Sample-start slider controls where playback begins when the sample is triggered. Practical on slow attack/swells and you need a quicker start.

PURGE SAMPLES

Purging tracks unloads the samples from memory, lowers voice-count, and saving you RAM.

To purge a track – click on the square below the mixer fader, and it will become inactive and muted. 

Alternatively, drag the mix-slider to zero to purge. If the track is purged, just move the slider a little to un-purge it

You may automate purging by dragging the slider to zero to purge, or move the slider of a purged track to un-purge it.  It is not recommended to automate purging (loading/unloading samples) within a session!

By command clicking a purge-button, you purge all the other tracks but the one you clicked.  This allows you to preview the mic channel by itself, like a mute-button.

Pitchbend range

Pitchbend range can be set from the Settings view  by  +/- 12 semitones 

ARTICULATION SWITCHING

For instruments that has articulation switching, you’ll see a row of these in the bottom row. 

You can switch between these by either clicking on the buttons, or by CC of Keyswitches – that you set in the settings view. 

You can also set your own custom host automation CCs by right-clicking the articulation buttons.

OVERLAY ARTICULATIONS

Hold down SHIFT while clicking on the articulation buttons, to play more articulations at the same time. 

Or choose “latch KS” from the Articulation menu to turn articulations on and off with key switches. 

 

 

● CHANNEL STRIPS

Right click on the tracknames to open the channel strip panel for each individual track.

Included are Phase invert, swap left-right, pan, stereo-width, 4band-EQ, and a reset button.  Virtual instruments should have cleanest pathway for audio as possible, so there is also an EQ on-off button for bypassing the EQ on selected channel. The EQ is bypassed by default. 

CHANNEL STRIP : PAN

Controls the stereo position of the individual track.  Pro-users might use this in conjunction with the width control below.

CMND-click resets to center.

TIP : For creative sound patches and pads with different tracks, it can often sound good to pan the individual tracks differently. For example hard left / right.

CHANNEL STRIP : STEREO WIDTH

Spread the stereo image from mono to 200%.  Experiment with the width slider in combination with the pan slider, for a more natural stereo positioning.   

CHANNEL STRIP : SWAP LEFT RIGHT

Flips the stereo image so that the Left channel becomes Right and vice versa on selected track.

CHANNEL STRIP : Phase INVERT (Ø)

When engaged, the signal is flipped 180°.  Can be a useful tool when mixing.

But be aware that L/R phase inverted channels can cancel each other out if the output is converted to mono. 

CHANNEL STRIP : 4-BAND EQ

You assign EQ parameters to the EQ wheel by clicking on the dropdown menu below the EQ wheel. What you dial in, will show as numbers on top of the mixer track while moving the controls.

EQ us bypassed by default – Engage with the EQ ON/OFF button.

RESET CHANNEL STRIP

Click the reset sign to set the channel-strip controls (EQ etc) back to default state on the selected strip. 

 

 

EFFECTS

REVERB : ROOM SIZE AND REVERB PRE-DELAY

PRE-DELAY – Adds a short delay before the reverb.

LENGTH – Sets the size of the reverb.

Convolution Preset Menu

impulse response menu

From the “REV” button, you’ll get access to the send-reverb setting and a dropdown panel with 16 custom IR reverbs. Each with a different character.    Adjust reverb amount, pre-delay and length as preferred

DELAY

The delay controls are amount, rate and length. They control Kontakts Replika-delay with the settings that we think sound best, and that we like to use.

  • RATE – Sets the delay to note length divisions.
  • LENGTH – sets the feedback.

LFO // PUMPER

RETRIGGER – when ON, and no notes are held, the position of the LFO is reset, starting again when you begin playing

RATE : This adjusts the speed of the LFO – synced to the DAW.

SHAPE : Choose the dynamic shape of the LFO : sine, rectangle, triangle and saw.

VIBRATO

Pitch vibrato can be incredible useful in making sampled instrument coherent. And in making a richer spectrum of sounds. The control can be assigned to its own controller by rightclicking.

FILTER

Filters can be used as an alternative to dynamic controls, so some of our instruments has this implemented. Most often a low-pass filter.

● Sound sculpting [FX]

Our own little coding-playground where we have collected our best sound-mangling experiments. 

Consider the FX section a pandoras box and a bonus.

Morph sounds to the unrecognizable. Engage by clicking ‘FX’  

wrongtools-manual-fx-button

You can start up and engage a sound-sculpt bonanza by clicking the “FX” button.  It will give you unorthodox ways of morphing the sounds. Most of these are built up by different kinds of random moving parameters that simultaneously triggers Kontakt’s internal envelopes, effects and modulations.

SCULPT PRESET MENU

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The FX button, opens a menu with different sound sculpting presets.
 
Everything related to these FXs are bypassed or removed from the Kontakt engine when the FXs are not in use.

 

  • Nøkken – cinematic smear I
  • Pigment – chops granular fragments
  • Huldra – cinematic smear II
  • Polygon – cinematic smear III with overdrive
  • Tracker – Pitchtracker that follows your moves
  • Sadist – hard filtering through XY
  • Digidust – adds noise elements combined with a filter
  • Flakes – randomly river like triggered notes in octaves

To access the SCULPT settings again, click on the dropdown sign in the bottom row next to the FX-preset name.

SOUND SCULPTING WITH  XY PAD

Arp-soloist-XY-pad

Each sculpt preset has its own corresponding visual look and feel.  

Real-time movements in the XY pad can be automated and recorded from the DAW or by assigning MIDI CC from the menu below.

CMND click sets XY cursor to start position.

Use LEARN buttons to quickly assign MIDI CC to X axis or Y axis. Or choose a CC number directly from the number row. 

To remove assignments again, CMND click on the ‘LEARN’ button

CONVERT SCULPTS TO AUDIO?

clav-xy-slider-animasjon_5

It can sometimes be a good idea to convert these midi regions to audio-regions, if you need them to sound exactly the same on each playthrough. And if you need to save RAM

● SETTINGS VIEW

  The settings view gives you control over more advanced parametres and calibrations. 

VELOCITY RESPONSIVENESS

Choose between four different pre-made velocity presets, or draw your own. In the keyboard responsiveness dropdown menu you’ll find :

 

  • CUSTOM VELOCITY BYPASSED (sets velocity to Kontakt 50% linear default)
  • FLAT VELOCITY 
  • CONCAVE VELOCITY CURVE
  • SHELF VELOCITY CURVE
  • LINEAR VELOCITY CURVE
  • CONVEX VELOCITY CURVE
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  • you may also freely draw your own lines directly onto a curve, save if needed.
  • LOAD / SAVE VELOCITY CURVE – Custom velocity curves can be loaded and saved, and shared between wrongtools instruments.

The velocity curves allows dynamics to be biased towards louder or softer sounds, and to adjust instrument to your keyboard sensitivity and playing style.

ARTICULATION SWITCH SETUP

For instruments that’s set up with with several articulations, you will see the different articulations in the front user interface.  To switch between them, you can click directly on them, or you can switch between them using Key Switches or CC. You’ll find the alternatives in a dropdown menu in settings view.

Latching KS, means that you have to press the same articulation key to turn it off. With this setting, you can overlay several articulations on top of each other. 

You can do this anytime with the buttons in the GUI too, just hold SHIFT while clicking. 

 

Articulation switching by Key Switch (KS). Set ROOT note for Key switching row.

Articulation switching by MIDI CC. Choose CC number to control swapping of articulation

TRANSPOSE

transpose instrumentTranspose instrument +/- 24 semitones. Kontakt’s keyboard graphics is updated to show the new range.

RELEASE SAMPLES VOLUME

For instruments with release-samples, you’ll usually find a dedicated volume slider on the front user interface. 

trim release samplesOn some multitrack instruments, there is also a  trim slider in the settings view, for further calibration.

SUSTAIN PEDAL

Sustain pedal is set to CC64 by default, which is the MIDI standard for sustain pedals. Most of our keyboard instrument have pedal noises sampled. These are mapped to dedicated mix-sliders, and you can easily adjust volume or purge the noise triggered from the pedal.

sustain pedalIn the lower right corner, you’ll notice a subtle blink when pedal is in use on instruments with dedicated pedal samples.

SAVE AND LOAD SETTINGS

From the settings view you can store all settings, and import them to a different Wrongtools instruments. Practical if you want to share, for example, your mixer settings between different patches.

RESET TO DEFAULTS

In the load / save menu, there is a “reset” function at the bottom of the menu. This sets all controls back a default state. Save a backup before trying.

MAGNIFY USER INTERFACE

magnify-wrongtools

From the settings view, you can resize KONTAKT, and swap between large and small user interface.  A larger window can be more pleasing for the eye, great for live playing and practical for visual impaired.

To re-size, first click on the magnifying glass describing how to magnify GUI  Then click on “!” and voilá!how to magnigy the GUI Save instrument if you want to keep the changes for next time.

OTHER

Inbuilt manual

tooltips-button-wrongtools

Click on the book icon at bottom left. Text will vary from instrument to instrument

find version numberTo see which version your downloaded instrument is, click on the BOOK icon (bottom left). Then you’ll see the version number at the bottom right. 

FIND INFO & HELP TEXT

help text in the GUIIf there’s a control parameter you don’t understand, hover your mouse over it and help text appears at the left bottom of the Kontakt window.  You’ll have to have the Kontakt infopanel activated for this to display. 

The controls in the GUI will also have text that appears nearby when is is moved. A crucial tool for accurate movements and for understanding what the control is doing.  

CLOSE WINDOWS

To close a window or any control panel in the user interface, simply click anywhere else.

Assigning midi CC’s to any control

Simply right-click on any of the controls in Kontakt and click on ‘learn MIDI CC# automation’.  Tell Kontakt which control you want assigned by jiggling it. 

You can also set the automation range for MIDI CCs in KONTAKT’s own MIDI automation tab in the KONTAKT left side browser.

 
 

Assignments for the XY FX-sculpt PAD can be done with LEARN buttons or by setting the number manually. This includes aftertouch CC128 and pitchbend CC129. Cmnd-click on LEARN buttons resets  the X or Y assignments.

Wrongtools instruments comes pre-assigned with these CCs : 

CC01 – modulation
CC03 – vibrato
CC11 – expression
CC22 – mixslider1
CC23 – mixslider2
CC24 – mixslider3
CC25 – mixslider4
CC26 – mixslider5


CC115 – internal  (don’t use)

 

Komplete Kontrol interfaces

Although the instruments are not NKS-player compatible, the controls parameters are automatically mapped out and available on Komplete Kontrol interfaces.

Set up output routing in Kontakt

Routing different KONTAKT tracks to individual tracks in your DAW, can be handy for example if you are working in multichannel surround, and opens up a many creative opportunities. This allows you to utilize third-party plugins or hardware routing on individual tracks.

 

Rightclick on the trackname (or symbol) above the track mix slider.  You need to configure KONTAKT for multiple output tracks.  more info here

Changing outputs on trackmixer can change the internal routing of the sculpt effects. Save as a separate instrument.

Troubles?

There’s no sound

A possible reason could be that you have “latch KS” active in the Articulation / keyswitch menu, and that all articulations are switched off from there. 

Resolve Issues with Missing Samples and Batch Resave

Batch resaving (theoretically) accelerates loading times and checks that everything is installed correctly.

To perform a Batch resave, select ‘batch re-save’ from the file menu in Kontakt. Click ‘Yes’ then locate the libraries instruments folder on your hard drive and click ‘choose’. More info HERE. This can resolve issues with missing samples message for a Kontakt library.

Should there actually be files missing, the the best way get things in order is to re-download the library.

Changing outputs on trackmixer can change the internal routing of the sculpt effects. Save as a separate instrument.

Audio device not connected

There’s no sound when the instrument is loaded and the interface says : “Audio device not connected”. 

First check the track in your DAW if the Kontakt plug-in is turned ON. If yes, then proceed to check settings in Kontakt Option Panel”.   Try to reset your output configuration in the Option Panel.  Set your output configuration so that it has stereo tracks, and not mono tracks.  

If you use VEP, try to send in some MIDI signals, and the “Audio device not connected” dialogue will disappear

More questions answered in the FAQ section

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