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Shimmer and Shake KONTAKT: The Ultimate Percussion Library for Any Genre


Shimmer and Shake KONTAKT: A Complete Guide for Music Producers




If you're looking for a versatile, easy-to-use, and high-quality percussion library for your music production, you might want to check out Shimmer and Shake KONTAKT. This is a re-release of the original Nine Volt Audio sample library, updated and improved for 2019 by In Session Audio. It contains 25 instruments with 89 different rhythms (over 2300 loops) covering 4/4, 3/4, 7/8 and 5/4 time signatures, as well as individual hits and rolls for each instrument. It's available in Kontakt, WAV, RMX, REX formats, making it compatible with most DAWs.




Shimmer and Shake KONTAKT


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Shimmer and Shake KONTAKT is not just a collection of static loops. It's a powerful instrument that allows you to create realistic, human-sounding percussion performances with ease. You can browse, select, edit, customize, mix, export, and layer percussion instruments with a simple yet intuitive interface. You can also use various features such as Visual Mixer, Feel Control, Humanization Control, Pattern Edit Linking, Delay Effect, Reverb Effect, Pattern Exporting, etc. to enhance your creativity.


In this article, we'll show you how to use Shimmer and Shake KONTAKT in your music production. We'll also share some tips and tricks on how to get the most out of this amazing percussion library. Whether you're making indie, pop, rock, underscore, or any other genre of music that needs some percussive spice, Shimmer and Shake KONTAKT will be a valuable addition to your sonic arsenal.


How to use Shimmer and Shake KONTAKT




To use Shimmer and Shake KONTAKT, you'll need Kontakt or the free Kontakt Player, version 6.3 or higher. You'll also need at least 973 MB of free disk space for Mac OS or 970 MB for Windows. Once you purchase the library from In Session Audio's website, you'll receive an email with a download link. After downloading the ZIP file, extract it to a folder of your choice. Then open Kontakt or Kontakt Player in your DAW or as a standalone application.


How to install and load Shimmer and Shake KONTAKT in your DAW




To load Shimmer and Shake KONTAKT in your DAW, you'll need to locate the Shimmer and Shake KONTAKT.nki file in the folder where you extracted the ZIP file. You can either drag and drop it to an empty track in your DAW, or use the Files tab in Kontakt's browser to navigate to the file and double-click on it. You should see the Shimmer and Shake KONTAKT interface appear on the screen.


How to browse and select instruments and patterns




The Shimmer and Shake KONTAKT interface consists of four main sections: Instruments, Patterns, Mixer, and Effects. The Instruments section is where you can browse and select the percussion instruments you want to use. You can choose from 25 different instruments, such as shakers, tambourines, bells, cymbals, maracas, etc. Each instrument has its own color-coded button that you can click on to select or deselect it. You can also use the All On/Off button to toggle all the instruments on or off at once.


The Patterns section is where you can browse and select the percussion patterns you want to play. You can choose from 89 different rhythms, covering various time signatures and styles. Each pattern has its own number that you can click on to select or deselect it. You can also use the All On/Off button to toggle all the patterns on or off at once. The patterns are organized into four categories: Shimmer, Shake, Strike, and Rolls/Hits. The Shimmer category contains patterns that use high-pitched, bright, and airy instruments, such as bells, chimes, triangles, etc. The Shake category contains patterns that use medium-pitched, rhythmic, and groovy instruments, such as shakers, tambourines, maracas, etc. The Strike category contains patterns that use low-pitched, punchy, and solid instruments, such as cymbals, drums, claps, etc. The Rolls/Hits category contains individual hits and rolls for each instrument that you can use to create accents or transitions.


How to edit and customize instruments and patterns




The Mixer section is where you can edit and customize the instruments and patterns you have selected. You can adjust the volume, pan, mute, solo, tune, attack, decay, sustain, release (ADSR), stereo width, EQ (low cut, low shelf, high shelf), reverb send, delay send, and output routing for each instrument. You can also use the Visual Mixer feature to see a graphical representation of the volume and pan of each instrument. You can drag the circles around to change their position and size.


The Effects section is where you can add some global effects to your percussion mix. You can use the Delay Effect to create echoes and feedbacks with parameters such as time (synced or free), feedback, mix (wet/dry), filter (low pass or high pass), ping pong (stereo or mono), width (stereo spread), and damping (high frequency roll-off). You can also use the Reverb Effect to create ambience and space with parameters such as size (room size), pre-delay (time before reverb starts), decay (reverb tail length), mix (wet/dry), filter (low pass or high pass), damping (high frequency roll-off), diffusion (reverb smoothness), early reflections (initial sound reflections), late reflections (subsequent sound reflections), modulation (reverb movement), and width (stereo spread).


The Patterns section also allows you to edit and customize the patterns you have selected. You can use the Pattern Edit Linking feature to link or unlink the editing of multiple patterns. When linked, any changes you make to one pattern will affect all the other linked patterns. When unlinked, each pattern can be edited independently. You can also use the Feel Control feature to change the feel of the patterns by adjusting parameters such as swing (timing variation), accent (velocity variation), flam (note spacing variation), drag (note duration variation), roll (note repetition variation), ruff (note subdivision variation), buzz (note overlap variation), etc. You can also use the Humanization Control feature to add some human touch to the patterns by adjusting parameters such as timing (random timing variation), velocity (random velocity variation), tuning (random tuning variation), and width (random stereo width variation).


You can also use the Pattern Exporting feature to export the MIDI patterns to your DAW. You can either drag and drop the MIDI file from the Patterns section to your DAW, or use the Export button to save the MIDI file to a folder of your choice. You can then use the MIDI file to trigger other instruments or plugins, or edit it further in your DAW.


Tips and tricks for using Shimmer and Shake KONTAKT




Now that you know how to use Shimmer and Shake KONTAKT, here are some tips and tricks on how to get the most out of it in your music production.


How to create contrast and dynamics with percussion instruments




Percussion instruments are great for creating contrast and dynamics in your music. They can add energy, excitement, tension, or relaxation to your tracks, depending on how you use them. Here are some ways to create contrast and dynamics with percussion instruments:



  • Use different instruments for different sections of your song. For example, you can use shakers and tambourines for the verses, and add cymbals and drums for the choruses. This will create a sense of variation and progression in your song.