Using Logic 10.4 Articulation Sets with Spitfire Libraries

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  • Anders Link

    Thanks for sharing the .plist file too! So I would use the "switches" tab to map those key switches onto buttons on my keyboard, right?

  • Sandy

    Hi Anders,

    You can certainly use the switches with these Articulation sets. By default our libraries have their own key switches enabled in the lowest octave which require no configuration in Logic but if you wanted to make all of your 3rd party libraries consistent in the way key switches are assigned then this would be a great way to do it.

    If you need any further guidance on this please reach out to us with a support ticket at spitfireaudio.com/support

  • Hans Keys

    Thanks for this article, could you please explain the reasons behind: "the best method for Logic's Articulation Set is UACC KS"? What are the benefits over "UACC"? Thanks

  • Sandy

    Hi Hans,

    Good question! The reason UACC KS is preferable to UACC is that it allows you to select multiple articulations, with UACC the articulation is selected by setting CC#32 to a specific value and MIDI controls can only hold one value at a time so only one articulation can be selected at any point in time.

    Using UACC KS means that a MIDI note on message (on C-2 in this case) can select an articulation with a specific velocity. Whilst a note can only have one velocity at a time, Logic (and many other DAW/Sequencers) can sequence several note on messages at once with different velocity values on the same note.

    What this means practically is that you could, for example, easily sequence a chord where some notes are regular Longs and some are Long CS (or tremolo, etc) using articulation sets.

  • Victor Huggo

    I'm trying to create my articulation set for Spitfire Symphonic Strings. I'm following the tutorial, but I always have problems. For exemple, I have a 1st violin multi (Kontakt) with, legato performance, extended tech and decorative tech. Both three on channel 1 and UACC KS locked. When I play a pizzicato, the three instruments play together.
    How can I resolve that problem?
    Thanks

  • Jonathan Nelson

    I am trying to create custom articulations in Logic Pro X using my Spitfire Woodwind and Brass using your method explained above. However, I am not able to enter a value in the value column. On mine, it says 0 and it won't allow me to change it. What am doing wrong?

  • Phil Shackleton

    Victor, I'm having a similar problem. I want to use multiple instances of Spitfire inside a single Kontakt instance, with key switching determining which instance plays. Specifically, I'm trying to use Violins 1 (8) as one instance of spitfire, plus half step trills and whole step trills as two other instances of spitfire, all on channel 1, in the same instance of Kontakt. But all three spitfire instances play all the time, despite my having selected different key switches for each articulation. It's as if spitfire instances with only one articulation ALWAYS play, even if you've assigned a unique key switch to that single articulation. Help, anybody?

  • Grant Floering

    Victor and Phil I am in the same boat. Have you found a solution for this?

  • Paul Morrin

    Victor, Phil, Grant, if I understand you correctly and you're all using Logic; in order to use multiple Spitfire Libs inside the one Kontakt instance, you need to set up a Multi-Instrument midi item in Logic.
    Go to the Environment where the channel strip holding Kontakt is shown. Click "New" top left, click "Multi-Instrument". Route the cable from the multi instrument into the Kontakt channel strip. Now you need to create a Track in your main window for each of the channels of the Midi Multi Instrument, and then assign those channels in Kontakt for each of the Spitfire Libraries.
    Of course, if they are all assigned to Channel 1 and inside the same instance of Kontakt they will all play at the same time :) Using the Multi Instrument midi item in Logic is the way to play a number of channels into a single channel strip, set the channel strip itself to "All" ...Hope this gives some help...

  • Sandy

    Hi Victor, Grant and Phil

    We have a handy guide here on how to set up multi channel Kontakt instances: https://spitfireaudio.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360021674613-Setting-up-multi-channel-Kontakt-in-Logic-Pro-X-

    If you're loading multiple patches for the same instrument (such as core and decorative patches) these ought to be on the same MIDI channel, if you configure UACC KS as described in the article above it should only trigger one instance at a time.

    If all three are triggering, make sure that the UACC KS note in your articulation set is the one used by the patches and if you still have issues please reach out with a support case attaching the articulation set so we can look into it with you.

    Thanks
    Sandy

  • Sandy

    @Jonathan

    Rather frustratingly you can't enter values with the keyboard for the "value" column, you must click and drag on the field to add the value.

    Thanks
    Sandy

  • Matae Jeong

    this article is great!

  • Adrian

    "Using UACC KS means that a MIDI note on message (on C-2 in this case) can select an articulation with a specific velocity. Whilst a note can only have one velocity at a time, Logic (and many other DAW/Sequencers) can sequence several note on messages at once with different velocity values on the same note.

    What this means practically is that you could, for example, easily sequence a chord where some notes are regular Longs and some are Long CS (or tremolo, etc) using articulation sets."

    For some reason it does not work on the same note. No way to choose both articulations at the same to. I am talking about UACC KS.  How to do this? 

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