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HD Instruments ZoneMatrix

Kontakt Performance Tool By Nick Magnus
Published March 2021

The Key Range tab, showing all eight Zones. The Scene‑changing buttons are always accessible. ZoneMatrix’s GUI takes up a lot of screen space, leaving only a small scrollable area for instruments in the rack. To display all instruments as normal, clicking the KSP button (here circled in red) will show or hide the ZoneMatrix GUI.The Key Range tab, showing all eight Zones. The Scene‑changing buttons are always accessible. ZoneMatrix’s GUI takes up a lot of screen space, leaving only a small scrollable area for instruments in the rack. To display all instruments as normal, clicking the KSP button (here circled in red) will show or hide the ZoneMatrix GUI.

ZoneMatrix transforms a single instance of Kontakt into a multi‑instrument performance environment.

Back in those hedonistic pre‑pandemic days when people used to play live, keyboard players increasingly turned to managing multi‑instrument rigs with software — MainStage being the tool of choice for Mac users, or Camelot for PC, Mac and iOS. Any combination of instruments can be addressed simultaneously or separately via key splits, layers, velocity switching and various other means of control, using only a small number of physical keyboards, or even just a single one. With a single gesture the entire soundset and configuration is changed; an entire gig’s worth of complex setups can be chained together and stepped through with a single command.

Whether or not this concept was the inspiration for ZoneMatrix, independent developer Hagai Davidoff realised that such an approach could be developed to run inside Kontakt as a ‘plug‑in’ KSP script to control multiple Kontakt instruments in a similar way.

Installation

Installation is straightforward; from the downloaded ZIP file, drag the ZoneMatrix .nkp file and the ZoneMatrix folder to the specified locations on your system drive. These locations are described clearly in the user manual. ZoneMatrix now appears as a user preset in the list of KSP scripts. Click and it...

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Published March 2021