KSP Scripting (NI Kontakt) – Tutorials

In the last article we’ve learned a basic round robin function via groups. Now we create a more complex round robin application. A simple guitar engine, containing 3 different instruments (acoustic guitar, flageolett & fx guitar). They can be activated via special instrument buttons. So this time we nee to create a matrix that only the activated instrument groups are played (containing 4 round robin groups for each instrument)

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With samplers (or other software instruments) round robin basically means sound variations. Imagine you are picking a guitar! Your single picks will never sound the same since you always pick the strings slightly different. We can simulate that “humanization” by simply randomly varying between a few sound variations which we all have to recorded of course. So each time you hit a key on your keyboard another sound variation is played. Thereby the same variation shall not be played twice one after another.

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in this tutorial we will work with sublime 3 and macros. A macro works almost like a function. You have to call it like a function and you can use arguments and pass variables to alter or individualize several parameters inside. But instead of returning any values or executing any code, a macro is “printing” the whole code inside it whenever and wherever it gets called. So we can use macros to even create functions, callbacks or any other code. At best whenever we got similar code patterns so that we don’t have to write the same lines of code again and again. Read more »

this tutorial is based on the Wallpaper and the Dynamic Wallpaper (via label element) tutorial. Actually once the initial wallpaper is set we can’t change it anymore but we can move the wallpaper image vertically via set_skin_offset(). So if we use an image which is as double as high as our ui_size (in this case 2 x 608px) we can put 2 wallpapers into this one image file like shown on the left. The visible area is only from 0 pixel to 608 pixel.

We can now set a button for example which moves the background skin 608 pixel vertically to put the second wallpaper into the visible area. This short demo video shows how it works:

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You get Sublime 3 from https://www.sublimetext.com/3

Note: you can use it without any restrictions but you still need to buy a license. It’s really worth it!

Thx to Nils Liberg and nojanath who created a KSP plugin for Sublime Text with many new possibilities like macros, for statements, functions and many more, using Sublime is almost essential when it comes to complex scripts since it simplifies things a lot (like structuring our code and saving lots of code-lines). It also helps us to better reveal some errors. There are also new practices & features, like a different (easier) coding with less required code. Read more »