With Native Instrument’s Kontakt there is currently a bug with the Time Machine Pro algorithm which is causing tempo sync problems and heavy note droppings (when playing more than 5 notes at once) . Especially the note droppings are significant with large polyphonic libraries like the Action Strings. Native Instruments is already working on that issue but in the meantime we have made a little workaround.
All you need to do is to swap all Time Machine Pro groups to Time Machine 2. Time Machine 2 turned out to be the best alternative for the Action Strings.
Preparation (also see video)
important: Before you start, please make a copy of your “Action Strings.nki” and put it into the same folder.
Usually you can’t break anything since you don’t touch your original “Action Strings.nki” however we are not responsible for any damages! If you do modify or break your original file(s) you may need to completely reinstall the Action Strings.
- Rename the copy e.g. to “Action Strings (tm2).nki” (it should appear under your Action Strings libraries inside Kontakt (see screenshot)
- download the un-purge script
- unzip the content, open the yummybeats_un-purge_script.txt with a simple text editor and copy the code
- in Kontakt load your Action Strings (tm2).nki
- go to edit mode [wrench button] and open the script editor
- select an empty script tab and paste the un-purge script code
- click apply and stay in the script editor
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Swap all Time Machine Pro (TMP) Groups to Time Machine 2 (TM2) (also see video)
We now load (un-purge) all groups into the RAM to be able to change the TM algorithm. Depending on your RAM capacity you can follow 2 different methods. Method A takes up to 15 minutes. Method B can take up to 40 minutes. But fortunately you only need to do this once!
- A: if you got enough RAM (> 8GB should do) you can hit the “un_purge_all” button from our script. Note: this will load all samples into your RAM which can cause your whole system to stuck
If your system gets stucked, try method B.
B: if you are not sure or got less than 8 GB you should load (purge) the samples groups by groups by using the “un_purge_0” to “un_purge_20” buttons. Note: this will load lots of samples into your RAM so you should close other applications first. We tested with 4 GB of RAM but if your system still gets stucked for some reason, please tell us.
- A: Flag all groups if they aren’t flagged yet.
To do so open the Group Editor and hit the red button on the top left “edit all groups” until all checkboxes are checked. Now open the Mapping Editor
B: Flag all currently active (or un-purged) groups.
To do so unflag all groups first (hit the red button “edit all groups” until all check-boxes are clear), open the Mapping Editor and scroll down until you see both editors (group and mapping editor). In the Mapping Editor you can now recognize the active (or un-purged) groups by their cyan regions. Inactive group regions are red.
Now select the first active group with your left mouse. Use your arrow keys to skip through all groups until the first inactive group appears (red regions). Go one group back (should be active) and select it by holding shift + left mouse button. Make sure that you have not moved your cursor away from the Groups Editor (e.g. by clicking somewhere else) Otherwise you need to select the first active group again. If you did it right, all active groups should be selected now. Right click on one of the selected group and select “set edit flag for selected groups”. The check-boxes should be checked then.
- A+B: Unflag all active groups again which are not set to Time Machine Pro.
To do so use your mouse wheel to scroll down the Mapping Editor until you see the Source Module. Find all groups which are using a different algorithm than Time Machine Pro (e.g. sampler, DFD or beat machine) and uncheck them (= remove the flag). Use the arrow keys to skip through the groups but make sure that you have not moved your cursor away from the Groups Editor (e.g. by clicking somewhere else) Otherwise you need to select the first active group again. Also make sure that only the TM Pro groups are flagged now so better check twice!
- A+B: Now simply change the algorithm from Time machine Pro to Time Machine 2
Don’t enable legato because this will produce heavy sync droppings. Also don’t change any other parameters like note length
- A: Save your preset under the same name “Action String (tm2).nki” using “patch only”
B: repeat steps 1 to 4 until you have edited all Time Machine Pro groups
- B: Save your preset under the same name “Action String (tm2).nki” using “patch only”
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