Recently, I gave a first review of Peter Seidlaczek’s String Essentials 2 from Best Service where we examined setting up the K2 player inside Logic 7.2 so that it would operate multitimbrally. Lest we forget:
Thankfully, happy days are here at last (as opposed to again) with the release of Logic 8 which finally makes using software instruments like K2, Kontakt, PLAY, Aria, and the Vienna Instruments, uber easy.
Not wanting to give the impression that SE2 is difficult to use, I’m demonstrating just how easy it is to set up a virtual instrument with Logic 8 featuring Mr. Seidlaczek’s String Essentials 2. What you’ll learn in this column applies to all players provided they’re compatible with your Mac system.
Adding a New Track
When you decide to add a track you get the New Tracks window. Logic now defines players as Software Instruments. So you have three choices for a track: audio, software instruments and External MIDI (anything connected to the MIDI interface with your Mac).
To the right of Number of tracks is a check box with Multi-timbral next to it. Check the box. Once checked, the number 16 automatically appears. If you’re still working on a G5 Power PC that works with Kompakt et al, you can change the number of tracks from 16 to 8, or however many you need. When you’re done click Create.
Logic 8 now creates the number of tracks you asked for. You’re halfway home at this point.
Selecting the K2 Player
The new Logic graphic user interface (GUI) makes life much easier. Each track has its own channel strip and Bus Out assignment. So to select the K2 player, position the cursor over I/O above the fader on the far left.
Here’s what opens up after you depress the mouse button:
Once you get to AU Instruments, you keep sliding the mouse to the right until you get to audio options. Here, you have 10 choices:
• Multi Output (7 choices including 16 mono, 16 stereo, and five other combinations).
I selected stereo.
Now, it’s not necessary to select Multi Output. If you select either of the first two choices, you’re electing to submix on a single audio out. If I selected Multi Output Stereo, then each individual track would be in stereo.
Opening the K2 Player
The next step is to open the K2 player. To do that, just double click on the K2 player name above the fader. It’s in light blue.
Now the K2 player opens. Select your library, add your instrument and assign your MIDI channel.
After you finished loading the desired instruments inside the K2 player, just close it and go back to the Logic Arrange window to where it says INST 1.
Double click in INST 1 to rename the track.
Now you’re done. And so am I.