Day 1 -
Today I wasted 8 DAMN HOURS, and still have not tracked a note on this thing.
9:30 am, I started downloading the drivers and install packages for the keyboard. Wasted about 45 min trying to figure out why the smart controls weren’t seeing ANYTHING. I fiddled on Indie Recording Depot, waiting for Service Center to update every single plugin in the entire Komplete 11 Ultimate. Relaunched Konakt. Still no luck.
10:30 After another hour of dicking around with this thing, I realized that Kontakt 5 hadn’t updated. And it kept getting stuck at 75% download. Then Kontakt 5 komplained about being a demo version (which it most certainly isn’t).
12:00 or so get on the phone with Native Instruments. They don’t pick up. I call Sweetwater for help. They inform me that Service Center is discontinued. So I download Native Access which si the Service Center replacement. Same problem. Won’t install.
Now its 1:00 pm EST, and the Native Instruments lines are open. Congraduations! I was caller #17!! So I continue to blab all over Indie Recording Depot, watch some groove 3 training videos, and finally get on the phone with NI. Turns out Machine and Kontakt had some kind of weird bug that they had to manually fix on their end. So problem solved. Got it updated. Then I had to install Komplete Kontrol so the keyboard can finally talk to the software.
Of course Komplete Kontrol has to scan several thousand plugins. And you can’t click a ‘do it later’ button like you can with Logic. It was going to take several hours. So I took my Christmas tree down and put it away in the closet an ate some lunch.
4:00 pm and I find out half of the Arturia plugins including Arturia B3 which I had planned to use to shoot a track for @Chordwainer, crashes the new Komplete Kontrol interface engine. So after another half hour of unsuccessful re-install and restart attempts, I gave up hoping Arturia will address these bugs down the road.
5:30 I had to pack up to leave for a gig.
I’m going to get up tomorrow early and start playing with @Chordwainer’s song. I’ll just the Native Instruments Vintage Organs instead of the Arturia B-3. Gonna try and video tape myself shooting it live.