Latest Freelance Soundlabs NKS Library updates, releases and news for February 2023
Here is the latest news from Freelance Soundlabs, we previously posted about the Korg Collection earlier this week, so have placed this at the bottom of the list to avoiud over repetition.
Arturia Analog Lab V Update (VST3 and Additonal Presets)
Analog Lab V NKS library has now been updated to load VST3. This updates the Analog Lab V NKS library to v3.0.0
This library updates all factory presets for VST3 compatibility (will no longer load in the VST2 version) and also adds a few new Analog Lab libraries: A.Proksa’s Signature, Genesis Tribute, PatchWorks, Synthpedia. This adds an additional 1500 presets to the factory library. There is a small update cost for existing VST2 library owners but this includes the new banks.
In addition to this the Pigments Library has now also been updated to VST3 and also includes content from the latest 3.5 and 4.0 Pigment updates. The new library now places it in its own dedicated “Pigments” bank menu to allow all sub banks to be browsed or selected as a full expansion. This is a free update but to get the latest Pigment banks you need to download the VST3 version from Your Account, the VST2 version is no longer updated but is still available if needed on your account download page.
It is recommended if you are updating an existing Analog Lab V library to delete the NKS files and replace them instead of overwriting as some folder structures have changed. No need to update image/database files, just the NKS library.
Steinberg BackBone + Groove Agent
This NKS Library covers all factory presets for Backbone with an in-depth control template, sound previews, full tagging and database/artwork files.
Backbone contains a lot of parameters since there are 8 layers. The main performance controls for all 8 layers have been mapped to the first pages and all in-depth controls for the first 4 layers have also been mapped since most presets only use up to 4 layers.
This may be improved and refined but should offer a good balance between control and number of pages. You can check the ReadMe for a full table of the available controls
This library contains NKS preset files for all factory kits in Groove Agent 5 included with Absolute 5.
This library covers the following kits:
- Acoustic Agent Rock Essentials
- Acoustic Agent Rock Kit
- Acoustic Agent Standard Kit
- Acoustic Agent Studio Kit
- Acoustic Agent The Kit
- Acoustic Agent Vintage Kit
- Beat Agent Future Past Perfect
- Beat Agent Kits
- Beat Agent Prime Cuts
- Beat Agent Raw Power
- Multi Kits
- Custom mapping has been painstakingly done for each kit/preset as controls and kits differ in functionality. Because of this you will find each different kit type / preset has a different set of controls available that specifically controls that preset/kit.
Because parameters need to be enabled for “host automation” before mapping this will save you a lot of time when it comes to controlling a kit. It is suggested if you wish to make custom kits you select a preset that has the desired kit loaded first so the controls are pre-set. Controls consist of kit/bus volume controls along with control over all acoustik kit pieces (tune, decay etc)
- Note that if you ahve Groove Agent with a different bundle it may have different kits, we will look at expansng on kits at a later date.
You can check out all current NKS libraries for Steinberg products Here, more will hopefully be added in the near future:
Air Music MPC Collection NKS Library
The MPC Instrument Collection consists of 6 available instrument sets with 8 individual plugins designed for the latest MPC hardware but is now also compatible to browse, load and control direct from both Komplete Kontrol and Maschine software and hardware controllers via this NKS library.
Bundled as a full collection or available as separate instruments this covers all plugins with detailed controller mappings, fully tagged presets and the usual sound previews and artwork. Supports VST3 only. Previous MPC plugins will soon be updated to VST3.
- Fabric Piano
- Fabric Electric Piano
- Fabric XL
- Stage EP
- Stage Piano
- Studio Strings
Korg Collection 4 / Electribe-R / miniKorg / Kaoss Pad NKS Libraries
The latest Electribe-R, microKorg and Kaoss Pad plugins are now available in NKS and a new “Korg Collection 4” bundle is now also available which includes all the bundled instruments with upgrade paths for Collection 3 and Legacy owners.
The Korg Collection 4 NKS Bundle contains NKS libraries for the following instruments / effects in VST3 compatibility:
- Arp Odyssey
- Kaoss Pad (Effect)
- microKorg + microKorg Effect
- Triton Extreme
- LegacyCell (currently only VST2 supported)
- The new library includes fully tagged presets for the Electribe-R and miniKorg with the microKorg having presets for both the synth and effects plugins and the Kaoss Pad effect also having a NKS library included.
- This library is now VST3 compatible (tho you mac users need to check if Korg plugins are M1 compatible yet). Note there are VST2 library versions of all Korg Collection 2 plugins but no VST2 version of these latest plugins.
- More details can be found here:
An update for the Roland Cloud Expansion Bundle will be available soon to fix some tagging and other small issues as well as add some extra expansions.
Work is being done on IK Multimedia plugins tho some issues I have discovered and reported to IK Multimedia need to be addressed for Sampletank. Still testing Syntronic but looks like it may be possible, just a challenge.
Loads of plugins are being tested to be updated to VST3 but macOS users still need to confirm if VST3 versions are M1 compatible
VST2 / VST3 Library Compatibility Status List
Check this list for the latest VST3 compatibility updates: