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    1. Overview

    2. Installation and Registration

    3. Synth Controls




    Arp, Sequencer and Chords

    6. Effects

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    1. Overview

    Introducing Dirty Modular, a powerful hybrid modular virtual

    instrument powered by the Kontakt Free Player. Under the hood of

    this beast lies 8,496 pristine audio samples, direct from a real

    analogue modular synth. These form the bases of 174 multisampled

    oscillator settings ready to be combined, routed and processed


    From the front end you are presented with a stunning GUI allowing

    you to create patches visually using the 3d rendered cables, as well

    as load and save internal presets at lightening speed and without

    reloading the main Kontakt instrument.

    This stunning instrument is packed full of analogue modelled effects

    and powerful LFO's, envelopes and an analogue style step

    sequencer. It is able to create a huge range of sounds, from filthy

    basses and leads to retro 80's pop to deep melodic pads and

    everything in between.

    We wanted to create something that put detailed raw sounds already

    at your fingertips, allowing deep and complex sounds to be built

    easily without fiddling, allowing you to concentrate on what is mostimportant - the music!

    The sounds were recorded in conjunction with Dom Morley from

    Metropolis Studios in London who we'd like to thank for his patience

    and hard work on this! We'd also like to give a big thanks to Phil

    from the Samplephonics team who has relentlessly scripted this

    incredible instrument and fine tuned it to perfection. It has been over

    a year and a half in the making, but boy has it been worth the wait!

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    2. Installation and Registration

    Once you have downloaded all 6 of the separate .rar files, ensure

    that they are all in the same folder and then unrar the first file

    part1.rar using WinRar for Windows or StuffIt Expander for Mac.The library folder will then be extracted and you can save this

    anywhere on your computer.

    Once extracted you can add the library to Kontakt. To do this open

    Kontakts file browser, click on the Libraries tab and then click Add

    Library. Select the unzipped library folder in the dialogue that

    appears and click Choose. The library should now be visible in

    Kontakts Libraries tab and must be activated before use.

    Click on the Activate button on the Dirty Modular library panel to

    open the Product Activation screen.

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    Your serial code will be listed next to the Dirty modular download

    link in your Samplephonics account area. This can be found by

    logging into your Samplephonics account and clicking on your Dirty

    Modular order number. Enter the serial number into the Product

    Activation screen and click Activate.

    Once activated it is important to use Kontakts Batch Resave

    feature, as this will drastically reduce loading times. To do this go to

    File>Batch re-save and click yes on the warning that appears. Then

    select the unzipped library folder in the dialogue that appears and

    click Choose.

    You can now load the instrument by clicking on the Intsrumentsbutton on the Library panel and then double clicking Dirty


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    3. Presets

    The library comes with just one .nki file as all preset loading and

    saving is handled within the instrument itself. The built in preset

    browser can be opened by clicking on the Presets button.

    Presets can be loaded by double clicking the corresponding .nka file

    within the browser or clicking either the left or right arrow button to

    load the next or previous preset in the folder. Clicking the synth

    button will return to the main synth interface.

    All included presets can be found within the Factory folder that is

    further divided into two sub categories. Waveform Combinations

    features presets with carefully selected oscillator waveforms that aredesigned to work together. These presets load with all other

    parameters initialized. The second category Creative Presets

    features presets that make full use of all the instruments controls.

    Clicking the Save button opens a Save As dialogue box that

    allows you to save presets into the User folder. Saved presets will

    not be visible in the preset browser until the Dirty Modular instrument

    has been closed and reloaded.

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    4. Synth Controls


    The interface relies heavily on virtual patch cables in order toconfigure the many possible complex modulation and signal routing

    options. The routing of a module can be changed by clicking on the

    its corresponding Out socket.

    A menu containing all possible destinations for that module is then

    displayed and clicking on a destination will reroute the modules

    patch cable. The patch cables can be shown and hidden using the

    show cables toggle button.

    The majority of parameters are controlled using dials. Any parameter

    displayed on an LCD screen can be edited using the drop down

    menu that is displayed when clicking on the screen.

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    The instrument features 2 oscillator sections, each of which can load

    one of 170 waveforms.

    Waveforms are selected and loaded via the dropdown menu that

    appears when clicking on the oscillators LCD screen. Waveforms

    are split into submenus and clicking on a waveforms name will load

    it and display the waveforms number on the oscillators LCD screen.

    The Next/Previous buttons can also be used to quickly browse

    from one waveform to another and the R button will pick a

    waveform at random.

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    Each oscillator features controls for amplitude, pitch, fine pitch and

    pan. Oscillator 1 also features a noise control. This sets the level of

    white noise added to the oscillators output and is not affected by

    oscillator 1s Amp control.

    Each oscillators output signal can be routed separately to the

    corresponding filter or FX module. If no routing destination is

    selected, the signal is routed straight to the instruments output

    bypassing the filler and FX. LFOs and Envelopes can be routed to

    modulate each oscillators amplitude and pitch settings.

    The oscillator control link button can be used to copy settings from

    oscillator 1 to oscillator 2 and when linked oscillator 1s controls will

    control oscillator 2. Any modulation routing assigned to oscillator 1

    will also now affect oscillator 2. It is important to note that the link

    setting does affect oscillator 2s waveform selection or output signal


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    Portamento and Play Modes

    The play mode can be changed between polyphonic, monophonic

    and legato by clicking the corresponding position on the play mode

    selection switch. Portamento glide time can be set using theportamento control.


    Each filter can be switched between Low Pass, High Pass and Band

    Pass modes. They each feature controls for cutoff frequency,

    resonance and keyboard tracking.

    Each filters output signal can be routed separately to the

    corresponding FX module. If no routing destination is selected, the

    signal is routed straight to the instruments output bypassing the FX.

    LFOs and Envelopes can be routed to modulate each filters cutoff

    and resonance settings. As with the oscillator link button, the filter

    link button will copy all settings from filter 1 to filter 2 and filter 1s

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    controls will control filter 2 allowing the filter section to behave like

    one single filter module for ease of control. Note that signal output

    routing is not affected by the link setting but unlike the oscillator

    section, the filter type setting is affected by the filter link setting. Any

    modulation routing assigned to filter 1 will also now affect filter 2.


    The instrument features 3 LFO modules each with a rate selection

    menu and dial, master amount control and individual controls for

    each of the five available waveforms. Sine, Triangle, Rectangle,

    Sawtooth and Random waveforms can be mixed using the individual

    controls then the total modulation level set using the amount control.

    The rates of LFO1 and LFO2 can be modulated by LFO3 if chosenusing LFO3s drop down routing menu.

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    3 ADSR envelopes modules are available and each feature controls

    for attack time, decay time, sustain level, release time and amount.

    Note that the amount control is not available when the modulationdestination is set to either Osc 1 Amp or Osc 2 Amp. In both these

    cases the modulation amount is automatically set to 100%.


    The sequencer can be turned on/off using the Sequencer toggle

    switch and features 16 steps, each with a pitch dial and LED play


    The pitch dials control the pitch of each step and each dial has a

    range of +/-12 semitones from the pitch of the currently held key.

    Alt+clicking an LED play indicator will remove the corresponding