Welcome to Nektarine.
Nektarine is a VST, VST3 and AU compatible plugin that allows advanced Nektar control of your plugin instruments from Nektar Panorama controllers.
- Deep instrument plugin integration for Nektar Panorama T4 and T6
- Hosts VST, VST3 and AU Plugins
- Compatible with all DAWs capable of hosting VST, VST3 and AU plugins
- Nektar pre-configured instrument mapping for most popular plugins
- Edit menu for customization of map files or creation of new
- Browser for plugin library patch management with libraries pre-configured for many plugins
- Multi-mode with layering of up to 16 plugins per instance
In the following we'll go through the features of Nektarine.
-Click on the [Settings] tab to scan and manage your plugins in Nektarine.
-Click on [Plugin Options] to open the popup menu where you can choose between the following options:
- 'Clear list' - clears the plugin list of any scanned plugins.
- 'Remove selected plugin from list' - only active when one or more scanned plugins are selected.
- 'Show folder containing selected plugin' - only active when one or more scanned plugins are selected.
- 'Remove any plugins whose files no longer exist'.
- 'Scan for new or updated VST plugins'.
- 'Scan for new or updated VST3 plugins'.
- 'Scan for new or updated AU plugins" - OSX only.
-Start by selecting one of the scan options to populate the list of plugins that Nektarine can host. If you need to add a plugin folder path, click on the + sign bottom left of the 'Select Folders to Scan' window.
-Another option is to scan by drag and dropping individual plugins on the plugin list.
-Scanned plugins can also be removed from the list by first selecting the plugin with a click, and then pressing delete.
When you select a plugin from the header, the sort order is important.
Choose the setting you prefer in the Settings menu and change it as you go along.
-Click on the [Plugin] tab after scanning your plugins. This opens a list of plugins.
-Plugins are sorted in the order selected on the Settings tab.
-Click on a plugin to select it. This will load the plugin and display it's GUI just below the Nektarine header.
-Once a plugin is loaded, the tab displays the plugin's name. From any other tab, click on the plugin name to display it's GUI.
-When the plugin tab is selected, click on the tab again to load a new plugin.Nektarine can host multiple plugins at the same time, layering each plugin with options to set volume, pan, mute and solo for each plugin slot.
-Click on the + below the plugin GUI to add slots and subsequently load a plugin.
The browser enables you to find patches in your library of plugins quickly, by using tag settings such as Category, Timbre, Library and User tags, sort by ratings or just select a plugin to narrow your target result.
The browser is empty at first startup and needs to be populated with patches either by manually saving them or importing complete plugin banks. Factory parches for many popular plugins are available for download here . Once downloaded, unzip the file and batch import the desired patches as described in the following section.
Batch Importing Patches
-Click on the [Browser] tab.
-Click on the blue import patch icon.
-In the file window, locate a downloaded .nek file.
- Select it and click "Open".
- Click "Ok" in the dialogue box to start the import process.
Once import is complete, the patches appear in the browser, along with the associated tags.
Importing Patches Directly From a Plugin
Patches can also be imported directly from a plugin, one at a time.
Click on the button and the current patch is imported in to the Nektarine browser.
If the plugin displays the patch name in the header field labeled Preset, just keep selecting patches in the plugin and each will be imported in to the browser. Each patch is saved with the correct name. Make sure to switch the patch import function off to avoid importing unwanted patches.
If the plugin does not display the patch, its saved with a "No Name" label but you can rename it subsequently. You may be able to copy the patch name from the plugins 'Save As' menu. To import multiple "No Name" patches, deactivate the import function, then change patch in the plugin, and activate the import function again. Keep doing that until all the patches you want have been imported.
Selecting a Patch, Sorting Patches and Using Patch Ratings
Click on any patch in the target list and it will load in the associated plugin. Loading time is instant in most cases but of course it depends on the plugin being loaded as well as the size of the patch file. Patches loading a sample player therefore takes proportionately longer to load.
The Patch target list can be sorted in ascending or descending alphabetical order by clicking on the 'Patch' header. An arrow shows the direction of the sorting. You can also sort by ratings to bring your favorites to the top of the list, by clicking on the 'Rating' header.
To change the rating for a patch, click in the ratings field and move the bar to the right for higher rating and to the left for a lower rating.
Delete, Rename and Save Patches
Once a patch is selected, it can be deleted, renamed or a variant can be saved.
-To delete, click the trash icon and confirm by clicking "OK' in the dialogue box. Patches are deleted permanently and cannot be recovered without a backup. If you want to remove a plugin from the browser list, another option is to delete the plugin in the Settings menu. That action will not remove the patches for the plugin but will remove the plugin from Nektarine, until it's re-scanned again.
-Click the Rename pencil icon to change the name of a Patch in the dialogue box. Then click "Ok" to confirm.
-Click the Save icon to save the current settings as a patch. A dialogue box will appear and you can enter any name and save the patch in the Nektarine browser. Note that the patch is not stored in the plugin and the name shown in the plugin will be the name of the patch it was derived from.
Another option is to save your patches in the plugin and then use the patch import function to import it in Nektarine.
Refining the Patch List by Selecting Tags
Selecting tags or plugins in the browser will narrow the options in the target patch list and makes it easier to find what you need. Start by selecting a few and see how options change. The behavior is affected by the mode of the tag column which can be changed by clicking the round icon.
Multiple tags can be selected by pressing [Cmd]+[click] in OSX and [Ctrl]+[click] in Windows.Blue
Selecting multiple tags in the column displays patches that contain all selected tags.
Selecting multiple tags in the column displays patches that contain at least one of the selected tags.Red
Patches containing the selected tag in the column are excluded from the target patch list.
The current selection of tags can be saved in a Tag Group so you can recall it any time.
-Click the "+" icon on the right side of the Tag Group header.
-Enter a name for the tag group and click "Ok".
-You can delete a tag group again by clicking the trash icon.
Assigning and Managing Tags
Tags can be created, deleted and assigned to patches. Start by clicking the 'Tag' icon, just above the search field.
To assign a tag to a patch, first select the patch and then select the tag you want assigned. To remove a tag, click the tag again to de-select it.
-Create tags by clicking the '+' icon to the right in the tag header
-Remove tags by clicking the trash icon.
-Select multiple patches to assign tags in bulk.
Nektar Map Files
Nektar map files have already been created for most of the popular plugins. Hopefully you'll find that includes many if not all of the plugins you own. A Nektar map file delivers an extensive control experience of your plugin with logical page navigation and easy to read labels.
If a plugin you own is not mapped but appears on our list of premapped plugins, it may be that your version of the plugin is different from the one we mapped for. Either update your plugin or if you are already running the latest version, contact us and let us know by listing the plugin name and version, and send it to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Once mapped, a plugin can be controlled transparently, every time you load it
- Mapping is independent of patch selection, so even if you don't have any patches for a plugin, you can still control it.
- Most of the popular plugins are premapped in Nektarine - so you don't have to.
- If a plugin is not mapped, the Edit tab provides tools for you to create your own. Or customize one of ours if you prefer.
- Saving a map does not overwrite the factory map. You can remove it, or move it to another computer, any time.
Customizing Parameter Names
The process of adding a custom parameter name is easy in Nektarine. In the left-hand pane you see the list of parameters. Double-click in the 'Display Text' column and type in a name. Press [Enter] when you are done.
The harder part is to avoid shortening the name so much that if it's learned on the map file's home page, you can still identify it correctly. For example, speed, rate or time can be used in multiple parts of a plugin including effects, LFO's and envelopes. A good solution is to first name the parameter as it appears on the plugin's GUI, then add the part of the plugin it controls. For example a parameter named Layer1_Env1_Attack looks better if it's renamed to Attack Env1 L1.
As you build your map file it becomes more obvious how parameters should be named in context and you don't have to start by renaming every single parameter. It can be done a bit at a time as you see the need.
Creating a Page Structure
The map files page structure evolves in the right hand pane of the Edit page. If a Nektar map file is not already present for the loaded plugin, you'll see 4 pages listed (Page A,B,C,Fader Home). At the bottom of the pane are buttons with the following functions:
Move Up/Down: Moves the select page up or down in the current page hierarchy.
Add Page: Creates a top level page.
Add Subpage: Converts the currently selected top-level page assignments to a Subpage, as well as creating an additional empty Subpage. Click on the header page and the click the [Add Subpage] button again to add more sub pages.
Remove Page: Deletes the currently selected page.
Undo: Click to undo the last action.
Redo: Click to redo.
Save Changes: Save the map file to the following location: Documents\Nektar\Nektarine\Mapping Files\Instruments. If you saved by mistake simply delete the file in that directory. Next time you reload Nektarine, the mapping will appear as it did before you made changes in the Nektarine Edit tab.
Sync Device Page Select: When ticked, page selection from your Nektar product or Nektarine will sync.
Naming a Page: Double-click on the page name and enter a new one. Press [Enter] when done.
Using the above tools, a page structure can quickly take shape. It's a good idea to create the page structure as early as possible. Start by reviewing the plugin GUI noting how many pages you might need for each section. Note how many control buttons you might need also since this affects how many subpages you are able to create. The process is of course organic and it's typically in use that you realize which pages are needed and how best to structure the map but a little upfront consideration goes a long way to make it easy and straight forward.
Control Assignment and Page Navigation
With pages and needed subpages already created, it's easy to assign parameters to controls in each page. There are two ways to do this:
- Move a parameter from the left parameter list and drop it on the control it should be assigned to, within the page.
- Use your Nektar product's Learn function to assign parameters by moving the in the plugin GUI and then moving the control it should be assigned to on the controller. See the specific instructions for how to operate Nektarine from your Nektar product.
Nektar Learn is in many cases the fastest option, particularly when the parameter list is long.
The next thing to consider is navigation so you can find each page fast. Top-level pages can be navigated easily by pressing the [Menu] button on your Nektar product and then scroll through the list to select a page.
Subpages can be navigated from within the top-level page structure but it needs to be set up first. Here is how:
- Click on one of the 4 display buttons in the Nektarine GUI, to select
- Click either 'Cycle button' or 'Page button' depending on what works best with your subpages.
- Cycle Button: Choose this option if you want the selected button to toggle/cycle through all the created sub pages.
Button: Chose this option if you want the selected button to navigate
to a specific page. Select the destination sub page from the popup
field. A display button is needed for each page with this method so with 4 subpages, all 4 display buttons will be needed for navigation.
- Selecting a page template determines if the page contains assignments for fader or encoders. If you change the page template after assigning parameters, those changes can be cleared
The image shows a page button assignment to display button 3.
Display button 4 is selected and will be assigned to subpage 'Osc 2' if the 'Page button' is clicked.