Creating Multi-timbral Instruments In Logic (Feat. Kontakt)

Creating multi-timbral Instruments in Logic allows for a specific type of organization within projects. For projects which include full MIDI orchestrations and other software-instrument heavy composition, using multi-timbral instruments allows one external plugin, such as Native Instruments’ Kontakt to run up to 16 separate instrument tracks. In a few cases, this can save on a computer's CPU usage, although newer computing technologies have made this less relevant. 

Despite the debate, it is important to know how to create multi-timbral instruments in Logic, especially for film scoring students.

Here are the steps:

  1. Create a software instrument track in Logic. For this example, we will be using Kontakt as our external software instrument. 
  2. Ensure that “multi-timbral” is checked below the instrument drop-down. 
  3. Select the number of tracks/parts you want! You can have up to 16 channels.
  4. Then, press enter!
  5. You will see that the number of parts you selected will dictate the number of instrument tracks created.
  6. Now, we need to format our plug-in to follow the multi-timbral pattern.

  7. In Kontakt, we will open the plugin and find the Presets / Batch Configuration drop-down menu.
  8. Select Batch Functions from the menu.
  9. Next, select Clear output selection and create one individual channel for each loaded instrument.  

We basically just told Kontakt to take each instrument we add to the chain and route it to the next available instrument track channel in Logic!


Training Subject
Production DAW Kontakt Logic
Logic film scoring Multi-timbral Multitimbral Kontakt
Last modified
Thu, May 19th 2022