Nils‘ K1v – v1.2.4 released

Nils‘ K1v version 1.2.4 has been released, which contains the following improvements / fixes:

  • [Imp] The settings menu now allows you to toggle between Stereo output and 8-Channel output. This should resolve issues that some users experienced after the latest Ableton update
  • [Fix] VST3 version of plugin was not detected/rejected on Mac OS
  • [Fix] Be more tolerant when receiving patches via SysEx (MidiQuest might generate invalid SysEx packets that we can work around and still load)
  • [Fix] Reduce required amount of dependencies for Linux variants

Nils‘ K1v: VST3 & Apple M1 support

Nils‘ K1v version 1.23 has been released, which brings the following two new features:

VST3 Plugin

The plugin is now available as VST3 for Windows, Mac OS and Linux. The VST3 version is identical to the VST2 version but adds support for multichannel output.

Note that, by default, only the Stereo Out is active. If you want to use Multi Channel Output, activate the buses in your DAW manually.

Note: As soon as one of the multi outputs is activated, the Stereo Output is silenced.

The VST3 plugin has the following outputs:

Stereo OutDefault Stereo Output
Source / Multi 1Source 1 in Single mode, Single 1 in Multi mode
Source / Multi 2Source 2 in Single mode, Single 2 in Multi mode
Source / Multi 3Source 3 in Single mode, Single 3 in Multi mode
Source / Multi 4Source 4 in Single mode, Single 4 in Multi mode
Multi 5Single 5, only used in Multi mode
Multi 6Single 6, only used in Multi mode
Multi 7Single 7, only used in Multi mode
Multi 8Single 8, only used in Multi mode
VST3 Multi Channel Outputs

Issues? Feedback is welcome! 👍

Apple M1 Support

Support for Apples new ARM-based SoC named M1 has been added to all Mac OS plugin versions. There are no separate downloads as the latest build now contains a so called „universal binary“ which contains the binary for both the x86_x64 and ARM64 based processors.

This should give a performance boost on Apples new SoC. It would be nice if you would report back if everything works as intended 👍 as I don’t have an Apple M1.

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Nils‘ K1v: Version 1.14 released – Multi support!

I’ve just released version 1.14 of Nils‘ K1v – The Kawai K1 emulation VSTi/AU.

Biggest change is that it now also supports Multi presets. I added the 32 factory Multis and all Multis from the ROM cards, resulting in 384 Multi presets in total.
As a sum, Nils‘ K1v now contains 1352 presets.

Nils‘ K1v – Multi Play Mode

Of course, Multis can be edited, too. To add all of the new features, I modified the UI slightly. The Source Mute buttons have been moved to the Single Edit page, making space for the new Buttons MULTI and SYSTEM.

I’ve been able to fit four Multi sections on one page, arrow buttons allow to switch between sections 1-4 and 5-8.

Multis work as they do on the Kawai K1 hardware. Up to eight Singles can be combined in various ways to create either rich layered sounds or multiple zones on the keyboard.

The only difference between a K1 and K1v is that in Poly Mode VR (meaning variable), the polyphony is unlimited, while it was still limited to 16 or 8 voices in total on a K1 hardware.

Nils‘ K1v – Multi Edit Mode

The SYSTEM page is a new page that allows to change global parameters, basically it’s a copy of the K1 Midi Settings and supports specifying a Midi receive channel (previous versions always ran in Omni mode) and to disable Program Change processing, Sysex & more.

Global settings are saved as part of the DAW project.

Nils‘ K1v – Global Settings page

Besides the improvements as pointed out above, some additional things have been added, such as cursor key preset navigation (Hallo Jürgen!) and of course, bugs have been fixed, too. The full change log can be found below.

Download the new version from the K1v product page.

Changes

  • [Fix] Wrong number of presets (832 instead of 968) were reported to plugin hosts
  • [Fix] Midi notes could get stuck in some cases
  • [Fix] Rounding issue in fixed key note number drop down menu that caused note B0 to be displayed although note C1 was selected
  • [Imp] K1v now supports Multi presets. All factory Multi presets have been added for all factory banks, making up a total of 384 Multis, or 1352 presets in total
  • [Imp] K1v now has a settings page to allow to specify the Midi receive channel, disable/enable receive & send of SysEx and more
  • [Imp] Midi receive channel can now also be modified by sending an Omni-Mode-Off control change from a specific Midi channel.
  • [Imp] Added ability to navigate through presets with cursor keys
  • [Imp] Code optimizations to reduce overall CPU usage

Nils‘ K1v: Version 1.13 released

I just released Nils‘ K1v version 1.13.

The most noticeable change is that I have added all 200 PHm Pop Synth Module presets to the plugin, resulting in a total of 968 Singles.
As the list of Singles became even larger, I reworked the play mode section to make Single selection easier. There is now a dropdown to allow to select a bank directly and there are additional navigation buttons.

Nils‘ K1v – new Play Mode section

Another interesting change for some people might be one accuracy fix: Key Scaling =>Envelope Time didn’t modify Decay but only Attack, causing some Singles to sound incorrect.

More details & all fixes and changes can be found in the change log excerpt below. The new version is available for all platforms and can be obtained from the Download Page

Changes

  • [Fix] Drop down menus were hard to read on Linux because of the font being too tiny
  • [Accuracy] Key Scaling => Envelope Time modulation did not affect Decay but only Attack, causing some Single to sound incorrect when compared to the K1 hardware.
    This change fixes the Single ‚KillDa Mix‘ and others, mostly Pianos.
  • [Imp] All 200 PHm presets are now part of the plugin, causing it to have 968 total built in presets.
  • [Imp] Single selection screen has been reworked, for easier navigation it now includes a dropdown to select the Bank and has more navigation buttons.
  • [Imp] Plugin Logo has been reworked to match the K1 hardware logo. Furthermore, the „KAWAI“ logo has been integrated as Kawai gave official permission for the plugin.

Nils‘ K1v: Version 1.12 released

I just released Nils‘ K1v at version 1.12. It contains two bug fixes and one important improvement, as I mentioned earlier in my development blog: Velocity Curves now very closely match those of the Kawai K1 hardware.

The release is available for all platforms and can be obtained from the Download Page

Changes

  • [Fix] One-shot waveforms (drums & others) were played looped
  • [Fix] Mac AU version crash when saving the plugin state (100% crash in Digital Performer 10)
  • [Imp] Velocity Curves are now properly implemented and very closely match those of the K1 hardware. If you are interested in details, feel free to visit the K1 development blog