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. Browser settings are stored per slot, so the Nektarine patch target list changes when you select any of the 16 instrument, 64 insert or 4 send effect slots.
At first startup, the browser is empty and needs to be populated with patches either by manually saving them or importing complete plugin banks. Factory patches for many popular VST plugins are available for download here (not compatible with AU and VST3 plugins). Most include some tag assignments so this can be a good place to start. Once downloaded, unzip the file and batch import the desired patches as described in the section ‘Batch Importing Patches’.
Patch vs Multi-Patch
A Patch contains all the data to load one specific plugin and it’s settings. It also contains any browser tags that may have been set for it, as well as its ratings value.
A Multi-Patch stores all Nektarine settings including all plugin slot, browser and plugin settings. Create a preferred setup and save it with the name Default. Nektarine will load the Default multipatch every time a new instance of Nektarine is created. Multi-patches can in addition quickly be selected from the first field in the header. Click and select from the list.
Nektarine’s browser treat patches and multi-patches largely the same. Click the ‘Multi’ button to browse for multi-patches and click ‘Patch’ so browser for patches. In the below we refer to patches but all of the functions, except ‘Importing Patches Directly From a Plugin’, are also applicable to multi-patches.
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 by simply stepping through them. Note that not all plugins allow for this to work but there is also an option to save patches individually which will work with all plugins.
- 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. Repeat until all the patches you want have been imported.
Load/Select a Patch, Sorting Patches and Using Patch Ratings
As patches are imported or saved, they appear in the target list which is the left pane in the browser window.
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
A patch is selected when it’s loaded. Multiple patches can be selected by using standard select key combinations such as [Cmd]+[click] in OSX and [Ctrl]+[click] in Windows.
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.
Assign and Manage Tags
Tags are useful not only to narrow options when browsing in Nektarine but also if you want to be able to quickly browse patches from your Nektar hardware. Even a simplified approach to tag use, such as creating project/song tags or a ‘My Favorites’ tag, will allow you to quickly find your most commonly used sounds. Tags can be created, deleted and assigned to patches.
To assign and manage tags, start by clicking the ‘Tag’ icon, just above the search field and select ‘Patchs Tags Edit’. The browser columns are now used to select/deselect tags for the currently selected patches.
- 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.
Refining the Patch List by Selecting Tags
As mentioned, 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 = And.
Selecting multiple tags in the column displays patches that contain all selected tags.
Green = Or
Selecting multiple tags in the column displays patches that contain at least one of the selected tags.
Red = Not
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.