Add Kontakt To Sibelius Without a Sound-Set

Paul Del-Nevo
Paul Del-Nevo
Last Update November 15, 21
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About This Course

So you’ve got yourself some lovely samples that use the Kontakt sample player! Well done you, as there are some stunning libraries available for this sample player.

You use your samples in your favorite DAW with no trouble at all, yet you are stumped when it comes to Sibelius, as everyone knows it is almost impossible to use Kontakt with Sibelius WITHOUT a Sound-Set, that mystical bit of software that enables all the articulations and dynamics to change with instructions in your score!

Well, you can use Kontakt without a Sound-Set for your all-time favorite samples in Sibelius Ultimate. It’s not as elegant as using a Sound-Set, but it’s perfectly possible and a lot of fun to do!

This course will show you all you need to know to set up Sibelius Ultimate with Kontakt using Key-switch staves.

These key-switch staves will allow you to change articulations in your scores whenever you want (so long as your library of choice uses key-switches) and I’ll show you how to do this using Native Instruments ‘Session Strings Pro‘ as an example.

As with all my courses, the video in each lesson shows how to do everything, but for this course, I have assumed that you know how to input notes into a score, but if you don’t, there is a tonne of info in the blog section showing how to do things in Sibelius, so if you are new to the software, check it out here, as note entry, and a whole host more are covered.

Learning Objectives

You'll know how to use Kontakt with Sibelius!
You'll be able to use your favourite samples in your scores
Learn how to use Key-Switch staves (and how to hide them!)
You'll know how to use the Dynamics plugin within Sibelius.

Material Includes

  • In-depth video for each lesson
  • Q & A's directly from the lesson plan
  • A detailed PDF to download
  • Your Certificate of Completion.


  • Sibelius Ultimate (I used 2020.9 for this course)
  • A Kontakt Library (That uses Key-Switches)

Target Audience

  • Anyone who uses a Kontakt sample library and wishes they could use them in their favourite Notation program!


10 Lessons

Introduction to the course

How to use the course software and mark the lessons as completed, and what we'll cover in the course.
Finding your way around.00:05:26
Lets take a look at what we’ll cover in this course.00:02:09

Making your Template

This section of the course looks in detail at all the steps needed to make your 1st template with 1 (one) instance of Kontakt.

Checking that your score plays back correctly and hiding the Key-Switch staves

We'll look in detail at making sure your Key-Switches operate as expected, and that everything is sitting on the correct midi channels. We'll also look at how to hide the Key-Switch staves from your score.

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Paul Del-Nevo

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Hi I'm Paul and welcome to my website. If you didn't realise already, I'm mad on Sibelius and I absolutely love the software. I've used it for ages and wouldn't use anything else! Please feel free to review the courses (you'll find the review link at the bottom of every course page) as it's a great way to let others know your thoughts on them. Thanks so much got taking the time to check the site out, I really do hope that you enjoy it.
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Another one knocked out of the park. Well done Paul for making this easier to understand!

Learning how to choose samples from Kontakt library as a playback has opened so many creative doors for me.. Things are explained coherently and all step-by-step, making it easier for beginners to understand. Thanks Paul!

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10 lectures

Material Includes

  • In-depth video for each lesson
  • Q & A's directly from the lesson plan
  • A detailed PDF to download
  • Your Certificate of Completion.