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    Joe Mountain

    I’m really new to using sampled instruments, and think what everyone’s doing here is amazing!

    I’ve just bought a copy of Kontakt 6, and trying to work out how to use it.

    Is there a way I can save a Pianobook instrument, so that it appears in the ‘Libraries’ menu on the left of the main Kontakt window?

    Apologies if this is a stupid question, I’m very green where all of this is concerned!



    bo din

    You can’t add most of them directly into the library with a nice picture, which I find a pain anyway, but you can add then to the Database tab as follows. Instructions also below image;

    kontakt database

    1/ With Kontakt open, click on the Database tab

    2/ Click on DB Options (if available) or Options

    3/ Click on Database in the Options dialogue box

    4/ Click on Add in the Options dialogue box

    5/ Navigate to the folder where you have saved the unzipped Pianobook libraries

    6/ Click on OK

    7/ The folder location will now appear in the Folder / Volume list

    8/ Click on Update and wait for the Database to be updated
    It should take less than a minute

    Click on the Libraries tab for registered libraries or Database tab for others.

    There is another option of placing instruments in say, the Kontakt Factory Library so they will show up listed under Kontakt Factory Libray in the Libraries tab;
    htt ps://insessionaudio. com/use-kontakts-libraries-tab-to-access-any-library/
    [delete the spaces after htt and after audio. ]

    bo din

    Image not showing at present. Ah well.

    Joe Mountain

    Amazing, thanks Bo Din. I’ll give that a go!

    Terje Sandberg

    There are two versions of Kontakt. The “full” version you need to pay for and the free one, also called player. Developers pay a lot of money to Native Instruments to have their instruments appear under the Library section of Kontakt. The reason for doing this is that the instrument then is copy protected through serial numbers. Player version will only play instruments that has gone through this authorization process. To play instruments from the “file” section of Kontakt you need the full version. After 15 years with Kontakt I would say that the file section + the favorite section is a far better way of finding/loading instruments than the Library section. The library section takes up much more space and after a while it gets very crowded with instruments and a lot of scrolling is needed. So my advice is just to forget about the “need” of having instrumens appear in the Library section. You may find it “pretty” to have a small graphic indication of the instrument in the Library sectionn, but you WILL grow tired of that scrolling if Library section is filled up.

    Up to Kontakt 4 (and early Kontakt 5) there is a way of converting a file instrument to a library instrument. You need photoshop or something similar to make the wallpapeers, a small free program that creates the file needed in Kontakt, and the sample files. With that you can create any sample library to a Library Kontakt (4) instrument. Kontakt 4 will run parallell with 5 and 6. Before my Library section got crowded I turned a lot of instruments into Libraries for Kontakt and I still have access to them in Kontakt 4 even if I have upgraded to Kontakt 6. And…. the same instruments will appear under the file section of Kontakt 6.

    The method of adding a libary in Kontakts own library section (as in the In Session Audio article) I would not recommend. They will not play in the Player version anyways. In full Kontakt future upgrades may “kill” that part of the library, but if you are good with back ups, shure….But as described. Under Kontakts own instruments your library is even more combersome to find. So…..Go for the “files” system, leran to use it from the beginning.

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