How to Install Kontakt 4 As a Plugin in Ableton Live

Written by robert ceville
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The Kontakt VST sampler instrument plugin can be used within Ableton Live for creating realistic and synthetic sounds. Kontakt will work alongside the Kontakt Player when installed into your VST-assigned folder. Ableton Live will automatically scan for new VSTs installed into the folder when opened, but you may need to rescan the folder manually. Kontakt can then be added to a project in either demo or full mode. Install Native Instruments Kontakt properly in Ableton Live in less than 10 minutes.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

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    Install Kontakt into your VST folder. Double-click the installer "EXE" and follow the prompts on the next set of screens. Browse for your assigned VST folder when asked where to install the VST. For example, your VST folder may be located at "C:\Program Files\VstPlugins."

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    Double-Click the icon for Ableton Live to open the application. A small dialogue box should appear that reads "Scanning VST Folder" while the program loads. The VST folder may need to be manually rescanned if new installations are not detected.

  3. 3

    Click the "Plugin Folder" button to expand the VST folder and verify that Kontakt has been detected. The Plugin Folder button is the second below the down arrow icon, on the left-side of Ableton Live's screen. Scroll through this folder, expand "Native Instruments" and see if "Kontakt VST" appears. Continue with a manual folder rescan if Kontakt is not fold in this folder.

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    Manually rescan the VST folder so Ableton will detect the plugin. Go to "Options," "Preferences," "File Folder." Verify that "Use VST Plug-In Custom Folder" is turned on and click "Browse" and select the location of the plugin folder you installed the Kontakt VST into during set-up. Click "Rescan Plug-ins" and verify that Kontakt VST is now listed in Ableton Live's browser "Plugin Folder" screen.

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    Add the Kontakt VST plugin to your Ableton Live project. Click-and-drag "Kontakt VST" from the "Plugin Folder" browser screen to an empty MIDI track and select to either run the plugin in demo mode, or to authorise the product. Enter your serial/authorisation code given to you at time of purchase when prompted, or the demo version will run with time limitation. The Kontakt plugin can now be played as a VST sampler instrument in Ableton Live.

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