How to Check System Compatibility
If you are unsure whether your system is able to run one of our libraries, there's three things you need to check first:
- Do I own the paid version of Kontakt?
- Is my computer/DAW able to run Kontakt?
- Is my version of Kontakt up-to-date?
Since the vast majority of our products are Kontakt libraries, they will run on any computer that can support Kontakt. So long as you can run Native Instruments plugins on your computer, you do not need to worry about OS compatibility (e.g. Big Sur, Monterey, Windows 11).
Note: If you are not sure if your system is compatible with Kontakt, click here. For more information on M1/M2 Compatibility, click here.
From there, the next step is to make sure your computer can download, install, and run the library without crashing.
ALL of our libraries list the system requirements on their respective pages, next to Content and Features (shown below).
Please note the following:
- Having the wrong version of Kontakt will make the library unusable.
- Full version libraries will only load as a demo, and running an old version of Kontakt will mean the library does not appear
- If you have insufficient disk space, the download will fail.
- It's strongly advised to utilize an external storage drive - if your external drive is too slow to handle Kontakt libraries, you can work around this by using your external drive for photos/documents/etc, and reserve your main drive for Kontakt usage.
- For more info on disk management for audio production, click here to check out Sweetwater's tips on the subject.
- Insufficient RAM affects performance.
- You may be able to use the library, but with longer load times and a lower ceiling before audio errors such as clicking and popping occur. Additionally, you are more at risk of your software crashing due to CPU/RAM overload and won't be able to load as many instances of our products in one session.
To see the full list of Kontakt Full vs. Player products in our catalogue, please click here.