Logic Processing Threads using Kontakt 7

Hulotings Member Posts: 2 Newcomer

Hey all, I’m using Kontakt 7 on a brand new Mac Studio m2 Max chip (12 core, 64gb ram).

When I use Kontakt 7, two things are bothering me, wondering whether anyone else has had the same problem?

1. With some older libraries, in particular Spitfire Audio Kepler Orchestra (came out 2019) it’s stalling in certain [possibly more demanding] string patches - as you can see from my screenshot the Logic CPU (circled) is using one full bar of processing thread. As a result it’s clipping. It’s basically unusable in this instance. Especially when I try to record a loop. Even when I use my 2013 MacBook Pro, it clips, but to a lesser degree. How is this possible when this is an m2 chip? The only difference is the MacBook is using an older version of Kontakt, 6.6.1.

2. The other thing that I find crazy is that when I click ‘x’ to exit Kontakt, on my Mac Studio, there’s a slight delay. However, on my old MacBook, it exits instantly. Could it be because I have a lot more libraries loaded on Kontakt 7? Does that generally slow things down?

Cheers for your advice!


  • DunedinDragon
    DunedinDragon Member Posts: 207 Advisor

    I can't say I've experienced any such things on my much more tame Windows 10 system with only 16gb of memory. But I'm on Kontakt 7. I also know that Spitfire Audio has some pretty dense libraries. I have some similar ones from 8DIO but I'm not running that many tracks. I'd certainly recommend Kontakt 7 if it supports all your existing plugins as it seems to be MUCH more efficient.

  • Jeremy_NI
    Jeremy_NI Customer Care Posts: 7,810 mod

    @Hulotings Do Kontakt and Logic have full disk access? How to Enable Full Disk Access on macOS

    Are your libraries installed on an external hard drive? what is the format of that drive?

  • Hulotings
    Hulotings Member Posts: 2 Newcomer

    Hey @Jeremy_NI many thanks for your reply. Kontakt and Logic did not previously have full disk access, but I followed the link & instructions and gave them both access.

    What is the advantage/purpose of granting them this?

    My libraries are all on an external - an Akitio Thunderbolt 2 RAID. It's Mac OS Extended (Journaled). I've attached a screenshot from System Information for more detailed info.

    Thanks again!

  • Jeremy_NI
    Jeremy_NI Customer Care Posts: 7,810 mod

    @Hulotings Did that full disk access thing improved the performance? The full disk access is like a white list for apps, preventing the apps seen as security threats and overcoming permission issues.

    What are your settings in Logic here?

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