Kontakt Player: set default "on load" instrument. Also, Multi vs. repeat instances

alan9990
alan9990 Member Posts: 9 Newcomer

Two related questions regarding the free player version:

Having read the manual, it's still not clear whether I am able to, say, edit an instrument to my choice, save it, and then have Kontakt Player start with this file loaded?

Every time I open my DAW, having obviously closed it down overnight, I go to the Kontakt Player instrument which plays the correct sound (I last edited) but its browser window is always open at a default "library view" setting and which requires me to go and find the last loaded file. Is it possible to have this file set as default for when I first reload Kontakt Player?

Also: let's say I want three different instruments. Is it intended that I create a "multi rack" and place each instrument in a single instance of Kontakt Player? If so, it's not clear how I then route each instrument out to a separate midi track.

If I instead simply create a new instrument, and add another instance of Kontakt Player and then its instrument, is this a bad idea for any reason? Memory overheads perhaps? It is the more 'obvious' route to having a separate track/bus for the instrument, but maybe I'm missing a trick in terms of how Kontakt is designed to work?

Any advice or suggestions welcome :)

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  • Jeremy_NI
    Jeremy_NI Customer Care Posts: 9,547 mod
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    Kontakt (or Kontakt Player) will not load the instrument of your choice by default when you open it. If you load an instrument in Kontakt in a project in your DAW, of course when opening it again it will load the library you had loaded.

    You can choose the MIDI channel for each instrument in the Multi, as well as the audio output:

    We have several articles in our Knowledge Base regarding Kontakt's multi output: How to Create Multiple Outputs in KONTAKT and Route Them to a DAW

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  • Jeremy_NI
    Jeremy_NI Customer Care Posts: 9,547 mod
    Answer ✓

    Kontakt (or Kontakt Player) will not load the instrument of your choice by default when you open it. If you load an instrument in Kontakt in a project in your DAW, of course when opening it again it will load the library you had loaded.

    You can choose the MIDI channel for each instrument in the Multi, as well as the audio output:

    We have several articles in our Knowledge Base regarding Kontakt's multi output: How to Create Multiple Outputs in KONTAKT and Route Them to a DAW

  • alan9990
    alan9990 Member Posts: 9 Newcomer

    Thank you.

    In fact I realised (after posting!) that I'd missed the bit in the manual about the multi rack. That works in the sense that I can have a single instance of the player, and have multiple instruments loaded within it.

    At some stage I'm obviously going to need to look into the routing and outputs. For now though it sufficed to mute/unmute each instrument as I need to create. Not ideal I know, but it does mean working inside a single library view, which is great.

    I honestly find it utterly perplexing why Kontakt would NOT open at the last loaded file. Why ever would it not? What's to be gained by requiring the user to go back and find that file and load it manually? Bear in mind that this implies I'm not happy with the sound I last had, and have decided to edit it. Obviously if all I need is the exact same sound I'm not tampering so the issue doesn't arise.

    Coupled to this (IMO) curious issue is that although I have now set the multi rack as the default view, of course this doesn't open because, as per your reply, Kontakt doesn't directly load the instrument(s) file, thus the multi view is not enabled.

    Not life changing of course, but hugely irritating that unlike all other VSTs in my DAW, Kontakt requires me to perform these additional clicks EVERY TIME I open a project.

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