Installation Guide - Apollo


The installation of Apollo consists of two separate steps: the installation of the Kontakt engine, and the installation of the Apollo library.

In the Apollo folder, you will see the installers for Kontakt 5 and the Apollo library folder. Move the Apollo library folder to any location on your hard drive, then run the Kontakt 5 installer. 

The Kontakt installer will install the Kontakt Player engine, its stand alone application, all of its plug-in versions, and the Service Center authorizer program. We recommend the Easy Install and that the install locations foreach component are left at their default settings.

The Apollo library is approximately 13GB in size, and can be installed on any available hard drive. For speed reasons, we recommend it be installed on internal or eSATA drives. A Firewire drive is also acceptable. An external USB drive may give somewhat less optimised performance. We also recommend 7200rpm drives or SSDs regardless of the interface used.

Once Kontakt is installed, launch the standalone application, or open it as an instrument plug-in from within your preferred host application. Click on the Libraries tab from the Kontakt browser on the left side of the Kontakt interface. Just below “Libraries,” click on “Add Library.” A “Locate Folder”window will appear. Navigate to the Apollo Library folder, highlight it, thenclick “Choose”. Apollo should now appear in Kontakt’s library browser.


After installation, please make sure that you are fully updated to the most recent versions of the three components that make up the Apollo package: the library (which contains all the patch information and programming), the engine (which is powered by Kontakt), and the authorizer (Service Center). It is possible that any of these components may have a more recent version than shipped in your physical package, so you should check for updates to each of these three. You can do this by visiting the web site and checking the Support area.


After you’ve completed installation, Apollo will be working in demo mode, meaning it will only work for 15 minutes at a time. To fully authorize it, launch Service Center (found in the Applications folder on a Mac, or the Program Files folder on Windows) and follow its instructions. You will be prompted to enter your e-mail address and password that make up your Native Instruments account, or will be given an option to create an account if you don’t already have one. Once inside the Service Center, it will give you a list of all the Native Instruments and NI-powered products on your hard drive and give you the option to activate them. You are allowed to install and use Apollo on up to two computers simultaneously.

Service Center will guide you through the process for either online(instant) activation, or offline activation if the computer on which you installed Apollo does not have direct access to the internet.