Installation Guide - Mallets


The installation of Mallets in KONTAKT consists of two separate steps: the installation of the KONTAKT engine, and the installation of the Mallets library. 

In the “Mallets Installation Instructions” folder, you will see the installer for the KONTAKT 5 player. Once the Mallets library has been downloaded and extracted, you can move the Mallets library folder to any location on your hard drive, then run the KONTAKT 5 player installer.

The KONTAKT installer will install the KONTAKT Player engine, its standalone application, all of its plug-in versions, and the Service Center authorization program. We recommend the Easy Install, and that the install locations for each component are left at their default settings.

The Mallets library is approximately 2.5 GB in size, and can be installed on any available hard drive. For speed reasons, we recommend Mallets be installed on an external hard drive. We recommend installing on a 7200rpm drive or SSD drive for optimal performance. 

Once the KONTAKT 5 player is installed, launch the standalone application. Select the Libraries tab from the KONTAKT 5 Player’s browser on the left side of the KONTAKT interface. Just below “Libraries,” select “Add Library.” A “Locate Folder” window will appear. Navigate to the Mallets Library folder, select it, then select “Choose”. Mallets should now appear in KONTAKT’s library browser.


Because Mallets is a KONTAKT instrument with NKS support, you must manually add Mallets to your KOMPLETE KONTROL/MASCHINE Library. During installation, please launch KOMPLETE KONTROL/MASCHINE as a standalone application.

To add Mallets to your KOMPLETE KONTROL/MASCHINE Library, simply drag the library folder onto the KOMPLETE KONTROL or MASCHINE Browser. After dragging it to the Browser, Mallets will be available in the Library pane of the Browser under the User Library section. 


After you’ve completed installation, Mallets will be running in demo mode; it will only work for fifteen minutes at a time. To authorize it for KONTAKT, simply select the “Activate” button located in the top right corner of the Mallets library and follow KONTAKT’s prompts.

For KOMPLETE KONTROL & MASCHINE users (and KONTAKT users), 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 email address and password for your Native Instruments account, or will be given an option to create an account if you don’t already have one. Once the Service Center is open, 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 authorize Mallets 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 installedMallets does not have direct access to the internet.

Once the Service Center shows that Mallets has been activated, you can restart KONTAKT, KOMPLETE KONTROL and/or MASCHINE to begin using the activated product.