The installation of Q consists of two separate steps: the installation of theKontakt engine, and the installation of the Q library.
Insert the installation disc into your computer, and you will see the installers for both components. It doesn’t matter which is installed first. Run each of the installers and they will guide you through the installation process.
The Kontakt installer will install the Kontakt engine, its standalone 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 Q library is approximately 9GB in size, and its installer will prompt you for the location in which you wish to install it. It can be installed on any available hard drive. For speed reasons, we recommend it be installed on internal or eSATA drives. Firewire can also be acceptable. External USB drives may give somewhat less optimized performance. We also recommend7200 or 10,000rpm drives regardless of the interface used.
After installation, please make sure that you are fully updated to the most recent versions of the three components that make up the Q 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 vir2.com web site and checking the Support area.
After you’ve completed installation, Q 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 theProgram Files folder on Windows) and follow its instructions. You will be prompted to enter your e-mail address and password that make up yourNative 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 Q 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 Q does not have direct access to the internet.