Native Instruments Kontakt 5 Updates

23rd May 2017: Kontakt + Kontakt Player Update V5.6.8

The update links the Add/Authorize Library buttons to Native Access, simplifying installation and authorization. As part of this change, all 3rd Party Kontakt Player Libraries can now be managed from within Native Access.

5.6.8 also fixes bugs and adds one minor KSP feature related to tables and the XY pad.

This is a free update to registered Kontakt 5 users. You can download your update either through the Native Instruments Service Center or by using the new Native Access application.

The latest version of the FREE Kontakt Player V5.6.8 can be downloaded from the Native Instruments website, linked here.


Changes:

  • Added: New KSP built-in variable ($NI_CONTROL_PAR_IDX) returns the index of the element triggering a UI callback; applies to tables and the XY Pad.
  • Changed: Add & Activate Library buttons now launch Native Access which now also supports 3rd party Libraries.
  • Fixed: The frame rate would drop significantly if multiple waveform displays were used on a KSP UI.
  • Fixed: The Missing Samples dialog would always suggest the default user folder instead of the folder the NKIs are in.
  • Fixed: Crash when switching to Mini View under circumstances.
  • Fixed: Using get_control_par () with $CONTROL_PAR_ALLOW_AUTOMATION now returns the correct value instead of always 0.
  • Fixed: Certain Bank properties would be discarded when re-saving NKSNs.
  • Known Issue: The documentation is not up to date. 

21st February 2017: Native Instruments have released an update, version 5.6.6 to their Kontakt 5 engine.

This is a free update to registered Kontakt 5 users. You can download your update either through the Native Instruments Service Center or by using the new Native Access application.

The latest version of the FREE Kontakt 5.6.6 Player can be downloaded from the Native Instruments website, linked here.

If you are looking for an archived installer for the Kontakt Player, please see here for the older Kontakt 5 Player installers.

Please note - minimum system requirements for Kontakt 5.6.6:

Windows 7, 8 or 10 (latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit), Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD AthlonTM 64 X2, 4 GB RAM

Mac OS X 10.10, 10.11 or 10.12 (latest update), Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM

4 GB RAM (6 GB recommended for large KONTAKT Instruments)

Supported Interfaces

Windows (32/64-bit): Stand-alone, VST, AAX

Mac OS X (64-bit only): Stand-alone, VST, AU, AAX


Updated for Kontakt 5.6.6:

  • Improved the On-Screen Keyboard’s color legibility based on user feedback.
  • XY Pad: Individual cursors can now be hidden via KSP
  • The customized string representation of parameter values in XY Pad is now shared with the host correctly.
  • Updating the value of a cursor from within the control’s callback is now reliable in XY Pad.
  • No longer any potential crashes when trying to view the Host Automation tab with certain NKIs loaded.
  • Crash when trying to view the Infos (sic) tab of the Instrument Options dialog with certain NKIs now fixed.
  • Certain NKIs no longer trigger the “Really quit…” dialog every time they were closed.

Native Instruments have released an update, version 5.6.5 to their Kontakt 5 engine.

This is a free update to registered Kontakt 5 users. You can download your update either through the Native Instruments Service Center or by using the new Native Access application.

The latest version of the FREE Kontakt 5.6.5 Player can be downloaded from the Native Instruments website, linked here.

If you are looking for an archived installer for the Kontakt Player, please see here for the older Kontakt 5 Player installers.


Kontakt - 5.6.5
07.12.2016
Minimum System Requirements for Kontakt 5.6.5:

Windows 7, 8 or 10 (latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit), Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD AthlonTM 64 X2, 4 GB RAM
Mac OS X 10.10, 10.11 or 10.12 (latest update), Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM

4 GB RAM (6 GB recommended for large KONTAKT Instruments)
Supported Interfaces

Windows (32/64-bit): Stand-alone, VST, AAX
Mac OS X (64-bit only): Stand-alone, VST, AU, AAX
Updates and fixes for Kontakt 5.6.5

Added:
•New KSP UI control: XY Pad. 
•Re-introduced the Global Purge controls (removed with 5.6.0) as part of the File menu.

Fixed:
•Some effects would block sound when loaded through KSP. 
•The Group MIDI Channel setting menu was broken. 
•Vertical window resizing was sluggish under certain conditions. 
•The KSP bitwise operators would cause parse errors in certain cases. 
•Crash when double-clicking on the header of Expert>Groups tab. 
•Crash when using certain context menus. 
•Crash when using the Next / Previous NKI buttons under certain conditions. 
•The size of the Quickload area was always reset after restarting Kontakt. 
•There was a graphical issue with level meters on instrument Performance Views. 
•The "Unwind Automation" setting was ignored by automation assignments made via KSP. 
•Issues with certain audio interfaces when using Kontakt standalone.


Kontakt - 5.6.1
10.10.2016
Minimum System Requirements for Kontakt 5.6.1

Windows 7, 8 or 10 (latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit), Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD AthlonTM 64 X2, 4 GB RAM
Mac OS X 10.9, 10.10 or 10.11.1 (latest update, 64-bit only), Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM

4 GB RAM (6 GB recommended for large KONTAKT Instruments)
1 GB free disk space for Kontakt
Supported Interfaces

Stand-alone, VST, Audio Units, ASIO, Core Audio, WASAPI 
AAX Native (Windows: Pro Tools 10 or higher, Mac OS: Pro Tools 11 or higher)
Updates and fixes for Kontakt 5.6.1

•CHANGED Improved text legibility on many UI areas based on user feedback
•FIXED Voices were not killed correctly in certain cases, resulting in unnecessary load
•FIXED Crash on loading certain instruments
•FIXED “Compress samples” check-box when saving NKIs was ignored on Windows
•FIXED Switching to Mini-view and back would reset the window size
•FIXED Issues when instrument size was set by multiple script slots
•FIXED Crashes related to using special character in various text fields


Kontakt - 5.6.0
12.09.2016
Minimum System Requirements for Kontakt 5.6.0

Windows 7, 8 or 10 (latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit), Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD AthlonTM 64 X2, 4 GB RAM
Mac OS X 10.9, 10.10 or 10.11.1 (latest update, 64-bit only), Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM

4 GB RAM (6 GB recommended for large KONTAKT Instruments)
Supported Interfaces

Stand-alone, VST, Audio Units, ASIO, Core Audio, WASAPI
AAX Native (Windows: Pro Tools 10 or higher, Mac OS: Pro Tools 11 or higher) 
Updates and fixes for Kontakt 5.6.0

•CHANGED The user interface style has received a major update
•ADDED Real numbers and advanced math functions are now available in KSP
•ADDED New KSP command to enable instruments up to 1000 pixels wide: set_ui_width_px()
•CHANGED The maximum height of instruments was raised to 750 pixels when set via KSP
•ADDED Official support for automation assignments via KSP, improving a previously undocumented, yet widely used feature
•ADDED Parameter names are now visible in ProTools’ Plug-in Automation list
•ADDED Usage data tracking. More info here
•ADDED New KSP command to set an instrument’s color including its header: set_ui_color()
•CHANGED Improved performance on certain scripts using heavy image resources
•FIXED The Transient Master effect stopped processing when there were no voices running, abruptly muting tails of other effects
•FIXED The Phaser effect produced stereo signal with muted right channel when used with mono samples
•FIXED Common loading time issue with commercial Libraries that was worked around by local batch re-save
•FIXED Sample-rate changes would cause crackles and changes of the sound of the convolution effect
•FIXED NKA files would silently fail being written to disk under certain circumstances (affected certain Libraries, like EXHALE)
•FIXED Modal dialog placement was unpredictable - now everything appears on center of active display
•FIXED Crash when showing the Quickload panel while having high UI activity on a Performance View
•FIXED Crash on OS X when changing the latency setting right after changing the sample rate
•FIXED Crash when renaming modulators under certain circumstances
•FIXED Deleting MIDI CC modulators only worked on one group even when attempting it over multiple ones
•FIXED Editing modulators of modulators only worked on on one group even when attempting it over multiple ones
•FIXED Attempting to rename modulators across multiple groups yielded unexpected results
•FIXED The memory footprint display on instrument header froze when in MASCHINE or KOMPLETE KONTROL
•FIXED The UI of the mod shaper turned unusable when deleting the first or last node
•FIXED Drag and drop was broken on OS X if a CD was in the drive
•FIXED Changing snapshots on bigger instruments caused a parse error under certain circumstances
•FIXED KSP: Parameter value strings (labels) wouldn’t be published to DAW if triggered from within the ui_control callback of textedit controls
•FIXED KSP variable $EVENT_PAR_SOURCE was unreliable under certain circumstances
•FIXED The Retrigger factory script would freeze notes when rate-knob was set to bar and clock was not running
•REMOVED The Modules tab from the sidebar has been removed
•REMOVED The font size option has been removed
•KNOWN ISSUE The database will be empty after updating to 5.6; a manual “Reset and Rescan” is required
•KNOWN ISSUE All French, German, Japanese and Spanish documentation is out of date
•KNOWN ISSUE The Getting Started documents are out of date




Kontakt - 5.5.2
20.01.2016
Minimum System Requirements

Windows 7, 8 or 10 (latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit), Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD AthlonTM 64 X2
Mac OS X 10.9, 10.10 or 10.11.1 (latest update), Intel Core 2 Duo

4 GB RAM (6 GB recommended for large KONTAKT Instruments
Supported Interfaces

Stand-alone, VST, Audio Units, ASIO, Core Audio, WASAPI, AAX Native (Pro Tools 10 or higher) 
Updates and fixes for Kontakt 5.5.2

•Fixed a KSP issue causing Kontakt to crash when using set_key_name() under certain circumstances
•Group effects can now be changed via KSP without the associated group being selected for editing
•The KSP command mf_remove_event() now correctly clears all data
•Fixed a KSP issue when using the load_array() command with string arrays, now allowing loading directly from NKRs (mode 2)
•Fixed a KSP issue in which the on persistence_changed callback did not complete after loading an instrument via the instrument header
•Ableton Live no longer freezes when a track containing Kontakt is automated and frozen
•Fixed an issue in Fruity Loops where multiple instances of KONTAKT would cause a crash upon the loading of a project
•MIDI CC modulators now work correctly for slots 2-128 of instrument banks
•Fixed an issue introduced with 5.5.1 that caused Kontakt to crash when loading bank files
•The import version is now present in the About Dialog on all Mac OS versions
•Fixed an issue with 5.5.1 that caused Factory Presets to be scanned on each launch


Kontakt - 5.5.1
08.06.2015
Minimum System Requirements

Windows 7, 8, or Windows 10 (latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit), Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD AthlonTM 64 X2
Mac OS X 10.9, 10.10 or 10.11.1 (latest update), Intel Core 2 Duo

4 GB RAM (6 GB recommended for large KONTAKT Instruments)
Supported Interfaces

Stand-alone, VST, Audio Units, ASIO, Core Audio, WASAPI, AAX Native (Pro Tools 10 or higher)
Updates and fixes for Kontakt 5.5.1

•a bug within the PGS callback (KSP) caused instruments to load incorrectly when using the arrow keys to change presets.
•when naming a new NKI, the name change was not immediately updated.
•in some cases, when loading an instrument the graphical progress bar froze upon loading the NKI


Kontakt - 5.5.0
05.05.2015
Minimum System Requirements

Windows 7 or Windows 8 (latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit), Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD AthlonTM 64 X2
Mac OS X 10.8, 10.9 or 10.10 (latest update), Intel Core 2 Duo

4 GB RAM (6 GB recommended for large KONTAKT Instruments)
Supported Interfaces

Stand-alone, VST, Audio Units, ASIO, Core Audio, WASAPI, AAX Native (Pro Tools 10 or higher) 
Updates and fixes for Kontakt 5.5.0

•Kontakt/Battery instruments can be saved directly from within
•KOMPLETE KONTROL and MASCHINE 2.
•Time Machine Pro voice settings can be controlled from KSP.
•Developers can change the contents of an FX Slots from KSP.
•Time related effect parameters can be controlled via KSP (Delay, Chorus, Flanger, Phaser).
•The way that users interact with parameters associated with time within FX has been improved with more consistent behaviour.
•There are no longer CPU spikes when manipulating the host-tempo while playing back a Kontakt instrument.
•Performance has been increased when processing MIDI CC events.


Kontakt - 5.4.2
11.11.2014
Minimum System Requirements

Windows 7 or Windows 8 (latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit), Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD AthlonTM 64 X2
Mac 10.8, 10.9 or 10.10 (latest update), Intel Core 2 Duo

4 GB RAM (6 GB recommended for large KONTAKT Instruments)
Supported Interfaces

Stand-alone, VST, Audio Units, ASIO, Core Audio, WASAPI, AAX Native (Pro Tools 10 or higher) 
Updates and fixes for Kontakt 5.4.2

•In some scenarios Sample Modelling´s "The Trumpet" was de-tuned by a a few cents on Mac OS.
•Fixed an activation issue on specific high-end machines.
•Fixed a batch-resave issue which would remove mappings from instruments in rare cases.
•Fixed an issue with only two folders being displayed if snapshots were in subfolders.
•Fixed an issue with key switches not being displayed on the virtual keyboard after project recall.
•Fixed the background loading display on the snapshot tab.
•Fixed a crash quickly opening and closing the GUI which occurred with various DAWs.
•Fixed a crash related to Rise and Hit and Logic Pro.
•Fixed a crash with the feedback compressor in the output section.
•Updated KSP reference Manual.


Previous Kontakt updates:

•Kontakt/Battery instruments can be saved directly from within
•KOMPLETE KONTROL and MASCHINE 2.
•Time Machine Pro voice settings can be controlled from KSP.
•Developers can change the contents of an FX Slots from KSP.
•Time related effect parameters can be controlled via KSP (Delay, Chorus, Flanger, Phaser).
•The way that users interact with parameters associated with time within FX has been improved with more consistent behaviour.
•There are no longer CPU spikes when manipulating the host-tempo while playing back a Kontakt instrument.
•Performance has been increased when processing MIDI CC events.
•In some scenarios Sample Modelling´s "The Trumpet" was de-tuned by a a few cents on Mac OS.
•Fixed an activation issue on specific high-end machines.
•Fixed a batch-resave issue which would remove mappings from instruments in rare cases.
•Fixed an issue with only two folders being displayed if snapshots were in subfolders.
•Fixed an issue with key switches not being displayed on the virtual keyboard after project recall.
•Fixed the background loading display on the snapshot tab.
•Fixed a crash quickly opening and closing the GUI which occurred with various DAWs.
•Fixed a crash related to Rise and Hit and Logic Pro.
•Fixed a crash with the feedback compressor in the output section.
•Updated KSP reference Manual.