Kontakt For Ableton

Setting up Kontakt for multiple outputs.

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Native Instruments’ Kontakt Player is a beast. The instrument packs that are availible for it are beasts. Together they form Voltron… and then some. However, being a beast takes its toll on a computer’s CPU. Luckily, Kontakt comes built with digital out puts to help ease the load. This means we can have multiple virtual instruments (VSTi) inside on instance of Kontakt, and continue to manipulate each instrument as if it were by itself.

In this tutorial I am going to show you my way of setting up the multiple out system for Kontakt inside of Ableton Live. I was getting frustrated watching and reading the other tutorials out there on the net. So, I said screw it and figured it out myself. Then I tried to simplify it as best I could. That is what you will find in the tutorial below.

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On top of the initial routing we will learn how to add additional output channels for when the need arises. Also, we will learn how to group and save everything so we don’t need to repeat this fairly lengthy process every time! I am going to try and outline process in detail below with text, but I suggest the video 😉

The written directions are below the video… because they are long ass directions!

The Process:

1. Drop an instance of the Kontakt 16 out onto a midi channel. *Important: rename the channel Kontakt Main

2. Open Kontakt

3. Make any number of instruments (multi instrument) * here we use 3. We are essentially just making a template, but if there are some instruments you are consistently adding to a project it wouldn’t hurt to add those ones.

4. Next, make sure the OUTPUT tab at the top of Kontakt is selected, and the outputs are showing at the bottom of the player.
Now, click ADD CHANNELS.

5. Inside the dialogue box that opens set the following parameters.

Create Channels Parameters / Settings

Ableton live 9 suite download. 5.a.–QUANTITY: 4 (you want to make one more than the number of instruments you have in the player now. In this case we have 3 instruments so we want to make 4 new channels.)

–5.b.–NUMBER OF CHANNELS: 2 (this just means that each out put will be stereo.)

–5.c.–Soundcard / Host Output: select Kt. st.1[1] from the drop down menu. It should be the top most option.

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–5.d.–Make sure Ascending Output Assignment is checked.

–5.e.–Check Delete Existing Channels Before Creating New Ones

6. Hit OK.

7. Next. Go to each instrument and set them up as follows.

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–7.a.–The top most instrument OUTPUT should be set to st.2, the second instrument output should be st.3, the third should be st.4, and you should follow that pattern for however many instruments you have.

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–7.b.–Next, go back to the top most instrument and in the Midi Ch: drop down menu go to Port A [from host] and select the number 2. For the second instrument follow the same Midi Ch: path and select 3, and repeat for the rest of your instruments.

Instrument Midi Channel Settings

**Notice that each instrument both the Output and the Midi CH: should be one number above the instruments position from top to bottom.

8. Close the Kontakt Player. We are done with it for now.

9. Next go to the instruments panel in Ableton Live and find the External Instrument. Drag and drop this instrument device into as many channels as you have instruments set up in Kontakt. In this case we will make 3 new channels containing the external instrument device.

10. Next go into the first External Instrument settings. The one closest to the Kontakt Main chanel. Set the parameters as follows.

–10.a.–Midi To drop down menu select Kontakt Main

–10.b.–Once you have done that, the drop down below the midi out menu will become activated. In that newly activated drop down select 2-Kontakt 5 16out

–10.c.–for the Audio From drop down menu you want to select Kt. St.2/-Kontakt 5 16out. *Note that for this first channel it will already be selected, but you will need to change the settings for the following channels.


If you don’t have the option to get the Kt. St.2 in the audio from menu on the external instrument simply save the work you have done inside kontakt, close and re-open Live. They will be there after! Thanks to hedisurfer on youtube for the info!

11. Repeat that process for the next 2 External Instruments. The three External Instruments’ settings should look the same as the pictures below. Notice that the first External Instrument is set to 2, the 2nd is set to 3, and the 3rd is set to 4.

External Instrument Settings #2

12. Test everything out. That should do it. You should now be able to insert midi into each of the External instrument tracks. Adjust the volume, sends. Also you can add midi effects and audio effects.

If everything works give yourself a pat on the back and get to making beats hommy!!