Native Instruments – Kontakt 7.8.1 – PORTABLE (STANDALONE, VST3i, VSTi, AAX*) [WiN x64]

By | March 15, 2024


Release Year/Date : 02/20/2024
Version : 7.8.1
Developer : Native Instruments
Developer Website :
Bit depth : 64bit
Tablet : cured
System requirements : OS – Windows 8+, RAM – 4GB, processor – SSE4, video card – OpenGL 2.1+, Direct 3D 11.1+

Description : Update of the popular sampler. Contact allows you to play back and process previously recorded audio data – samples of musical instruments, sound effects, vocal tracks, etc. – but this is only a small part of the full range of its capabilities. In VKontakte you can use ready-made instruments from a huge number of libraries from third-party developers or create your own virtual instruments, apply powerful built-in processing modules to their audio signals, and build complex performance schemes with various modulation connections. Everything is possible – from ultra-precise recreation of real instruments to the creation of original, unlike anything else instruments.

• New Factory Library : Has been redesigned to include seven new instrument collections, fresh sounds, effects, additional features and a HiDPI interface.
• New Browser : Provides access to all your instruments and snapshots, allowing you to filter sounds by tags, text search, custom presets and favorites, helping you quickly and intuitively find the right presets for your musical needs.
• Two new effects : PsycheDelay and Ring Modulator.
Psyche Delay is a stereo delay effect that creates a series of atmospheric background echoes and reverse effects reminiscent of the “reversed tape” sound of the 1960s.
Ring Modulator is an effect based on the ring modulation technique, also called balanced. This special type of amplitude modulation destroys the harmonic structure of the sound and gives it a metallic sound character. By using a low-frequency modulation signal, tremolo effects can be achieved.
• HiDPI : Pin 7 supports high resolution monitors.
• Improved engine : updated time stretching algorithm.
• Updated Sidebar [Classic Browser] : The Database tab has been removed and its functionality has been replaced by the new browser. The Expert tab has been renamed to the Monitor tab . When editing a complex instrument with different groups and zones, it’s easy to get lost in the editing tools. The Monitor tab counters this by providing a useful overview of various aspects of the tool you’re currently editing. Similar to the Instrument Navigator panel, it shows a constantly updated and searchable list of all groups and zones in your instrument. It allows you to quickly include and exclude groups for editing, and also provides a context-sensitive parameter view that shows the values ​​of the parameter you last touched across all groups.

Additional functionality:
1. No activation of protected libraries is required, the ability to register (adding to bookmarks) in batch mode.
2. Ability to edit patches of protected libraries.
3. Possibility of resaving with samples of patches of protected libraries.
4. Ability to edit password-protected scripts.

Features of the portable (PORTABLE) version :
1. Installation, including additional software (Service Center, Native Access, MS VS C++ runtime), is not required.
2. All settings are saved in a portable program folder (the Windows registry and other system storage are not used, administrator rights are not required * ).
3. The Library Manager has been integrated, providing full control over protected libraries, as well as allowing you to register unprotected (homemade) libraries without generating nicnt files.
4. The ability to simultaneously work with the installed version of Contact without conflicts and with different settings.
* (super)administrator rights are required if the portable program folder is placed in a protected system storage (for example, in Program Files) – such a location for portable programs is unnatural and is not recommended.

Kontakt PORTABLE is not compatible with the NKS (Native Kontrol Standard) standard:
1. Instruments from NKS-compatible libraries added to Kontakt PORTABLE will not appear on the screen of the NKS hardware device (Komplete Kontrol or Maschine). Accordingly, they cannot be selected, previewed and downloaded directly from the device’s browser, but only through the interface of the Contact itself.
2. The controls of an NKS-compatible library instrument loaded into Kontakt PORTABLE are not automatically linked to the controllers of the NKS device, only manually in the standard way for external MIDI devices (MIDI Learn).

How to add Kontakt 7 PORTABLE VST3 to host (DAW)

Method 1 :
Open your host settings and add the Kontakt7Portable\Kontakt 7\x64\VST3\ folder as an additional plugin scanning folder. Please refer to your DAW manual for details.
This method is suitable for hosts that do not limit themselves to scanning VST3 plugins only in the standard location (Cockos Reaper, Magix Samplitude,…)

Method 2 :
Run Kontakt7Portable\Install.exe
On the component selection page, select: “Add VST3 plugin” (will a link has been created to the Kontakt PORTABLE VST3 plugin in the standard VST3 plugins scanning folder).

How to install Kontakt 7 PORTABLE:
1. Create an empty folder. The name of the folder itself and the path to it MUST NOT CONTAIN CYRILLIC. The folder MUST BE WRITTABLE.
2. Run the KontaktPortable_v781.exe installer
3. Click the Browse… button and select the created empty folder
4. Click the Extract button

How to upgrade Kontakt 7.xx PORTABLE to Kontakt 7.8.1 PORTABLE:
1. Run the KontaktPortable_v780.exe installer
2. Click the Browse… button and select the folder in which the Kontakt 7.xx PORTABLE files are located:
3. Click the Extract button
4. When the Confirm file replace window appears , confirm replacing the files (Click Yes to All )

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