Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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While the “basics” on how to use Kontakt are beyond the purview of Audiobro’s support, we will in fact answer many Kontakt related questions as value-added support for our libraries.

That said, we expect our users to have a basic understanding of Kontakt. It is freely downloadable via NI’s site.

For the most current version of the free Kontakt Player, please refer to the link below:

Official Kontakt Player Download Area

Please follow these instructions: Activating In Native Access.

You may also want to look at Native Instruments’ Instructions.

If you get the error message “That path is invalid”, please read this article. If you have already tried that and it’s still not working and this was a previously installed library, make sure to you LOCATE Library in Kontakt (the Locate button in the Kontakt library browser) and then refresh Native Access.

If that STILL doesn’t work, then there is a possibility that your Library folder name is having issues with Native Access (Native Access made some changes recently). Check to see that your .nicnt file name is contained within your library folder name. For example, if your .nicnt name is “LA Scoring Strings.nicnt”, then you should have “LA Scoring Strings” in the folder name.

You should now be able to load your patches and play your library.

In general, do not rename your library folder, it may cause issues with Native Access when trying to repair or relocate a library.

Please take the following precautions:

  1. You may not have activated your product yet in Native Access. Check starting at Step #3 on our ADC page to make sure that you have added your serial and that the product is activated.
  2. You may have some corrupt data in the resources container. To resolve this, close Kontakt and navigate (in Finder or Windows Explorer) to the library with which you are experiencing the issue. Open the ‘Samples’ folder, and delete any files with a ‘.nkc’ extension. Re-open Kontakt and open a preset from the library; the GUI issue should now be resolved.
  3. If you are using VE Pro, make sure your Audiobro library instances are not “de-coupled”. 

Check out our Batch Resave video here: Batch Resaving

If you find that patches are loading slower than you would like, it’s a good idea to Batch Re-save your library. To do this, do the following:

    • Open Kontakt in Stand-Alone mode (not hosted in a sequencer) and navigate to the File icon (floppy icon) and click on it.
    • Navigate to the Batch re-save option.
    • You will be prompted with a warning. Don’t be too afraid, just click “Yes.”
    • Navigate to your Library folder, select the Library folder. Then click Open.
    • Wait patiently as Kontakt re-saves your instruments. After it’s done, your instruments will load much faster.

Usually, simply opening Kontakt and going to your Library tab and clicking Locate library will fix this. If your Kontakt library is still showing up as uninstalled in Kontakt, you may want to refer to this article.

The easiest thing for you to do in this case is to copy the Library Folder from your backup or another system of yours to your destination system. This way, you do not have to re-download all those GBs of sample data.


      • 1. Copy the whole library folder over to the new system
      • 2. Log in to Native Access
      • 3. Find the Library in the “Not Installed” section
      • 4. Click “Add Library” and point it to your copied folder

That’s it.

We use fast web Servers to handle our downloads and they charge us for every download and that’s why we only allow 1 successful install per purchase. If you’d like to re-download the entire library including the sample data, we’ll send you a $9 Redownload link that will allow you to re-download all your libraries again. This is not a money maker for us… it’s simply to cover our fast server expenses. It all adds up.

The Audiobro Manuals can be found in the Documentation folder of the respective library folder. Or, you can also access the manuals via the Kontakt Libraries browser by clicking on the menu triangle at the right of the library graphic in the Kontakt Browser:

You can find information about the system requirements for each library on their product page. Use the “Products” menu at the top of this page and navigate to the product in question. The system specs will be towards the bottom of the product page.

The amount of reverb on the samples depends on the microphone mixes. Most of our libraries have multi-channel mixdowns whereby mixes sound like this:

    • Close: very little reverb — almost completely dry
    • Stage: stage ambiance from the orchestral stage
    • Surround: the most ambient mics are located the furthest from the players
    • Full Mix: typically a combination of stage and surround for a larger sound

Then in the case of LASS, the recordings are very dry… but still with the essential early reflections that are so necessary for a good sound.

Your audiobro license is a single user license and allows you to install LASS on 2 computers provided you are the sole user of those computers. Basically, you get 2 installs when you purchase an LASS license. If you need more, special arrangements can be made on a case-by-case basis.

Depending on the version of Kontakt you are running, you will need to put the ARC assets in different places. You can download a fresh ZIP of the ARC assets here. Unzip it and place the ARC Folder in the locations below. If there is no “pictures” folder inside the Kontakt folder, then you will have to create one manually by just creating a new folder called “pictures” inside the respective Kontakt folder.

Kontakt 5
/Documents/Native Instruments/Kontakt 5/pictures/ARC

Kontakt 6
/Documents/Native Instruments/Kontakt/pictures/ARC

Kontakt 7
/Documents/Native Instruments/Kontakt 7/pictures/ARC

So, for example, if you followed the paths above, your folder might look like this for Kontakt 7:

This video was originally made for Modern Scoring Brass, the the same thing applies to all our orchestral libraries. Check out the chapters on the playback bar.

In this video, we’ll cover the basics of which patches to use, and how to best optimize them to use less RAM and CPU.

After pressing play, you can use the “Chapters” feature on the video timeline or click on the “Chapters” icon on the right side of the timeline to access these topics:

  • Master Patches vs Full Mix Patches
  • Easy purging of articulations
  • Easy purging of divisi sections
  • Turning off Release Triggers
  • Reducing CPU by turning off Kontakt Reverbs
  • Auto divisi – Per Note vs Tutti
  • Spreading out patches among multiple Kontakts

There are significant differences between Modern Scoring Strings (MSS) and LA Scoring Strings 3 (LASS 3). While both share the same Audiobro orchestral engine and may look similar, the chart below should help you understand the key differences between these 2 libraries. MSS is our newest recorded string library with a different sound and different sized divisi sections and many more articulations than LASS 3. However, LASS 3 still has its niche: an intimate sounding string library with the control of smaller divisis. LASS 3 has been said to have more of a “chamber” sound than MSS probably because of its smaller divisis. Whereas MSS can be argued to be bigger with a different sound. At the end of the day, they complement each other very well!


Differences in Articulations

Articulations MSS LASS
Normal Arco Sustain | Legato Articulations    
Vibrato Normal Sustain
Vibrato Accented Sustain  
Vibrato Crescendo Sustain  
Non Vibrato Normal Sustain
Non Vibrato Accented Sustain  
Normal Leg, Port, Gliss Sustain
Bowed Leg, Port, Gliss Sustain  
Bloom Leg, Port, Gliss Sustain  
Molto mode  
Sordino Sustain | Legato Articulations    
Sordino Vibrato Normal Sustain
Sordino Vibrato Accented Sustain  
Sordino Vibrato Crescendo Sustain  
Sordino Non Vibrato Normal Sustain  
Sordino Non Vibrato Accented Sustain  
Sordino Normal Leg, Port, Gliss Sustain
Sordino Bowed Leg, Port, Gliss Sustain  
Sordino Bloom Leg, Port, Gliss Sustain  
Sul Tasto Sustain | Legato Articulations    
Sul Tasto Vibrato Normal Sustain  
Sul Tasto Normal Leg, Port, Gliss Sustain  
Sul Tasto Transition Speed controls  
Sul Pont Sustain | Legato Articulations    
Sul Pont Vibrato Normal Sustain  
Sul Pont Vibrato Accented Sustain  
Sul Pont Non Vibrato Normal Sustain  
Sul Pont Non Vibrato Accented Sustain  
Sul Pont Normal Leg, Port, Gliss Sustain  
Sul Pont Bowed Leg, Port, Gliss Sustain  
Sul Pont Bloom Leg, Port, Gliss Sustain  
Short Articulations    
Col Legno  
Octave Runs    
Major Upward  
Major Downward  
Minor Upward  
Minor Downward  
Diatonic Mode (plays in key you are in )  
Sync To Project  
Audiobro Scales Engine  
16th Up  
16th Down  
8th Triplets Up  
8th Triplets Down  
Key and Mode (ionian, dorian, etc.)  
Sync To Project  
Normal Trem
Sul Pont Trem  
Legato (LPG) Trem
Tonality Mode (plays in key you are in )
Legato Trills (LPG)
Minor 2nd Up and Down  
Major 2nd Up and Down  
Minor 3rd Up and Down  
Major 3rd Up and Down  
Perfect 4th Up and Down  
Perfect 5th Up and Down  
Diatonic Mode (plays in key you are in )  
Smart Modes  
Sync To Project  
Short Aleatoric Stabs  
Recorded Sustained Aleatorics  
Aleatoric Rises  
Aleatoric Falls  
Aleatoric Shepard Tones  
Aleatoric Ambient Shepard Tones  
Sul Pont Tremolo Aleatoric  
Aleatoric Chordal Divisi  

Differences in Microphones

Microphone Stereo Mixes MSS LASS
Mic Mixes    
Close Mics  
Stage Mics  
Surround Mics  
Combined Mics (Mix)



Features MSS LASS
Number of violins 1 players 16 16
Number of violins 2 players (*vlns 1 samples) 14 16*
Number of Violas 12 12
Number of Cellos 10 10
Numbers of Basses 8 8
Number of divisis per section 2 3
1/2 + 1/2 Divisis  
1/4 + 1/4 + 1/2 Divisis  
Global Features    
Look Ahead (more accurate playback)
Auto Divisi
Advance Key Switching
Release Triggers On/Off
Layering Articulations Within A Patch
Stage (virtual stage)
Sonic Profiles TBA
Comprehensive Mixer
Audiobro Reverb IRs
NKS integration
DAW integration (Expression maps)
Intuition Patches (lean patches)  
Transition Speed controls
Tighten knob for controlling short dustions
Audiobro Slam feature
Advanced Auto Rhythm Tool features

Additional Questions

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