Native Instruments has a big, big product line-up to migrate onto ARM processors. The Berlin audio stronghold tends to take its sweet time for product matters, but delivers solid results in the end. The beginning of the end of the wait for Apple Silicon and Windows 11 compatibility is starting to show now. Following time spent in beta, NI released Kontakt 6.7 with M1 and Windows 11 support, 2 bass amps, and a heck of a lot of bug fixes. The update is free for Kontakt 6 owners.
Native Instruments Kontakt 6.7
Bringing Kontakt to ARM is a very important task. Kontakt isn’t just the Native Instruments sampler, it’s also the bedrock of countless instrument and sample libraries used in the upper echelons of professional audio production. So getting Kontakt 6.7 out of the door is a seriously big step forward.
The update brings compatibility with Apple Silicon processors, macOS Monterey, Windows 11, 2 bass amps, and plenty of bug fixes for Kontakt and NI effects plug-ins such as Replika, Plate Reverb, and Phasis. The complete change-log is available here. As of Kontakt 6.7, the minimum supported macOS version becomes 10.14. The minumum Windows version becomes 10. As for the bass amps, they are called Bass Invader and Bass Pro.
A known issue with the update is that Creator Tools 1.4.0 does not connect when Kontakt is running natively on ARM. Another issue is that a VST2 version for ARM is supposed to be included, but it’s not being detected by DAWs due to a last-minute bug. This is to be fixed in Kontakt 6.7.1. Otherwise, things seem to be running smoothly, as expected. The performance boost may seem subtle initially, but it will probably reveal itself more evidently with huge sample libraries that traditionally tax CPU and memory.
The update is free for Kontakt 6 owners. Native Instruments Kontakt 6 is also on sale for EUR 199, down from EUR 299.