Can I move my Native Instruments software or Libraries to another location on my computer?

ePlease refer to the below information before moving your Native Instruments software or libraries to another location on your computer.

Applications

It is not recommended to move your Native Instruments software applications after installation, as this can cause various problems including failed updates.
Application

Preferences and Settings

Native Instruments installers place preference and settings files in various system and user folders. It is advised not to move or delete any of these files unless you are following specific instructions from the Knowledge Base or Native Instruments Support technicians to resolve an issue.

Plug-ins

OS X

Computers running OS X have dedicated system folders for VST, AU or RTAS plug-ins. Do not move your plug-in files to another location as your sequencer will not be able to detect them.

Windows

On Windows machines you are prompted to specify a location for your plug-in files (VST) during installation. Make sure you point the installer to the correct VST plug-in folder. Native Instruments recommends using one dedicated folder for all VST plug-in files and configuring all your host sequencers to use this folder. 

Libraries

If you do not define a custom library path during the initial installation process, the library folders will be installed in these default locations:

  • Mac OS: Mac HD > Users > Shared

  • Windows: C: > Users > Public > PublicDocuments

It is safe to move your Native Instruments sample libraries to another hard drive. In some cases, performance can even be improved if you have an extra hard drive devoted to library storage as shown below.
NI Libraries
The relocation process differs depending on the library. Information related to the moving of specific Native Instruments libraries is listed below:

KONTAKT 5

Refer to this article for information on how to relocate a KONTAKT based library (eg. DAMAGE, ABBEY ROAD 60s DRUMMER etc.) as well as the KONTAKT Factory Library after moving it to another location on your system.

KONTAKT 2 - 4

When moving the KONTAKT Factory Library in older versions of KONTAKT (2 - 4), it is necessary to set the new library path in the Options under Load / Import.
KONTAKT Factory Library

MASCHINE

Please refer to this article for information on how to relocate a MASCHINE based library after moving the folder to another location on your system. For information on how to share MASCHINE projects between two computers please refer to this article.

BATTERY 3

Refer to this article for information on how to relocate the BATTERY 3 library after moving its folder to another location on your system.

BATTERY 4

Refer to this article for information on how to relocate the BATTERY 4 Factory library after moving its folder to another location on your system.

AKOUSTIK PIANO

AKOUSTIK PIANO does not offer an option menu to reset the library path.

  1. Open AKOUSTIK PIANO after moving the library folder. You will receive the below dialog:
    Can't load default configuration
  2. Click OK. A new explorer window will open.
    Browse Explorer
  3. Browse to the new Library location and click OK.

ELEKTRIK PIANO

  1. To change the path to a new library directory, first go to the OPTIONS menu.
    Elektrik Piano Options
  2. Click BROWSE to reset the Library path, then click OK.
    Browse to Library

KORE 2 and KORE 2 PLAYER

To relocate the Kore 2 Sample Content folder open the General tab in the KORE 2 Preferences. Click Set under Sample Content Path to reset the directory.

Set Content Path

REAKTOR Content Products (eg.THE MOUTH, THE FINGER, PRISM or RAZOR)

  • Mac OS: Please refer to this article for information on how to relocate your REAKTOR content products.
  • Windows: When moving your REAKTOR content products to another location on a PC, it is necessary to first uninstall the content, then reinstall it to the new destination.

REAKTOR Factory Content

To change the REAKTOR 5 Library path to a new directory, click on the Directories tab within the REAKTOR PREFERENCES. Click on the Folder icon and browse to the new library location on your hard disc.
REAKTOR Factory Content

ABSYNTH 5

When moving your ABSYNTH 5 sample content to another location it is necessary to first uninstall the application. Reinstall from the original installer and specify the new content location during installation.

Related Articles:

Product Group:
GENERAL
Product:
AKOUSTIK PIANO BATTERY ELEKTRIK PIANO INTAKT KOMPAKT KOMPLETE KOMPLETE ELEMENTS KOMPLETE ULTIMATE KONTAKT KONTAKT PLAYER KORE MASCHINE REAKTOR
Software Version:
BATTERY 3.x KOMPLETE 8 KOMPLETE 7 KOMPLETE 6 KOMPLETE 5 KOMPLETE 4 REAKTOR 5.x KORE 2.x KONTAKT 4.x KONTAKT 3.x MASCHINE 1.x
Category:
DAW / Sequencer Library Product Operation
Platform:
OS X Windows
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