VIP gives you immediate access to any virtual instrument in your collection, with or without a DAW. It's a powerful way to play virtual instruments live or integrate them into a recording session. Kontakt is one of the most commonly used plugins, but because of it's unique structure, the process for using inside of VIP requires a little more explanation. This guide will walk through using the VIP Plugin Manager to activate expansions for Kontakt and other expansion based plugins.
A lot of plugins contain expansions. In short, these are banks of additional content and presets that are not contained in the initial content provided with the plugin. They are usually provided separately as an additional installation or as part of a package, like Native Instruments' Komplete.
For some plugins, like Native Instruments' Kontakt, these expansions represent most of the provided content and allow the user to customize their plugin content according to what they need by purchasing only the expansions they want. For others, like AIR Hybrid, an expansion is just an additional bank of presets and sounds (i.e. Mark Knight Deep House expansion, D.Ramirez Tech House expansion, etc.).
No matter the use, the instructions below will apply to any plugin that contains additional expansions or add-ons that are separate from the plugins base content.
Not all plugin maps may be available, but you can still load the expansion by opening a different patch and using the Kontakt GUI to load the desired expansion. From there, it's easy to import the expansion presets into VIP and create your own map. The guide below can walk you through the entire process:
If you want to see an official map created for your expansion, let us know! You can enter your map suggestions at the bottom of the guide below:
As soon as a new map is available, it will appear in your Plugin Manager automatically. No additional downloads or updates necessary.
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