Frequently Asked Questions


How do I install the Vi-elements Core Kit?

1. If you don't already have Kontakt 5 installed and updated, you should do so now.

Kontakt 5 players for both Mac and PC are provided on your flash drive.


2. Copy the folder labeled Core Kit to your hard drive. (preferably not the system drive)


3. Open Kontakt 5. On the upper lefthand side you will see a series of tabs. Click the Libraries tab, then click Add Library. Navigate to the place where you copied the Core Kit folder and choose it. Click OK. The Vi elements Core Kit Library should now show up next to your other Kontakt libraries.


4. Click the activate tab located on the Core Kit Library. You will be prompted to log in to your Native Instruments account, and then asked to put in your serial number for the library. Copy + Paste the serial number we emailed to you at the time of purchase. Click Activate! Done.



What platform(s) will the Core Kit run under.

the Core Kit sample library is only available for Native Instruments Kontakt, a powerful sampler plug-in that integrates with your DAW of choice such as Pro Tools or Logic. Kontakt 5 Player comes free with your purchase.



What is the difference between KONTAKT 5 PLAYER and KONTAKT 5?

KONTAKT 5 and the new KONTAKT 5 PLAYER are now the same application, but KONTAKT 5 PLAYER has most instrument editing features disabled, (although you can still edit parameters via the Performance View).



What are the recommended system requirements to reliably run a full Core Kit setup within my recording session?

Windows - Windows 7 or Windows 8 (latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit), Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2 GB RAM (16 GB recommended!!!)


Mac - Mac OS X 10.7 or 10.8 (latest update), Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM  (16 GB recommended!!!)


The CPU requirements needed to run a Core Kit session are about the same as any other modern drum library, but the memory requirements may be higher. Thankfully, it’s easy to put up to 32gigs or more of ram in pretty much any desktop computer made after 2012.



Will all of my MIDI loops work with the vi elements mapping scheme?

For the most part, all of your loops will work perfectly with the custom “strip down” patches we provide for this purpose.

General MIDI mappings, as well as mappings from other popular manufactures, will also be available right out of the “box.”


Does the Core Kit work well with popular electronic drum kits and controllers?

Seamless integration with MIDI drum kits and controllers was one of our primary goals when working on the Core Kit project.  As a result, even our most complex and detailed instruments, like the 9 layer hi-hat, work beautifully with commonly available MIDI equipment. Most of the complexity thankfully runs “under the hood” of the powerful Kontakt sampler engine.



Why are there are no room mics on the cymbals?

We actually recorded rooms, overheads, top and bottom mics for all the instruments, but we only kept the most useful mic perspectives to preserve  the realism of the instrument and not just to give mix options. The voice count goes up so much for long sustaining things like the cymbals, which don't require much room anyway and are taken care of by the IR. The library would have been too big and cumbersome without sounding all that much better. Some libraries are huge, but it is bloated with redundant samples of largely the same thing.



Why is there not a full kit view?

The Core Kit was designed to sound and function just like a "real" recorded drum kit. When producing music in the studio, the Kick Drum, Snare Drum, Toms, Overheads, hi-hat etc. are recorded on to their own tracks, which allows for the ultimate flexability in editing and mixing. With today's computers, it is easy to load several instances of Kontakt in to a DAW and put just one, or a small group of instruments like the toms and cymbals, on their own tracks. There is some important MIDI CC information that should only be recorded for the instruments that require them. So, a multi that has hi-hats and kicks that are assigned to the same midi channel, will send any recorded MIDI CC information to both instruments, yet only the hi-Hat requires it. Complex multis that are better suited to a multitude of set-ups are being developed as I write this!



What Kinds of expansion packs will be available for the Core Kit?

The expansion packs planned for the SCK so far are: Snare-way to Heaven, New Kicks on the Block, Sexy Cymbals, and The Best of Toms. The most important aspect of these expansion packs is how they integrate and “interact” with the original SCK instruments.  Please refer to our expansion pack section for more information.