There are some fantastic libraries out there for Kontakt both commercial and free. However, there are times when you load the library up in Kontakt only for it to take an age to fully load. In this short blog post, I will give you some tips on making those libraries load faster by using Batch Resave.
Before I get into the main focus of this topic, Batch Resave, I want to explore other ways of making sure you get the maximum loading speed. The storage medium you use can make a huge difference in loading times. One time over there was only the mechanical hard disk that ran at either 5400rpm or 7200rpm. Later we were introduced to 10,000rpm drives. All these were once over viable solutions.
Nowadays I would only recommend that you use SSD drives for your Kontakt Libraries. The speeds achievable by these small offerings far outpace those of their mechanical counterparts.
If you can afford it, I would look at purchasing an M.2 NVME drive as these are even faster than a normal SSD.
To achieve maximum usage from your SSD you should dedicate one drive to your Kontakt Libraries. Call it your sample library drive.
What about those of us who have limited internal upgrade paths. Well, all is not lost as you can run your libraries from external sources. The only three choices I would, however, recommend are USB 3.1, USB-C and Thunderbolt. Any of these connections should provide enough bandwidth for your libraries to load reasonably quickly.
If you are using Thunderbolt an SSD drive is the optimal choice and will utilise the speed these drives provide. You can even by multi-drive enclosures that will allow you to store a large number of libraries.
We now move to the method that will universally speed up your loading times. They say a picture is worth more than a thousand words, well a video in this case. So without further delay, this short 4-minute video shows you how to perform this task. If you enjoyed the video and found it helpful please open the video on YouTube itself and give it a like. This will help my channel immensely and your support is appreciated.
I cannot, however, stress enough that you should always perform the batch resave on an individual library. Don't try and take the lazy way and select your sample drive and let Kontakt do its work as this could scramble the referenced samples for a library. I am talking from experience as this happened to me.
You can, and should, apply this technique of batch resave to those libraries that can only be accessed using the internal browser of Kontakt. The method of batch resaving those libraries is exactly the same. Select batch resave, point to the relevant folder and let Kontakt do its thing. Your library should then load much faster than it did previously.
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