Right, Kontakt is whitelisted by default, so Dorico resp. the audio engine should pick it up automatically.
So if you go to Play Mode, on the right side is the list of instantiated VST instruments. By default always HALion Sonic SE gets chosen, but if you click on the little down arrow on the right, you should get a list of all available VST instruments. In that list, Kontakt doesn’t show up?
If not, then please zip up following folder and post here:
Then your Kontakt is currently in a location where the audio engine does not look for. We currently do not yet have a GUI where users could add additional search paths. Please have a look at my attachment. It’s an XML file which contains all the search paths where the audio engine shall look for VST2 plug-ins. I’ve added also the appropriate path for your case.
Please first unzip the attachment and then put the XML file to C:\Users<yourname>\AppData\Roaming\Steinberg\VSTAudioEngine_64 and restart Dorico, it shall then also pick up Kontakt. Vst2xPlugin SearchPaths VSTAudioEngine.zip (576 Bytes)
I am experiencing the same problem while using Dorico 2. Kontakt 6 as well as Kontakt 5 are not being seen by Dorico. Below you will find the zipped VSTAutoEngine2_64 folder and Dorico diagnostic report. I will be the most grateful for your help.
Tomek VSTAudioEngine2_64.rar (333 KB) Dorico Diagnostics.zip (476 KB)
with VST3 we were more strict, so those plug-ins must get installed at certain predefined places.
With VST2 we did not have these standards, so they may get installed anywhere on your harddisk.
In that case, you need to tell the hosting app (in this case Dorico) where to find those plug-ins.
In Dorico, choose from the main menu Edit > Preferences. In the then appearing dialog, choose the Play tab and scroll all the way down.
Under the heading ‘VST Plug-ins’ there is a button ‘VST2 Plug-in Paths’.
There you can type in the path to your Kontakt installation.
Note, the new path does not get scanned immediately, you need to restart Dorico once.
The Kontakt entry in the Dorico default whitelist is “Kontakt 5 16out”. This is clearly inappropriate for Kontakt 6 (either 32- or 64-bit DLL). After making a backup, I tried changing the entry to “Kontakt 6 16out”; however, Kontakt still did not appear in the list of instruments. Both the 32-bit and 64-bit DLLs, both of which are called simply “Kontakt.dll” by Native Instruments, are on the Dorico search path.
I’m having the same problem, I’ve added the filepath where the KontaktPlayer2.dll is, and added KontaktPlayer2 to the whitelist, but after attempting several variations and restarting it still never shows up in Dorico. Any suggestions what to try next?
in Dorico choose from the main menu Help > Create Diagnostic Report. That creates a zip file on your desktop, please send to ‘u dot stoermer at steinberg do de’.
Also, please tell me the path to KontaktPlayer2.dll
I checked again and added C:\Program Files\Native Instruments\VSTPlugins 64 bit - I’d previously pointing it to another place that seemed to have the plugin, but didn’t find anything. When I added that link it found it this time. Thanks for your help!
The string that goes into the whitelist is based on the bundle/dll name of the plug-in vendor, so for ‘Kontakt 5’ it has to be “Kontakt 5 16out”.
With the new ‘Kontakt 6’ Native Instrument decided to rename the bundle/dll, so now it is only “Kontakt” that needs to go into the whitelist.
Internally we already made a change to the default whitelist, it will come with the next major update.