COMPATIBILITY WITH WINDOWS
provides current information about Native Instruments products and Windows
7. This page was last updated on October 5th 2009.
Native Instruments is currently conducting systematic compatibility tests
of its current product line under Windows 7. While initial tests are
encouraging, Native Instruments cannot yet guarantee any specific level of
compatibility until the full testing process has been completed. In the
meantime, users of NI products should be cautious about upgrading to
This page will be updated with new information as it becomes available.
This page provides information about the compatibility of Native Instruments
products with various versions of Mac OS X.
This page has last been
updated on October 22nd 2009.
NI products are basically compatible with Snow Leopard. Information about any
known issues to this can be found in the Knowledge Base.
All current Native Instruments products work without any specific issues under
Mac OS X 10.5*. However, users should make sure to download the latest updates
from the NI website for maximum compatibility.
Some older product installers require a special
installer patch for Leopard, otherwise the installer will hang during
installation. Read more about the Leopard installer patch here.
Mac OS X 10.4 is now considered a legacy operating system, and will not be
supported by any NI products released after October 1st 2009.
Products and updates released after that date
might not install and/or launch under this operating system. Users are advised
to upgrade to OS X 10.5 to retain compatibility. Tech support for users of Mac
OS X 10.4 continues to be available until further notice.
Special note on PowerPC-based Macintosh
As of October 1st, Macintosh computers with
PowerPC-based processor architecture (G4/G5) are no longer supported by new
software releases and service updates from Native Instruments. Macintosh system
requirements now include an Intel processor.
AKOUSTIK PIANO and ELEKTRIK PIANO: The free
KONTAKT PLAYER should be used to play the content of these instruments under Pro
Tools and Mac OS X 10.5.
Compatibility with Windows Vista
This article provides current information about
Native Instruments products and Windows Vista.
All current NI products are fully compatible
with Windows Vista 32-bit.
Windows Vista 64-bit is currently not
recommended by Native Instruments for professional music production due to
remaining compatibility issues with many existing music software and hardware
products. NI software will run under Windows Vista 64-bit with certain
limitations, which are detailed below. Native Instruments does not guarantee the
operation of its products under Windows Vista 64-bit at this time.
Which NI products are currently compatible with
Windows Vista 32-bit?
All current NI software and hardware products
are compatible with Vista 32-bit. Please make sure to install all relevant
software and driver updates that might be available on the NI website.
Can I run Native Instruments software as
standalone applications with the 64-bit versions of Windows Vista?
NI software is generally operational in
standalone mode under Windows Vista 64-bit. However, your audio interface needs
to provide a 64-bit ASIO driver that supports 32-bit compatibility mode. Please
consult the manufacturer of your audio interface for further information.
Can I run Native Instruments software as
plug-ins with the 64-bit versions of Windows Vista?
Host sequencers from various manufacturers might
have different ways of dealing with 32-bit and 64-bit aspects. NI software will
generally run as plug-ins under Vista 64-bit within host applications that
accept 32-bit plug-ins. Compatibility tests have not been completed due to most
major host applications not being available as 64-bit versions yet. For details,
please check with the manufacturer of your host software.
What are the benefits of installing the 64-bit
version of Windows Vista?
NI products typically use a combination of
32-bit floating point and 64-bit algorithms for audio processing. Both bit
depths can be handled by native 32-bit operating systems.
Native 64-bit operating systems do not currently
promise a general leap in quality or in performance from the perspective of
Native Instruments. The main advantage of native 64-bit applications for music
production is that they can utilize more memory than 32-bit applications, which
makes this technology potentially useful for software samplers. Native
Instruments is taking this aspect of 64-bit technology into account for future
What about Windows Vista 64-bit drivers for
Native Instruments hardware?
Native Instruments is providing 64-bit Vista
audio drivers for all of its hardware products. Both ASIO drivers and native
Windows drivers are available. You can download the drivers here: Free updates
Does Native Instruments software perform better
under Windows Vista compared to Windows XP?
You will not experience a significant difference
in performance, since audio processing mostly depends on raw processor
performance (floating point efficiency, cache size and speed, SSE extension) as
well as hard disk access speed. As in previous Windows versions, deactivating
certain visual features of the operating system can increase performance of
music production software. This especially applies to the new "Aero" interface
in Windows Vista.
Which Windows Vista 32-bit version is best
suited for Native Instruments products?
The differences between the available Windows
Vista versions do not affect the operation of Native Instruments products in any
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