Why you should not use the rack view for libraries in Kontakt
If you are familiar with Kontakt from Native Instruments and have some official libraries you are probably also familiar with the “rack” list of Kontakt. You know, the left pane of the window with the list of all your libraries….?
Although the rack list looks cool and is nice to have, there are two reasons why you shouldn’t use it.
First of all, although the rack list looks pretty cool it does use some of your computers resources. Especially RAM. An easy test I did today showed that Kontakt uses about 130 Mb of RAM on it’s own though this might depend slightly on your settings.
I tested the difference today between having Kontakt with and without libraries loaded into the rack list. As soon as I added a library Kontakt, in this case Studio Drummer from Native Instruments, Kontakt added an additional 70 mb to the RAM. This might not seem like much, but if you have 40+ different libraries all added to the rack list you will risk adding 2-3 GB to the RAM.
One of the most important things for professional music producers and technicians is to conserve as much system resources as possible so that these can be used for what really matters, making music. Keep in mind that you actually have to load the library into the RAM too, which in this case I haven’t done.
Reason number two for not using the rack list in Kontakt is that if you have a conciderable amount of libraries it will get confusing and tedious to scroll down the rack to find the instrument you are looking for. Although you might easily find the library itself, you will also have to find the actual instrument. In this case I strongly recommend that you use the quick-load function instead. This allows you to sort, group and make folders for your instruments exactly the way you want without using a lot of system resources. Alternatively you can use the file explorer in windows to drag and drop libraries or just use the browser inside Kontakt.
Update 07.29.2015: Running Kontakt in a virtual machine without any software and a clean installation of Kontakt we could see that Kontakt used approx 79mb of Ram.