Using Quick Load in Kontakt 5

How To Series: Organizing your Samples Instruments Using Quick Load

Organizing and finding your libraries can be a very difficult, especially when you own lots of libraries. Having an organized system can really help streamline your composing process. When you own the lots of libraries the library tab inside of Kontakt tends to get cluttered and unorganized. Kontakt has a built-in file organization system that organizes both your Kontakt libraries and libraries you load using the Files tab.

This file management system is called Quick Load

The Benefits of using Quick-load to organize your samples is that you have full control on how your Sample Libraries are stored and organized inside of Kontakt! To get into the Quick Load page right click on the blank section of Kontakts Instrument panel or by pressing CMD+F.


You should be taken to a section at the bottom of Kontakt that looks similar to this!

You have a section to store your


  • More than one patch will load when a multi patch is dragged into Kontakt


  • By loading in a Bank of instruments you can have several instruments be controlled by one midi input and only have one of them be active at a time.


  • Only one patch is loaded when you drag the .nki file into Kontakt

Creating A Custom Folder System

In the Quick Load Section of Kontakt, you are able to add new folders drag instrument files in and Lock Quick Load after you are finished so files don’t move on you.

You can create folders for every Kontakt instrument you own including the ones in the libraries tab like Damage, Aeon and the Kontakt Factory Libraries for “Quick” access to all of your libraries,

Create a custom folder system as detailed as you like.

Organizing Your Sample Instruments

Library 8W from 8Dio and this is how the instruments folder is organized when downloaded.

When I download new libraries I organize it within my Quick Load as individual sections of the orchestra Strings in the Strings folder, Brass in the Brass Folder, Woodwinds in the Woodwinds Folder etc.…

This way I don’t have to navigate through the files tab all the time or scroll through the hundreds of library instruments within the library folder to find the one patch I’m looking for. If I want Aggressive Sounding Strings, I go to my strings folders and there they are.

The Benefit of using the Quick Load organization is that I can quickly find the libraries or patches that I need. If I’m looking for woodwinds I just go to my woodwinds folder and I can see all the libraries that I own that contain woodwinds, and if I need Brass I just go to my Brass folders and I can see all the brass libraries I own without getting Strings and Woodwind Patches inside my Brass folders.

And if I’m finding that I’m using one patch a lot I’ll move it to my favorites folder that I created for even quicker access.

Setting Up My Own Path


I have just downloaded the Symphonic Shadows library

Let's Organize this in a way that is easy to find the patches I need inside of Kontakt’s Quick-Load.

This Library has 4 sections included.

  1. Strings

  2. Brass

  3. Woodwinds

  4. Hybrid Sounds

Each of these patches comes with:

  1. DFD Patches

  2. Presets

  3. And Time Machine Pro Presets

Inside my Kontakt Quick-Load I have them set up:


Main Patches

  • Time Machine Patches

  • DMD Patches


  • Main Patches

  • Time Machine Patches

  • DMD Patches


  • Main Patches

  • Time Machine Patches

  • DMD Patches

Synths (Hybrid)

  • Main Patches

And later on, if I find patches I am using frequently I will add them to my Favorites Folder, that I created!


So now when I’m looking for the symphonic orchestra library I can easily find the sections that I need, instead of trying to sift through a few hundred patches or scrolling through the unorganized library’s tab, If I need strings I have all of my string libraries at my fingertips.

Another way you can organize your Quick Load is by style of patches

You can break it down even further by going

  • Strings

    • Legato

    • Staccato

    • Pizzicato

  • Brass

    • Legato

    • Staccato

    • Arc

Another way you can organize it is by organizing it by style of library

  • Horror

    • 8Dio

      • Choir

        • Lacrimosa

      • FX

        • Cage

        • Case

        • Symphonic Shadows

      • Percussion

        • Epic Dhol

        • Epic Frame Drums

        • Epic Taikos

        • Epic Toms

      • Tonal Percussion

        • Music Box

        • Suspended

The possibilities are Endless but the most important part is that you are able to Quickly Find and Quickly Load the patches you need to keep composing

Hope this helps everyone!

Happy Composing!