Midi Routing – Kontakt 4 | Route Midi to VSTi and Back to Separate Audio Tracks | Render Each Instrument Properly

Category: Tutorials

Heres what i cover…
1. Configuring Kontakt 4 with 8 outs(4 stereo)
2. Using Reaper’s “insert Virtual Instrument” method of a semi-auto setup for the track outputs
3. Routing the Midi channels properly.
4. Routing the Audio from the “instruments” within Kontakt to the Reaper audio tracks.
5. writing simple midi items to show it works.
6. Showing how this setup lets you Render to Stem Properly instead of Soloing an instrument on the Kontakt channel, Rendering, then dragging it down to where its supposed to go.

19 comments to Midi Routing – Kontakt 4 | Route Midi to VSTi and Back to Separate Audio Tracks | Render Each Instrument Properly

  • robotmilk  says:

    Once you have wrapped your head around the manual routing conventions here… do youself a favor and do it the easy way.

    Once you have added your VSTi to the track, click the FX button for that track to open the FX browser.

    You will see the VSTi in the list (Kontakt in the above example). Right click the VSTi and select, “Build multi channel routing outputs of selected FX” Bingo… all outputs are mapped.

    The right click it again and select, “Build 16 channels of MIDI routing to this track.” 4 clicks and your configured. (If you do not need 16 tracks of midi, then deleting the excess is quicker than manually routing the ones you want.

    For house keeping, add a track to the very top of it all. Select all the tracks you just created, including the VSTi container and drag them onto the new track at the top. The new track will become a folder to hold your instrument group. Right click that folder track and select “Save selected track as template.” Now, you will never have to configure that instrument again!


    • JonnyGinese JonnyGinese  says:

      Thanks for the Tip! Never saw that option before. Makes it a little quicker to get the Midi INTO the VSTi.

      I’ll use this method in my next video when I show how to make a video on how to make a Template like you have mentioned.

    • Sho  says:

      Wow I can’t thank you enough for posting that tip. Im just starting off and following the video was good but really a pain. I thought there has to be an easier way. Then I saw this comment and didn’t get it at first but did a search in the manual and saw where the actual menu was and boom instantly set up! I’m doing this for all of my multi out instruments now.

      • JonnyGinese JonnyGinese  says:

        Yeah, doing it piece by piece is harder… But it gives you a better understanding about the program and how to route stuff in Reaper. But i can understand why it could be confusing. Have fun!

  • XITE-1 / 4LIVE  says:

    This is a really thorough and much appreciatde tutorial, thanks.
    Please continue putting up anything you think relevant to Kontakt and Reaper.

    Merry Christmas


  • Jimmy V  says:

    Plese fix the video so it can be viewed.
    It’s green.


    • JonnyGinese JonnyGinese  says:

      I can see it just fine on 5 different systems… have you tried watching it directly from youtube? I also e-mailed you about this did you get the e-mail?

      • Jimmy V  says:

        I might have erased the email, and yes I went direct to You tube.
        When I bookmarked your site months back it worked fine, so I figured when I had some time off I could learn Reaper better and get rid of my aging hardware sequencer.
        At any rate, my laptop, my Internet PC and even my DAW, which I rarely go online with show the same.
        But thanks for asking…..
        Maybe you have other videos, which I wouldn’t mind purchasing as long as they are up to date.
        I bought one from another cat, but sadly it’s old so many of the features and his method of useing Reaper are dated now that we have 3.75 and up….


  • Jimmy V  says:

    Figured out what it was. You must raise the resolution at YouTube to 720 and HD.
    Thanks for the vid….

  • Mike  says:

    This tutorial is great, and that is how I’ve setup Kontakt. But, I’m using an external keyboard to play the notes. I would like to just have it send out on MIDI channel 1, and have Kontakt re-channelize it to the correct MIDI channel. I have to have Kontakt track Rec-Armed (but recoridng disabled) in order to monitor the sound in Kontakt. The problem is, it doesn’t matter which MIDI track or MIDI channel, I’m always hearing Channel 1 playing. For example-I have piano on MIDI channel 1, Bass on MIDI channel 2 and guitar on MIDI channel 3. They are routed like you have (except I used the “Create 16 MIDI channels” command). If I record-arm Track 2 or 3 , whcih is sending on MIDI channel 2 or 3, I’m still only hearing the piano on MIDI channel 1. Do you have any idea how to have Kontakt re-channelize incoming MIDI notes on one channel. I’m coming from the Digital Performer world, and this is very simple on that.

    • JonnyGinese JonnyGinese  says:

      E-mail me your session file so i can see what up with Kontakts routing.

  • Frank doblekar  says:

    Thanks for this great tut. My question is how does one save the Default in the Kontakt 5, as it doesn’t have the make default opionin via red button?

  • John McKie  says:

    This is a very informative video. I’ve learned a lot from it. However, I’m having exactly the same problem as Mike. With my midi keyboard I can only play the instrument on the first channel. Yesterday and today I’ve posted on the Reaper forum, but so far have not found a solution. If you solved Mike’s problem please let me know!


  • John McKie  says:

    OK, I’ve just solved the problem. I was trying all sorts of changes to the routing configuration, and the solution was in fact quite simple. I just had to ensure tracks 2, 3, etc had input monitoring turned on, and were armed for recording. I remember trying this, but doing so in the middle of trying other things with the routing. Obviously I never tried turning on the input monitoring and arming for record when the routing was how it was supposed to be.

    Thanks again for your videos. They’re a great resource for those new to Reaper, and I’m sure for others as well.


    • Shaun  says:

      Hey John, I think I know what you meant when you said turning on input monitoring and arming record but I’m still only getting MIDI channel one on Kontakt through to my keyboard, Could you explain further??
      Thanks a Mil

      • JonnyGinese JonnyGinese  says:

        The Track needs to be record ARMED with the correct keyboard midi input on the channel so that the channel will receive Midi signal.(little red line indicator in the VU meter.
        Monitoring enabled makes it so you can hear the audio that your track is trying to make in result of a live input(Mic, MIDI, VSTi)

  • Mike N.  says:

    How do you play back tracks and record other tracks along with them? Using this routing I’ve been able to record multiple tracks (that all show up BOTH on the track I’m recording AND in 1st “Kontakt track”) but can only hear one at a time.

    All of the Video demos on this site are VERY HELPFUL!

    • JonnyGinese JonnyGinese  says:

      well you should have 1 “midi” track per instrument and 1 “audio” track to receive the sound back. If you set it up this way you can record on each channel individually and listen back to others at the same time.

      • Mike N.  says:

        Hmm…shouldn’t the PC be playing back MIDI files? If it’s only playing back recorded audio then I don’t have the oportuntity to edit MIDI later and hear my edits (without re-recording the audio tracks).

        I only want/need to go down to audio tracks at the very end for mixing. During writing/tracking I prefer to leave it all as MIDI data.

        If anyone has thoughts on how to do that I’d aprecaite it. I’m currently on a free trial to determine which sequencer to get, but need this basic functionality. If I get this 1 thing working I plan to buy Reaper and the Midi with reaper tutorial

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