Earlier in 2018, we released MASCHINE 2 software that will only be available in its 64-bit version. This means KOMPLETE KONTROL updates released after version 1.9.3 will not be available in a 32-bit version anymore.
Since KOMPLETE KONTROL has always been 64-bit only on Mac systems since release, this article addresses Windows users and answers some questions Windows users may have on the transition to 64-bit and the discontinuation of the 32-bit version.
Why Does Native Instruments Drop 32-Bit Support for KOMPLETE KONTROL?
With the ever-evolving landscape of computers and operating systems and fewer and fewer KOMPLETE KONTROL users making use of the 32-bit version, we decided that we would discontinue the 32-bit version of KOMPLETE KONTROL in early 2018 in order to reduce the time and cost of developing, testing, and deploying new software updates, and to ensure we can take advantage of all the new features and tools provided by the latest operating systems.
The current versions of KOMPLETE KONTROL will be released with only 64-bit versions of the application and plug-ins. KOMPLETE KONTROL will run standalone in 64-bit mode and will be able to host 64-bit plug-ins. Similarly, KOMPLETE KONTROL will run as a 64-bit plug-in in a 64-bit host. If you’re already using the 64-bit version of KOMPLETE KONTROL, then this change will have no impact on you.
How can I find out if I am using a 32-bit version of KOMPLETE KONTROL?
You can find out which version you are using by opening the information window of KOMPLETE KONTROL. To open the information window, click the KOMPLETE KONTROL logo in the upper left side of the window.
The information window displays in its upper right corner which version is running. In the example below, KOMPLETE KONTROL is running in 32-bit mode.
How can I switch to 64-bit mode?
You can switch to 64-bit simply by installing the latest KOMPLETE KONTROL update.
If you want to start using your current version of KOMPLETE KONTROL in 64-bit mode straight away, please make sure to start the application from the main installation folder. By default it is located here:
C: > Program Files > Native Instruments > Komplete Kontrol > KompleteKontrol.exe
Do not use the application from the x86 folder, since it contains the 32-bit version.
What Should I Be Careful About When Switching to KOMPLETE KONTROL 64-Bit?
If you still use 32-bit plug-ins in KOMPLETE KONTROL, you will need to obtain updated 64-bit versions to keep using them in future versions of KOMPLETE KONTROL. Please contact your plug-ins' manufacturer to see if a 64-bit version of your plug-in is available.
I Want to Switch to 64-Bit, but Some of My Favorite Plug-Ins Are Only Available in 32-Bit
You can find so-called bit-bridging applications which will allow you to use your 32-bit plug-ins in the 64-bit version of KOMPLETE KONTROL. One of these is called JBridge, which you can find here on the web.
Please note Native Instruments does not officially support bit-bridging applications because they might cause performance issues. Nevertheless, you might be able to use them without any particular issue, especially if you are using a relatively new, high-performance computer. But, once again, these applications are not manufactured or supported by Native Instruments and we cannot guarantee their functionality and safety.
What Can I Do If I Want to Keep on Using KOMPLETE KONTROL in 32-Bit Mode?
If you depend on using the 32-bit version of KOMPLETE KONTROL for your work, do not attempt to download or install any KOMPLETE KONTROL updates later than version 1.9.3. Doing so will uninstall your 32-bit version.
Current versions of KOMPLETE KONTROL will include only a 64-bit version of the application. Previous versions of KOMPLETE KONTROL installed both 32-bit and 64-bit versions simultaneously. Since most users don’t need the 32-bit version, running the update installer will also uninstall any previous 32-bit version that may have been installed on the system to keep it clean. Therefore, if you rely on the 32-bit version of KOMPLETE KONTROL, do not download or install any future KOMPLETE KONTROL updates.
We will continue to provide technical support for the 32-bit version of KOMPLETE KONTROL until version 1.9.3, which is the last version which offers a stable 32-bit version. You can download the 1.9.3 update here.