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Native Access

Native Access is a license manager to install and activate products made by Native Instruments.

Tested with latest version at 2019/06/13.

Application Details:

Version: 1.11.0 R119
License: Free to use
URL: https://www.native-instruments...
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 4.11

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What works

It is possible to activate already installed NI products.

What does not

It is impossible to install products to your hard drive. Native Instruments distributes their products as .iso files, thus Native Access tries to mount these .iso files. It fails under Wine. Native Access crashes.


A workaround described here doesn't work for some product. for example when I try to install Action Strings by manually mounting .iso, I stuck at "Please insert the install disc" dialog. My guess is that the installer detects whether the disc is inserted or not by using RegisterDeviceNotificationW call which is not implemented in Wine yet.


Workarounds

To use NI products in Linux, you need an actual Windows machine. Install the products to an external hard drive using Windows, and then activate those using Wine.

  1. Install the products to an external drive (e.g. E:). After installing the products, Native Access stores the activation keys in the registry HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Native Instruments
  2. Export it by regedit.exe in Windows, and import it by regedit.exe in Wine.
  3. Do it for HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Native Instruments too. This registry contains installation path of each product.
  4. Launch winecfg. Make sure that the external drive you installed the products has same drive letter as in Windows environment (e.g. E:).
  5. Copy some files from Windows environment to Wine environment. Do it for C:\Program Files\Common Files\Avid and C:\Program Files\Common Files\Native Instruments. Maybe it's needed for Program Files (x86) too.
  6. Launch Native Access using Wine. You can see all products you installed using Windows is listed as as "Installed products".

That's it! We can now use almost all NI products in Linux with full license, not demo mode.

What was not tested

Uninstalling products

Hardware tested

Graphics:

  • GPU: AMD
  • Driver: open source

Additional Comments

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
Workaround?
RatingSubmitter
ShowArch Linux x86_64Jun 25 20194.11Yes Yes YesGoldDaniel Sonck 
CurrentGentoo Linux x86_64Jun 12 20194.6-stagingYes Yes YesGoldTomoki Ohno 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes

Installing ISO based content

A lot of the larger content from Native like their Kontakt libraries come as ISO files. These ISOs will download fine but cannot be installed directly by Native Access because Wine cannot mount ISO files. As of recent Wine versions, Native Access doesn't crash after trying to mount the ISO but wine still cannot mount them. Also, the necessary content files have been hiddden so it's necessary to use the unhide mount option.

Prerequisites

  • None

Steps

  1. Under your user preferences, set your Downloads folder to something you can access or remember
  2. Let Native Access try to install your content
  3. Notice how it will download but fail with an error about mounting
  4. Create a directory for mounting the disk, e.g. mkdir <iso-file>.d or mkdir disk
  5. Navigate to the downloads folder and mount the directory using mount <iso-file> <mounting-dir> -t udf -o loop,ro,exec,unhide (root access might be necessary so use sudo as appropriate)
  6. Run the installer through wine.
    You might need to point it to a different target directory as it doesn't follow the Native Access configuration
  7. After install, press refresh in Native Access to let it detect and activate the new library
  8. Now the content should be available to you and its license activated

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