Cannot find Synplant on Ableton.

Andrés Drake109 views5 posts
  • Users avatarAndrés Drake

    I downloaded the trial so I can get a better understanding of the program, but Ableton doesn't seem to pick it up. I transferred both .dll files, that came with the download, into my preferred Vst folder, but it doesn't show up. When I tried to open it directly from the Program Files, it shows nothing in there. How can I find it or fix this problem?

  • Users avatarFredrik Lidström

    In Ableton it is most often the case of VSTs being disabled or the "Use VST Plug-In Custom Folder" being turned off or wrong. Did you double check these preferences? Do you have other VST plugins in the same folder that do show up? In that case, make sure you rescan Plug-Ins under the preferences as well.

    You should also only need the 64-bit Synplant dll if you run a 64-bit Live.

    Let me know if you need further help.

  • Users avatarACrIkeD

    Using Ableton Live Suite 9

    I have this very same problem. The 64-bit version doesn't show up in VSTi list, even the files are placed in correct folder and even done rescan for VSTI's.

    C:\Program Files\Steinberg\VSTPlugins\SynplantVST.dll (It shows 2.4.2010)

    So the installer seems to install 32 bit to both folders? Exactly the same file as in 32-bit folder.

    I did try to install the 64-bit version individually and still did not fix the file.

  • Users avatarACrIkeD

    I found reason for this.

    The installers do drop the VSTI dll files to "C:\Program Files\VSTIPlugins\".
    This causes the official programs not to find the VSTI files.

    The official programs use "C:\Program Files\Steinberg\VSTPlugins\" as default folder.
    Due fact Steinberg owns the VSTI patents and all VSTI should be found there.

  • Users avatarFredrik Lidström

    In the installer we use the following two registry entries as default paths:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\VST\VSTPluginsPath (for 64-bit)
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\VST\VSTPluginsPath (for 32-bit)

    If none of those exist, we default to $ProgramFiles\VSTPlugIns\Sonic Charge, simply because it is a manufacturer neutral path. The default path actually depends on which host you have installed first on your system. If you install Sonar for example, the default path will be C:\Program Files\Cakewalk\VST

    Steinberg does not dictate what path should be used for VST2 plugins. They only refer us to read the registry keys for the default path. For VST3 they do however dictate it to be $ProgramFiles\Common Files\VST3 instead of using registry entries.

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