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Installing VST plug-ins (PC)

VST plugins are not standalone software. They need a "host" in order to be managed and to communicate from one plugin to another. The best known of VST hosts is "Cubase" from Steinberg.

1) The first thing to do after the download is to expand (uncompress) the files. If the file is in .zip format and you've got a PC, this will be very simple: simply press the right button of your mouse on the file. You'll get a menu with an "expand" function.

2) When the package is expanded, you must run the installer and specify the VST dedicated folder of the host. The default VST directory for Cubase is "C:\Program Files\Steinberg\Vstplugins". After the installation the plugin must appear into the "effects" or "instruments" menu of the host.

If need further information about installing plugins please take a look at the handbook of your host software.

Installing VST / AU plugins

Installing AU plugins (MAC)

AU plugins are not standalone software. They need a "host" in order to be managed and to communicate from one plugin to another. The best known of AU hosts is "Logic".

1) The first thing to do after the download is to expand (uncompress) the zip file.

2) When the package is expanded, you must run the installer. After the installation the plugin must appear in the "effects" or "instruments" menu of the host.

If need further information about installing plugins please take a look at the handbook of your host software.


Installing Tone2 software


Together with the download link from Shareit or BestService you received a keyfile called '.t2k' to unlock the full version, you will find it in the email attachment. This keyfile contains your personal serial number with your name and is used to unlock the full version. This file must be placed on a specific place on your harddisc to unlock the full version.
Please note: Installation on Windows7 & Vista need to be done from an administrative account or by using 'Run as Administrator' for both the installer and host program.
The demoversions can’t be unlocked. You have to install a full version and unlock this one with a keyfile or serial.

ElectraX - automatic installation (recommended):

1) Close your host (Logic/Live/Cubase/...).
2) Install the full version of the plugin.
3) Open the host.
4) Do a plugin rescan in the host if it does not list ElectraX as plugin. Detailed instructions for the rescan be found in the host's manual.
5) Open ElectraX.
6) Click on the registration box in the middle
7) Select the keyfile 'ElectraX.t2k' to activate the full version. You have received this keyfile together with the ordering email from ShareIt or Best Service.
8) Restart the plugin. Now the normal user interface appears. Some hosts may require a complete restart.

ElectraX - manual installation on PC:

1) Close your host (Logic/Live/Cubase/...).
2) Install the full version of the plugin.
3) Copy 'ElectraX.t2k' to the VST directory. You have received this keyfile together with the ordering email from ShareIt or Best Service. Steinberg hosts often use C:\Program files\Steinberg\VSTplugins as path. You can also take a look at your host's folder configuration. The correct path for the keyfile is mostly: 'C:\Program files\Steinberg\VSTplugins\ElectraX.t2k'.
4) Open the host.
5) Do a plugin rescan in the host if it does not list ElectraX as plugin. Detailed instructions for the rescan be found in the host's manual.
6) Open ElectraX. Now the normal user interface appears. If this is not the case close your host and go back to 3). You did not copy the keyfile to the right place.

ElectraX - manual installation on Mac:

1) Close your host (Logic/Live/Cubase/...).
2) Install the full version of the plugin.
3) Copy 'ElectraX.t2k' to 'Library/Audio/Plug-ins' . You have received this keyfile together with the ordering email from ShareIt or Best Service. The correct path for the file is: '/Library/Audio/Plug-ins/ElectraX.t2k'. Please note: This is NOT the correct path: '/Users/Username/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/'. Filenames on Unix based systems like OSX can be case sensitive!
4) Open the host.
5) Do a plugin rescan in the host if it does not list ElectraX as plugin. Detailed instructions for the rescan be found in the host's manual.
6) Open ElectraX. Now the normal user interface appears. If this is not the case close your host and go back to 3). You did not copy the keyfile to the right place.


Gladiator 2, Warmverb Multi-FX:
The plugin will ask you for the keyfile when you start the plugin for the first time. The plugin will automatically copy the keyfile to the correct place.


Gladiator 1 on Mac:
Copy gladiator.t2k to “/Library/Audio/Plug-ins/”
The correct path for the file is: “/Library/Audio/Plug-ins/gladiator.t2k“
This is NOT the correct path: “/Users/Username/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/”
Filenames on Unix based systems like OSX can be case sensitive!

Gladiator 1 on PC:
Copy gladiator.t2k to your VST plugins directory. It must be within the same directory as gladiator.dll.


FilterBank3 on Mac:
Copy Filterbank.t2k to “/Library/Audio/Plug-ins/”
The correct path for the file is: “/Library/Audio/Plug-ins/Filterbank.t2k”
This is NOT the correct path: “/Users/Username/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/”
Filenames on Unix based systems like OSX can be case sensitive!

FilterBank3 on PC:
Copy filterbank.t2k to your VST plugins directory. It must be within the same directory as 'FilterBank3 FX.dll'.


FireBird+:
Copy firebird.key to your VST plugins directory. Do not double click on the file! It must be within the same directory as 'FireBird.dll'.


FAQ:

Where can I find the VST plugins directory (PC)?
This depends on your host installation. Steinberg hosts often use C:\Program files\Steinberg\VSTplugins. You can also take a look at your host's directory configuration. Another way to find it is to use the Windows file search function. Search for 'firebird.dll' or the plugin of your choice.

Where can I find the VST plugins directoryx (Mac)?
You can find it here: /Library/Audio/Plug-ins/VST

Where can I find the AU (Audio unit) plugins directoryx (Mac)?
You can find it here: /Library/Audio/Plug-ins/Components

The plugin is not detected from my host software?
Please examine if you installed the plugin to the correct directory. A plugin rescan within your host software can also help. If need further information about installing plugins please take a look at the handbook of your host software.

The plugin is detected from my host software but it does not output sound?
You did not copy the keyfile with the right name to the right place. A plugin rescan within your host software can also help. Restart the host software. If need further information about installing plugins please take a look at the handbook of your host software.

The plugin is detected from my host software but the GUI does not show up?
You did not copy the keyfile with the right name to the right place. A plugin rescan within your host software can also help. Restart the host software. If need further information about installing plugins please take a look at the handbook of your host software.

When I try to download the product's keyfile, it opens a page with numbers.
Some browsers or email programs open the keyfile instead of saving it, choose 'save as' from your browser's 'file' menu and save the keyfile from there.

Are Tone2 products Windows 7/8 and Vista compatible?
All products are compatible with Windows 7/8 or Vista, run both the plugin installation and host software with administrative rights to ensure a working configuration.


My browser opens and tells me that I am using a pirated plugin - the plugin does not output sound?
Completely uninstall the illegal version. Go to our online shop on www.tone2.com and buy a full version. Contact our support with a proof of purchase. We will remove you from the blacklist and reactivate your product.