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Installing and Registering Your TDR Plugins

By Fabien Schivre, Shane Johnson

Audio plugins are meant to run inside so called audio plugin hosts like Cubase, Logic, Pro Tools, Reaper, Studio One, Ableton Live, Fruity Loops, Wavelab, etc.

Installing audio plugins can be a confusing effort, especially without prior experience. They come in many formats and their installation process differs from conventional stand-alone applications.

This article illustrates the installation and registration process in detail, both for Windows and Mac operating systems.

Accessing the Latest Installers

Freeware products can be downloaded directly from the official product pages. Accept the terms and download will begin.

Paid software products come in two variants, the demo edition and the full edition. Demo download links can be directly downloaded from official product pages. These have the restriction of being incapable of recall, our demos generally cannot be registered, only full editions can.

To access the full edition, log into your customer area and download from there. If you’ve installed the demo before, then make sure to install the full edition on top (it overwrites the demo edition).

Installation via Windows Installer (Recommended)

  1. Download and double click the Setup.exe file.
  2. Run through the installer, making sure the plugin path is correctly set for your machine (the VST2 directory in particular).
  3. Launch your host application and run a plugin folder rescan. Some hosts do this automatically.

Manual Installation on Windows (Experienced Users)

  1. Unpack the “no installer” zip file.
  2. Copy the binaries you intend to install into your system’s plugin directories (see bottom of this page for a detailed listing).
  3. Launch your host application and run a plugin folder rescan. Some hosts do this automatically.

macOS Installation

  1. Double click the “dmg” file.
  2. Drag and drop the format specific binaries into their appropriate system directories.

(If that doesn’t work on your system, try opening the target folder, and dragging into it instead)

Product Registration

To register your product, simply launch the plugin in your favorite host. A small banner should appear, asking you to register.

Click this banner, and the product registration page will appear:

This window can also be accessed by clicking the small gear icon in the plugin toolbar and selecting the “registration” page.

There are two registration procedures to choose from:

  • Offline Registration
    Using a previously downloaded key file, as offered under your library.
  • Online Registration
    Entering your customer username and password, the key will be downloaded and installed automatically.

After successful registration, the banner won’t appear anymore. Time for work and fun!

If it keeps appearing though, then something probably isn’t right with your registration. If in doubt, customer support will sort it out for you.

If you don’t see this banner or the registration page, then you probably have the demo version installed. Make sure to install the full edition instead, as offered under your customer area.

Exporting and Importing User Presets and Preferences

The “Local Data” page allows for viewing, deleting, exporting or importing your personal settings, user-presets and registrations (optional). To access it, click the small gear icon in the toolbar to open the settings window, then select “Local Data”.

Default Audio Plugin Locations


Audio Unit (AU)/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components
AAX/Library/Application Support/Avid/Audio/Plug-Ins


VSTC:\Program Files\VSTPlugins
C:\Program Files\Steinberg\VSTPlugins
C:\Program Files\Common Files\VST2
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Steinberg\VST2
VST3C:\Program Files\Common Files\VST3
AAXC:\Program Files\Common Files\Avid\Audio\Plug-Ins

Windows 64bit Locations for 32bit Audio Plugins

VSTC:\Program Files (x86)\VSTPlugins
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steinberg\VSTPlugins
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\VST2
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Steinberg\VST2
VST3C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\VST3
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