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Syntheway VST & Audio Units Plug-ins in macOS

 

Syntheway VST and Audio Units (AU) are the two native plugin formats for macOS. VST and Audio Units are more common and compatible across various DAWs like Logic Pro, GarageBand, Cubase, Ableton Live, REAPER, Studio One Professional, Ardour, MainStage and Digital Performer among others


Finding the Audio Plugins folder

The plugin folder is nested in the Macintosh HD Library. There are usually a minimum of two Libraries on your Mac, one in Macintosh HD and another in your user account. You should only place the plugins in the Macintosh HD Library so that it can be accessed by all users on the computer. The usual location of the folder should be:

Macintosh HD/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components

Macintosh HD/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST


How to Install Plug-ins

Audio Units (AU) are used by Apple applications such as GarageBand, Soundtrack Pro, Logic Express, Logic Pro, Final Cut Pro, MainStage and most 3rd party audio software developed for Mac OS X and macOS Sierra such as Ardour, Ableton Live, REAPER, Studio One Professional and Digital Performer, among others.AU Audio Unit Installation for macOS (Previously Mac OS X, then OS X): 

Instructions:

1.- After download, double-click on the .dmg file (Apple disk image format, HFS+ volume).Syntheway Audio Units and VST for Mac OS X and macOS Sierra downloads are packed and available in ".dmg" file, an Apple disk image format. Version 10.4 "Tiger", 10.5 "Leopard", 10.6 "Snow Leopard", 10.7 "Lion", 10.8 "Mountain Lion", 10.9: "Mavericks" decodes these files automatically. This will open the file with DiskImageMounter utility. Otherwise, right-click the .dmg file and select Open with > DiskImageMounter from the menu. A dialog window will appear, verifying the file and mounting it. Once mounted, the .dmg will appear in the Finder sidebar under the "Devices" header along with the hard drive.

2.- Open a Finder window (click the "Finder" icon in the dock). Highlight the mounted image file within Finder's sidebar. A list of the files within the .dmg will appear in the main Finder window pane.

3.- Drag the files you wish to extract to the desired destination on your computer as for example to your Mac desktop or directly drag the Audio Unit (.component) to your "Macintosh HD/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components/" folder.

 

4.- Unmount the .dmg after you have extracted all desired files by clicking the small "Eject" icon next to the mounted image in Finder's sidebar. Additionally, you can right-click (Ctrl-click) the mounted .dmg icon on the desktop and select "Eject" or simply unmount the virtual drive by dragging it to the Trash (Note that this will not delete the files from your computer, the dmg file will still be there).

5.- If you have the extracted files in your Mac desktop, move the ".component" file to the Components folder in your audio plugins folder. Usually Macintosh HD/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components/

6.- If your DAW is running, close it and restart it. When your DAW starts up, it will rescan your plugins folder and detect your recently installed plugin.

Finding the Audio Plugins folder: The plugin folder is nested in the Macintosh HD Library. There are usually a minimum of two Libraries on your Mac, one in Macintosh HD and another in your user account. You should only place the plugins in the Macintosh HD Library so that it can be accessed by all users on the computer. The usual location of the folder should be: Macintosh HD/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/

 

VST Installation for macOS (Previously Mac OS X, then OS X):

Instructions:

1.- After download, double-click on the .dmg file (Apple disk image format, HFS Plus volume).Syntheway Audio Units and VST for Mac OS X and macOS Sierra downloads are packed and available in ".dmg" file, an Apple disk image format. Version 10.4 "Tiger", 10.5 "Leopard", 10.6 "Snow Leopard", 10.7 "Lion", 10.8 "Mountain Lion", 10.9: "Mavericks" decodes these files automatically. This will open the file with DiskImageMounter utility. Otherwise, right-click the .dmg file and select Open with > DiskImageMounter from the menu. A dialog window will appear, verifying the file and mounting it. Once mounted, the .dmg will appear in the Finder sidebar under the "Devices" header along with the hard drive.

2.- Open a Finder window (click the "Finder" icon in the dock). Highlight the mounted image file within Finder's sidebar. A list of the files within the .dmg will appear in the main Finder window pane.

3.- Drag the files you wish to extract to the desired destination on your computer as for example to your Mac desktop or directly drag the Audio Unit (.component) to your "Macintosh HD/Library/Audio/Plug-ins/VST/" folder.

4.- Unmount the .dmg after you have extracted all desired files by clicking the small "Eject" icon next to the mounted image in Finder's sidebar. Additionally, you can right-click (Ctrl-click) the mounted .dmg icon on the desktop and select "Eject" or simply unmount the virtual drive by dragging it to the Trash (Note that this will not delete the files from your computer, the dmg file will still be there).

5.- If you have the extracted files in your Mac desktop, move the files to the Cubase VST folder. Usually Macintosh HD/Library/Audio/Plug-ins/VST.

6.- If your Cubase is running, close it and restart it. When your Cubase starts up, it will rescan your plugins folder and detect your recently installed VST plugin.

Cubase Notes:

  • -The macOS version of Cubase only stores VST plugins in one folder (*) -> "Library/Audio/Plug-ins/VST" Or if you're not logged in with administrative access, these sub-folders are in the -> "Users/[Username]/Library/Audio/Plug-ins" folder.

  • - Place the provided .vst in the VST (Plug-ins) folder.

  • - Follow instructed under the Cubase operations manual and

  • restart the program if needed in order to re-scan new .vst plugins.

  • - Now, the Syntheway VST Plugin (Syntheway Vendor) must be recognized by Cubase as a native .vst format (VST for Mac).

(*) Changing Folders in Cubase: If you decide to move your VST plugins into a different folder, you'll also need to tell Cubase where the new VST plugin folder is located. To do this, open the VST "Plug-in Paths" dialog box and click "Add." Navigate to the location of the new folder, select it and click "OK." When you're installing new VST plugins after changing the plugin folder location, be sure to specify the new location in the program's installer, as most plugins will automatically install into the Steinberg directory

Cocoa framework and xCode Integrated Development Environment (IDE). Cocoa is Apple's native object-oriented application programming interface (API) for their operating system macOS.Xcode is an integrated development environment (IDE) for macOS containing a suite of software development tools developed by Apple for developing software for macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS. First released in 2003, the latest stable release is version 9.2 and is available via the Mac App Store free of charge for macOS High Sierra and macOS Sierra users. Registered developers can download preview releases and prior versions of the suite through the Apple Developer website.Objective-C is a general-purpose, object-oriented programming language that adds Smalltalk-style messaging to the C programming language. It was the main programming language used by Apple for the OS X and iOS operating systems, and their respective application programming interfaces (APIs) Cocoa and Cocoa Touch prior to the introduction of Swift.

Syntheway Audio Units and VST are Loadable Bundles, using Cocoa framework and xCode Integrated Development Environment (IDE) written in Objective C. Bundles provide a simplified interface for end users and a convenient way to deliver software in macOS operating system.

macOS High Sierra (version 10.13) is the fourteenth major release of macOS, Apple Inc.'s desktop and server operating system for Macintosh computers. The successor to macOS Sierra. New technologies at the heart of the system make your Mac more reliable, capable, and responsive — and lay the foundation for future innovations. macOS High Sierra also refines the features and apps you use every day. It’s macOS at its highest level yet.

 

AU Audio Units (.component) + VST (.vst) for Logic Pro, GarageBand, Final Cut Pro X, MainStage, Cubase, Ardour, Ableton Live, REAPER, Studio One Professional and Digital Performer, among others. Also available in Also: Logic EXS24 (.exs) or KONTAKT (.nki)


Audio Units™ is a trademark of Apple Inc.

VST is a trademark of Steinberg Soft- und Hardware GmbH

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