How to Find Your Plugins in Reason

Last updated on: 6/11/2017 12:02:31 PM

If you are trying to load your Waves plugins in Reason but you cannot find them, follow these instructions to make the plugins available.

Step #1 – Verify plugin software is correctly installed

First, check whether the relevant plugin files are correctly installed on your computer. Go to:

Windows: C:\Program Files (x86)\Waves\Plug-Ins V9
Mac: Macintosh HD > Applications > Waves > Plug-Ins V9.

The relevant plugin file/s will be named after the plugin, in this format: [PluginName].bundle. For example, the plugin file for Reel ADT will be named Reel ADT.bundle.

If the plugins you are looking for are not in the above folder, install the plugins by following the instructions in this link.

Step #2 – Verify licenses are activated

Licenses can be activated to one device at a time (computer/USB flash drive).
  1. Launch Waves Central:
    Windows: via the desktop shortcut or by pressing the [Win key], typing typing Waves Central and pressing Enter.
    Mac: Applications > Waves Central
  2. Click on Manage Licenses.
In the left panel, under the “Select source” section, you will see the following:
  1. “My License Cloud” – Select to show all licenses which are Not Activated to any device.
  2. Your computer – Select to show all licenses which are activated to the computer you are currently using.
  3. Any USB flash drives connected to your computer – Select to show all licenses which are activated to the selected device.

Licenses Not Activated? (“My License Cloud” selected)

  1. In the middle panel, select your licenses.
  2. In the right panel, select your computer/USB device.
  3. Click Send Licenses.
  4. Launch Reason, create a new project with a supported sample rate and see if the plugins appear.

Licenses Activated? (Computer or USB device selected)

If the licenses for the missing plugins are activated to your computer or USB device, proceed to Step #3 - Refresh Licenses below.

Check disconnected devices

In Waves Central’s Manage Licenses section, you will find a “Disconnected devices” list (bottom left). Every device you have ever activated licenses to will appear on this list.

Click on any device on the list, and the licenses activated to it will appear in the middle panel.

If you see the relevant licenses on a disconnected device that you can access, you can Move Your Licenses from that device. If you don’t have access to the device, you can Recover Your Licenses.

Step #3 – Refresh Licenses

If the plugin software is correctly installed and you’ve verified that the licenses are activated to the computer you are working on or to a connected USB device, follow these steps to refresh the Licenses folder:

Windows

  1. Quit Waves Central and Reason.
  2. If your licenses are activated to your computer:

    • Press [Win key]+R, type %ProgramData% and hit Enter.

    • Go to Waves Audio, and drag the Licenses folder to your desktop.

    If your licenses are activated to a USB device:

    • In Windows File Explorer, go to USB device\Waves.

    • Drag the Licenses folder to your desktop.
  3. Launch Waves Central, log in and allow it to sync.
  4. Launch Reason, create a new project with a supported sample rate and see if the plugins appear.

Mac

  1. Quit Waves Central and Reason.
  2. If your licenses are activated to your computer:

    • Go to Macintosh HD > Library > Application Support > Waves.

    If your licenses are activated to a USB device:

    • In Finder, go to USB device > Waves.
  3. Drag the Licenses folder to your desktop.
  4. Launch Central, log in and allow it to sync.
  5. Launch Reason, create a new project with a supported sample rate and see if the plugins appear.

Step #4 – Rescan for Plugins

If the relevant plugin files are in the above folders, perform the following procedure:

Windows

  1. In Reason, go to Edit > Preferences > Advanced tab.
  2. Under VST Plugin Folders, make sure that the following path is listed (if not, add it) and check-marked:

    C:\Program Files\VSTPlugins
  3. Quit Reason.
  4. Press the [Win key]+R, type %LocalAppData% and press Enter.
  5. Go to Propellerhead Software > Reason.
  6. Drag the _PluginCache.dat file to your desktop.
  7. Launch Reason. It will perform a complete plugin re-scan (will take longer than usual).

If your plugins are now available in Reason and everything is working properly, you can delete the _PluginCache.dat file from your desktop.

Mac

  1. In Reason go to Reason > Preferences > Advanced tab.
  2. Under VST Plugin Folders, make sure that the following path is listed (if not, add it) and check-marked:

    Macintosh HD > Library > Audio > Plugins > VST.
  3. Quit Reason.
  4. In Finder click on the Go menu, hold down the [Alt/Option] key and click on Library.
  5. Go to Caches > Reason.
  6. Drag the _PluginCache.dat file to your desktop.
  7. Launch Reason. It will perform a complete plugin re-scan (will take longer than usual).

If your plugins are now available in Reason and everything is working properly, you can delete the _PluginCache.dat file from your desktop.

None of the above worked? Contact Technical Support.

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