How to Find Your Plugins in Reason

Last updated on: 10/23/2019 7:25:11 AM

Step #1 – Verify Your 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 V11 (or the Waves version your own)
Mac: Macintosh HD > Applications > Waves > Plug-Ins V11 (or the Waves version your own)

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 Your Licenses Are Activated

Licenses can be activated to one device (computer/USB flash drive) at a time.
  1. Launch Waves Central.
    Windows: via the desktop shortcut or Start Menu > All Programs > Waves Central. Mac: Applications > Waves Central.
  2. On Install Products > My Products, make sure the licenses in question are showing the green checkmark under the Activated column.

Licenses Not Activated? (“My License Cloud” appears under the License Location column)

This procedure moves a license from your Waves License Cloud to your computer or an external drive
  1. Select the Licenses page.
  2. Select My License Cloud at the top of the page. Use the arrow on the right to expand the list.
  3. Choose the licenses you wish to activate. Selected licenses will appear in the list on the right.
  4. Choose the target device for the activated license.
  5. Click the Activate button.
The license is activated on the selected device and no longer appears on your cloud.

By default, a license will be activated to the computer’s hard drive. You can also activate it to a USB flash drive. Use the Target Device for Licenses panel to select where you want to send the license. You can also choose not to activate the license by deselecting all target devices.

Licenses Activated? (Computer or USB device appears under License Location)

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 Licenses page, you will find a “Disconnected devices” tab (only if there are licenses in your account that are activated to a different device than the one you are on). Every device on which you have activated licenses will appear on this list.

Click on any device on the list to expand it, and the licenses activated to it will appear below. 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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