How to Find Your Plugins in Sonar or Cakewalk by BandLab

Last updated on: 10/24/2019 7:50:48 AM

If you are trying to load your Waves plugins in Sonar or Cakewalk by BandLab but you cannot find them, follow these instructions in order to make the plugins available.

Step #1 – Verify plugin software is correctly installed

First, check whether the relevant plugin file/s are correctly installed on your computer:

Go to: C:\Program Files (x86)\Waves\Plug-Ins V11 (or the version you own).

The relevant plugin file 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 there, install the plugins by following the instructions in this link.

Step #2 – Rescan for Plugins

If the relevant plugin files are in the above folders, perform a rescan:
  1. In Sonar go to Edit > Preferences.
  2. In preferences, go to File > VST Settings.
  3. Under VST Scan Paths, make sure the following paths are listed (if not, add them):
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\VST3
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\VST3
  4. Under Scan Options, check-mark Rescan Failed Plug-ins and Rescan Existing Plug-ins.
  5. Click Reset.
  6. You will be presented with a message. Click Yes.
  7. Click Scan.

IMPORTANT: After going through this process, you will want to remove the check marks next to “Rescan Failed Plug-ins” and “Rescan Existing Plug-ins,” especially if you have “Automatic Background Scan” enabled. Leaving all of these options configured simultaneously could lead to a continuous scan loop.

Once the rescan is done, create a new session with a supported sample rate, add a track and load your Waves plugins.

None of the above worked? Contact Technical Support.

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