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Windows - Installing Synful Orchestra Version 2.4

(see below for the previous version 2.3.1)

 

IMPORTANT: Existing Windows customers must reauthorize version 2.4.x if you are upgrading from a previous 2.3.x or earlier version - see PurchasingAndAuthorizingSynfulOrchestra.htm

 

This section will guide you through the installation of the Synful Orchestra software on a Windows 32 bit or 64 bit machine. The installation process installs all the files you need automatically. You can install both DXi and/or VST versions of Synful Orchestra. The installation is the same for the free trial and purchased versions
of the program. If you are using Cakewalk Sonar you should install the native DXi version and not use the VST adaptor available in Sonar.

If you have not already done so go to http://www.synful.com/Download.htm download the Synful Orchestra install file. Make sure to download the 32 bit version if you are running Windows XP/Vista or the 64 bit version if you are running XP64/VIsta64. The download file synful_orchestra_XXX_VV_setup.exe can be placed anywhere on your hard disk. "XXX" stands for the Synful Orchestra version number and VV stands either
32 or 64 corresponding to the 32 or 64 bit version. The setup .exe is the full version of the program. If you have already downloaded the free-trial and installed it and have now purchased a license and received an activation code you do not need to download again --see PurchasingAndAuthorizingSynfulOrchestra.htm.

 

IMPORTANT: If you have installed a previous free trial of Synful Orchestra and the trial period has expired and you have never purchased or authorized Synful Orchestra then you should uninstall the old version first before installing the new version. Go to Start->Programs->Synful->Synful Orchestra and select Uninstall, or you can go to Control Panel->Add Remove Programs. During the Uninstall process you may see one or more Activation dialog boxes appear. If this occurs then click Cancel on the Activation dialog and then Stop on the next pop-up dialog. You may need to do this several times. At the end you may see a message saying "Synful Orchestra DXi.dll failed to unregister". You can ignore this message and proceed to the end of the uninstall.

  1. You can install Synful Orchestra directly over any previous release (see the IMPORTANT note above however). That release will be deleted and replaced with the new update. However, if you have previously moved the file Synful Orchestra VST.dll by hand into a VSTPlugins folder then you
    should remove it by hand now.

  2. Browse to the location of the synful_orchestra_XXX_VV_setup.exe on your hard disk and double click on it to begin the installation. A Microsoft Windows security dialog may appear. If it does, click on Run to proceed with the installation. The Welcome to Synful Orchestra Installation Wizard dialog appears. Click Next.

  3. Read the End User License Agreement and click the "I accept the license agreement" radio button. Then click Next.

  4. The Synful Orchestra Readme Dialog appears. This will inform you of what is new in the latest release. You can read this now or later -- click Next.

  5. The Select Features dialog appears. There are two features displayed DXi and VST. These are the different plugin formats available for Synful Orchestra for Windows. You can select either feature and then browse to the location where you want to install it. You can leave the DXi location to the default. You will probably want select the VST feature and then "Browse" to select the location of your VST plugins folder. For example, if you run Cubase this might be "C:\Program FIles\Steinberg\Cubase 4\VSTPlugins". Whether or not you change the locations of the installations, both DXi and VST will
    be installed. if you have previously moved the file Synful Orchestra VST.dll by hand into a VSTPlugins folder then you should remove it by hand now so that after installation you will be certain to load the new Synful Orchestra VST.dll. Click Next. NOTE: If you are on a Vista or Vista64 machine you may see a window asking you if you want to install PACE Interlok drivers. Click yes to this. These drivers support the PACE copy protection used by Synful. PACE is used by many music software products - Waves, Protools, Altiverb, Max/MSP, Synful, etc.

  6. The Update System dialog appears. Wait until the installation is finished. This may take a few minutes. When the Synful Orchestra Has Been Successfully Installed dialog appears click Finish.

  7. You will be prompted to reboot your computer. You must reboot before you can successfully use Synful Orchestra.

  8. When running Synful Orchestra for the first time on a machine it will be in Free Trial Mode. If you have purchased a license and received an activation code then you can authorize Synful Orchestra by clicking on the Authorize button at the top of the Synful Orchestra Control Panel. See PurchasingAndAuthorizingSynfulOrchestra.htm for details.

  9. You can immediately begin using Synful Orchestra. To see how to begin using Synful Orchestra open the Synful Orchestra Help and then view one of the setup video tutorials. You will need an internet connection to view these online video tutorials. To open Synful Orchestra Help click on your Windows start menu and then the programs pop-up list. There will be a new Synful entry in this list. Click on it and on the Synful Orchestra submenu. Then select Help.

Windows - Installing Synful Orchestra Version 2.3.1

This section will guide you through the installation of the Synful Orchestra software on a Windows machine. The installation process installs all the files you need automatically. It installs both DXi and VST versions of Synful Orchestra. If you use only VST or only DXi the installation will still install both versions. If your are installing for a Free Trial then NO ACTIVATION IS REQUIRED -- just click on Activate Later when the activation dialog pops up.

  1. If you have not already done so, download the synful_orchestra_setup.exe file to any location on your hard disk. The file may also be called synful_orchestra_XXX_setup.exe or where "XXX" is the version number. The file can be downloaded from http://www.synful.com/download.htm. The .exe is the full version of the program. If you have already downloaded the free-trial version and installed it and have now purchased a license and received an activation code you do not need to download again --see Purchasing and Activating Synful Orchestra for Windows.

  2. Browse to the location of the synful_orchestra_setup.exe file on your hard disk and double click on it to begin the installation. A Microsoft Windows security dialog may appear. If it does appear click on Run to proceed with the installation. The InstallShield preparing to install dialog will appear with a progress bar as the installation files are extracted. This may take a minute or so. The Synful Orchestra splash screen will appear. Click Next.

  3. Click the Next button on the Welcome to InstallShield for Synful Orchestra dialog.

  4. Read the End User License Agreement and click the I accept ... radio button. Then click Next.

  5. The Synful Orchestra Folder dialog appears. This gives you a chance to change the main installation location for Synful Orchestra. The default location on the dialog is usually a good one. The main Synful Orchestra files are installed here including the Synful Orchestra DXi.dll. The Synful Orchestra Vst.dll is installed in a separate location. You will be given a chance to select that location on the next dialog. Click Next (even if you will not be using DXi).

  6. The Vstplugins Folder dialog appears. If you are going to use the Synful Orchestra VST plugin you will generally want to change the default install location to your normal Vstplugins folder. For example if you use Cubase SX you probably should change the Vstplugins Folder install location to \Program Files\Steinberg\Cubase SX\Vstplugins . A Synful Orchestra folder will be created in the Vstplugins folder and the Synful Orchestra Vst.dll file will be placed in this folder. If you will not be using Synful Orchestra VST then leave the Vstplugins Folder location at its default location (or set it to the same location as the main install location if you changed that from its default on the previous step). Click Next

  7. The Installing Synful Orchestra dialog appears with a progress bar. When the progress bar reaches completion, if Synful Orchestra has never been activated on this machine, then the Activation Dialog appears. The Activation Dialog gives a choice: Activate Now or Activate Later. If Synful Orchestra is being evaluated for a free trial period then select Activate Later. If you select Activate Later then each time you use either the Synful Orchestra Vst or Synful Orchestra DXi plugin the Activation dialog will reappear showing the time remaining in the trial period and giving you the option to Activate Now. If you wish to purchase a Synful Orchestra license or have already purchased a license and received an activation code see Purchasing and Activating Synful Orchestra for Windows.

  8. You can immediately begin using Synful Orchestra. To see how to begin using Synful Orchestra in Sonar or Cubase open the Synful Orchestra Help as described below and then select Tutorial - Setting up Synful Orchestra in Sonar or Tutorial - Setting up Synful Orchestra in Cubase. If you are using a different host sequencer program you can still benefit from these tutorials. To open Synful Orchestra Help click on your Windows start menu and then the programs pop-up list. There will be a new Synful entry in this list. Click on it and on the Synful Orchestra submenu. You can select Synful Orchestra Help for interactive help or the “Synful Orchestra Users Guide.pdf ”. The tutorials are only available in the interactive help. You will need to install an Acrobat Reader to view the PDF file. Acrobat Reader can be downloaded for free from many placed on the web.

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