z3ta+ 1.5.3 issue

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vitalker
KVRist
92 posts since 25 Sep, 2013

Post Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:23 pm

Hello there.

I have a really strange issue with my z3ta+ by Cakewalk.
Firstly I have noticed the plugin is offline when loading project.
Reinstalling didn't help. I tried to load it with Reaper, Cakewalk by Bandlab, some other software that can be used as VST wrapper. I didn't update my system (Windows 10 Pro), I also disabled my antivirus program, but z3ta+ won't work. The second strange thing is that z3ta+.exe files also can't be run. I've checked both dll and exe files and they are not broken. I know there is something bad with my system, but can't figure it out. Does anyone know what could be the reason?

Thanks in advance!

ZeePok
KVRian
985 posts since 22 Aug, 2004 from Edge City, the Low Country

Re: z3ta+ 1.5.3 issue

Post Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:27 pm

Did you run it as administrator?

vitalker
KVRist
92 posts since 25 Sep, 2013

Re: z3ta+ 1.5.3 issue

Post Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:31 pm

ZeePok wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:27 pm
Did you run it as administrator?
Of course yes! :)
By the way, I don't need standalone version, working VSTi will be enough.

glokraw
KVRAF
6481 posts since 6 Oct, 2004

Re: z3ta+ 1.5.3 issue

Post Wed Oct 10, 2018 2:53 pm

I'm guessing there was a registry entry for the working install
that is not updated in win 10, and since Cakewalk
is no longer the old Cakewalk, z3ta can't communicate
it's registration data. I suggest requesting the new Cakewalk
owners to arrange licensing for owners of legacy
z3ta, Rapture and variants, and Dimension Pro,
all of which are still excellent products. Offering
affordable paid upgrades might get them
some funds to cover the costs.
Cheers

vitalker
KVRist
92 posts since 25 Sep, 2013

Re: z3ta+ 1.5.3 issue

Post Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:45 pm

glokraw wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 2:53 pm
I'm guessing there was a registry entry for the working install
that is not updated in win 10, and since Cakewalk
is no longer the old Cakewalk, z3ta can't communicate
it's registration data.
Well, z3ta has an offline activation. Secondly, I have no problems with activation, because plugin can't be loaded on my system. Thirdly, it worked when Bandlab already was an owner.

glokraw
KVRAF
6481 posts since 6 Oct, 2004

Re: z3ta+ 1.5.3 issue

Post Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:53 am

I'd been meaning to install z3ta in one of my linux
setups, as it's a great ampsim, in addition to being
a great synth. After installing, it had placed a registry entry
as follows in

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Software
Cakewalk Music Software

Default REG_SZ (value not set)
Installation Path REG_SZ C:\Program Files\Cakewalk\z3ta+
Serial Number REG_SZ your number
Version REG_SZ your version
VST Folder REG_SZ C:\Program Files (x86)VstPlugins

The installer prompted for the serial number
before starting the install itself.

Hope this helps!

As an aside, I'd just been testing the new
Amplitude Slash Marshall models, which sounded great,
but I still prefer z3ta+, as old as it may be!
Those synth presets are awesome with a decent
guitar input!
Cheers

vitalker
KVRist
92 posts since 25 Sep, 2013

Re: z3ta+ 1.5.3 issue

Post Thu Oct 11, 2018 1:37 am

glokraw wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:53 am

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Software
Cakewalk Music Software

Default REG_SZ (value not set)
Installation Path REG_SZ C:\Program Files\Cakewalk\z3ta+
Serial Number REG_SZ your number
Version REG_SZ your version
VST Folder REG_SZ C:\Program Files (x86)VstPlugins

The installer prompted for the serial number
before starting the install itself.

Hope this helps!
Sorry, I don't get it. What do you want to say? I know where files are placed. I want z3ta+ work for me, nothing more.

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pekbro
KVRAF
1962 posts since 29 Sep, 2010 from Maui

Re: z3ta+ 1.5.3 issue

Post Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:04 am

Have you tried updating it? The latest version I have from Cakewalk is 1.5.4
You can still download your purchased products with the command center.

vitalker
KVRist
92 posts since 25 Sep, 2013

Re: z3ta+ 1.5.3 issue

Post Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:12 am

pekbro wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:04 am
Have you tried updating it? The latest version I have from Cakewalk is 1.5.4
You can still download your purchased products with the command center.
The last version is 1.5.3. Version 1.5.4 is probably bundled with one of Sonar.

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kb420
KVRist
159 posts since 3 Jun, 2005 from Cydonia on the 4th Planet

Re: z3ta+ 1.5.3 issue

Post Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:35 am

As far as I know, z3ta+ is no longer supported. I have completely eliminated it from all of my DAW's. I actually own z3ta+ and z3ta+ 2, and I no longer use either one. There are plenty of other well supported wavetable synths to choose from.

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W23
KVRist
185 posts since 22 Sep, 2016

Re: z3ta+ 1.5.3 issue

Post Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:19 am

Zt3a is available as its own download, by the way. I just downloaded the latest version from the website after installing Logic last week. Logic didn’t like the AU version I had. You’ll just need to log into your Cakewalk account (mine is still very much alive and well since the shake up).

vitalker
KVRist
92 posts since 25 Sep, 2013

Re: z3ta+ 1.5.3 issue

Post Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:23 am

W23 wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:19 am
Zt3a is available as its own download, by the way. I just downloaded the latest version from the website after installing Logic last week. Logic didn’t like the AU version I had. You’ll just need to log into your Cakewalk account (mine is still very much alive and well since the shake up).
Thanks. That's what I did. Z3ta+ isn't available on macOS.
I know there is something with my system, not plugin.

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W23
KVRist
185 posts since 22 Sep, 2016

Re: z3ta+ 1.5.3 issue

Post Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:08 am

vitalker wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:23 am

Z3ta+ isn't available on macOS.
I know there is something with my system, not plugin.
I’m sorry but, it is. I’ve had it on my Mac since 2015. Just sayin’

vitalker
KVRist
92 posts since 25 Sep, 2013

Re: z3ta+ 1.5.3 issue

Post Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:16 am

W23 wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:08 am
I’m sorry but, it is. I’ve had it on my Mac since 2015. Just sayin’
Are you sure you're talking about 1 version, not 2? Nevermind.

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W23
KVRist
185 posts since 22 Sep, 2016

Re: z3ta+ 1.5.3 issue

Post Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:21 am

Ohhhh. Yes. I am running version 2. Good luck

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