I've been using Synth1 Librarian for about a year, and it sure makes finding a patch for Synth1 a lot easier. When I first installed it, it worked perfectly. However, now it will not load at all and I can't figure out why.
I have a Win 10 pro machine, 8 core, 16 G RAM. I use Reaper as my DAW but also Cantabile 3 as a VST host. I had not changed anything on the computer, but Windows updates are notorious for messing up existing software. And I think that's what happened here. Also tried another computer... more on that later.
Here's what happens... when I run Reaper, it will find Synth1's dll fine and will run the plugin... but it will not show the librarian at all! It does, however, show Neutrino Sky in the developers list. There are no errors given or any reason.
What I've tried so far...
1. re-installed synth1 (downloaded it again from author's website... same version that I already had).
2. re-installed the librarian (I downloaded the newest version .exe).
3. put Synth1 in the SteinbergVstplugins folder, and ran the Librarian setup from there.
4. ran the init for synth1.
5. started Reaper... cleared and re-scanned the vst's.
6. Reaper shows Synth1, but NOT Synth1 Librarian.
Same as before (and I've tried both the 32 and 64-bit versions of Reaper... makes no difference) on my Window 10 Pro desktop machine.
However... I also have it on a laptop running a Win 10 update from Win 7. I seldom use this machine anymore because it's getting old and slow. But I still have Reaper on it and a lot of my free plugins, including Synth1 and Librarian. When I tried to use the Librarian on Reaper on this machine, it took about 3 - 4 minutes to load the Librarian, but it did finally load and I was able to select presets from it.
Sorry for that longwinded intro... but I'm wondering if anyone familiar with Win 10 Pro might have an idea what I could look for? I really don't think it's a problem with the librarian app... but another example of MicroSoft's updates messing up our computers (which they seem perfectly ok with!).
First we need to establish if Synth1 Librarian is the problem, or if there's a bigger issue. Try this:
1) Load up Synth1 VST in your DAW (not via the Librarian) 2) Click opt, and change the ExtBank folder to a temporary location (e.g. C:\) 3) Click OK 4) Close down your DAW completely, so that Synth1 VST is unloaded from memory 5) Now restart your DAW, and reload Synth1 VST 6) Click opt, and check the the ExtBank folder.
If the value isn't C:\, you've got some kind of Windows issue. Does your Windows user name contain accented characters? If so, that could cause problems.
Could you please take a look at high PPI friendliness? It seems like it reports wrong windows size to a host. I'm using 4K monitor, with ppi scaling set to 175%. When the plugin I run the plugin in Reaper in a native mode (without bridging), everything looks properly (fonts are scaled and sharp) but rendered window is horizontally too small. see screenshot
I've also tried to run the plugin in bridged mode. This time the entire window is displayed, but fonts suffer from the issue of non-high-ppi-ready-application, which renders by blurred fonts (those are rendered to bitmaps and upscaled by operating system. See screenshot
This issue might be however related to Reaper bridging implementation.
The librarian doesn't work like that. You install it as a plugin, and then configure it to point to your existing Synth1 VST. You should find all the instructions to install and configure it on my website.
Hey great job Mr Neutrino! I love Synth1, but patch management is awful and I've tended to drop it out of use - I've needed this app for a long time but didn't realise it existed. Have installed on my Win/10 64-bit machine and using Cantabile, running several instances in parallel without dramas. It is ridiculously easy now to find patches quickly, and "favourite" them for later; with multiple instances it's so cool now to find the right blend of sounds when I've got two or more keyboards running and in the middle of some creative activity, something that would normally frustrate me trying to scroll through the thousands of patches in all those ZIP files. Have made a small donation - please have a pint on me :).