Figure 509. The VST Settings sectionThe VST Settings section lets you manage VST effect and instrument plug-ins.The VST Settings section contains the following settings:This window lists the folders that are scanned for VST plug-ins. “Scanning” a VST plug-in means adapting the plug-in’s file format so that the plug-in works in SONAR.
Add. This button opens the Browse for Folder dialog box, which allows you to select a new folder to be scanned.
Remove. To remove a folder from the to-be-scanned list, first select the folder, and then click the Remove button.
VST Scan Options
Automatic Background Scan. SONAR automatically scans the folders in the VST Scan Paths list in the background by periodically detecting when data in the folders have been updated, or the scan paths have changed.
Scan On Startup. The folders listed in the VST Scan Paths list are searched for new plug-ins whenever you start SONAR. Scanning occurs in the background.
Manual Scan. The folders listed in the VST Scan Paths list are searched for new plug-ins when you click the Scan button.
Rescan Failed Plug-ins. Checking this option causes any plug-in(s) that didn’t scan correctly to be rescanned during the next scan.
Rescan existing plug-ins. Checking this option causes plug-in(s) that did scan correctly to be rescanned during the next scan. This is a way to implement any changes you’ve made to the Folder defaults settings.
Scan. Click this button to immediately scan the folders listed in the VST Scan Paths list.
Reset. Click this button to remove all scanning records and settings from all your VST plug-ins. Use this button if you want to completely start over.
Hide Related VST2 Plug-ins. If you have both VST2 and VST3 versions of a plug-in, you can instruct SONAR to automatically hide any redundant VST2 plug-ins from SONAR’s plug-in menus.
Replace VST2 Plug-ins When Opening Projects. If you have both VST2 and VST3 versions of a plug-in, you can instruct SONAR to automatically upgrade to the VST3 version when loading a project that uses VST2 plug-ins.There are a few permutations for how VST plug-ins are substituted depending on whether you are loading in SONAR X86 or X64 and the chosen VST2 to VST3 migration flag settings.The following table shows the expected plug-in substitution results when opening projects containing VST plug-ins.
Table 279. VST2 to VST3 migration
Cakewalk’s BitBridge technology allows you to use 32-bit VST effects and instruments when using the x64 version of SONAR.32-bit VST effects and instruments are loaded into “servers”, and each server can address up to 4GB of RAM. BitBridge supports up to 32 independent plug-in servers, and each server can address up to 4GB of RAM, allowing access to a massive 128GB of RAM. This allows SONAR x64 to address all available RAM in your computer.By default, SONAR manages memory automatically, and will allocate and allow access to all available RAM dynamically as plug-in's are used. This is done by dynamically creating new BitBridge servers only when necessary, up to a maximum of the available RAM.Server loading is either automatic or customizable, giving you full control over which server to load plug-ins into. To enable automatic server loading, select Automatic (Based on available RAM). To manually manage BitBridge servers, select the server that you want plug-ins to be loaded into.After a specific server is selected, all plug-ins subsequently loaded will be loaded into that specific server, bypassing SONAR's automatic memory management. This also applies when you load a project that contains VST plug-ins.
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