Moving your Garritan samples folder after installation

The simplest way to change the location of the samples folder is to specify where you want the samples to be installed during the initial installation of your Garritan product. The installer gives you the option to choose the location of the samples folder.

 

However, if you have already installed your Garritan library and want to move the samples folder, follow the appropriate instructions below to do so:

 

 

You can edit the product-specific registry key to point it to the right location. This task involves making adjustments to your computer's registry, which contains important data that controls your computer's operation. If you're not familiar with or not comfortable with modifying registry keys, you may want someone to assist you in person.

  1. Hold down the Windows key on your computer keyboard and press the letter "R" key at the same time to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type "regedit" (without quotes) and click OK.
  3. Carefully navigate to the following registry key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Garritan\[your product]\
  4. In the right-hand panel, double-click the key with the name "sample_dir."
  5. In the Edit String window, change the Value data field to match the current location of the library's samples folder.
  6. Click OK.
  7. In the left-hand panel, expand the [your product] folder and expand the Banks folder.
  8. For each folder under Banks (1 or more), repeat steps 4-6. Note that this may take some time: Garritan Personal Orchestra 4 has 54 of these folders.
  9. When you are done editing these keys, close the Registry Editor and try loading instruments through the ARIA Player.

If the instruments still can't be loaded, check to be sure you've typed in the samples folder path correctly. If you still encounter trouble, your best bet is to reinstall the library, which you can download from your account at https://www.finalemusic.com/MyAccount/MySoftware.aspx

 

Mac

 

You can edit the product-specific .plist file to point it to the right location. This task involves editing inside your Mac's preference directory, which contains important data that controls your computer's operation. If you're not familiar with or not comfortable with modifying these files, you may want someone to assist you in person. It's also a good idea to create a backup of the existing .plist file in case you make any mistakes in editing.

  1. Go to Library > Preferences in MacHD (or your hard drive name)
  2. Open the "com.Garritan.[your product].plist" file.
  3. Look through the file for the tag <key>sample_dir</key>. These tags point to the sample directory. You may see one or more of these tags in the plist file.
  4. Change the path between the <string> tags that follow the <key>sample_dir</key> to match the current location of the library's samples folder.
  5. Repeat step 4 for each instance of <key>sample_dir</key> in the plist file.
  6. Save the file and try loading instruments through the ARIA Player.

If the instruments still can't be loaded, check to be sure you've typed in the samples folder path correctly. You can also replace the edited plist with the backup copy you created before editing, and try these steps again. If you still encounter trouble, your best bet is to reinstall the library, which you can download from your account at https://www.finalemusic.com/MyAccount/MySoftware.aspx.

 

You should be able to view the .plist file by selecting the file so it is highlighted, click File > Open With > Other, and choose the TextEdit application.