This article applies to Finale 2012 through Finale (v26) and PrintMusic 2014 (including PrintMusic 2014.5).

 

Choose your platform below to begin:

 

  1. Close Finale.
  2. Copy your VST Plug-in's .dll* file to this folder: C:\Program Files\Common Files\VST2
  3. Open Finale.
  4. Click MIDI/Audio > VST Banks & Effects.
  5. Select your VST Plug-in from the first Bank (Channels 1-16) in the VST Instrument column.

*If you have any questions about where to find your VST Plug-in's .dll file, please contact your VST Plug-in's support team to find out where your specific plug-in's .dll file is located. Be sure that you are copying the correct version of the .dll file for use with Finale (the 64-bit version for use with Finale (v25 and v26) which is a 64-bit application).

 

 

If the plug-in is still not available in Finale, continue with the steps below.

  1. Go to MIDI/Audio > Device Setup > Manage VST Plug-In Directories.
  2. Choose Add...
  3. Navigate to the directory for the missing plug-in and click Add.This process may take a few moments as Finale scans and the program may appear unresponsive.
  4. Test to see if the plug-in is now available.

 

If the plugin is still not available, the steps below will reset Finale's plug-in cache

  1. Close Finale.
  2. Press the WINDOWS key + R, the Run window will open.
  3. Enter in the following location "%AppData%\MakeMusic", without the quotes and click OK.
  4. Navigate into Finale or Finale 26 folder (depending on your version), then PlogueEngine.
  5. Locate the files vst_filter_x64.cache and vst_x64.cache and delete these.
  6. Restart Finale.

Still Not Working?

If you have followed these steps and you're still having trouble activating your 3rd party plug-in, please feel free to contact MakeMusic Customer Success.

 

  1. Close Finale.
  2. Copy your VST Plug-in's .dll* file to the following folder...
    • Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\MakeMusic\Finale 2014 (or 2012)\VST Support
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: C:\Users\[your user account name]\AppData\Roaming\MakeMusic\Finale 2014.5 (or 2014 or 2012)\VST Support
  3. Open Finale.
  4. Click MIDI/Audio > VST Banks & Effects.
  5. Select your VST Plug-in from the first Bank (Channels 1-16) in the VST Instrument column.

*If you have any questions about where to find your VST Plug-in's .dll file, please contact your VST Plug-in's support team to find out where your specific plug-in's .dll file is located. Be sure that you are copying the correct version of the .dll file for use with Finale. (the 32-bit version for use with Finale which is a 32-bit application).

 

Still Not Working?

If you have followed these steps and you're still having trouble activating your 3rd party plug-in, please feel free to contact MakeMusic Customer Success.

 

  1. Close PrintMusic.
  2. Copy your VST Plug-in's .dll file to the following folder...
    • Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\MakeMusic\PrintMusic 2014\VST Support
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: C:\Users\[your user account name]\AppData\Roaming\MakeMusic\PrintMusic 2014\VST Support
  3. Open PrintMusic.
  4. Click MIDI > VST Banks & Effects.
  5. Select your VST Plug-in from the first Bank (Channels 1-16) in the VST Instrument column.

*If you have any questions about where to find your VST Plug-in's .dll file, please contact your VST Plug-in's support team to find out where your specific plug-in's .dll file is located. Be sure that you are copying the correct version of the .dll file for use with Finale. (the 32-bit version for use with Finale which is a 32-bit application).

 

Still Not Working?

If you have followed these steps and you're still having trouble activating your 3rd party plug-in, please feel free to contact MakeMusic Customer Success.

 

Mac

  1. Open Finale.
  2. Click MIDI/Audio > Audio Units Banks & Effects.
  3. Select your 3rd party VST/Audio Units plug-in from the first Bank (Channels 1-16) in the Instrument column.

If you are not seeing your plug-in listed, please follow the steps below to verify that your plug-in was installed properly.

  1. Close Finale.
  2. Click the Finder icon.
  3. Select (from the program toolbar) Go > Go To Folder.
  4. Type in the following directory...

/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components

  1. Click Go.
  2. Are your VST/AU Plug-in's components present? If not, please contact your 3rd party plug-in's support team to make sure that your plug-in was installed correctly.

 

If the plug-in is installed, please try the following steps.

  1. Go to MIDI/Audio > Device Setup > Rescan fo AU Plug-In's.
  2. If the plug-in stil does not become available, close Finale.
  3. Go to the Go menu at the top of your screen and choose Go to Folder.
  4. Enter in the following

    ~/Library/Application Support/MakeMusic/Finale (or Finale 26 depending on your version)/PlogueEngine

  5. Then Click Go.
  6. Locate the au_filter_x64.cache and au_x64.cache files and delete these.
  7. Restart Finale and check if the plug-in is now available.

Still Not Working?

If you have followed these steps and you're still having trouble activating your 3rd party plug-in, please feel free to contact MakeMusic Customer Success.

 

  1. Open Finale.
  2. Click MIDI/Audio > Audio Units Banks & Effects.
  3. Select your 3rd party VST/Audio Units plug-in from the first Bank (Channels 1-16) in the Instrument column

If you are not seeing your plug-in listed, please follow the steps below to verify that your plug-in was installed properly.

  1. Close Finale.
  2. Click the Finder icon.
  3. Select (from the program toolbar) Go > Go To Folder.
  4. Type in the following directory...

/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components

  1. Click Go.
  2. Are your VST/AU Plug-in's components present? If not, please contact your 3rd party plug-in's support team to make sure that your plug-in was installed correctly.

Still Not Working?

If you have followed these steps and you're still having trouble activating your 3rd party plug-in, please feel free to contact MakeMusic Customer Success.

 

  1. Open PrintMusic.
  2. Click MIDI > Audio Units Banks & Effects.
  3. Select your 3rd party VST/Audio Units plug-in from the first Bank (Channels 1-16) in the Instrument column

If you are not seeing your plug-in listed, please follow the steps below to verify that your plug-in was installed properly.

  1. Close PrintMusic.
  2. Click the Finder icon.
  3. Click (in the program toolbar) Go > Go To Folder.
  4. Type in the following directory...

/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components

  1. Click Go
  2. Are your VST/AU Plug-in's components present? If not, please contact your 3rd party plug-in's support team to make sure that your plug-in was installed correctly.

Still Not Working?

If you have followed these steps and you're still having trouble activating your 3rd party plug-in, please feel free to contact MakeMusic Customer Success.