I Recently got a copy of Image-Line's Harmor (as well as a bunch of other synths made by the same company), and was hoping to load them into my copy of Cubase 5. I Do know this is possible as I have seen people do it before, but I have no idea where to start.

When I installed Harmor it automatically decided to install right into the VST Plugin folder of my Cubase installation, yet the instrument fails to appear in Cubase. I Can still launch Harmor on its own from my start menu, but have no way of getting sound from it into cubase.

I Have no idea weather this is an actual problem with an install or if I'm just missing something here.

Cubase 5, Windows 7 Pro x64 bit

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    Any time I add a new VST on Cubase 7 I have to rescan the VST folder (through Cubase): Devices>plugin information>update.
    – cworner1
    Commented Nov 4, 2013 at 13:28
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    You can also confirm that your VST is indeed in the correct folder as the folder address is within this menu.
    – cworner1
    Commented Nov 4, 2013 at 13:52
  • This is quite the case in that as it turns out any VST by Image-Line gets put into its own folder WITHIN the cubase folder; and the software can't find it. Redirected where Cubase looks and now I have Harmor as a usable VST. Thanks :D
    – Ben Franchuk
    Commented Nov 5, 2013 at 3:37
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    @BenFranchuk Add that as an answer! It's quite acceptable to answer your own question here, and it helps people who come across it later (like I just did) find out how the problem is solved. The more detail the better (screenshots are great). Good answers collect upvotes.
    – Warrior Bob
    Commented Nov 7, 2013 at 16:46

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The procedure of adding such plug-ins into a Cubase installation is quite simple- Below is a tutorial on how to do the such.

Step One- Open Cubase. For this specific procedure, one does not need open a project. enter image description here

Step Two- Go up to the "Devices" menu and hit up on it. In the drop-down menu that appears, hit the "Plug-in Information" list item. This will open up a window detailing currently installed plugins. enter image description here

Step Three- In this next window, hit both the "Update" and "Update Plug-in information" buttons. This will search registered plug-in folders for newly installed VSTs and Plug-ins, and if it finds any, proceed to install them for use in production. enter image description here

If it does not find your desired plug-ins, odds are that they are in a different folder than the one that you thought they were. If this is the case, hit the "VST 2x Plug-in Paths" button, between the "Update" buttons. This will open a Select Folder dialog, and you can select the folder where you installed your plug-in or plug-ins.

If this still doesn't solve the problem and your plug-ins still don't install, then likely your plug-ins are either too new for your version of Cubase (Cubase 5 Does not have the capabilities of running VST x3 Plug-ins, for example) or you ended up with a botched install.

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