Basic FAQ

1.  How can I start using my Spectrasonics instrument? 

Our instruments operate as both standalone programs/applications and as plugin instruments designed to work inside of a DAW/Sequencer/ Host.

On an Apple computer, you'll find the standalone application in your Applications folder. On Windows, you'll find the standalone shortcut on your desktop or in your Spectrasonics folder. You can also use your DAW/Sequencer/Host to open Spectrasonics instruments.

2. What is a DAW/Sequencer/Host?

A DAW is a Digital Audio Workstation, also referred to as a Sequencer or Host; example: Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Sonar, Ableton Live, etc.

3.  I have a DAW/Sequencer/Host.  How do I open my Spectrasonics Instrument?

We have made convenient step-by-step tutorials for using our instruments in most major DAW/Sequencer/Hosts.

To access them, go HERE

4. What is a User Account, and why do I need one?

The Spectrasonics User Account system allows quick access to your Spectrasonics products and information.  This way, you'll have access to the latest instrument Updates, as well as the Authorization area, where you can authorize your computer to use your new instrument.  If you don't have a User Account, start by creating one HERE.

5. What is the STEAM or SAGE folder?

The STEAM and SAGE folders are where the sounds, samples, and patches are stored for your Spectrasonics instruments. The STEAM folder is used for Omnisphere, Keyscape, Trilian, and Sonic Extensions while the SAGE folder is only used for Stylus RMX. 

For more information on the STEAM and SAGE folder, go HERE.

6. Are there any resources to learn more about using my Spectrasonics instrument?

Yes! Click HERE to find more resources for learning how to get the most out of your Spectrasonics instrument.

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