Session Drummer 3 is not being recognized by SONAR X3

Last updated on 3/14/2016

We have received reports from some customers that Session Drummer 3 does not show up in their version of SONAR X3 despite being installed successfully from the installer. Some customers have also reported that it shows up but results in a "Failed to Insert Soft Synth" message when attempting to insert it into SONAR.

If you are experiencing this issue, Session Drummer 3 has dependencies that may be missing from your computer. This version of Session Drummer 3 relies on components distributed with the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2012 Update 4. This update can be obtained from the link below:

If you are running into this issue, please download and install this update with SONAR closed.  Once this update has finished, open up SONAR and perform a VST Scan by doing the following:

  1. Within SONAR, Navigate to Edit > Preferences > VST Settings
  2. Click the "Scan" button to perform a VST Scan
  3. Click Apply and Close to close the Preferences window once complete.
  4. At this point you should be able to create a project and insert Session Drummer 3 successfully from Insert > Soft Synths

Note: if SONAR is set to run an Automatic Background VST Scan, you do not have to manually run a VST Scan upon opening SONAR X3.

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