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Soundtoys Quick Start Guide (Automatic Deposit)

Last Updated: May 31, 2019 11:40AM EDT


Since you've received an automatic deposit, then your license should be in your iLok account. That means that you should be able to find it in your Downloads on your Soundtoys account

If you can't find the installer there, you might have the wrong iLok account attached to your Soundtoys account. This guide shows you how to fix that. If you still have issues, please feel free to contact our Support Team for help.

Download the installers you need to an easy-to-access folder on your computer such as "Downloads" or "Desktop".

On MacOS you should get a ".dmg" file. If you open that up it will contain the actual installer file called "Install Soundtoys 5.pkg" so you can double-click that to start the installation.

On Windows, you should get a ".exe" file and you can just double-click that to start the installation. It will ask you where to install it which is good to take note of. By default, it will be "C:\Program Files\Vstplugins" which is recommended because most DAWs recognize that automatically. If you get a message about already having an installation on your computer, you can ignore that because that actually just refers to the iLok License Manager.

Now that you have Soundtoys installed, there's just one more step!


There are two ways you can activate your plugin: the Activation Window that comes up when you open your DAW, or through the iLok License Manager. 

The Activation Window tends to be the quickest. If the window doesn't show up, you may have to make your DAW rescan your plugins. This guide can help with that.

The benefit to the iLok License Manager method is that it gives you a full overview of your account, how many activations used, and where your activations are.

Using the Activation Window
Follow along with the animation below or check out this article for step-by-step instructions.

Figure 1: Activating in the Activation Window with an automatically deposited license

Using the iLok License Manager

Follow along with the animations below to see the two ways you can activate a license through the ILM, or click here for step-by-step instructions.

Figure 2: Activating in the iLok License Manager with a drag + drop gesture

Figure 3: Activating in the iLok License Manager by right-clicking license


If you have any trouble at all, our Support Team will be happy to help you out. Just submit a support ticket describing the issue, and try to provide as much info as possible (account/purchase email, iLok user ID, activation code, and/or order number) so they can help you out quickly.