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Soundtoys Quick Start Guide (Activation Code)

Last Updated: Oct 04, 2019 02:12PM EDT

Finding your Activation Code

You can find your activation code with your download link in the email inbox you purchased the plug-in with. The email is titled "Soundtoys Order SH-XXXXX is complete!" and the link is "Download".

Figure 1: Your order confirmation email. Get your code by clicking "Download".

Figure 2: Your download link and activation code.

Please contact the Soundtoys Support team if you cannot find your code.
NOTE: The activation codes are tied into our purchasing and licensing system, so if you got an automatic deposit we cannot give you an activation code to replace it.


Your download link is right by your Activation code, so use that! 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!


When you're redeeming your license with an activation code, you can choose to either use an account or continue anonymously. We highly recommend using an account with your activation code because it will give you control of your activations & deactivations, give you access to a second activation, and a Soundtoys 5 Bundle upgrade discount viewable in your Soundtoys account.

If you register this without an account you will NOT be able to put it on a second computer. You CAN choose to register your anonymous license to an account later if you'd like to.

With an account

The best way to do this with an account is to use the iLok License Manager. Follow along with the animation below or check out this article for step-by-step directions (read the "With iLok License Manager section).

Figure 3: Redeeming your activation code with the iLok License Manager


Without an account

This can only be done through the Activation Window. Follow along with the animation below or check out this article for step-by-step directions (the instructions will split, so follow along with the activation code steps). 

Figure 4: Redeeming your activation code without an account

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, account User ID, activation code, and/or order number) so they can help you out quickly.