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DMG file (Apple Disk Image format)

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DMG file (Apple Disk Image format)

 

DMG Apple Disk Image Format: mount, extract, unmount a dmg file on Mac OS X. Syntheway Audio Units and VST for Mac OS X downloads are packed and available in ".dmg" file, an Apple disk image format. Version 10.4 "Tiger", 10.5 "Leopard", 10.6 "Snow Leopard", 10.7 "Lion", 10.8 "Mountain Lion", 10.9: "Mavericks" decodes these files automatically. DMG is a disk image. You are not opening it, the disk image will be mounted. Then look for the mounted disk image in your finder , left column, Devices. It will appear there nd you can now browse the image with finder.

Syntheway Audio Units Components and VST Plugins for macOS downloads are packed and availableSyntheway Audio Units and VST for Mac OS X downloads are packed and available in ".dmg" file, an Apple Disk Image format (Volume type: HFS+). Version 10.4 "Tiger", 10.5 "Leopard", 10.6 "Snow Leopard", 10.7 "Lion", 10.8 "Mountain Lion", 10.9: "Mavericks" decodes these files automatically.  In Mac OS X v10.2.3 "Jaguar", Apple introduced Compressed Disk Images and Internet-Enabled Disk Images for use with the Apple utility Disk Copy, which was later integrated into Disk Utility in 10.3 "Panther". Older systems may require Stuffit Expander to use these files. in ".dmg" file, an Apple Disk Image format (Hierarchical File System Plus / HFS+) commonly used by the macOS operating system. When opened, an Apple disk image is "mounted" as a volume within the Finder.

DiskImageMounter is the utility that handles mounting disk volume images in Mac OS X, starting with version 10.3. DiskImageMounter works by either launching a daemon to handle the disk image or by contacting a running dæmon and have it mount the disk. Syntheway Audio Units and VST for Mac OS X downloads are packed and available in ".dmg" file, an Apple Disk Image format (Volume type: HFS+). Version 10.4 "Tiger", 10.5 "Leopard", 10.6 "Snow Leopard", 10.7 "Lion", 10.8 "Mountain Lion", 10.9: "Mavericks" decodes these files automatically. In Mac OS X v10.2.3 "Jaguar", Apple introduced Compressed Disk Images and Internet-Enabled Disk Images for use with the Apple utility Disk Copy, which was later integrated into Disk Utility in 10.3 "Panther". Older systems may require Stuffit Expander to use these files.


Opening DMG file... Checking Volumes (HFS+)

Opening DMG file... Checking Volumes (HFS+)


What if double-click doesn't work?

Right click on one of the dmg file and select "get info".

In the resulting screen set "open with" to DiskImageMounter.app". 

HFS Plus or HFS+ is a file system developed by Apple Inc. to replace their Hierarchical File System (HFS) as the primary file system used in Macintosh computers (or other systems running Mac OS). It is also one of the formats used by the iPod digital music player. HFS Plus is also referred to as Mac OS Extended (or, erroneously, “HFS Extended”), where its predecessor, HFS, is also referred to as Mac OS Standard (or, erroneously, as “HFS Standard”). During development, Apple referred to this filesystem with the codename Sequoia. Mac OS Extended format is Supported by Mac OS 8.1 and Later

 


 

Audio Unit (.component) Installation for macOS Instructions:

 

1.- After download, double-click on the .dmg file (Apple disk image format, HFS+ volume). This will open the file with DiskImageMounter utility. Otherwise, right-click the .dmg file and select Open with > DiskImageMounter from the menu. A dialog window will appear, verifying the file and mounting it. Once mounted, the .dmg will appear in the Finder sidebar under the "Devices" header along with the hard drive.

2.- Open a Finder window (click the "Finder" icon in the dock). Highlight the mounted image file within Finder's sidebar. A list of the files within the .dmg will appear in the main Finder window pane.

3.- Drag the files you wish to extract to the desired destination on your computer as for example to your Mac desktop or directly drag the Audio Unit (.component) to your ‘Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components/’ folder.

4.- Unmount the .dmg after you have extracted all desired files by clicking the small "Eject" icon next to the mounted image in Finder's sidebar. Additionally, you can right-click (Ctrl-click) the mounted .dmg icon on the desktop and select "Eject" or simply unmount the virtual drive by dragging it to the Trash (Note that this will not delete the files from your computer, the dmg file will still be there).

5.- If you have the extracted files in your Mac desktop, move the ".component" file to the Components folder in your audio plugins folder. Usually ‘Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components/’

6.- If your DAW is running, close it and restart it. When your DAW starts up, it will rescan your plugins folder and detect your recently installed plugin.

Finding the Audio Plugins folder: The plugin folder is nested in the Macintosh HD Library. There are usually a minimum of two Libraries on your Mac, one in Macintosh HD and another in your user account. You should only place the plugins in the Macintosh HD Library so that it can be accessed by all users on the computer. The usual location of the folder should be: Macintosh HD/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/

 


VST (.vst) and VST3 (.vst3) Installation for macOS Instructions:

1.- After download, double-click on the .dmg file (Apple disk image format, HFS Plus volume). This will open the file with DiskImageMounter utility. Otherwise, right-click the .dmg file and select Open with > DiskImageMounter from the menu. A dialog window will appear, verifying the file and mounting it. Once mounted, the .dmg will appear in the Finder sidebar under the "Devices" header along with the hard drive.

2.- Open a Finder window (click the "Finder" icon in the dock). Highlight the mounted image file within Finder's sidebar. A list of the files within the .dmg will appear in the main Finder window pane.

3.- Drag the files you wish to extract to the desired destination on your computer as for example to your Mac desktop or directly drag the VST (.vst) to your ‘Library/Audio/Plug-ins/VST/’ folder or drag directly the VST3 (.vst3) to your ‘Library/Audio/Plug-ins/VST3/’ folder.

4.- Unmount the .dmg after you have extracted all desired files by clicking the small "Eject" icon next to the mounted image in Finder's sidebar. Additionally, you can right-click (Ctrl-click) the mounted .dmg icon on the desktop and select "Eject" or simply unmount the virtual drive by dragging it to the Trash (Note that this will not delete the files from your computer, the dmg file will still be there).

5.- If you have the extracted files in your Mac desktop, move the files to the VST or VST3 folder. Usually Library/Audio/Plug-ins/VST and Library/Audio/Plug-ins/VST3 respectively.

6.- If your Cubase is running, close it and restart it. When your Cubase starts up, it will rescan your plugins folder and detect your recently installed VST / VST3 plugins.

VST plug-in locations on macOS

This article provides detailed information on VST plug-in installation paths on Mac OS X and macOS.

The installation path of a plug-in depends if it is VST2 (.vst) or VST (.vst3) and if it is a default or customized path:

VST Default paths on macOS

While the newer VST3 format has a dedicated installation path all VST3 plug-ins must comply with, the VST2 standard does not know an obligatory folder. However, on Apple systems there is a defined plug-in folder within the system's folder structure since the first version of Mac OS X. All VST plug-in installers for Mac are using these folders:

Format

Path

Extension

VST2

Library/Audio/Plug-ins/VST
Rarely used: Users/your username/Library/Audio/Plug-ins/VST

.vst

VST3

Library/Audio/Plug-ins/VST3
Rarely used: Users/your username/Library/Audio/Plug-ins/VST3

.vst3

VST Custom paths on macOS

If a plug-in, for whatever reason, has been installed to a different folder, the VST host application needs to be told where to look for it.

Cubase 8/Nuendo 7
or later

Devices > Plug-in Manager > Plug-in Manager Settings (click on gear symbol)

older Cubase/Nuendo versions

Devices > Plug-in Information > VST Plug-ins > VST 2.x Plug-in Paths

Cubase / Nuendo macOS Notes:

In Cubase and Nuendo, the list of monitored VST2/VST3 folders can be managed here:

ü  The macOS version of Cubase only stores VST plugins in one folder: "Library/Audio/Plug-ins/VST or Library/Audio/Plug-ins/VST3"

ü  Or if you're not logged in with administrative access, these sub-folders are in the "Users/[Username]/Library/Audio/Plug-ins" folder.

ü  Place the provided .vst or .vst3 in the VST (Plug-ins) folder.

ü  Follow instructed under the Cubase operations manual and restart the program if needed in order to re-scan new .vst / .vst3 plugins.

ü  Now, the Syntheway VST Plugin (Syntheway Vendor) must be recognized by Cubase as a native .vst / .vst3 formats (VST2/VST3 for Mac).

o    Changing Folders in Cubase:

If you decide to move your VST plugins into a different folder, you'll also need to tell Cubase where the new VST plugin folder is located. To do this, open the VST "Plug-in Paths" dialog box and click "Add." Navigate to the location of the new folder, select it and click "OK." When you're installing new VST plugins after changing the plugin folder location, be sure to specify the new location in the program's installer, as most plugins will automatically install into the Steinberg directory.

o    Loadable Bundles on macOS

Audio Units, VST and VST3 are loadable bundles, using Cocoa framework and xCode Integrated Development Environment (IDE) written in Objective C. Bundles provide a simplified interface for end users and a convenient way to deliver software in macOS operating system.

 


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