SSD4 Installation (Windows)

Upon registering your Passcode/Lic number you will be taken to the User/Download page for SSD4.

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Click SSD4 1.1.0 Win Installer in order to begin downloading the installer. After it has finished downloading, locate the installer "" within your downloads folder. Double-click to unzip the installer and double click again to run the exe. 

Note: Please ensure your DAW is closed when running the installer


Click "continue" to proceed with the installation and follow prompts until the installation is complete. 

Download a RAR Extraction Tool

You will need to download Win-RAR in order to properly extract the Library downloads. Feel free to use the following link to download Win-RAR:


Download Library Parts

Download all Library Files one-at-time. Do not begin extracting them until all library parts have completed downloading. 

NOTE: SSD4-EX has 3 Library Parts and SSD4-Custom has 1 Library Part


Once all Library parts have finished downloading, right click the first library part and select "extract here". 

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The extraction process could take several minutes. Once it has completed, you'll find a "SSD4Library" folder with the file size of 9.02GB. We suggest moving the SSD4Library folder to your "Documents" folder or an external hard drive. 

Download License File

Locate the LICENSE DOWNLOAD at the top of the page and click "Click To Download"

NOTE: You may notice your License Download at the top of the page is "still generating". If this is the case, please wait a few minutes and try refreshing the page. 


The license file is very small in size, so it should download immediately. It will be named accordingly: 


 RECOMMENDED: While it is not required, we strongly recommend moving your License File to the SSD4Library folder.  7.png


Open "SSDSampler" in DAW

SSD4 requires a host in order to run. Here is a list of Support DAWs: Supported Digital Audio Workstations

Now it is time to launch your DAW and open the SSDSampler on a Stereo Virtual Instrument Track. When opening SSD for the first time you may receive multiple warnings regarding a missing License File. Click okay to move forward.


Select Base Directory & License File

Almost done! Once SSD4 is open, go to "Settings" (image below for clarification)

Click "Select Base Dir" and navigate to the SSD4Library folder. 

NOTE: Once the SSD4Library folder has been selected, the file path should be displayed to the right. Please ensure that the SSD4Library is listed last (as shown in the image-->)

Afterwards you will need to select the License File. Click "Select License File" and navigate to the License. 

NOTE: The SSDSampler will continue to look for this license upon every launch. Moving or deleting the license will result in a "missing license file" error. 



After selecting the License File you will need to go to to "Construct Kit" and hit the Refresh button (shown in picture) in order for the Library to appear. 


NOTE: You will need to Double-click to load Kit Presets (such as Slate Rock 01). Instruments from the "INST" menu will need to be clicked and dragged to the drum interface or "empty" slots.

Additional Troubleshooting

Most DAWs have a "Plugin Manager" where you can verify the plugin has been installed and has been successfully validated. 

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Depending on your DAW and DAW Architecture (32bit or 64bit) you may need to modify the installation location of SSD. Please view the list below to see the most common plugin paths. They may change depending on your DAW manufacturer:

Plugin Paths:


VST 32bit --> C:\Program Files (x86)\Vstplugins

VST 64bit --> C:\Program Files\Vstplugins

Cubase 6 or higher

VST 32bit --> C:\Program Files (x86)\Steinberg\Vstplugins

VST 64bit --> C:\Program Files\Steinberg\Vstplugins

Cakewalk Sonar

VST 32bit --> C:\Program Files (x86)\Cakewalk\Vstplugins

VST 64bit --> C:\Program Files\Cakewalk\Vstplugins

Cubase 5 or lower:

VST 32bit --> C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Steinberg\VST2

VST 64bit--> C:\Program Files\Common Files\Steinberg\VST2

Note: RTAS and AAX should install to the correct path by default! No need to modify those plugin paths.

 If you experience any issues with the setup and installation, please submit a request here

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