Slate Digital Connect FAQ

What is Slate Digital Connect?

Slate Digital Connect is an all-in-one installer and activation manager for all Slate Digital, Eiosis, and All Access Pass plugins. Previously unless you were using Gobbler, you’d need to download and install all plugins individually, although this option is still available.

Slate Digital Connect is able to install and update all Slate Digital or All Access Pass plugins regardless of where they were installed from (eg, Gobbler, Installers page, etc). With so many plugins being released, Slate Digital Connect is crucial to keep the installation process simple. 

Can I switch from Gobbler to Slate Digital Connect

Slate Digital Connect isn't a platform like Gobbler, it's just an installer manager for Slate Digital and All Access Pass plugins. Using Slate Digital Connect doesn't mean your All Access Pass is now through Slate Digital, but feel free to use it if your All Access Pass is through the Gobbler platform.

Note: If you're interested in switching your All Access Pass to our website instead of Gobbler, please use this form. More information can be found here.

I only have a few perpetual licenses, like an ML-1 or MetaTune. Can I use Slate Digital Connect?

Yes, absolutely. Please be sure though to only install products that you have a license for. All Slate Digital plugins are able to be installed through Slate Digital Connect, but you can view a list of your available products in the "My Products" tab of Slate Digital Connect. Keep in mind perpetual licenses will need to be activated to an iLOK dongle at this time. Instructions for dongle activation found here
How do I update ​​Slate Digital Connect?

Slate Digital Connect should update automatically after opening the application. Slate Digital Connect is updated very frequently, so make sure it’s updated when you use the app. If for some reason you think you may be on an outdated version of Slate Digital Connect, while the app should update itself, you can always find the latest version on our Installers page

How do I install my plugins to a different location, like an external Hard Drive on PC?

This can only be done for VST2 plugins on PC. On macOS, all plugins will install to their default location. VST3 and AAX locations should always be on your internal HD and shouldn't be changed. To change your VST2 plugin location on PC, open Slate Digital Connect, select My Preferences then click Edit next to VST 2 installation path:

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Note: If you use a different VST2 path, this path needs to be selected in your DAW so it can scan the VST2 location. Please also note if you're trying to save space, this isn't really effective. VST2 plugins are very small in file size and the largest part of our plugins are located in system files that can not be moved.

How do I uninstall plugins with Slate Digital Connect?

Slate Digital Connect is a very useful tool if you need to uninstall plugins. Locate the plugin you'd like to install and click the 3 dots in the bottom right corner of the plugin card. Click Uninstall and you'll be prompted to enter your user password (macOS) or to allow this app to make changes on your device (Windows).

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Note: If you've accidentally installed products that you don’t own, or you've cancelled your All Access Pass and need to remove the plugins from your system, Slate Digital Connect is a great way to remove them to avoid activation prompts when opening your DAW.

Do I have to log in to use Slate Digital Connect?

No, but if you'd like to access the "My Products" tab, which shows only products that you own, as opposed only seeing All available products, you can login to Slate Digital Connect with a browser. Simply Click My Products or Sign in to login to your Slate Digital User Account Screenshot 2023-10-11 at 12.00.43 PM.png
Does Slate Digital Connect replace iLok?

Not quite². Slate Digital Connect is primarily an app that allows you to install Slate Digital and All Access Pass plugins with the added activation option of opening a Cloud Session. Perpetual license and iLok dongle activation will still need to be activated in the iLok License Manager application with a physical iLok USB dongle¹

To activate iLok Cloud enabled licenses, log into Slate Digital Connect (if you haven't already) and you'll be able to activate your licenses from the "My Products" tab of Slate Digital Connect:
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¹ Perpetual software license must be activated via the iLok License Manager. Alternatively if you prefer to activate your licenses to you your iLok dongle instead of iLok Cloud, this would need to be done in the iLok License Manager.

² The iLok License Manager is still installed automatically to your system when any plugin is installed via Slate Digital Connect.

Do I have to use Slate Digital Connect

No, if you’d rather install your Slate Digital or All Access Pass plugins individually, our installers are still available on the Offline Installers section of our Installers Page. If your All Access Pass is through Gobbler, you can also still use Gobbler instead of Slate Digital Connect if that’s preferred. 

Can I revert to a previous version of a plugin with Slate Digital Connect?

No. This feature isn’t currently available in Slate Digital Connect, but this feature is planned in a future Slate Digital Connect update. If you need legacy/32 bit versions of our plugins, uninstall the latest version, and use the versions found in this article.

I don’t need all plugin formats (VST/VST3/AAX/AU), can I install only the formats I need?

Absolutely! Navigate to the My Preferences section of Slate Digital Connect and you’ll find all available formats for your OS. Simply check the plugin formats you’d like, then go back to either the All Plugins or Updates section and install, or update accordingly.

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Note: If you select only a few formats, any format that’s not selected will be deleted. For example, when only AAX is selected, after updating, if you already had all other formats installed, VST2, VST3 and AU will be uninstalled:

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Where can I download the VerbSuite Classics or ANA 2 Expansions?
VerbSuite Classics and ANA 2 expansions can be downloaded directly from Slate Digital Connect. We're working with Sonic Academy on adding installation features for these expansions in the future, such as installing to a separate location. VerbSuite Classics expansions can be moved to an external HD or alternate location using the steps outlined in the following article: How To Move VerbSuite Classics Expansions To An External HD on Mac 

Please see the following article for more information regarding VerbSuite Classics and ANA 2 expansions in Slate Digital Connect:

VerbSuite Classics Expansions in Slate Digital Connect

ANA 2 Ultra Expansions in Slate Digital Connect

Note: If you’re a Gobbler All Access Pass member, you will need to sign into your account here.

Simply click on the View icon inside My Installers. You’ll then see all of your installers including the VSC expansion packs. You can view a video outlining this process here.

Does Slate Digital Connect install Steven Slate Drums?

Nope. Slate Digital Connect is only for Slate Digital products. VSX. Steven Slate Drums, Trigger, Raven, etc are not Slate Digital products and aren’t associated with Slate Digital. For more information, please see this article

If you have additional questions, please submit a support ticket here

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